forgiveness

5 Reasons I Came Back to the Church

I came back to the church because God forgives and people prayed for me. I learned to forgive myself and others.

Reconciliation in God’s Time

The Bible says much about the subject of reconciliation. Through the blood of Christ, God forgave our sins and reconciled us to Him. But what happens when someone does wrong to us? We can gain insight through the story of Jacob and Esau. Family conflicts Long ago, there were twin brothers born to parents who […]

National Forgiveness and Happiness Day

This year’s National Forgiveness and Happiness Day is scheduled for November 1. This year’s message will take the form of the following pledge. We pledge allegiance to care for one another, encourage one another, love one another, listen to one another, and forgive one another no matter what. We pledge allegiance to follow the 28 […]

What's Really Happening in the United States
Visionary Leadership

What’s Really Going on in the United States Right Now?

Visionary Leadership in a Global Crisis These are troubling times. As I’m writing, the World Health Organization is reporting over 16,000,000 global cases of COVID-19 and over 650,000 deaths. The Center for Disease Control reports that 4,000,000 of those cases and nearly 150,000 of those deaths are here in the United States. I know several […]

The Priesthood

The theme of reconciliation is as old as humanity itself. Because of sin, humans damaged their relationship not only with God but also with their neighbor. Because of the Fall, communion between Adam and Eve was lost, giving rise to individualism. Both covered themselves with fig leaves, which they had not needed before: “I was […]

Dying to Live

Of all the ladies I cared for as a private caregiver, Bee was one of my favorites. I loved so many things about her, including her melodramatic manner. When Bee experienced a troubling symptom (that may or may not have indicated something serious), she’d let out a heavy sigh and say, “Well, if I die, […]

Needed: Peacemakers

In the Bible we find a wonderful story of reconciliation between two brothers, Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33). For a long time they lived separated from each other due to Esau’s anger and Jacob’s fear. Jacob, influenced by his mother, Rebekah, stole the blessing that by law belonged to his brother. Esau’s anger and frustration […]

Pen Pal Predicament

Growing up in the CoG7 is not always easy. Sometimes you are faced with difficult questions from friends. It can be hard to explain to friends why you cannot eat certain foods or why you don’t celebrate some holidays. I have had many experiences with this, but I want to share only one as an […]

Amazing Grace

Jesus has entrusted us with a critical rescue mission where eternal destinies hang in the balance. Most of us realize we let Jesus down. Our lack of faithfulness reflects our lack of love. My purpose isn’t to immerse us in guilt — that’s self focused; but to help us see how much we’ve been forgiven […]

A Friend to Jesus

In Luke 7:36-50, two people befriend Jesus. The first is Simon the Pharisee. Though the other Pharisees want to kill Jesus, Simon realizes He could be the real thing; He can heal and even raise the dead. So Simon invites Jesus home for a meal, and He accepts. Soon after they sit down to eat, […]