We are pleased to announce the release of a brand new series by Renewed Heart Ministries:
Forgive Our Trespasses:
Some of the most significant, relationally inhibiting misconceptions of God in our modern culture are the misunderstandings that surround the subject of Divine Forgiveness. We relate to God and to others the way we, in our hearts, perceive God is relating to us. Does God really withhold forgiveness until we apologize? Which comes first, repentance and confession or forgiveness? Does a loving God require us to ask Him before He’ll forgive? How can God require us to forgive those who have wronged us, even the ones who have never asked to be forgiven, if He Himself doesn’t even give blanket forgiveness to everyone too? What does forgiveness even mean? When we place the transparency of the life of Jesus over these questions, a new dimension to our understanding begins to emerge. Did Jesus really mean, “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father” and what does this mean when we apply it to what we believe about God’s forgiveness? If you have ever wrestled with truly feeling that you are forgiven, this series is for you. If you have ever wrestled with truly forgiving others who have hurt you, this series is for you too. Have your heart set free, as you encounter God, and experience His radical, self sacrificial, other centered forgiveness as you never have before. Experience the difference it makes when we embrace the truth that Jesus is the exact “Image” of what God is like, especially in relation to Divine Forgiveness. (Hebrews 1:1-3; John 1:18; Matthew 5:44,45)
We are called to have the same love for others that Christ has for us that we may not hold on to an unforgiving spirit. We are called, not to think that unless those who have injured us confess their wrongs, we are justified in withholding from them our forgiveness. We should not accumulate our grievances, holding them to our hearts until the ones we think guilty have humbled their heart by repentance and confession. However sorely they may have wounded us, we are not to cherish our grievances and sympathize with ourselves over our injuries, but as we have freely received, we too are to freely give, to forgive, just as God, in Christ, also has forgiven us.
September’s Featured Presentation:
The Way of Peace (from The Jesus Dialogue)
This month, we are featuring a presentation Herb gave last summer while doing a series in South Lake Tahoe, entitled, The Way of Peace. It’s a heartfelt look at the actual teaching of Jesus on the subject of non-violence and how it affects our own pictures of God. It’s an honest questioning of why and when Christianity abandoned Jesus teachings on this subject, and a sincere call to all who bear the name of Christ to return to the actual picture of God Jesus demonstrated as well as the actual teachings of Jesus Himself in regards to how His followers are to relate to others. We pray your heart will be renewed as you listen to this month’s presentation—The Way of Peace by Herb Montgomery