Category Archives: Forgiveness

Turning the Other Cheek

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to … Continue reading

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You Need Jesus As a Savior More Than As an Example

There is a sentiment out there in the world that exalts Jesus as the ultimate example of human potential. Those who hold to this sentiment talk about Him as the great teacher and the ideal role model, but they express … Continue reading

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Mud

Following a summer storm, a mischievous little boy raced outside and proceeded to splash the water out of every mudhole he could find. By the time he was finished the mudholes were all dry and he was covered in mud … Continue reading

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The Matter of Uriah the Hittite

One night a man got drunk and ended up in a bar fight during which he received several cuts and bruises to his face. When he got home he stood in front of the bathroom mirror and tried his best … Continue reading

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What’s Your Sign?

As a woman was waiting in the checkout line of a grocery store, she noticed a young mother standing in line in front of her. The mother had her child strapped to her back in one of those baby-backpacks. Attached … Continue reading

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Preaching In a Prison

Yesterday morning I had the privilege of preaching the chapel service at Mountain View Correctional Institution, a prison in our area. I use the word “privilege” because that’s exactly what it was. I enjoyed the service immensely. Don Stafford, the … Continue reading

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So Far, So Good

A man jumped off the Empire State building. As he went plunging down past the 50th floor, an onlooker spoke to him from an open window and said, “Well, how does it feel?” The jumper answered, “So far, so good.” … Continue reading

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Forgiveness, But Not Change

I live in a small, rural county in the so-called “Bible belt.” It’s the kind of place where there is a church on every corner, down every side road, and up every holler. Consequently, it can be hard to find … Continue reading

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Rejoicing In The Lord Always

Many years ago, in Germany, a young man was diagnosed with cancer of the tongue. The cancer would spread unless the tongue was completely removed. That was an undesirable line of treatment, but it had to be done. On the … Continue reading

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How You Get In

Dr. Thomas John Barnardo was revered in London for his work with orphans. One day a dirty, destitute little boy came to him and asked for admission to the London orphanage. Somewhat surprised, Barnardo said, “But, my boy, I don’t … Continue reading

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