Conference Update: I kicked of the conference with three hours on Friday night. Russ took the helm on Saturday morning and then I did another four hours that afternoon. It was fairly well attended and all in all the people got it! Thanks to my gracious hosts, Jim and Carol Cunningham and Pastor Gary and his wife Ruth. Also I want to thank Doug and Dave for all their help in getting the power point to work! Thanks to all who attended the conference! Thanks to all of you who covered us in prayer!
I received this email today and thought it was to good NOT to post, so here it is. Before I get it I want to tell you all a quick story that I also shared yesterday in my presentation. I was mad at God and everyone at a church where I had been evicted for standing up to the pastor for wanting to divorce his wife. Six months after I left he married his wife’s best friend and left the ministry. I was bitter and didn’t go to church or fellowship for about a year. One day I was driving and the Lord told me that if I did not forgive others then He couldn’t forgive me. I was stunned. I then went to the Gospels – Matthew 6:14-15 – and found the passage that speaks about bitterness and unforgiveness. It was a tough lesson but one I hope I will never have to repeat again. Here’s the post about forgiveness!
This post was sent to me by Watcher Anita!
Urgent message before the rapture…, (btw I love your show)
Everyone is saying Jesus is coming, get ready, but no one is saying HOW.
Preachers are saying to ask God for forgiveness; but they leave out an important aspect of scripture that allows God to forgive us.
Just as important as knowing the time is near is being prepared to go when it happens.
I cannot stress enough how important forgiving others is.
If we do not forgive others God CANNOT forgive us. It is CRITICAL.
Jesus told a parable about unforgiveness in Matthew 18:23-35
For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was… brought to him; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him saying, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.
But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii and seized him by the throat, he said, pay what you owe. Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, have patience with me and I will pay you. But he refused then he went and threw him in prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what happened they were greatly distressed and they went and reported it to their lord what had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, you wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because
you pleaded with me. Should you not have mercy on your fellow slave as I had mercy on you?
And in anger his lord handed him oer to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So our heavenly father will do to every one of you if you do not forgive your brother or sister from the heart.
If you forgive others their trespasses your heavenly father will forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.
Whatever your reason for unforgiveness you MUST release it. That is what is being spoken of by Jesus in Luke 6: 37-38
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
That is NOT a scripture about tithing as most preachers want you to believe. It is about forgiveness. Jesus is so expressive about forgiving and being forgiven. It is the only way to wash your robes white in that if you do not forgive you cannot fulfill the two commands Jesus left us, that is to love God with all your heart soul and mind and love one another as he loved us.
The message is this:
IF YOU HAVE UNFORGIVENESS IN YOUR HEART YOU MUST RELEASE IT IN ORDER TO BE FOUND WITH A PURE HEART AND GO TO HEAVEN.
UNFORGIVENESS SEPERATES US FROM GOD. IT IS THE SAME MEASURE BY WHICH WE WILL BE JUDGED.
IF I ONLY OFFER THIS ONE PIECE OF TRUTH THAT GOD HAS SHOWN ME, I HOPE YOU WILL SEE HOW VITAL RELEASING ALL UNFORGIVENESS IS ABOVE ALL ELSE IN BEING PREPARED FOR HEAVEN.