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Dear Faith Family,

 

             A pastor once started his sermon like this: "How many of you have forgiven your enemies?”  About half of the church held up their hands. He then rephrased his question, “How many of you want to forgive your enemies?” Slowly, every hand in the congregation went up, except for one.... Little Mrs. Horowitz.  "Mrs. Horowitz?" inquired the Pastor, “are you not willing to forgive your enemies, especially when God forgives us all?” "I don't have any enemies" Mrs. Horowitz replied, smiling sweetly.  "Mrs. Horowitz, that is more impressive. How old are you?"  "Ninety-eight," she replied.  "Oh Mrs. Horowitz, what a blessing and a lesson to us all you are. Would you please stand up and in front of this congregation tell us all how a person can live ninety-eight years and not have an enemy in the world."  Little old Mrs. Horowitz got up slowly, smiled, faced the congregation, and said "I outlived all those old buzzards!"

The quote from ball player turned preacher Billy Sunday comes to mind:

“Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” -Billy Sunday

In the Bible we see Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

The Barna research group showed in a recent poll that 1 in 4 professing Christians stated they have a hard time forgiving others. May God help us to forgive others as we have been forgiven. When we don't forgive, we are failing to be the image that God created us to be.

 

Pastor Bradley 

 

 

 

 

 Pastor Bradley & Ashley Thomas

Kinsley, Teagan & Abraham