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First week of Lent – Is forgiveness a one time event?

Hi Hope!

How did it go thinking about forgiveness last week?

I’ve been asking around who has successful stories of forgiveness and it seems like we all have forgiveness stories but not all have been successful! What does the Bible say about this? Is forgiveness a one time event? Do we forgive someone once and move on? For most of us, forgiveness is a process and a practice. It’s a muscle and we want to build up its strength. It may take a long time, it may take a few different forms, and it may not go exactly like we expected.

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” Matthew 1:21-22

We might be relieved to think that forgiveness is an on-going experience. All the time we need it and all the time we are asked to offer it.

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecc. 7:20

For this week’s practice, try letting go of small flares of anger, resentment or frustration as quickly as you possibly can. I’m thinking of things like being cut off in traffic, having a friend or spouse say something small but hurtful, or reading an upsetting piece of news that makes you mad at someone or something. How quickly can you get back to a peaceful place? Say a little prayer like, “God, I’m angry; thank you for helping me forgive quickly.”

 For I am determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 1 Cor. 2:2

Set it as a goal, with these little annoyances, to see the “other” as the Christ. You don’t need to do it with the big stuff yet! Try it just with the small things and see how it feels and where it leaves you.

Let me know how it goes!

Many blessings,

Pastor Sam

First Sunday of Lent, 2017

Rev. Sam Wilde talks to the kids and asks them about fasting and giving up something.

Them – a lesson from Mathew on Jesus’ in the wilderness for 40 days.

The choirs’ anthem “Remember O Thou Man’ ties it all together.

Sunday Service, February 26, 2017

 

February 19th 2-17, Sunday Service

Rev. Sam Wilde

 

Sunday Service, February 5, 2017

Rev. Sam Wilde with a powerful message from Isaiah 58:

If you remove the yoke from among you,
    the finger-pointing, the wicked speech;
    if you open your heart to the hungry,
    and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted,
    your light will shine in the darkness,
    and your gloom will be like the noon.
The Lord will guide you continually
    and provide for you, even in parched places.
    He will rescue your bones.
You will be like a watered garden,
    like a spring of water that won’t run dry.
They will rebuild ancient ruins on your account;
    the foundations of generations past you will restore.
You will be called Mender of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Livable Streets.

 

 

Sunday service, January 22, 2017

We listen to the story of being called by Christ to follow.