Fighting Hard and Fighting Fair 1: We All Fight for Something

Fighting Hard and Fighting Fair Day 1- We All Fight for Something “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, ESV) Marriage is hard. It’s also beautiful at times, but most of us can relate to challenging seasons in our relationship. And since challenges will come, we have to decide ahead of them what we are…

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Fret Not 7: Sunday Selah, “It Is Well With My Soul”

Fret Not Day 7 - Sunday Selah, “It Is Well With My Soul” (Story Behind the Song) Yesterday, we shared a hymn well known and loved by many. “It Is Well With My Soul” has such beautiful lyrics, but they were written after tragedy and loss, and such great loss that for many would lead to anxiety, fear, bitterness and fretful thoughts. Let me share a small window into Horatio Spafford’s story…

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Fret Not 6: Weekly Thoughts

Fret Not Day 6 - Weekly Thoughts From the beginning of the human race, anxiety and fear have plagued us, stealing our peace. When worries press in and lie heavy on our mind and body, a therapeutic approach to dealing with them is turning not only to God in prayer but also to music that speaks to our heart.  Brothers and sisters from past eras have sat down with pen and paper…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 25: Sunday Selah, A Prayer for Help

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 25 - Sunday Selah, A Prayer for Help Dear Heavenly Father, please open our eyes and hearts to any unforgiveness we may be harboring, and give us the help of Your Spirit to make things right. We know Your heart in this and we desire to be people who are obedient and kind. Forgive our past unwillingness to correct relational issues that need addressing, and give us…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 24: A Song for Saturday, “Forgiven” by Sanctus Real

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 24 - A Song for Saturday, “Forgiven” by Sanctus Real Forgiven Well, the past is playing with my headAnd failure knocks me down againI'm reminded of the wrongThat I have said and doneAnd that devil just won’t let me forget [Chorus] In this lifeI know what I've beenBut here in your armsI know what I amI'm forgivenI'm forgivenAnd I don't have to carryThe weight of who I've…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 23: God’s Forgiveness

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 23 - God’s Forgiveness In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, (Ephesians 1:7, ESV) As we’ve been discussing the topic of forgiveness, we cannot come to a close without considering the forgiveness we’ve received so graciously from Christ. As believers, our burden from our sin has been removed. We’ve experienced spiritual freedom that is…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 22: Freedom!

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 22 - Freedom! Our prayer is that this study on forgiveness has opened your eyes and your heart to the need to forgive someone you’ve so far been unable to. If we are completely honest in this, most of us have had our own struggles with forgiveness. We’ve felt justified on occasion in our unwillingness to extend grace and forgiveness because our hurt was so deep. Some…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 21: A Unified Body

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 21- A Unified Body Did you ever stop to think that a unified Body—the Body of Christ—would not be possible without forgiveness? Forgiveness must be a language we easily speak in our relationships, but it also must be a language embraced in each local church testimony in order for unity to be present. And isn’t a unified Body the goal? Can you think of a more miserable…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 20: Our Responsibility as Christians

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 20 - Our Responsibility as Christians Maybe you’ve followed along in this series because the issue of forgiving is something you’re having great difficulty with. If you’re a Christ follower, forgiveness is a responsibility, not a choice. And for some, that truth may hit in an unfavorable way.  We know the “why” of this—because of the forgiveness we’ve received from Christ Jesus—but oftentimes, for some reason, we…

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The Necessity of Forgiveness 19: What’s Your Story?

The Necessity of Forgiveness Day 16 - A Murderer Gets a Second Chance Day 19- What’s Your Story? What stands out most in your own life experience when you think of the word “forgiveness”? Have you had to forgive someone for something you felt was really big and really hard? Or are you still struggling to find victory over a broken relationship or forgiving someone who deeply hurt you? Or maybe you’re…

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