Forgiveness does not Condone Sin

“As obedient children, do not conform yourselves to the things you formerly did in your ignorance and lust, but according to your holy call.  You should be holy in all your ways, for it is written, ‘you shall be holy, since I am holy.’”  (1 Peter 1:14-16)               So many times, when people come to us for […]

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Forgiving Iniquity

“Who is a God like you, lifting iniquity and passing over rebellion Toward the remnant of his possession? He does not hold his anger forever, For he is pleased to show mercy. Let him return; let him greet us with love. Let him subdue our iniquity, You shall throw all our sins into the depths […]

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Forgiving the Wicked Servant

“After summoning him, his master said to him; ‘Wicked servant!  I forgave all of your debit because you begged me, thus is it not necessary that you show mercy on your fellow servant as I also showed mercy to you?’  And angered, his master delivered to the inquisitors until he could pay back all that he was […]

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Forgiving Others

“For if you should forgive people their offenses, your heavenly father will also forgive you.  But if you should not forgive people, neither will your father forgive you your offenses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)               While the language of this passage is fairly clear and explicit, conveying what Jesus wants us to understand, there are some things about […]

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The Apostles’ Creed

I Believe:  The Creed begins with an affirmation of belief.  It is important to make note of this and be reminded of what it means to “believe” something.  Belief in these truths does not necessarily imply saving faith, James reminds us that even the demons believe, yet the demons remain in their rebellion.  Yet, belief […]

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The Names of God

  It is worthwhile to spend some time reflecting upon the various names of God, particularly those names given in the Old Testament.  In thinking on these names, it is important to reject at the outset of this discussion the theological error of attributing the many names of God to a variety of cultic traditions which […]

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