second chances

Second Chances

“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times’ “ – Matthew 18:21,22 Yesterday we reflected on the life of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. He believed in providing people with a second chance, which truly exemplified the life of Jesus. Today, I want to expand our discussion on the God of second chances. Many of us as Christians desire to have a heart like Jesus. When we get to know our neighbors, we root for them and desire the best for them. We want our neighbors to have an opportunity to overcome and be victorious.  What’s interesting is when we don’t give ourselves that same grace to flourish. Maybe you’re this type of person. You look in the mirror and think,

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Marvelous Mercy

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9 We learned yesterday how David’s son Adonijah attempted to usurp the throne from his ailing father, who had already decided that Solomon would be his successor. After participating in a coronation ceremony that he planned with his brothers, Adonijah threw a huge party to celebrate his self-appointed reign. The only problem was that while he was busy grabbing power through human means, Solomon — the man chosen by God for the job — was rightfully crowned and received the blessing of the people. This was kind of a spoiler for the guests at Adonijah’s soiree, and Scripture says that when

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