Our Greatest Need, God's Greatest Gift, Your Greatest Choice
Practicing Real Forgiveness
October 23, 2022 • Dr. Willy Rice • Genesis 50:15–21
Forgiveness will be as difficult as the pain is deep. Forgiveness often has to be worked out over time. How often must you forgive? As often as your heart remembers the hurt. You may have to make the choice over and over again until the hurt dissipates. Sometimes forgiveness must be an active choice in our mind and will, and it will take time, sometimes a long time, for our emotions to catch up. Keep practicing forgiveness until the hurt diminishes.
The Command to Forgive
October 16, 2022 • Dr. Willy Rice • Colossians 3:12–15
How do we forgive when we have been hurt so deeply? Where is the tension between justice and forgiveness? How do I know when to forgive and when to fight for what is right? Can you do both? If forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian faith, just exactly what does it mean, and how do you make the choice to forgive?
October 9, 2022 • Dr. Willy Rice • Hebrews 9:26–28
In Paul's writings, he referred to the message of the cross as foolishness to the Greeks (irreligious and unaware of the truth of God) and a stumbling block to the Jews (moral, religious, aware of the truth of God). The actual word for stumbling block there is our word for scandal. Paul is arguing that for Jewish people who knew about God, his righteousness, and the reality that sin must be judged, the message of the cross seemed scandalous. And now you see it. The message that someone's vile acts can be forgiven because Jesus died on the cross because someone else paid the price seems scandalous, even offensive. To others, it just seems foolish. But to those who will be saved, Paul says, it is the wisdom and power of God. If the message of the cross is true, it is good news for people who are wicked and vile, and frankly, it may be bad news for some of us.
How to Bless the Forgiving God
September 18, 2022 • Pastor Ron Cooney • Psalm 103:1–16
It may seem strange to think that we could bless God. Many of us pray for God’s blessing…we even use phrases like, “God bless you,” because it is easy to understand how God blesses us. But here, David is telling himself to bless God. The Hebrew word used here, bara-kah, describes bestowing someone with special power or declaring God to be special power. David is praising God for who He is. He declares through worship the glory of God.