‘Forgetting enough to be effective’: Chris Underwood

Below is Chris Underwood’s “Encouragement Note” for April. Chris is a Christian from Chicago IL.

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ―Johnny Cash

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Some businesses have entire departments responsible to deliver “Lessons Learned” training in an effort to bring awareness and compliance to their workforce. We may call it learning from your mistakes, whether the work is hospital surgery, drugstore prescriptions, or packing a parachute for one hundred people where it is not acceptable to have 99% success rate (think about that next time you have surgery, pick up a prescription or jump out of a plane).

Mistakes can be fatal, even when people do their work in good conscience. The memory of acting in good conscience and committing sin may lead to a lifetime of regrets, anguish and worry that can cause us to be “stuck” in the mud, and fail to move forward. Continue reading

#forgiveness, #memory, #mistakes

4-7/10-2017 Oneida Meeting On Forgiveness

It is only in Jesus Christ we may have “redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14 NKJV). The theme of the entire Bible is “Forgiveness,” and that’s the theme for every Bible lesson with the Oneida church of Christ. April 9-12, Clyde Woods, who has taught Bible for 5 decades at University level, will be teaching this theme. Sunday services are at 10 and 11 AM and 6 PM, Monday-Wednesday at 7 PM. His lesson subjects will be: “What Is Forgiveness?” “Why Does God Forgive?” “Why Do We Need Forgiveness?” “What Does Jesus Teach About Forgiveness?” “What Does Paul Say?” “What Happens When We Do Not Forgive?” The Oneida church of Christ has a “Wall of Forgiveness” as a constant reminder of the meaning and message of Christ. Come with us to learn what God says about our deepest need: “Forgiveness,” April 9-12.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#forgiveness, #wall-of-forgiveness

4-6-2017 Forgiveness Is With God

“If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared” (Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV). To realize that God knows every sin of ours is to realize that no one is perfect enough by our self to face God without being forgiven. People can try to hide from God, like Adam and Eve who “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8 NKJV). People can act like Pharisees who, Jesus said, “are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts” (Luke 16:15 NKJV). Neither works! God’s forgiveness changes us. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#forgiven, #forgiveness

Randomly Ordered Thoughts

On my way home I noticed the wording on the road-sign for the Church of God. For some in the religious world, the sign made a pretty bold statement. It said, “God’s grace demands right living.” According to the scriptures that statement is doctrinally sound (Titus 2:11-12, Colossians 3:15). See how easy it would be to settle the overwhelming number of divisions that denominationalism has caused if only we would go by the right standard? If it’s true it’s not new!

From the mouth of babes…I asked my five-year-old daughter yesterday if her ear was sore. She confidently said, “No.” About five seconds later she said, “I don’t even know what sore means.” Ignorance by itself doesn’t get us into trouble as much as ignorance that wants to remain that way (John 9:39-41).

Men from Mars are chauvinistic. Women from Venus are feminist. Men and women made of the Earth know each are made in the image of God, and God’s image carries with it responsibilities that will outlast fickle times that believe changing the culture equates to changing the truth (Genesis 1:26-27, Ephesians 5:33). Continue reading

#christian-unity, #culture, #forgiveness, #random-thoughts

Wipe your internet presence clean with one click. And your sins with one dip

click-hereIt’s the real deal, supposedly. These folks will find all your accounts on the web, through a Google login, and wipe your internet presence clean. They don’t say if they’ll get you off Google as well. But it really tempts one, does it not?

There is a good side to the internet. At times, however, we don’t see it. We get bombarded by the bad side, and offers like the one made by the site above appeal to those who are tired of it all. Continue reading

#baptism, #conversion, #forgiveness, #obedience

6-3-2016 Hatred Without A Cause

David said, “They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, And fought against me without a cause” (Psalm 109:3 NKJV).  “Without a cause” means “uncalled for, not needed.”  This very verse described Jesus (John 15:25), whose message was, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NKJV).  But, some then, as some today, spread the “Roots” of hate. Solomon said, “Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool” (Proverbs 10:18 NKJV).  No one is following Christ who cannot pray to God, “forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us” (Luke 11:4 NKJV).  Root out racism, of every color, by bringing all hearts to Jesus “in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#forgiveness, #hatred, #racism, #roots, #slander

Use of “aphesis” (forgiveness) in the Septuagint

“Deissmann has made an interesting study of the use of aphesis [forgiveness] in the Septuagint (BS, pp. 98-101). There it is translated ‘brooks’ (Joel 1:20) and ‘rivers’ (Lam. 3:47). He shows that this is probably due to the use of the term in Egypt—the Septuagint was made in that country—for the ‘releasing’ of water by opening the sluices. Then there is the common use in the Septuagint of aphesis for the Year of Jubilee. It was a time of release of land. In Egypt the word was used for the ‘release’ of land from the payment of taxes. This usage is found both on the famous Rosetta Stone (196 B.C.) and the papyri. The Septuagint also uses it for the sabbatical year (Exod. 23:11).”

— Ralph Earle, Word Meanings in the NT, p. 290.

#forgiveness, #remission-of-sins, #septuagint