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Dec 11, 2017

The Freeing Jubilee

By |Dec 11, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Kingdom of God|0 Comments

Jesus’ kingdom is a jubilee kingdom of forgiveness and cancelled debts.  He said, “When you pray say, ‘forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us’” (Luke 11:4).  Nothing can free you as much as receiving your own forgiveness and forgiving someone else.  The two go hand in hand; 

Dec 8, 2017

What A Savior!

By |Dec 8, 2017|Advent, Christ, Christmas, Death, Deliverance, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Life, Love, Redemption, Salvation, Sin|1 Comment

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” Matthew 1:21 (NASB).  When I was lost, He came looking for me and found me.  When I confessed my sins, He forgave me.  I was unlovable, yet He loved me, a slave and He

Nov 11, 2017

One Church

By |Nov 11, 2017|Church, Devotionals, Faithfulness, Fellowship, Forgiveness, Kingdom of God, Love, Spirit|0 Comments

Why did Paul not “pull out and start a new church” after Peter showed prejudice about Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians eating together?  Because it is the family of God, and he was not disowning the family.  Because it was the Body of Christ, and he did not want to divide it.  The church is

Nov 1, 2017

Handing It All Over

By |Nov 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Formation, Growth, Sanctification, Surrender|0 Comments

Some view coming to Christ as handing our sins over and receiving forgiveness.  Sadly, some believers never move past the merciful forgiving Jesus.  Don’t stop there.  The real victory is found in handing our self over to the Lord.  This is the ultimate thing we have to give Him.  If we fully give and consecrate

Sep 23, 2017

My Garden of Decisions

By |Sep 23, 2017|Choices, Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Life, Love, Mercy|2 Comments

I have growing in my life a garden of trees called decisions.  These trees were planted by the choices I have made.  I eat fruit daily from this garden.  Some trees bear fruit long after I think they should have stopped.  Some fruit is sweet and some of it is bitter.  There is no digging

Sep 15, 2017

Love’s Power

By |Sep 15, 2017|Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Love, Patience, Perseverance, Reconciliation, Sin|0 Comments

No power is stronger than the power of love.  Hate is no match.  Love even triumphed over those who tried to crucify it on a cross.  When truly experienced, love can melt a heart of stone, break down walls, cover sins, forgive enemies, and reconcile families.  It is the most powerful tool at a parent’s

Aug 28, 2017

Avoidance

By |Aug 28, 2017|Cleansed, Confession, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Heart, Pride|0 Comments

Every counselor knows, or should know, that it takes time for a person to come to a confession or even realization of their core problem.  Before then the counselor must detect false clues and detours that keep him or her away from the core issues at the heart of the problem.  We must know that

Aug 6, 2017

If I Had Only

By |Aug 6, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Father, Forgiveness, Service|1 Comment

Some of us are good at rehashing past events and conversations.  We go over and over them in our head in a kind of useless merry-go-round that ends up not being merry.  Listen!  If we could have fixed them up by rehashing them they would have been fixed a long time ago.  There is no

Aug 4, 2017

Shaped by Grace

By |Aug 4, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Grace, Love, Maturity|0 Comments

Have you heard those grace filled words, “I forgive you?”  Have you heard that unconditional Voice which says, “I love you?”  Have you heard, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28 (NRSV)?  We are literally transformed by words of grace from

Jul 7, 2017

When Angry

By |Jul 7, 2017|Devotionals, Forgiveness, Kindness, Spirit|0 Comments

When angry, do not let it become sin.  That is, control your anger.  Pray for the self-control that is a fruit of the Spirit.  Don’t let the sun go down on unresolved anger (Eph 4:26).  Learn to release it by: understanding yourself, understanding the other person, and by kindness and forgiveness.  Don’t let it be