Finding it hard to forgive

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  • Have you ever been hurt so badly by someone that you find it difficult to forgive?
  • Does it sound cheap when people encourage you to forgive and forget?
  • Does forgiveness mean swallowing hard and letting your offender off the hook?
  • Should you pretend the offense never occurred? 

If this is what forgiveness is, most people want nothing to do with it.  Yet most also realize that refusing to forgive can be personally costly.

In recent studies, “…social scientists are discovering that forgiveness may help lead to victims’ emotional and even physical healing and wholeness. They believe that the personal benefits of forgiveness include release from anger, rage, and stress which have been linked to physiological problems, such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, hypertension, cancer, and other psychosomatic illness” (Christianity Today, 2002).

What does Scripture imply when it says, “See to it that ….no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”…

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Does God send people to hell?

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the-big-questions-quoteDoes your existence end with physical death? Or, is there an existence after death?

Most people don’t believe it does. It seems innate to us as humans expect more to life than this life.

Most people also suspect that they will have to give an account for their earthly lives.

  • But is there really a heaven and a hell awaiting those who die?
  • What did Jesus teach about the afterlife?

In her award winning book, Just Give Me Jesus, Anne Graham Lotz observed that, “Jesus spoke more often about hell than he did about heaven. But no one talks much about hell today. No one likes to think about hell. No one seems to be informed about hell. Few really even believe in hell. But the Bible teaches that hell is a real place, prepared for those who refuse God’s gracious offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.”

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Called to be Agents of common grace

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Agents of Change logo RESIZEDAll people live under God’s common grace as recipients of certain blessings outside of the boundaries of salvation. Two affirmations form a basis for understanding God’s common grace.

1. God’s ownership

  • Deuteronomy 10:14 – “To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it”
  • Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
  • Job 41:10-11 – “Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.”
  • Acts 17:24-25 – “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”
  • “Missions is an authorized activity carried out by the tenets on the instructions of the         owner of the…

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A deranged peasant or the Son of God?

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Early in the morning, they brought Jesus to the Roman governor, Pilate. The governor came out impatiently perplexed as to why such matters needed his attention.

“What charges are you bringing against this man?” he gruffly asked.

With offended arrogance, the religious leaders responded, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.”

Pilate saw through their game. They already found Jesus guilty so why bother the governor with the matter?

With sarcastic condescension, Pilate ordered, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

Pilate didn’t want to be bothered.

But the religious leaders objected saying, “But we have no right to execute anyone.”

There is no end to their hypocrisy. They tried to kill Jesus on more than one occasion.  However, they wanted Jesus to be crucified so that he would appear to be cursed by God (see: Galatians 3:13).

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In Step with the Master Teacher

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It’s all about reality.

As I was studying the methods and content of Jesus’ teachings, the word reality kept coming back to me.

Jesus insisted on keeping it real. He relentlessly exposed religious hypocrisy.

But to be a realist in step with the Master Teacher reality must include far more than life in this world.


I also thought about a quote from a book we’re using in our parents of teens group:

“The more accurately you think about something, the healthier your life will be. The converse is also true. The more inaccurate your thinking the more dysfunctional your relationship with your teen will be — even if you assume your thinking is fine, which most of usually do.” 

“Reality can be a hard pill to swallow. But last time I checked, when you fight reality, you lose. Reality wins.” (Tim Sanford, Losing control and liking it

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The Privileges and Difficulties of Dual Citizenship

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Clickhereto listen to my audio message on this subject. 

I’ve always been hesitant about the way John MacArthur addresses themes related to social action and politics. An example regarding politics from John’s writing is found in the following quote:

“The ideal human government can ultimately do nothing to advance God’s kingdom, and the worst, most despotic worldly government in the end cannot halt the power of the Holy Spirit or the spread of God’s Word.”  (Why Government Can’t Save You, 7).

Wayne Grudem took issue with this quote in his bookPolitics – According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture.

Grudem wrote“I think of the difference between North Korea and South Korea. Even if the dictatorial, oppressive government of North Korea has not completely halted the spread of God’s Word, its severe persecution has hindered it so much that…

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How great is our God!

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Read these Scriptures and then watch the video below.

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4).

“The Lord heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!” (Psalm 147:3-5)

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to…

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