When you forgive someone, you free yourself. Forgiveness takes you out of the bondage of bitterness and you literally take out the trash that’s preventing you from enjoying all the blessings that God has in store for you.
Shortly before his death, Paul wrote three letters on the subject of the church—specifically on pastoral responsibilities in the church. These letters are known as 1 Timothy (written in AD 63), Titus (AD 63), and 2 Timothy (AD 67). The “pastoral epistles,” as they are commonly called, provide the church with the earliest and most reliable guidelines for the way things in the church should be viewed, the philosophy that should be embraced within the church, and the manner in which the local church should be led.
Grace is a difficult concept, but when we do finally understand it, grace changes our lives and our relationships. Instead of trying to control and manipulate others, we begin to see things from the other person’s perspective.
King Saul's victories on the battlefield lead his nation to prosperity, but when he refuses to obey Samuel's instruction, Saul pays a great price. God directs Samuel to select for Israel a new king; a man after God's own heart.
There are four types of friends: acquaintances, casual friends, close friends, and intimate friends.
While we may only have one or two intimate friends, they’re the people who help to make the journey a little easier.
Most Americans who lived during the Second World War can still remember sitting beside the radio with family members, listening with rapt attention to the voice of a statesman with a British accent who did not know the meaning of the word surrender. Winston Churchill’s first statement as prime minister to the House of Commons, May 13, 1940, was this: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
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