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  • God Can Use Dark Times for Good

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    11-04-16-Forgiveness-God-Can-Use-Dark-Times-For-Good

    Did Jesus suffer? Was he sometimes lonely? Was he tempted to be discouraged? Was he misunderstood, maligned, and criticized unjustly?

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  • How Do You Forgive?

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    11-03-16-Forgiveness-How-Do-We-Forgive

    In 1956, five American missionaries headed to the rainforest of the eastern Amazon in Ecuador to make a second visit to the Huaorani tribe, which anthropologists said was the most vicious, violent society on the face of the earth. They had a culture of killing, and studies showed 60 percent of the tribe died by homicide.

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  • Forgive Because You’re Forgiven

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    11-02-16-Forgiveness-Forgive-Because-Youre-Forgiven

    The Bible says there are three reasons you have to let go of your past and the people who’ve hurt you, and the reasons have nothing to do with whether that person deserves it or not.

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  • You Don’t Have to Forget

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    11-01-16-Forgiveness-You-Dont-Have-To-Forget

    You’ve heard this phrase over and over: “Forgive and forget.” There’s only one problem with it: You can’t do it. It’s impossible! You really can’t forget a hurt in your life. In fact, you can’t even try to forget it. Because when you’re trying to forget, you are actually focusing on the very thing you want to forget.

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  • Requirements of Restored Relationship

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    10-31-16-Forgiveness-Requirements-of-Restored-Relationship

    Forgiveness is not resuming a relationship without change. In fact, forgiveness and resuming a relationship are two different things. One of them is what you do as the offended person. Resuming the relationship is what the other person does in order to get back into your good graces. Saying “I’m sorry” is not enough. In fact, the Bible teaches three things that are essential to resume a relationship that’s been broken. These are all what the offender has to do.

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  • What Forgiveness Really Is

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    10-30-16-Forgiveness-What-Forgiveness-Really-Is

    Forgiveness may be the most misused, misapplied, and misunderstood quality in our culture. We think we know what forgiveness is all about, but we really don’t. Before reading further, take a minute to do this little quiz by deciding if each statement is true or false.

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  • Focus on Reconciliation, Not Resolution

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    10-29-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Focus-On-Reconciliation-Not-Resolution

    When you have conflict in your life, focus on reconciliation, not resolution. There’s a big difference in those two words. Reconciliation means re-establishing the relationship. Resolution means resolving every issue.

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  • Fix the Problem, Not the Blame

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    10-28-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Fix-The-Problem-Not-The-Blame

    You only have a certain amount of emotional energy. In a conversation where you’re trying to resolve conflict, you can either use that energy to fix the blame or you can use that energy to fix the problem. You don’t have enough energy to do both. So you’ve got to ask yourself what’s more important, to blame the other person or to resolve the conflict.

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  • Courageous People Resolve Conflict

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    10-27-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Courageous-People-Resolve-Conflict

    Why does God want us to live at peace with everyone? Because unresolved conflict has three devastating effects in your life. First, it blocks your fellowship with God. When you’re out of whack with others, you can’t be in harmony with God. When you’re distracted, when you’re in conflict with other people, you cannot have a clear connection with God. The Bible says, “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar” (1 John 4:20a NLT, second edition).

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  • Do You Need a Heart Transplant?

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    10-26-16-Drive-Me-Crazy-Do-You-Need-A-Heart-Transplant

    If you’re going to get control of anger in your life, you must base your identity in Jesus, understanding that he loves you unconditionally, that you are his, that you are valuable, and that he has a purpose and plan for your life.

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