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Lately, this theme of forgiveness has been circulating where ever I go. I had to “let it out” and write about it. I ran into this video on “spiritual warfare” and the speaker shared this quote that really resonated in me…
“The devil loses, when you forgive..” https://youtu.be/X0yb3zdKeZk Any personal stories, feedback, etc..? more.. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151998231142550&set=oa.736544596358770&type=3&theater
Above is a post I shared in one of my groups (Good News Love) I created on facebook. I’ve heard there is power when we forgive each other, so I would like to start…
If any of my friends read this, please forgive me if I ever wronged you in anyway. I might’ve forgotten it, so please feel free to contact me and remind me if this will help release any resentment, offense, or hurt that will heal you.
*see other Bible verses on forgiveness
One of the causes of “offense” is due to misunderstanding, which we all quickly prejudge. There are times I reflect on my parents fighting and it’s due to the “failure to communicate” (see “Failure to Communicate”-song I wrote). Can you relate? Feel free to share below…
For those that haven’t met me yet or haven’t encountered any offense from me…yet! 😉 I’m sure there are others that might’ve hurt you in various ways (e.g. abuse). Unfortunately, you might not ever get them to forgive you. However, God (Heavenly Father) knows and I encourage you to go to Him for healing of your past hurts.
I’ll share some of my forgiveness stories:
Back in high school, a former “friend” of mine wanted to befriend me after “ignoring” me most of the later years of “middle school”. Not being a Christian at the time, I wouldn’t forgive him and shun him away. Month later, he died in a head-on-collision car accident (visiting his biological Mom all the way in Colorado). I was torn in pieces when I heard the news and wished I reconciled with him. Please don’t make the dumbest mistake as I did, reconcile with those that has hurt you before it’s too late.
During my college and post-college years, I was interested in learning more about WWII (more of the Pacific arena) due to my family’s history (grandfather got capture by the Japanese and survived as a cook and great-grandfather was presumably killed as he never returned home when scoping the vicinity for any Japanese solders). As I read more books of the horrific atrocities the Japanese did in the Philippines and elsewhere, my heart towards the Japanese grew with more hate :(.. Well, God seems to try to soften my heart by bringing Japanese students to the college I attended. Then He brought them to be my renters in the house I owned. My last renter caught me watching some WWII footage of Japan’s horrific treatment. I tried to turned it off, but he saw it and we ended up having a deep conversation. He ended up asking forgiveness for what his ancestors did. I told him no worries, but in my heart-I felt some more compassion for him and the Japanese people overall.
Lastly, this is between me and my Heavenly Father-I gave my life to Christ my freshmen year in college. I did it after hearing a testimony of this speaker at a local church in Morris. This grabbed my heart and got me off my seat to go to the front (alter) and asked God to forgive me all of my sins. That was just the beginning and still in the journey of my faith (still sinning, but trying to sin-less as I grow in my personal relationship with my “Heavenly Dad” :)..
Above are just summaries of some of my stories on forgiveness-repentance. I’ll be glad to share more, but would love to hear yours first. I would love to disclose and be open/transparent/honest with you with my personal challenges-struggles as “we” can help each other in this journey of forgiveness with the “limited uncertain” time we have on this earth…
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This past Sunday, my local church had some guest speakers after a weekend conference (Friday’s notes & Saturday’s notes) for women in our fellowship community. I was actually personally praying for this weekend conference for God to personally touch my sisters in the Lord. Well, I came to church yesterday morning after unintentionally staying up too late. I was so blessed that I had to share…
Here were the songs Cherish led our church family into praise and songs…dancing too!
“Freedom in this place..”
“We Want Change in the Spirit”…open my eyes to see , my ears to hear..on what your saying God…to me”
“Bringing order, bringing life….Father you know best”
“Consuming Raging Fire”…fire,fire, You are our consuming fire”..burn me up, burn me up,….consume me, consume me,…He is residing in me”.
-return to the 1st love
During worship, I felt some spoken words to me, so I had to write these down..
“I’m royalty, I have destiny…I’m waking now, it’s time to shine. I was born for such a time as this..”
“We worship you Jesus…let everything that has breath praise the Lord”
“My determined purpose is to know You”…
“waves” (look in the concordance Bible on this word)
“8”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”–Isaiah 55
Other Songs led by Cherish:
Q: God’s ready, are you?
A: feet of readiness (Ephesians 6)
This was a word that led me to write this..
“my determined purpose is to know your Word”
-Pat F. share
Sal’s: I thought of this old cartoon…
Tom and Jerry (devil keeps chasing God’s people)
-Jonathan shares Bible Verses:
1 Timothy 5:3
1 Corinthians 10:24-31
1 Corinthians 11:1
-Jennifer T. (Expectancy Life Church in Virginia, Minnesota)
Rebuking demonic spirit (see 1 John 3) of a popular death metal band member
Sharing God’s love with “Love Bombs”
“no one is perfect, will keep changing/growing until we are taken to Heaven” (our next Salvation)
Can’t be lukewarm or mix (e.g. Sprite & Coke can’t be mixed together, one or the other has to be totally dumped out for pure drink of one)
” 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”–Matthew 10:22-24 & Mark 13
Q: Are you willing to change your thinking? (e.g. religious traditions)
A: Renew mind (e.g. Romans 12)
-Cherish K. of Oasis International
“8”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 8″For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 8For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the LORD’s declaration.”
9″As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
“Return to the Beginning”
*I thought of my song that I wrote last year (“Come Back to the Beginning”)
Word-:line-up with God’s thinking
Sal: After service, these words came to me and it became a song…
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10 of the Worst Wrongful Imprisonment Cases 11/9/2013 by MikeP Strange Stories oddee.com
Man spends three months in jail after cops mistook his vitamins for drugs
-Juvenile Wrong Convictions
Detroit Man Wrongly Convicted of Murders When He Was 15 Freed After Serving 9 Years
CATHERINE THORBECKE,ABC News 1 hour 49 minutes ago (Wednesday, June 8th 2016) yahoo.com
” The murder convictions for Davontae Sanford, now 23, have been vacated by Judge Brian Sullivan, and all charges dropped against him, Maria Miller, an assistant prosecuting attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, told ABC News today.
Sanford was serving a 37-to-90-year sentence for a quadruple homicide he was convicted of in 2008, his attorneys said. Sanford was 14 years old when he pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree homicide at the advice of a now-suspended attorney.
Heidi A. Naasko, a pro bono attorney for Sanford, told ABC News today that a hit man, Vincent Smothers, confessed to 12 murders two weeks after Sanford was sentenced in 2008. ..
Sunday 5 June 2016 23.19 EDT theguardian.com
“…The father of a former Stanford University athlete convicted on multiple charges of sexual assault has said his son should not have to go to prison for “20 minutes of action”.
Brock Turner, a former swimmer at Stanford University, was on Thursday sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
The 20-year-old from Dayton, Ohio – who was convicted of three felonies, including assault with intent to rape – faced a maximum of 14 years in prison.
But Turner was expected to spend only three months of a six-month sentence in county jail after the judge, Aaron Persky, said positive character references and lack of a criminal record had persuaded him to be more lenient. Prison would have a “severe impact on him”, the judge said…”
Jesus before Pilate.wmv
“Short clip from the Gospel of John.”
Jesus’ trial had nothing to do with justice. The only witnesses were his enemies who wanted him killed. The judge was only interested in avoiding problems with the local leaders and even he was uncomfortable with killing this man.
Jesus did not die for anything he had done wrong. It was our guilt and shame he was carrying.
Father, thank you that Jesus took my guilt and shame – and stood in my place so that I could be free.
On the Trial of Jesus, tektonics.org
“..a) Jesus Himself filled the disciples in after the Resurrection.
We consider this to be the most likely answer. Jesus was with the disciples for 40 days after the Resurrection – plenty of time to relate the sundry details of what happened once the more theological stuff was out of the way. And certainly, Peter would want to know what his Lord had been put through as he was waiting anxiously in the courtyard…”
12 Reasons Jesus’ Trial Was Illegal Part 1 rcg.org
Jesus Before Pilate – A Fabricated Trial? , from youtube.com
Scholar Sees 4 Views of Jesus in Accounts of Death
By PETER STEINFELS
Published: March 27, 1994 nytimes.com
“..He goes on to discuss how the Gospels’ portrayals of the role of Jewish authorities in Jesus’ trials were colored by later conflicts between Christians and Jews, with lethal consequences for the Jews. Similar Look at Nativity..”
Experts’ Evidence for Jesus’ Trial, from youtube.com
“Uploaded on Mar 31, 2011
Dr Dirk Jongkind, a Research Fellow at Tyndale House, pieces together the earliest manuscript evidence for the New Testament and shows how it tells the story of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. Find out more at our website: http://tyndalehouse.com”
Site of Jesus’ Trial FOUND! from youtube.com
“Published on Jan 5, 2015
Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they may have uncovered the remains of Herod the Great’s palace, the site where the trial of Jesus Christ may have taken place prior to his crucifixion. “
Texas Judge resigns after being caught texting instructions to prosecutors to help win convictions In Crime by Poor Richard/October 25, 2013/54 Comments/ poorrichardsnews.com
“Texas district Judge Elizabeth E. Coker is stepping down from the bench after being caught engaging in a massive perversion of justice. A whistleblower revealed that Corker was sending text messages to prosecutors with suggestions on questions to ask in court in order to secure a conviction.
from Houston Chronicle:
Her resignation also opens the door for a flurry of re-trials for anybody convicted in her court sessions. By trying to illegally secure convictions, Coker opened Pandora’s box, and now the state of Texas will have some massive legal knots to untangle…”
“On The 700 Club Wednesday, Feb 17.: An estimated 20-thousand innocent people sit in American prisons because of wrongful convictions. Marvin Anderson was one of those people. He was sentenced to 210 years for a rape that he didn’t commit. Find out how he was finally set free….” http://go.cbn.com/6591
Any other samples of legal cases out there that was “fair”, “unfair”, or “both”? Thoughts, comments, stories, feedback, etc.. on any of the content mentioned or not mentioned above?…