• Pastor Jonathan Painter

May 3, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

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THE PASTOR'S PEN

The following writing is a review of this week's Sunday Morning Message


True Forgiveness

Luke 17:1-5


The Lord is teaching his disciples how to handle the offenses of others when they come their way. He tells them that they should rebuke the error or the offense, but then also be willing to forgive. There are several observations to take away from what Jesus taught his disciples.


Offenses will come.
Rebuke the offender
Forgive the offender
If he continues to offend, continue to forgive.

The truth he is teaching his disciples here is a very simple and basic truth on forgiveness. However, we must notice the response of the disciples upon hearing this teaching from the Lord. “Lord, increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5) The Lord then goes on in the chapter to indeed teach them how to increase their strength.

The disciples were struggling to forgive as they should because their faith was not as strong as it should have been. When our faith is strong then our focus will be more on our Heavenly Father and less on the offenses of this world which then makes it easier to forgive the offenders in this world.

While the trait of forgiveness is a very basic and simple truth, it is indeed a hard on to accomplish on a regular basis. The deeper the offense hits us, the harder it is to forgive. The deeper the offense hits in our spirit the more we fell victimized and attacked and the harder it will be to forgive.


We live in a society where so many people feel that they are victims of some offense either past or present. A spirit of victimization comes from a heart of unforgiveness. If we could learn how to forgive from the heart than we would no longer have to sit in the victims seat of life.


Too much forgiveness takes place on the surface and not from the heart. We say we forgive, but then in our heart we are still bitter. This is not true forgiveness. This is not the forgiveness our Lord was teaching His disciples to have. This is a temporary forgiveness that calms the waters for a moment, but in time the offense will rise back up and agitate things again.


How can we forgive with true forgiveness? We can only forgive with true forgiveness when we forgive like God forgives. When God forgives he no longer associates the offense with who we are. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

When we continue to hold the offense over someone’s head in our minds then we have not truly forgiven them. We need to seek the Lord to help us forgive them in our heart. When we constantly fail to forgive with true forgiveness it causes us to become very negative and hard people. We can recall offenses from years ago that everyone else has forgotten. This is because we have not truly forgiven them in our hearts.

WATCH THE SERVICES FROM SUNDAY
 
THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY

Despite the many obstacles we faced this past week we still had great services on Sunday. We had 138 people in attendance with 4 precious souls trusting Christ as their Saviour!

On Saturday our Sunday School teachers attended the annual teacher training summit held at the Heritage Baptist Church of Lawrence Kansas. The sessions were a lot of fun and full of wonderful tips for our teachers in a variety of different areas of Sunday School.

 
SPRING CAMPAIGN

This week we begin our spring campaign, "Take Me Back to Sunday School" We will be having this special Sunday School push for 5 Sundays from May 8th to June 5th. Each Sunday we will be having a special promotion.

MAY 8TH - BASEBALL CARD SUNDAY (KIDS CLASSES)
MAY 15TH - BOMB POP SUNDAY
MAY 22ND - SOFT PITCH SUNDAY
MAY 29TH - CRACKER JACK SUNDAY
JUNE 5TH - CARNIVAL SUNDAY

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pastor and his family also have a special announcement below!










































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