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Forgiveness

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says ” If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day and seven times comes back to you and says ‘I repent’, forgive him” (Luke 17:3-5)

There are many times in our walk with Christ that someone does something to hurt us, whether they did it on purpose or not, and it could be for any number of things, from gossip to infidelity, childish name calling to lying. Some where along the line some one will not love thy neighbor as thy self; and it hurts, some times we find it very hard to forgive and that can be true in many cases.

When we feel that we cannot forgive some one who has sinned against us, let us look at ourselves; when YOU sin against God and ask for His grace and great mercy is God not quick to forgive you?

We are called to proclaim the good news of Jesus and part of that good news is that when we repent and turn away from our sins we are forgiven for our sins. God loves us so much and we must love much, we must reconcile with those who have wrong us and continue to love them, just as God loves us and he showed us his love through Jesus the Christ, our Savior. Forgiveness is not the great undo button and things go back to they way they were or used to be. But in that act is reconciliation and there you will find God and then one can continue to move forward.

Jesus says that no matter how many times somebody sins against you, you forgive them, even if you think they don’t “deserve” it. My friends ask yourselves this, how can you be forgiven when you can’t forgive?

Gandhi once said “forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”.

Forgiveness can be a hard thing to wrap your head around, some one said ” so our sins are forgiven just like that?”, yes, they are. If you read the parable of the prodigal son in the Gospel of Luke, you will find how God forgives us when we ask.

Let us as followers of Jesus show that love towards others when they wrong us.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, and pray for me a sinner.

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Haiti

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Several days ago, a earthquake ravaged the already impoverished nation of Haiti; with a death toll that may reach over ten thousand, some report hundreds of thousands feared dead.

Everyday we as a people of God have great opportunity to serve the body of Christ, yet more often than not, we choose to miss that chance in hopes that someone else will do it.

In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus says ” For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”  Jesus continues, ” truly, I say to you as you did it to on of the least of these my brethren,you did it to me.”

Today we have an opportunity to participate in God’s harvest, how will you participate? will you give money? will you donate food? will you donate blood? will you give medicine to help the sick and injured?  Even though you are far from the nation of Haiti you can still bless others with what the Lord our God has blessed you with.

As you look upon your running water, the refrigerator full of food, and the Advil that sits in front of you. Pray for the people of Haiti that they may have these small yet life saving items, pray for the rescue workers and relief workers who are making tireless efforts to save countless lives and those who have suffered the greatest of all loses, there homes, lives and loved ones.

Pray that our Almighty and merciful Father may heal a hurting nation; and that the body of Christ will rise up and aid the Haitians who are all at there weakest and show the unconditional love that is, of and from God.Amen.

As for some of the comments made by folks like Pat Robertson and others forgive them Father for they know not what they do….or say.

May the Blessings of God almighty be with you and the nation of Haiti.

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Greetings

Greetings and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Through out the history of the church Christians have used epistles to communicate thoughts, ideas and instruction to churches all across the  globe; most notably the Apostles(St. Paul, St. Peter) and some of the early church fathers( St. Ignatius of Antioch).

So what is an epistle? Simply put an epistle is a letter, a good portion of the New Testament are letters to other churches back when Christianity was still in it’s infancy. If you were to look at it today, it is almost the equivalent of reading someones email.

We are blessed to live in a society to where we have better and faster ways to communicate to each other; such as blogs, emails, web sites and even the long lost art of letter writing(thank you postal service).

The modern epistle is an open letter to all Christians using internet as its paper and keys as it’s pen. I welcome you and look forward to your responses as we journey together down the road of faith.

Blessings.

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