As we forgive those who sin against us: Parsing the Lord's Prayer

As we forgive those who sin against us: Parsing the Lord's Prayer

The Bible, the Word of God, offers a surprising answer to this question. "Yes, we affirm as a church that we all want to be a preview of the new creation vision seen in Revelation 5:9 "...members of every tribe and language and people and nation". She said, "If only You had been here, my brother would not have died". We also are Lazarus - death can not be hidden and here John nearly throws its rawness, grief, loss, disturbance, decay, tomb all in our faces! How can anyone ever get out of spiritual debt? When Jesus tells her that Lazarus will rise, she hears that as a traditional teaching.

Father Kythe is right: The healing is never just for me, so that I feel better, and my pain goes away. In the Gospels, when Jesus heals, the healing is not for the sole sake of the one healed, but for the sake of others. For the temple of God is holy. During the three hours of darkness upon the cross, Jesus experienced the hell that those who come to faith deserve. Take the time to pray with Jesus, especially if the hurt is deep or the hold of sin strong.

When Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it".

To me it is a mystery how God can love us all individually. But in the story of Lazarus the miracle and even Lazarus himself get short shrift compared to Jesus' interactions with disciples. I imagine that it is in part due to the fact that the world (the devil's megaphone) likes to tell us that if we are single then something is wrong with us, either in looks or in personality. How can I be made spiritually debt free? I wish there were more people like these little girls in our world. The holiday's goal is aimed at giving each person a deeper understanding of the Savior's mission, and the eternal impotence of the Gospel in our lives. You get what you work for. This includes, teachers, coaches, church leaders, youth pastors, etc. That festive time of year has done much to obscure the reality of Jesus Christ and has placed Him in a long line of other made-up figures that we need to celebrate with during the holidays. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and flawless". We enrich each other and our appreciation for the unifying power of Jesus increases when we see how Jesus takes "the many" and makes them "one in Christ".

"I have loved you with an everlasting love".

When do we start transforming and become powerful? It is the confession that Jesus Christ is living today.

God wants us to grow in our relationship with Him. "We begin by learning about Him".

That's all. Nothing more, nothing less and nothing else. "He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance".

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks".

Romans 8:1-4: "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus". It is believed by many that Jesus' work in his life and death was not enough to completely earn our salvation. Yet God surprisingly and lovingly uses the suffering and death of His own Son to pay for the failures and sins of the whole world.

"When you reach up for the Lord's power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours", President Nelson declared. Further, I indicated that she did not need to ask for anyone's forgiveness except God's and her parents - first and foremost, God's forgiveness.

This past Sunday we celebrated "Laetare Sunday" - the Sunday of joy and rejoicing! We live because you had saved us and chose us to be yours.

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