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Are All Sins Forgivable?

Everybody sins, and anybody who cares about the fact that they sin asks for forgiveness. What does forgiveness mean? Is the way we forgive each other different than the way God and Jesus forgive? Are there sins that are NOT forgivable? What are they? How do we avoid them? What about being the person who SHOULD forgive, but perhaps does not want to forgive? Is forgiveness more of an emotional experience or more of an intellectual one? For such a common subject, forgiveness sure does evoke a lot of questions! Stay with us as we look into forgiveness, the Bible, our culture, and our experiences.

What About Revenge?

We all have at one time or another wanted revenge – the act of not only getting back at someone or something, but being sure that they were delivered that little extra dose of humiliation so they would know to not ever mess with us again. Yeah, revenge – so often looked at as sweet and so often sought after as a dramatic answer to our woes. But is it? Is revenge sweet or desirable or even good? Well, the Bible says “vengeance is mine saith the Lord!” If God wants vengeance, then why shouldn’t we? Stay with us as we put revenge on the table to find out where or even if it should fit into our lives.

Are We Hard-Hearted?

Anger, revenge and grudges! Sometimes our tolerance for others wears thin and we just want to...why we just want to let ‘em have it! Let ‘em know the heat of our wrath and the consequences for what we see as their wrong-doing and misbehavior. We want them to know that they can run but they cannot hide, for the long arm of justice will prevail! Now that that’s been said, the question is, SHOULD that be the way we think and act? Is there ever a time when we as Christians “take off the gloves” and show the full force of our dissatisfaction? This weekend, being the ninth anniversary of 9/11, we thought it appropriate to not only assess our position nine years later, but also to try and understand some current events and put it all in the context of God, tolerance, hard-heartedness and forgiveness.

Should We Forgive God? (Part II)

There are many views of the character of God. Some see Him as angry, wrathful and impatient, while others see Him as just, loving and merciful. Whatever your view of His character, it is certain that we live in a world where things are NOT fair and people by the MILLIONS suffer for things they did not do. So, what does that do to our understanding of God? If He is all powerful and all wise, why does He allow such injustice, suffering and chaos? Has God abandoned us? Has He forgotten us? Does He even care about us? Did God make mistakes with His creation – did He create a world that “got away from Him” and now it’s too late to change things? Stay with us as we look into the myriads of difficulties in our world and try to understand where God is in all all of this. Should we forgive God? Is it even our place to forgive God?

Should We Forgive God? (Part I)

There are many views of the character of God. Some see Him as angry, wrathful and impatient, while others see Him as just, loving and merciful. Whatever your viewof His character, it is certain that we live in a world where things are NOT fair and people by the MILLIONS suffer for things they did not do. So, what does that do to our understanding of God? If He is all powerful and all wise, why does He allow such injustice, suffering and chaos? Has God abandoned us? Has He forgotten us? Does He even care about us? Did God make mistakes with His creation – did He create a world that “got away from Him” and now it’s too late to change things? Stay with us as we look into the myriads of difficulties in our world and try to understand where God is in all of this. Should we forgive God? Is it even our place to forgive God?

What Does it Mean When We Forgive?

We have all (hopefully) heard and uttered the words, “I forgive you” many times in our lives. The hard questions attached to them are these: What does that phrase really mean? Do those words change anything? Are we bound to live by those words once they are spoken? On this program, we want to examine the mechanics of forgiveness. Fortunately, the Bible speaks loudly and clearly on the subject. The Bible not only speaks on the subject, it also defines it for us, so stay with us as we consider forgiveness, repentance and their roles in our lives.

Do I Mean It when I say I’m Sorry?

If you are like me, you remember the scenario…you are a little kid, playing with other kids. Everyone is having a good time and as time goes on, things escalate. Somebody gets a little rough, you get a little rough and all of a sudden, somebody is crying and you are the one who made it happen! Your mom comes on over, sorts out the different versions of the event and then you hear those inevitable words. You hear that motherly command that you NEVER like hearing…“Say you’re sorry!” BUT, - “say you’re sorry!” Okay, soorreee! For many of us, this was a necessary part of our introduction into human relations. Now that we are grown, what does it mean to be sorry...to be truly sorry for a wrong done to another? Stay with us as we look at the ingredients of a truly sincere apology. Do I mean it when I say “I’m sorry?”

Do We Forgive and Forget?

Forgive and forget. It is a saying that has been around for a VERY long time. Many of us have probably uttered those words at one time or another, while dealing with the hurt and results of misunderstandings or angry words or actions. To forgive is to not hold someone accountable for something, to forget, well that is a different story, for it requires us to truly not hold them accountable in the future as well. God is a forgiving God. Jesus came to forgive sins. How do we do in following these examples in our daily lives? When we forgive, do we forget?