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  • Cut People Some Slack

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    Everybody has bad days. Kay knows that I have two touchy times every week. I’m touchy on Saturday afternoon because I’m focused on the message I am about to preach. And the other time I’m touchy is Monday morning, because I’m drained from preaching all weekend and talking to people between services. So Kay makes allowances for that. She cuts me some slack.

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  • The Cross Says ‘Let It Go’

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    Forgiveness is free. But it’s not cheap. It cost Jesus Christ his life. And it’s also not easy. Forgiveness can only occur when the offended person volunteers to assume the debt and not to get even or seek revenge. That’s what Jesus did for us. That’s what he calls us to do for others.

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  • Why You Can’t Forgive Someone Too Much

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    We all have sources of irritation in our lives — people who repeatedly hurt us or mistreat us. The last thing we want to do is forgive them.

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  • Why Should We Show Mercy?

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    No characteristic describes God more fully than mercy. It’s the first trait that God uses to describe himself in Scripture. It’s also an important characteristic for any serious follower of Jesus to develop. If it’s such a core part of who God is, it’s got to be essential for us

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  • God’s Number One Characteristic

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    God’s number one characteristic in the Bible isn’t his sovereignty, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, anger, or justice. It’s his mercy.

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  • Today Is the Day to Be Saved!

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    When the criminal hanging next to Jesus on the cross asked Jesus to remember him, Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43 NLT, second edition). With his response, Jesus was also giving us four characteristics of salvation that we can trust and believe in.

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  • How Do I Know I’m Saved?

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    In Luke 23:42, one of the criminals hanging next to Jesus on the cross prayed, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (NIV).

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  • 03-06-17-7-Words-Forgiveness-Theres-A-Right-Way-And-A-Wrong-Way-To-Ask
    03-06-17-7-Words-Forgiveness-Theres-A-Right-Way-And-A-Wrong-Way-To-Ask

    When you confess your sin to God, he does not rub it in. He wipes it out! But, there’s a right way and a wrong way to ask for forgiveness. Let me tell you the wrong way.

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  • To Change How You Act, Change the Way You Think

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    Change requires new thinking. In order to change, we must learn the truth and start making good choices, but we also must change the way we think.

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  • Choose Forgiveness, Not Gossip

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    Let’s just admit it: When you have some crazy-maker in your life, and she’s (or he’s) just done the craziest thing again, it’s almost impossible not to get in the car, pull out your phone, and call somebody and say, “You won’t believe what she (or he) just did!” In fact, you may even be texting as she’s (or he’s) doing it! That’s what we do with crazy-makers. We want to tell somebody else. We want affirmation from somebody else. It’s the most difficult thing in the world to let go of it. It may feel good when we call someone to spread the word about the crazy-maker’s craziness, but it’s also unloving.

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