What is Forgiveness?

Is it the same thing as saying I’m sorry? I believe we have, as a society, reduced forgiveness into a mere “I’m sorry”. That is not what forgiveness is about! We do not ask forgiveness if we accidentally step on someone’s toe. I mean we did not just sin did we? You only need to ask for forgiveness if you sin; either against God, yourself or someone else. Therefore we do not say “will you forgive me for stepping on your toes”, we say “I’m sorry that I stepped on your toes”, because you are sorry. You did not mean to do it, but in doing so, you did not sin against them. You just accidentally stepped on their toes.

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What is Fearless Obedience

Obeying what you know to accomplish that which you do not know

Let’s break this down, first what does fearless mean? I use to think it was the absence of fear or an unconcern for safety. In reality fearless is much different, the best definition I could find was “A calm resolute in facing your fears”. Resolute can be interpreted as “Admirably purposeful, determined or unwavering”. It means you know and recognize the dangers but face them headstrong. This leads to the question of how do you become fearless? Ironically fearlessness comes from obedience, therefore obedience to God helps us to become fearless because we know that we will have what He said we can have. Basically we know that He keeps His promises.

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A letter from an atheist

This was a letter Ray Comfort (many know him from the Way of The Master series with Kirk Cameron) received from an atheist, read it and meditate on it.  Do you fit into the category of what this atheist is saying?

“You are really convinced that you’ve got all the answers. You’ve really got yourself tricked into believing that you’re 100% right. Well, let me tell you just one thing. Do you consider yourself to be compassionate of other humans? If you’re right, as you say you are, and you believe that, then how can you sleep at night? When you speak with me, you are speaking with someone who you believe is walking directly into eternal damnation, into an endless onslaught of horrendous pain which your ‘loving’ god created, yet you stand by and do nothing.If you believed one bit that thousands every day were falling into an eternal and unchangeable fate, you should be running the streets mad with rage at their blindness. That’s equivalent to standing on a street corner and watching every person that passes you walk blindly directly into the path of a bus and die, yet you stand idly by and do nothing. You’re just twiddling your thumbs, happy in the knowledge that one day that ‘walk’ signal will shine your way across the road.

Think about it. Imagine the horrors Hell must have in store if the Bible is true. You’re just going to allow that to happen and not care about saving anyone but yourself? If you’re right then you’re an uncaring, unemotional and purely selfish (expletive) that has no right to talk about subjects such as love and caring.”

We need to get back to praising God!

We should all Praise God every day. We thank Him for what He gives and does for us, but do we Praise Him? What is praise?

Praise is when we are genuinely joyful for something that has been done, either for us or by someone else. When our children do something that genuinely makes us happy, even if it is not for us, we praise them because we think they deserve it. When you do a good job at work and your supervisor praises you, do you think you deserve that? Why should you deserve it, you get paid to do your best.

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