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Forgiveness

by Pastor David Grey

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” — Colossians 3:13-14

More than 30 times in the New Testament we are told to forgive one another’s trespasses and offenses. But there is one verse in scripture that reveals just how crucial it is that we obey this command.

It is verse 6 of Matthew 15: “If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Does God really mean that His forgiving me is contingent upon my forgiving others? The answer is “yes, He does.”

That was the whole point of the parable of the debtor Jesus told in Matthew 18. You might remember the story. A man who owed the king more than he could ever repay, begged for mercy and had his debt forgiven.

Yet that same man demanded that someone who owed him far, far less pay back every penny.

When the king heard about it he, “called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.”

Now in case someone would fail to understand clearly what this parable meant, Jesus concluded, saying, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”

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Light In The Darkness: May 16, 2012

by David Grey

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Yes, it was only last week that I wrote concerning this scripture. In that column I asked the questions, “Where are the leaders, who fear God enough to say publicly that the only hope for our nation is to humble itself before God? Who is proclaiming that the true need in America is to turn from our wicked ways and to plead for mercy?”

Since writing that column I have become aware of an exciting movement within our city.  Pastors and key church leaders have begun to meet weekly for the express purpose of, “crying out to God for a spiritual breakthrough.”

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Light In The Darkness: May 2, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” — Romans 8:28-29

John Piper says, “No promise in all the world surpasses the height and breadth and weight of Romans 8:28.”

Properly understood, I believe that is absolutely true. Yet misunderstanding has sometimes led to even greater heartache for those who are suffering.

Because mankind gave dominion to the Devil, there are truly bad things that happen in life. Awful, tragic things that drive us to our knees.

God is not saying that He somehow makes those things good. Such painful tragedies result from mankind’s fallen state and are part of the death which came upon the human race in the Garden.

As such, they too, will cease when death is cast into the lake of fire.

So, God has not promised that He will turn every tragedy itself into a blessing. He has not said that what is bad can now be called good.

That may be fine for the Fairy Tale but it is not what God has promised.

What He has promised is that He will weave every painful experience, every tragedy in our lives into the tapestry of blessing He has for those who love him.

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Light In The Darkness: April 25, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s people for works of service.” – Ephesians 4:11-12

I know that I have written on this topic before but it is a message so much needed in the Body of Christ today. Tradition has resulted in whole congregations who expect their pastor to do the ministry. But that is clearly not what scripture says.
John Piper writes, “God gives to a church spiritual leaders whose role is to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. And from the work of the ministry by the saints, the body is built up. God’s pattern for producing people with powerful faith and genuine love is not to have the pastor-teachers do all the work of the ministry.

“They are to equip the saints to do the ministry. And the saints are not a class of Christians. They are you, all of you, who have set yourselves apart for God through faith in Christ.”

According to God’s pattern then, the building up of the body in faith and love is the  responsibility of saints who have been equipped.

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Light In The Darkness: April 11, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands and they were shouting with a mighty shout,  “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” — Revelation 7:9-10

It is a joyous crowd and an amazing display of the mercy and grace of God…a wonderfully astounding sight like nothing else in the history of the world.

It is a sight that will cause, “all the angels to fall before the throne with their faces to the ground, worshipping God and singing, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor  and power and strength belong to our God  forever and ever! Amen’.”

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Light In The Darkness: March 28, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“We live by faith, not by sight.” — 2 Corinthians 5:7

Albert Barnes, the 19th century pastor and theologian whose notes still speak, wrote, “We believe in the existence of objects which are invisible, and we are influenced by them. To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and (allowing) them to influence us as if they were seen.

“The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, honor, splendor, praise, for the objects which this world can furnish…. (they live)  as if there were nothing which is unseen… as if they ought not to be influenced by the things which are unseen.  The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives, and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all.”

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Light In The Darkness: March 21, 2012

by Pastor David Grey

“…strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” – Acts 14:22

Charles Spurgeon said, “God’s people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen to the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honor are distinguished.”

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