F is for Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something we desperately need in our lives.  By nature we tend to hurt each other and our selves by the decisions that we make.  We are at the same time both saints and sinners.  To understand what we are doing and why is important to be able to connect with one another and with God.

Author Phillip Yancey writes in his book What’s So Amazing about Grace a story about a prostitute who went to a counselor for help. The counselor and the prostitute talk about her needs and then the counselor asked if she had ever thought of going to a church for help. The counselor said “I will never forget the look of pure, naive shock that crossed her face. ‘Church!’ she cried. ‘Why would I ever go there? I was already feeling terrible about myself.  They’d just make me feel worse!'”

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My 11 Year Old Son

I have an 11 year old son!  It’s hard for me to believe that my son is 11 years old.  It seems like only yesterday I was holding him in my arms, trying to figure out how to be a father.  What a journey it has been.

Logan has lived in nine different homes, six different churches, four different schools  and three different states.  He has played football and soccer, taken swimming lessons, gone to eight weeks of summer camp and has participated in countless number of Vacation Bible Schools.

Being a PK (pastor’s kid) has its advantages and disadvantages.  Logan has walked through life with enough confidence, energy and grace to make me proud.  He is so much like me that it both excites me and scares me. He is his birthday letter:

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God’s Covenant

The story of Noah and the flood is one of those Biblical narratives that many are familiar with and love.  I remember hearing this story when I was a kid and I loved it!

There are two ways that I hear this story now. First I hear it as a children’s story. A story of animals and rainbows. A story about God’s love for animals, about remembering God’s love each time we see a rainbow. For the adults we extend the story to capture the storms in our lives — combine all of that with the assurance that God is with us and in the end there is a rainbow where we see and feel God’s love for us.

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I recently read Luke chapter 12 and there was a part of the passage that hit me like a ton of bricks. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

You see, I like many people here live in fear. We are afraid to keep our jobs, our families, and our lives in order. We form habits and routines and when those things change. We start to become worried or afraid.

But Jesus tells us that it is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. God wants to give us everything we want and need in this world, so why be afraid?

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I would call Transgression a “seminary word.”  The average church goer might not know what this word means.  It is not a word that many use on a regular basis.  Transgression basically means sin but with intentionality.

We sin everyday, by what we do and by the things that we don’t do. However, there are times when people cause a transgression, that is when people intentionally sin or break the law, on purpose.  This may include running a stop sign or telling a lie.

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