Forgiving Others

…as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13 About ten years ago, I was teaching a Bible class on the Lord’s Prayer. All of sudden, something hit me like a ton of bricks! The Lord’s Prayer is a dangerous prayer! Especially the phrase, “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive... Continue Reading →

Forgive

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him…. Luke 17:3 “Please forgive me.” Have you ever said that? And meant it? Most people probably have. We seek forgiveness when we realize we’ve done something wrong and when we have hurt someone by what we have done wrong.... Continue Reading →

Reconciliation

First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:24b I told the story of how I have not been truly reconciled to my “brother” Mike in the devotion “The Buddy System,” which can be found in Stories For Faith (available in paperback here and Kindle here). To recap, I... Continue Reading →

Living Anew

They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies' lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many... Continue Reading →

Powerful Words

Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld. John 20:22-23 The power of words is an amazing thing. Of course, actions must back up words. But the words usually come first. And powerful words inspire great actions and the... Continue Reading →

King’s Ransom

“…my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly.” Job 42:8 Job had lost it all. His vast fortune wiped out overnight. His seven sons and three daughters all killed on the same night. He had been struck with some affliction that... Continue Reading →

Death

Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial." John 12:7 There are only a few days left in this Season of Lent. We are rapidly approaching the days of Holy Week, when we will celebrate the institution of the Lord’s Supper, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ,... Continue Reading →

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