Sunday Preview

March 14, 2013

Spring is here and the desert wildflowers are blooming. Kristina and I like to take walks in the preserve in the early evenings when the setting sun makes the mountains glow with a golden hue. These are good times for us to talk and process the challenges of life in the light of God’s blessings.

My sermon this Sunday is called “The Process of Forgiveness” from Matthew 18. We are all faced with battles in life and we have been given enough grace for victory, as long as we are not weighed down with unresolved issues from our past. People often find it hard to grant forgiveness because they don’t want to see the offender free to damage others. In Matthew 18 Jesus makes it clear that no one gets away with anything. The Lord gives us action steps for dealing with our brother’s sin—not to punish him, but to help free him.

These truths can help us grow in confidence in Christ. Every command he gives us is for our own good, as well as for the good of others. Forgiveness enables all of our hurts to heal, so we can enjoy the fullness of life. I’ll be praying that the Lord will give us all revelation and refreshing as we worship him this weekend.

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