The Truth About Forgiveness

When I talk to anyone about forgiveness I always tell them to read Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (ESV). Did you catch that, we are to forgive others as Christ Jesus the Lord has forgiven us.

Forgiving someone who has wronged us is not always the easiest thing to do.  We know Jesus expects us to follow His example of grace and mercy by forgiving others; however, there are times forgiveness is the last thing on our minds.

Why is forgiveness so difficult?  Dr Russell Moore answers this question in his blog entitled “What Forgiveness Is and Isn’t.” I hope this insightful article will help as you seek to show forth the forgiveness of Christ.  Click this link to read Dr. Moore’s blog.

First Fruits

I have never had much of a green thumb, so planting a garden has never been at the top of my list.  As you can guess, my knowledge of horticulture is very limited; however, I am well aware that when you sow a certain type of seed, that is what you can expect to reap.  If you plant lettuce, you’re not going to get cucumbers, and if you plant carrots, you’re not going to get peas.

It is just common sense that you will reap what you sow.

This same truth applies to that which we plant within our hearts. In Galatians 6.7-8 the Bible says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”  Whenever we place our faith in Jesus, He sends His Spirit to lead and guide us into a new life.  If fact, the Bible says that we are a new creation in Jesus.

This Sunday, we will be examining the First Fruits of Salvation as found in Acts 3.1-11.  This will be a wonderful study of some of the fruit that will sprout up within those who commit their lives to Jesus.  After the morning service, we will have our annual Thanksgiving meal.  This is always a wonderful time for our church family and special guests to sit down together.  I hope you will honor us with your presence Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. for our worship service and then stay for our Thanksgiving meal.

I hope to see you this Sunday at Living Oaks Baptist Church.

What Abortion?

Tullian Tchividjian is the grandson of Billy Graham.  Over the last few months I have read several of his blogs that have touched my heart.  I hope you enjoy this link to his article, “What Abortion?”  It is a wonderful reminder about God’s amazing grace!

“What Abortion?” by Tullian Tchividjian (click here)

Church Growth God’s Way

This Sunday we will observe a few of the ways the first church in Acts 2.41-47 experience healthy spiritual growth.  In studying for this sermon I found the following article by Thom Rainer (President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources).  It is an interesting look at five warning signs of declining church health.

“5 Warning Signs of Declining Church Health” by Thom Rainer