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Category archive: Forgiveness

From Forgiveness to Thanksgiving

Many Christians miss the rich heritage of most of our holidays. For example, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of September 13, 2015. The children’s sermon Water Gate tells the story of the Hebrew slaves being released from Babylon to return to Jerusalem. The blowing of the shophar (pronounced SHOW-far) or ram’s horn, was part…

Oneness

I wrote this blog in April 2012… We are all connected. The matrix or illusion we find ourselves in is thinking that we are separated from each other and God. That makes living on Earth sort of a blind experiment. You have freewill and choose to love or hate. It’s up to you to figure…

Forgive

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 Text: Mark 11:24-26; Luke 11:4 Prop: A (handwritten) bumper sticker that reads “I’m not perfect, just forgiving.” Summary: We must forgive others. Have you ever seen a bumper sticker on a car? They usually have short messages…

Bad Boy (Prodigal Son)

Joke: Any child can tell you the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he is in trouble. Text: Luke15:11-32 Prop: a poster of the return of the Prodigal Son Summary: Even when we are bad, God loves us and is waiting for us to ask his forgiveness and come…

Show Mercy

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. – Sir Winston Churchill Text: Matthew 5:7; 7:1,2 Prop: Four quarters and a one dollar bill (or coin for bill exchange in any currency) Summary: We get what we give. Jesus teaches us to be kind to others without…

Scapegoat

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:12 Text: Leviticus 16:8, 21-22; Isaiah 53:6 Summary: The scapegoat is explained as a picture of Jesus removing our sins. Prop: a picture of a scapegoat. I want to tell you a story to explain…

Make Allowance for Others

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14 Text: Numbers 11:28-29; Mark 9:38-40; Psalm 19:14 Prop: your hand Summary: Do not find fault with others. Make allowance for them. Today I want to speak with you…

Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is September 26, 2012 (dusk Tuesday to dusk Wednesday) or the “day of atonement.” The children’s sermon Scapegoat tells the story. Have you ever known a time when you could forgive others but had a hard time forgiving yourself? This story is about allowance: allowance for others and making allowance for our own…

Law of Allowance

The law of allowance is crucial for us to understand and embrace. Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer that we may ask for forgiveness to the extent we have forgiven others. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (Matthew 6:12) But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which…

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