Lent Category

Live to Forgive: When a Son Dies

This weekend my colleague, Pastor Jayne Post, will be preaching on “Imagine a World where People Forgive Each Other.” Jayne knows first-hand about forgiveness. You see, she lost her son, to a bike-car accident when he was just a teenager. She lives with the pain everyday of not being able to hug him, encourage him, […]

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Live to Forgive: Starting with Silence

“To foster and maintain a prayerful atmosphere of exterior silence we shall: respect certain times and places of more strict silence move about and work prayerfully, quietly and gently avoid at all costs unnecessary speaking and notice speak, when we have to, softly, gently, saying just what is necessary look forward to profound silence as […]

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Live to Forgive: Empty Cliche’s

“How can your empty clichés comfort me? All your explanations are lies (Job 21:34)!” Job’s words after experiencing excruciating loss are filled with emotion. He is speaking from the experience of real pain over loss he had no control over. His so-called “friends” were not being friends to him as the accusations being thrust at him […]

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Live to Forgive: Red-faced Before God

Don’t fail the red face test! When I stand before God, will I be able to answer questions about my personal life, my ministry, and my church without embarrasment in regard to the resources God has entrusted me with? After returning back to Vegas from an amazing Christian Stewardship Network conference in Dallas, this question posed by […]

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Live to Forgive: Subordination

In Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard states: “…it is not uncommon for people to think that they can treasure this world and the invisible kingdom as well, that they can serve both. Perhaps we can make this work for a while. But there will come a time when one must be subordinate to the other. We […]

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Live to Forgive: The Silver Lining of Grace

Payback! What do we think of when we see this word? Is it revenge or is it grace? Is it a good thing that God wants us to relinquish revenge to him? It was 20 silver pieces that Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery for after Reuben talked them out of killing him (Genesis 37). Why […]

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Live to Forgive: “When Famous Goes Wrong on a Rooftop”

King David had been told by Nathan that God was going to make David’s name as famous as anyone who had lived on this earth (2 Samuel 7:9). David would be moved from tending sheep to leading God’s people . . . quite a promotion. At first David was amazing, “he did what was just and right […]

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Live to Forgive: No Substitute

As we grow closer to Jesus through Lent, I invite you to enter into a season of reflections with me entitled, Live to Forgive! “I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus (1 John 2:12)!” When Jesus went to the cross, it became clear there was no […]

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