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Forgiving God

To discuss forgiving God may seem as if I am accusing God of doing wrong, but that is not the case. Forgiving God is very similar to forgiving ourselves since in both instances we are letting go of our disappointment. … Continue reading

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Forgiving Yourself

Last week, in response to my thoughts on forgiving the unforgivable hurts of others, one reader requested that I address forgiving ourselves. To do this, we must first define what we mean by “forgiving ourselves” because it is very different … Continue reading

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Toward Forgiveness

When I examine myself carefully, I find that I am not a very forgiving person though I could easily pass for one. I may seem like a forgiving person, perhaps to others and often in my own eyes, but when … Continue reading

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Beyond Cynicism

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! Psalm 1:1 The Jewish prayers begin with this blessing for the … Continue reading

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From and Through

I believe it is important to understand that Jesus saves us not from but through the troubles of life, that is, through suffering, sin, and death. If we were saved from such tribulation we would avoid these entirely. However, that … Continue reading

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Grace and Confession

For many of us, the prospect of admitting our misdeeds stirs feelings of fear and shame. In this world we expect punishment and rejection for wrongs committed. We do not anticipate forgiveness and reconciliation if we confess sins, but instead … Continue reading

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Repetition in Prayer

Many of us were taught that reciting or repeating a prayer, anything other than coming up with our own words, was the wrong way to pray. Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount has been put forward as the … Continue reading

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