Pastor Jon Dunbar: "Anticipation"
The readings for Sunday will be Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. For most of us, the word “sleep” is a beautiful word! It represents rest, refreshment, and renewed energy – something that is much-needed and well-deserved after a busy and work-filled fall season. Our readings describe another kind of sleep that is not good for us at all – spiritual sleep. Think of this as a kind of apathy, lethargy, or inattentiveness to the needs of our spirit. And rather than revitalizing a person, this kind of sleep can kill. God’s Word is our wake-up call. It’s a call to give serious attention to those areas of our lives that need to change. It’s a call to listen carefully to the promises of Christ and to live by those promises. In these next four weeks of Advent consider the following questions: What are the biggest distractions from spiritual growth that you and your family face? Are there aspects of your faith where you are experiencing spiritual apathy? Let these questions and their answers be at the heart of your prayers as you ask Jesus to “stir up” your spirit with the expectation of his coming.
A Prayer When We Struggle to Forgive - Your Daily Prayer - September 28
Are you going through a time where you find it difficult to forgive? Are you harboring feelings of resentment or bitterness? Are these feelings ones that you would love to rid yourself of? Jesus doesn’t want your life to be dominated by sin, whether that is your own sin or someone else’s. These are burdens that you are not meant to carry.
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Top 10 Christian Songs About Forgiveness
God’s forgiveness is amazing and we all need a reminder of how powerful it is. The hardest part about forgiveness is often forgiving ourselves when we fall short. Making changes is hard and impossible without God’s grace, but you will be successful when you learn to forgive yourself. If you grew up in the Christian faith, you probably heard many sermons about forgiveness and sang countless songs about the subject. It’s talked about a lot, but there are many people still hanging onto hurts of their past. Listen to the top 10 Christian songs about forgiveness below and commit…