forgiveness

Bible Drive-Thru: The Worst – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Titus 3:3-8 TO CHEW ON: “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Titus 3:4,5 Who is the worst person you’ve ever heard of? What did they do that made them so bad? We may think of some people, like mass murderers or violent thieves as beyond help. People may say things about them like, “Put them in jail…

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Bible Drive-Thru: Making Things Right – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Philemon 1-25 TO CHEW ON: “I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.” Philemon 10,11 Onesimus was a slave who lived in Colosse. His master’s name was Philemon. One day Onesimus stole some money from Philemon and ran away to Rome. After some time, perhaps after all the money was spent,…

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Flame: Creative Children’s Ministry: Dissolving paper forgiveness prayers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I was recently trying to come up with some different visual ways of saying sorry to God and wanted something that would be symbolic of the forgiveness He gives. That’s when I came across dissolvable paper! From what I gather, this paper can be used to draw patterns which can then be sewn over and when the embroidery is complete, the paper will dissolve, leaving only the stitching in place. Suffice to say, that is not what I used it…

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Inside Out – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

Bright morning sun has me squinting hard as I bend down to peer through the open window of a car now coasted to a stop beside my dog, Lucy. “What’s going on?” my neighbor asks. I pause considering an obligatory response then plunge forward in a current of honesty. “Walking in anger and unforgiveness.” He doesn’t miss a beat, “That’s all of us.” Trials are a test – not pass or fail but to improve strength and reveal weakness. I’ve…

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Quick Shot: “There is no such thing as sin” – Christian Article

Our “Quick Shot” series offers brief answers to common objections to the Christian worldview. Each response is limited to one paragraph. These responses are designed to (1) answer the objection as concisely as possible, (2) challenge the objector to think more deeply about his or her claim, and (3) facilitate a “gospel” conversation. In this article, we’re offering “Quick Shot” responses to the objection, Quick Shot: “I don’t need an imaginary God to forgive me of my ‘sins’. There is…

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Confession is a Radical Reliance Upon Grace – Christian Article

One day it dawned on me.  I had become the very thing I hate–  a hypocrite.   A pretender.  Two-faced. I’d written sermons about people like me. Christians who care more about their appearance than integrity. I knew what I needed to do.  I’d written sermons about that too!  1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins because we…

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Pressing Undo |Thoughts about God by John Grant – Christian Article

“If the anger of the ruler flares up against you, do not resign from your position, for a calm response can undo great offences.”  Ecclesiastes 10:4 Many items of computer software have an “undo” button. It allows us to erase forever your most recent action and redo it the way you first intended or should have attended. It allows you to dismiss mistakes and proceed as if nothing wrong had happened. It also allows you to restore something you mistakenly…

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Where Excuses Stop — Life Begins – Christian Article

People treat us bad, things go wrong, life is not working out like we want…this is where the excuses begin and life ends. At the outset, this sounds harsh, but stay with me–there is redemption.  When we are mistreated there is an emotional response that begins within us.  Justice starts to cry out and demands to shine through like the noon day sun.  However, justice is often blocked out by the clouds of unfairness.  In every moment of everyday we…

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Bible Drive-Thru: Come! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Revelation 22:12-21 TO CHEW ON: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life..” Revelation 22:17 “Come!” What a welcome word to hear when we’re homesick. What a comforting word to hear when we’re lonely. What a delicious word to hear when we’re hungry or thirsty. “Let everyone who is thirsty, Come”…

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Forgive and Never Forget – Liz Petruzzi, lizpetruzzi.com – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Scarlet turned to snow. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Rebellion met with red. Nothing is greater than His blood. Nothing it won’t restore, reconcile, redeem. Covenant blood poured out for many. Sin drenched with love.…

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10 Great Opportunities Conflict Provides – Christian Article

I hate conflict. I hate strife of any kind. I hate arguments. I wasn’t in the debate club in high school. When I was in college I didn’t join the protests that followed the Kent State shootings in 1970 (I just gave away hold old I am). But being a pastor for decades brought me into all kinds of conflict. Marriage and family conflicts, conflicts between church members, and even conflicts with other pastors (really? pastors have conflicts?) I have…

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A Right Spirit | Devotional by Rand Kreycik – Christian Article

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11 When you think of biblical characters whose hearts were right and who followed hard after God, who tops your list? For me, it’s David. Every time I read one of his psalms, I can feel the “heart” behind it. All the psalms are amazing, but David’s spirit always…

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The Most Unimaginable Thing Jesus Endured on the Cross – Christian Article

I cannot possibly fathom the physical pain Jesus endured before and during his crucifixion. Before he was crucified, Jesus was scourged. Romans would strip a man of his clothing, and flog his back, buttocks and legs. A Roman soldier would have used a flagellum, a whip of several strands, perhaps 3 feet long, and each strand would have jagged pieces of lead and/or sheep bone in them to rip open the flesh. Romans were not limited by the Jewish law…

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Did Peter Preach Conditional Forgiveness to Simon the Sorcerer? (Acts 8:22) – Escape to Reality – Christian Article

If God loves you, God forgives you, and God loves you indeed! God’s forgiveness is revealed in the matchless and unrepeatable sacrifice of the One who died for all sin. In Christ, you are eternally and unconditionally forgiven. Good news, no? It’s a liberating truth, yet many haven’t heard it. They’re bringing sacrifices of tears and confession and they are trying to earn what God has freely provided. Their efforts are all for naught. Grace cannot be purchased; it can…

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