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Thoughts from Martin Copenhaver

Dear Friends, Today’s “thought” is about forgiveness. Not the forgiveness we receive as a gift of grace through faith in the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross, but the forgiveness we are called to offer to others for the wrongs they have done to us. It's the forgiveness spoken of by Jesus when he says, “If you do not forgive men their sins, the Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:15). A forgiveness which can (for many) be the hardest type of forgiveness. This helpful selection comes to you from Martin Copenhaver, in his devotional book entitled, “The Gospel in Miniature.” Enjoy. Forgiving and Forgetting “In my experience when someone says, “I will forgive, but I will not forget,” I always wonder if they are truly ready to forgive. Forgiveness requires something that is not forgetfulness in the strictest sense, but is akin to forgetfulness. In his masterpiece ‘City of God,’ Saint Augustine says that… in the world to come, we will still remember

Thoughts from Greg Koukl

Dear Friends, Today's selection is by Greg Koukl, and is entitled, "The Irony of Intolerance." In this excerpt he shares his thoughts regarding "tolerance" and "civility" in a culture where civil dialogue has all but disappeared from the public forum. A culture where simply disagreeing with someone (even if respectfully) can be met with accusations of "bigotry" "hate" and "intolerance." If you've noticed that, and are wondering why, and would hope to help bring change, you may find his insights helpful. Enjoy. "In today's world, one word is invoked as the No. 1 rule of civil behavior in conversation: "tolerance." And while most people think they understand what it means, a recent discussion I had with high school students exposed some fuzzy thinking on the subject. I began by writing two sentences on the board. The first, "All views are equally valid," expressed a popular un

A Selection of Quotations

Dear Friends, Today I’d like to share a selection of quotes on a variety of topics from both well-known and not so well-known people. I share them because I agree with them. They ring true to me. They challenge me, convict me, make me look at something in a way I had not before, or put words to things I’ve known but could never have phrased as well as they do. They may resonate with your soul too, or maybe not! Yet if they get you to think, they have accomplished their purpose! I offer you twenty. May you find at least one that strikes home. Enjoy. “If you believe in the Gospel only what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” St. Augustine “If I were called upon to identify the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, I would be unable to find anything more precise than to repeat once again, “Men have forgotten God.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn “He does not believ

Thoughts from Bob Goff

Dear Friends, Today's "thought" is a bit more practical than the last two I sent out dealing with Peter and Paul's theological preferences. But practical doesn't always mean easy - especially when carrying out the advice given means we must fight our natural inclinations! This particular thought comes from Bob Goff. It's found in his book, "Live in Grace, Walk in Love." It speaks of doing our acts of love, and keeping our acts of love - secret. Enjoy! "Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 'See that you don't tell this to anyone." Mark 1:43-44 "'Go and tell no one.' That's what Jesus said to people after He restored their health or ev

More Thoughts from William Barclay

Dear Friends, Last week I sent out a “thought” from William Barclay’s book, “Many Witnesses, One Lord.” It focused almost entirely on the apostle Peter, after initially mentioning one of the slight differences of emphasis between him and Paul. A friend from England then wrote back asking if I might send out a similar post giving a summary of Barclay’s comments on Paul. I told him I would - today! It's another example of one Lord, one faith, one Gospel, but differences in each author’s emphasis. This is Paul’s. Enjoy. “When Paul speaks of God ‘justifying’ the ungodly, quite simply he means that God treats the sinner as if he was a good man. In his amazing love God treats the hell-deserving sinner as a beloved son. The perfect example of ‘justification by faith’ is the parable of the prodigal son. The son planned to come back and to ask to be received as a hired servant. He never got the chance to make the request; he is welcomed as a son