Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 37 secs
Forgiveness has become a fad in psychological and medical literature. But definitions of forgiveness remain fuzzy and too focused on self. The biblical exhortation to forgive follows the pattern set by Jesus. It is a gift of pardon to a repentant person who has morally offended another. When we get this wrong, we gloss over our hurts and keep ourselves in harm's way.
Sun, Oct 09, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 59 secs
We are blessed when we confess. David knew this, he rejoiced in God's forgiveness rather than hiding in his sinfulness. Psalm 32 explains the physical and emotional pain sin causes, as well as our tendency to cover it up by ignoring, minimizing, justifying, or overshadowing sin with good deeds. In the end, the best solution to sin is confession.
Sun, Apr 17, 2016
Duration: 49 mins 34 secs
God's perfect justice transcends our broken relationships. This is good news, because broken relationships are personal, painful, and pandemic. King David's family fallout serves as a case study in brokenness. John Rife offering insights from counseling people in broken relationships. In the end, we must set our eyes on God, whose perfect justice was meted out on Jesus for our sins.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Duration: 43 mins 29 secs
Paul's letter to Philemon shows a different way of relationships for those who follow Jesus. Loving appeals have more weight than authoritative commands. Personal business becomes church business. Spiritual identity replaces social status. The way Paul serves as a mediator between Philemon and his runaway slave Onesimus illustrates the ministry of reconciliation in a personal and powerful way.