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For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24) I distinctly remember the first time as a child I felt it necessary to admit my guilt. My mother was inquiring who had spilled milk in…

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“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19) We talked about learning to trust someone again by offering them forgiveness. What if you find yourself on the other side of the equation? What if you are the one who has…

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21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22) Yesterday, we talked about forgiving others as Christ forgave us, and how difficult this can be. When it comes to…

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19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19-20) When Jesus first…

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) When I was in seminary, I took a course called Missionary Preparation. We had a guest speaker one day by the name of Bertha Smith. As a retired missionary, she still had…

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“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15) Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” …

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Have you ever committed a sin that caused you to be overwhelmed with guilt and shame? Have you carried the burden of your mistakes by yourself for quite a while? Have…

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For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If our hope in Christ is for this life alone, we are to be…

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Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee…(John 21:1) Multiple times following His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. However, this time would be different, especially for Simon Peter. He had just denied Jesus three different times. Broken hearted, he expressed his remorse in an appropriate way; he repented for his…

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“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done…’ ” (Numbers 5:5-7) Have you ever really wronged…

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