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April 16, 2018, 7:31 AM

Why God Forgives


Church Family,
Another week, another opportunity to witness. I am praying that God will give you the opportunities to share your faith and that we will be bold and courageous to do so. 

In Daniel 9, Daniel has learned from reading the Prophet Jeremiah’s words that the exile of Israel will only last 70 years. In response to this news Daniel begins to pray for the nation and himself that all will turn from their sin. 
I hope this is not the case with you, but there are times in which I feel so sinful that I feel I must get better before praying. Why would God listen to someone who just sinned or recently sinned so poorly? I guess the real question is why does God forgive us? What causes the Lord to forgive our sins?

Daniel 9:18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. 19O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.

God never forgives us because we deserve it. God never forgives because we have done enough good deeds. God forgives us when we confess our sin, express a desire to turn from the sin, and He does so because of His Righteousness, Mercy, and Grace. God forgives for His names sakes. It is because of who He is.

Can I encourage you to seek God’s forgiveness today? Tell God your sin, express a desire to no longer live in sin, and then plead that He forgives you based on His goodness. Or maybe you are struggling to forgive others. Can I encourage you to realize forgiveness has to do with who you are and not what they did or will do to “make up for it?” Pray and ask God to help you to forgive others the same way that He forgives you.

Reminders:
1)    Brotherhood and BYW meeting Tuesday night. The brotherhood is meeting at 6pm to do a mission project. Please bring a shovel. Food should be served around 6:30.

2)    Senior Adult Sunday is this weekend. Rev. Mack Huston will be our speaker. We will have Lunch afterwards and ask that all non-seniors bring a dessert.

3)    April 29th 5th Sunday Singing at 6pm. Please bring your praise with you and song.

4)    Praise the Lord for your gracious giving in the support of School Release Bible Program. We raised over $1100!

5)    A special need has been brought to my attention. For privacy reasons we can’t share all the details, but there are 5 children that are in great need. If you are able to donate clothes, here are the sizes:
a.    5th grade female: Women’s sizes Shirt: XL   Pants: 12/14  Shoes 8 ½
b.    2nd grade male: Shirt: Large  Pants size 10   shoes 6
c.    Kindergarten male: Shirt and Pants 5  Shoes 12
d.    Kindergarten female: Shirt and Pants 6  Shoes 13
e.    3 year old male: 3T in Clothes
f.    You can contact me or Tara who has graciously agreed to help collect these.

6)    Please pray that God would Glorify His name in and through our church. Be sensitive to mission opportunities throughout our community.

Love, Serve, Go
Brian Winburn
 


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