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Forgiveness and the Place of Anger

There is one certainty about human relationships, they can be painful. Forgiveness, absorbing the pain in hurtful relationships, is necessary for those relationships to function as God designed. We forgive, it’s costly, as we have been forgiven in Christ, it was more costly. Anger is a necessary and costly emotion we experience when we are hurt by another. Trying to...

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First Steps in Giving Forgiveness

Giving forgiveness requires getting forgiveness. God gives forgiveness freely at the cost of the death of his own Son. All mankind has nothing but need. We cannot make up for our sins. We are completely dependent upon God’s mercies, and God demonstrates his love for us while we were sinners Christ died for us (Rom.5:8). God accepted this sacrifice of himself and veri...

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The Practical Value of the Infinite Worth of Christ's Death

When I think of my unworthiness in light of what I did or did not do, said or did not say, thought or did not think, then I must think upon the worth and value of Christ’s death. When I think of someone else's unworthiness in light of what they did or did not do, what they said or did not say, or I am sure they thought or worse yet, what they did not think, then I m...

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The Foundation for Giving Forgiveness

We all experience hurt in relationships. Hurt in relationships complicates life. Complicated relationships complicate our lives- the way we think about ourselves, others, our relationship to God, and the way we live our lives. We all deal with these complications in various ways. We like to find diversions or distractions. I saw a boat last week named, “Sane Asylum&...

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Resurrection: Jesus Christ was Raised from the Dead

The following is an excerpt from Concise Theology by J.I.Packer. This is a book I recommend for every Christian library. Dr. Packer writes, "Jesus's resurrection, which was a divine act involving all three Persons of the Godhead (Jn.10:17-18; Acts 13:30-35; Rom.1:4), was not just a resuscitation of the ruined physical frame that was taken down from the cross for burial. I...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #7

Petition: Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one Priority: Warfare The Christian life is one of warfare against the enemy of our flesh, it’s want is to make the way of the world it’s god giving obedience to the Devil. In this final article on Kingdom Prayer, Learning to Pray the Lord’s Prayer, we tackle the final petition. Let&rsq...

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The Goodness of Good Friday

Can something so unhappy be a cause for celebration? It’s a paradox to call the day our Savior died good. We live as those who believe that for something or some day to be “good” it must mean it is something happy. The early church remembered the day of Jesus’ death with mourning, fasting, and prayer. The fourth century Bishop of Ambrose spoke of G...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #6

Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition: Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtorsPriority: Reconciliation As Christ bore the burden of our sin on the cross, so we bear one another’s burdens fulfilling the law of Christ, and discovering the joy of life together. We are learning to pray in the heart of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is a reconciling God who acts, prays ...

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Learning, Receiving and Giving Forgiveness

In April Christ Church is beginning a six week Adult Life Group on “Learning, Receiving and Giving Forgiveness.” The Triune God is a peacemaking and reconciling God. The apostle Paul writes about the Lord Jesus Christ, “And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. ...

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Praying Kingdom Prayers - Petition and Priority #5

Praying Kingdom Prayers Petition & Priority #5 Petition: Give us this day our daily bread Priority: Generosity We belong to Christ and everything he gives us is his to meet our needs and to be given through us to others. As we learn to pray with the heart of Jesus we learn his priority on generosity. We pray this petition that we and others will make him our trust....

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