Daily Archives: June 20, 2013

GodLife: Don’t Forget to Forgive

Scripture: “When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” (Mark 11:25).

What does forgiveness look like? Some describe it as giving up the right to revenge or the obligation to “get even.” Perhaps you have heard the phrase “forgive and forget.” I think God’s forgiveness looks more like that, because He said of Himself, “I will blot out your sins and will never think of them again” (Isaiah 43:25, paraphrased).

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Just for You

Have you been deeply hurt and need to forgive? Click the link to read some inspiring stories of forgiveness in this article by Luis Palau.

Personal Help

Do you realize that we all have sinned and been separated from God in His amazing glory? We have trained followers of Jesus who can help you figure it out! Click here to share your story with us. You will hear from someone shortly.

Prayer Points

Will you pray this week:
• God will help you confess your sins – especially if that has included holding forgiveness back from others.
• God will help you release any grudges you might be holding onto.
• God will give you the power, through His Holy Spirit, to not only forgive your enemies, but to start asking God to bless them.
• God will help you realize the spiritual necessity of forgiving those who have wronged you or your loved ones
• God will show you what an amazing free gift you’ve received: salvation through Christ’s death on the cross

GodLife Family

Where can you go online to talk about friendship in Christ and pray for friends who need His salvation? Visit the GodLife Facebook Page where we can gather daily to share our stories, to express ourselves, and to pray for one another!

GodLife: Forgive, As Often As It Takes

Scripture: “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” (Luke 17:4 ).

When our daughter was born five years ago, I became very ill with an infection that almost killed me. One doctor didn’t believe that I was having problems and mocked me. He rudely sent us home without bothering to find out what was wrong. So two days later, I was back in the hospital, screaming, with the most intense pain of my life. It took them another 12 hours to find out what was going on. This event led to other health complications. Needless to say, my family and I have had to work hard to forgive that doctor.

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Just for You

Satan loves it when we keep score of other people’s sins and want to seek revenge; but Jesus is filled with love, mercy, and grace. Click the link to learn more about how the power of God can help you release others from the punishment you think they dese

Personal Help

Has someone hurt you – perhaps multiple times – and you need help forgiving in the Lord’s Name? We have trained followers of Jesus who can help you figure it out! Click here to share your story with us. You will hear from someone shortly.

Prayer Points

Will you pray this week:
• You will thank God for His love and forgiveness
• God will always help you forgive, too
• God will help you get rid of negative emotions
• God will keep you from being unforgiving
• You will be willing to follow Jesus’s example of forgiveness and love

GodLife Family

Where can you go online to talk about friendship in Christ and pray for friends who need His salvation? Visit the GodLife Facebook Page where we can gather daily to share our stories, to express ourselves, and to pray for one another!

Why did you become a ‘Reformed’ Christian?

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This question has been adapted from a post written by Jim Bublitz in 2007 titled Why has Jim become a ‘Reformed’ Christian?

As opposed to a “normal” Christian. . .
What exactly does it mean that I have become “Reformed”.

First off, “Reformed” simply means that I attend a church that holds to the beliefs of the protestant Reformation of the 16th century, when Luther and Calvin and others were instrumental in splitting the true church away from the abuses of the Roman Catholic system that evolved through the medieval centuries…

Like the majority of the churches during the post-Reformation era (and the Puritan era that followed), I have come to believe that Salvation begins with an unfailing work of God in the hearts of all those who will believe. While most churches in our current day believe that you “believe to be born again”, like the Reformers and Puritans…

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Basic Christian Doctrine Quiz

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A friend of mine posted these basic doctrine questions on Facebook and I thought they are interesting. Try and see how many you can answer and then scroll to the bottom of the page for the answers:

Questions About God and Christ (Answer True or False)

1. Jesus was God, but only appeared to be human.

2. Jesus was the first of all God’s created beings.

3. Jesus had a human body and divine soul.

4. In the Old Testament, God was known as the Father, in the New Testament, as the Son, and after Pentecost, as the Holy Spirit.

5. Mary is the mother of God.

6. God chooses people because he knows in advance they will choose him.

Questions About Salvation (Answer True or False)

7. The only way we can be saved is by the perfect conformity to the law of God.

8. We are saved by…

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Question 24-Puritan Catechism

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CharlesSpurgeonQ. How does Christ execute the office of a priest?

A. Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, (Hebrews 9:28) and to reconcile us to God, (Hebrews 2:17) and in making continual intercession for us. (Hebrews 7:25)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

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Friendship With the World is Enmity With God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Πόθεν πόλεμοι καὶ πόθεν μάχαι ἐν ὑμῖν; οὐκ ἐντεῦθεν, ἐκ τῶν ἡδονῶν ὑμῶν τῶν στρατευομένων ἐν τοῖς μέλεσιν ὑμῶν; 2 ἐπιθυμεῖτε καὶ οὐκ ἔχετε, φονεύετε καὶ ζηλοῦτε καὶ οὐ δύνασθε ἐπιτυχεῖν, μάχεσθε καὶ πολεμεῖτε, οὐκ ἔχετε διὰ τὸ μὴ αἰτεῖσθαι ὑμᾶς, 3 αἰτεῖτε καὶ οὐ λαμβάνετε, διότι κακῶς αἰτεῖσθε, ἵνα ἐν ταῖς ἡδοναῖς ὑμῶν δαπανήσητε. 4 μοιχαλίδες, οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἡ φιλία τοῦ κόσμου ἔχθρα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστιν; ὃς ἐὰν οὖν βουληθῇ φίλος εἶναι τοῦ κόσμου, ἐχθρὸς τοῦ θεοῦ καθίσταται. 5 ἢ δοκεῖτε ὅτι κενῶς ἡ γραφὴ λέγει· πρὸς φθόνον ἐπιποθεῖ τὸ πνεῦμα ὃ κατῴκισεν ἐν ἡμῖν, 6 μείζονα δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν; διὸ λέγει·

ὁ θεὸς ὑπερηφάνοις ἀντιτάσσεται,

ταπεινοῖς δὲ δίδωσιν χάριν.  (James 4:1-6 NA28)

1 From where do wars come and from where do fights come among you? Is it not from here–from your pleasures warring in your members? 2 You desire and you do not have. You kill and…

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