“Forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” Matthew 6:12 (NLT)
We all want our sins forgiven. All of us have had times in our lives when we slipped and fell short of the mark. We have done things that we know are wrong, and it eats away at us like a cancer.
What a great joy and relief we have when we confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness. The feeling is indescribable. The release from that guilt is liberating. We do not deserve forgiveness, but we need it.
Jesus reminds us that the great cost of our forgiveness should compel us to forgive others who have sinned against us. They do not deserve it, but we need to give it. The more we forgive, the more we become like Jesus.
As school starts up so does the fall programs here at Fee Fee. We have ministries for all age groups and I want to encourage you to find a place to plug in.
We are excited about the spiritual emphasis that we will have this fall called 40 Days in The Word. It is a six-week study that will teach you how to study the Bible. God’s Word is so important to our growth and living every day. It is sad that so many people do not know how to study the Bible. Many people read God’s word on a daily basis. That is wonderful but do you understand what you are reading? This six-week spiritual emphasis will be built around small groups and our worship services. It begins on October 5 and concludes on November 9. I am asking you to do three things for me. First, sign up for a small group. I know that you can give the Lord one hour a week for six weeks to meet in a small group. Second, be sure to attend all six worship services from October 5 to November 9. You will learn how we get the Bible and why we can trust it. Third, pray! Pray that God will use this time to draw you closer to Him as you learn more about His love for you. Come and join us as we seek to apply God’s word to our everyday lives.
I want to give you an update on my upcoming trip to the Ukraine. As of now, the trip is still on. I will be leaving September 17 and returning on September 23. This trip is to meet and encourage Baptist pastors in the seminary in Lviv and to meet our start-up church’s pastor that we voted to support. I will be traveling with six other pastors from Missouri. We know that plans may change suddenly in that part of the world. The Ukrainian Baptist leadership feels that it is safe to go at this time. They have encouraged us not to cancel because of the great impact this meeting has on Baptist pastors all over Ukraine. Keep me in your prayers.
As always, I will see you in church,