Forgiveness

An Invitation to Join Our Company of Real, Great Sinners

BY MARTIN LUTHER & BRANDON HANSON

I heartily sympathize with you and earnestly pray our Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen you and give you a cheerful heart. I should like to know, and am making diligent inquiries to find out, what your trouble may be or what has caused your breakdown.

An Invitation to Join Our Company of Real, Great Sinners

Forgive Me... If You Can

BY BRANDON HANSON

Forgiveness. Reconciliation. They are beautiful notions until we have some reconciling and forgiving to do. It is easy to say we believe in forgiveness. Quick is the silver tongue that speaks the, “I forgive you.” Slow are the feet of clay which shamble ever so slowly and cautiously toward the behavior that follows forgiveness.

Forgive Me... If You Can

I Believe In Yesterday

BY BRANDON HANSON

For many, “Yesterday" by The Beatles is a poignant and powerful song. It is one of, if not the most, covered songs by the Beatles. It brings back memories of regret, remorse, heartache, and heartbreak. Why do we like this song so much if it seems to cause us such pain?

I Believe In Yesterday

A Table For The Broken

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he invited a rag-tag group of sinners to have a seat at the table. The table was so important that while Mark described, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost,” Luke suggested, “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking.”

A Table For The Broken

Is It I, Lord?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I suppose it's natural not to want to take the blame or admit it when we have a problem. Even us adults never really grow out of it, we just learn to paper over our issues with euphemisms or more reasonable sounding excuses: "No, not me. I'm not abrasive and rude; I'm just honest and tell it like it is."

Is It I, Lord?

Disappointing People

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

I have always felt I have a knack for disappointing people.  It sometimes feels like everyone in my life thinks I'm more capable than I am.  Five years into my chronic pain, I think my family is starting to catch onto my limitations.  I still disappoint my kids all the time. That's probably true of many parents.

Disappointing People

The Old Testament Roots of The Lord's Supper: Part 2

BY DONAVON RILEY

Blood is the thing. In the Scriptures, sin must be covered or "atoned for" as it's called, by blood. You see, God hates sin. But God also wants to enjoy a faithful, loving, and kind relation with his people whom he loves. The trouble is, his people prefer to turn to things that are not God rather than God.

The Old Testament Roots of The Lord's Supper: Part 2

Where Are You?

BY WALTER HWANG

I grew up playing baseball – mostly “street” baseball, with a bunch of friends. It was one of my passions in life. I remember one day, I think I was around 11 years old, in Korea. My friends and I, as usual, went out to play baseball, right in our apartment complex in Seoul. I was in the batter’s box, ready to hit, and the pitcher threw the ball.

Where Are You?

What Sin?

BY STEVEN PAULSON

Psalm 51 teaches two things: mercy and sin. But aren’t we already experts in sin?  Why do we need God to teach it to us? Well, we are good at pointing the finger to say, “There is a sinner!”  But it takes hard schooling to say, “I am a sinner—indeed nothing but sin” and “I only sin before you.”

What Sin?

Bearing the Weight of Sin

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

Awhile back, I was at a 3-day practicum in the summer so that I could be trained in to tutor a group of middle schoolers for the coming school year. This was a great event for families, as they had 3 day “camps” for all of my kids to attend while I was at my training during the day. 

Bearing the Weight of Sin

Specks and Logs

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I’m a life-long New Yorker, and I have the pleasure of working minutes from the neighborhood I grew up in as a boy.  As I pass by it, I still come across a few familiar reminders of that neighborhood I grew up in, including an old friend’s mom, and some buildings that spark fond memories as well. 

Specks and Logs

I'm Not Chad Bird

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I think we can all agree that there is not a more popular writer on Christ Hold Fast than Chad Bird. Let’s face it, He paints pictures with his words that some of us on here can only dream of doing, and he’s got the credentials to back those pictures up. To be sure, he’s probably one of the most learned writers here…

I'm Not Chad Bird

Come Near To Me, Please

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

There is no shortage of blogs, books, and sermons that use the life of Joseph as a model for Christian living. From not giving up on your “God given dreams,” to fleeing sexual temptation, to being faithful in tribulation, Joseph is like proverbial “Swiss Army Knife” of godliness.

Come Near To Me, Please

Of Works And Grace

BY MARTIN LUTHER

“Son, be of good cheer; thy sins are forgiven." These words show and contain in brief what the kingdom of Christ is, namely, this sweet voice, these motherly and fatherly words penetrating our inmost soul: "Thy sins are forgiven." In no other sense are we to view the kingdom of Christ

Of Works And Grace

A Day For All Sinners and Saints

BY KYLE G JONES

It’s been my experience that All Saints’ Day, celebrated on November 1st and observed on the first Sunday following, gets overshadowed by the celebration of Reformation Day. This often overlooked church holiday embraces every major aspect of Christianity and grounds the Christian in realities only realized in Christ.

A Day For All Sinners and Saints

Forgiveness Is Finished

BY RYAN COUCH

I’ve had a lot of nasty things done to me in my 43 years of life. Many of which were done by church people while we were worshipping and serving Jesus together. I’ve also done some nasty things to others along the way, but as a highly skilled theologian of glory, I like to believe that the nastiness done to me far outweighs the sin I’ve committed against others.

Forgiveness Is Finished

The Offence of Our Heart on Another’s Sleeve

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

We don’t love little because we have little that requires forgiveness. We love little because we’ve confessed little and hidden much. Therefore we experience little forgiveness. This is what Jesus is teaching both Simon and us when he says, “I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much”

The Offence of Our Heart on Another’s Sleeve

On Being Haunted

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

I am often haunted by my past. I am daily haunted by what I should be doing. I am frequently haunted by what I should do tomorrow. I am haunted by my failure to act like my exhortations, duties, and responsibilities expect me to. I often struggle with looking at myself and observing how I am lacking in living right.

On Being Haunted

It Never Depended Upon You

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

I visited a senior man at his home the other day. I'll refer to him as “Jim.” Jim had recently returned home from the hospital after recovering from a fall. The back-and-forth from hospital to home had become his rhythm of life, and, because of that rhythm, he had been unable to attend worship.

It Never Depended Upon You

Grace for When You Can't Forgive

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

She was my friend, walking through marriage troubles.  Her husband was unfaithful to her, with the technicalities and carefully drawn lines of “not technically sex” and justifying himself, which had wounded her deeply.

Grace for When You Can't Forgive

How to Make Grace Unamazing

BY CHAD BIRD

Amazing grace is a sweet sound not just because it saved a wretch like me, but because it saved a whole wretched world like me. God did not enter into a contract with us. He simply said, “You’re justified. You’re forgiven. I love you. All is complete.”

How to Make Grace Unamazing

Why Confess Sin?

BY DONAVON RILEY

Why confess sin? Is it so we can get rewarded by God? A little extra grace or material good for our troubles, maybe. Maybe, if we make a good confession, we can earn forgiveness? But, how much sin must we confess before we get what's coming to us?

Why Confess Sin?

“Christianity Isn’t for Everyone”

BY CHAD BIRD

Let's face it, Christianity is not for everyone. If you've made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if you've led such an exemplary life that you've landed a spot on heaven's honor roll, then you’ll feel like you’re slumming in Christianity.

“Christianity Isn’t for Everyone”