Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
This Sunday (January 19, 2014) we will continue the theme of forgiveness but now we will look at forgiveness on the horizontal level, between one another. Based on Colossians 3:12-14, as “God’s chosen people” we are to “forgive as the Lord forgave” us (Col. 2:13). I should warn you. This message will be a little uncomfortable and unsettling to people who want to coddle their grudges and past offenses like a well-worn security blanket. However, if you’re ready to be healed, if you’re ready to be free, if you’re ready to leave behind your old baggage, then I invite you to share in the liberating experiencing of being “Forgiven and Forgiving.”
“For His Glory!”
Here's the Text of Colossians 3:12-14, NIV (1984)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
It's hard to embrace God's limitless future when your stuck in the past. Don't drag your old baggage into your new future! This week's sermon (Psalm 51) has quite a bit to say about moving beyond your past and embracing the joy of God's salvation. Join us as we discover together the wonderful power of forgiveness.
See you this Sunday as we worship the living God!
Psalm 51, New International Version
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.