Tag Archives: Forgiveness

And Peter

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For the four weeks leading up to and going beyond Easter, we’re looking at the life of Peter.  Because he’s so often at the center of both the brightest and darkest moments in the Gospels, he has always been a source of hope and inspiration for those endeavoring to follow Jesus. It’s possible that the two most poignant words in… Read more »

You Will Get Through This

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For the four weeks leading up to and going beyond Easter, we’re looking at the life of Peter.  Because he’s so often at the center of both the brightest and darkest moments in the Gospels, he has always been a source of hope and inspiration for those endeavoring to follow Jesus. On New Year’s Day 1929, Roy Riegels made one… Read more »

The Faith of Your Friends

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For a number of years, psychologist Henry Cloud led a support group for inpatients at a hospital who were struggling with addictions and other vexing life issues. In his book How People Grow, Cloud specifically recalls one of the group members whom we’ll call Joe.  Joe was a pastor tormented by a sex addiction.  He preached passionately about God’s grace. … Read more »

Padlocked Hearts

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  Father Elias Chacour describes himself as a “Palestinian-Arab-Christian-Israeli.” At one time or another, as bishop of the Greek Catholic Church in northern Israel, he has needed to call on each of… Read more »

The Challenge of Forgiveness

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Throughout Lent, we’re exploring the parables of Jesus – the two dozen or so stories that were his chief means of describing the reality of God’s rule on earth.  Did you hear about the guy named Bubba who called 911 because his wife was going into labor?  “Please send an ambulance,” he said, “because I can’t get my truck started. … Read more »

As We Forgive Our Debtors

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Which came first: the chicken or the egg? That famous question presents what is called a causality dilemma.  We know that all chickens are hatched from eggs, and that all chicken eggs are laid by chickens.  So which is the cause and which is the effect? Aristotle, writing four centuries before Christ, admitted he was stumped.  He concluded that the… Read more »

Forgive Us Our Debts

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I’ll never forget the day a man who had been attending our church for 20 years finally decided to become a member. What struck me most was his reason for waiting so long.  “All these years I hesitated to become a Christian because of the Lord’s Prayer.  Jesus tells us to forgive our debtors.  I figured that if I applied… Read more »

You Need a Do-Over

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City Slickers is a film about three Manhattan men, lifelong friends, who are wrestling with the harrowing approach of middle age.  Together they head out West in the hope of finding adventure (and maybe even themselves) by participating in a cattle drive.  One of the characters, named Phil (played by Daniel Stern, wearing the white hat), has recently seen his… Read more »