Lord, forgive me
In my series Yes and Amen series, I will be speaking about a particular prayer that is always answered, but many people don’t feel it or can even accept it. The prayer is, Lord, forgive me. God forgives all sins. But some sins are more difficult than others to experience the sense of God’s forgiveness. If one loses their temper and yells at their staff, and then condemnation, self-loathing, and remorse settles in, the correct action is to ask God to forgive you, ask the staff to forgive you and then forgive yourself. (And maybe seek anger management counselling) Your staff may not forgive you. You may struggle to forgive yourself, but God will forgive you every time. We cannot control what other people do. We do, however, have control of what we do. So, forgive yourself, because God has, when we come to him asking for forgiveness.
All sin requires punishment. That is why when we live in violation of holiness and truth, we feel condemned. There are two ways to not feel “condemnation”. One is to continue the behaviour until we have normalized it and our hearts have been hardened to it. Some will even begin to promote the once condemned behaviour as good and right, in an attempt to justify one’s actions. The other way to get rid of condemnation is ask Jesus to forgive you. This may seem to easy, a cop out, or even impossible. But let me say it again, Jesus will forgive you every time you pray this prayer. Because, he made it possible to be forgiven. There is nothing more to be done. He paid the price of your sin; he paid it in full. All we need to do is accept it.
When I leave the house in the morning and lock the doors behind me; some time during the day, I misplace the keys. Nowhere to be found. You feel stupid, you can’t believe your bad luck, and no matter how much you try using the credit card to break in, it just won’t work. (All those who have tried to break in with a credit card will relate to this, the credit card is ruined, and you are still standing outside) You call the locksmith, he comes and opens the door for you. There is only one thing left for you to do. Accept it and walk in. That is our part. The hard part was done by the locksmith. Jesus did the hard part and made it possible for us to be forgiven. All we need to do is accept the forgiveness and walk in it.
We don’t need to beat ourselves up, because Christ already got beat up. We don’t need to condemn ourselves because Christ was condemned on the cross. We don’t need to pay for our sins, because Christ paid for them with his blood.
This is why the gospel writers called it the Good News. We are not condemned any more. As the Apostle Paul wrote,
Romans 8:1-4 (NIV) 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so, he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
I am free. I can live. I am forgiven. Try it? Why not email me at email@example.com and tell me how God set you free, by praying this simple littler prayer; Lord, forgive me. I look forward to hearing from you.
This Sunday, I will be sharing on this theme, Lord, forgive me. This is a prayer God always answers. This would be a great Sunday to invite our unchurched friends and family members. Why not give them an opportunity to hear the good news so they can be free, really live and know true forgiveness.
Evangelism in Haiti
In late February Pastor Jim and Trevor Miller are heading to Haiti. The money that was raised at SpagHaiti will be used for the Children’s Village and we are very grateful for your generosity to make this a reality.
Another exciting aspect of this trip is that there will be an Evangelical Campaign and Church Plant. A total of $2,000 is required for this to occur. Donations to this cause can be made at KCF. Identify your payment as Haiti Evangelical. Thank you for supporting this endeavor.
This Sunday is the last Sunday that tickets will be available and the event is very close to being sold out.
KCF is partnering with Rotary to host the International Dinner which will be held Thursday, Feb 7, 5:30pm at Mary Hall, Selkirk College.
Enjoy a fun night and scrumptious dinner of foods from multiple cultures prepared by post-graduate Hospitality Management students.
Money raised will go towards a teacher in Haiti and towards food security in Nelson, (such as Our Daily Bread) and Polio Eradication.
Tickets are available at the KCF office. Ticket sales will close on Feb 5th. There will be no tickets at the door.
Special Guests, Kene & Milly Jackson
On Sunday, Feb 10, we will have special guests, Kene and Milly Jackson joining us at KCF during our Sunday celebration. They have been working in Gospel Music since 1981 when they started the SonRise Indian Gospel Band. After 7 years of ministry with Sonrise, they went to work with NCEM-TV and Tribal Trails Television. In 1990 they moved to Calgary, AB where they began serving under the Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Inc. They have been working with NEFC since that time, including 13 years as Executive Director and 11 years as Director for the Freedom River Counselling Group. Kene is currently serving in his 4th term as Executive Director.
Members of KCF are invited to stay after the Sunday Celebration on Feb 10th to seek direction regarding our property in Castlegar.
Christian Book Store
The Nelson Christian School Society is opening a small Christian Bookstore! A selection of bibles, devotionals, adult fiction and non-fiction and children/teen resources from Living Books is available to choose from. Located on the second floor at 810 Tenth Street from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Open every Thursday, following the school calendar. Grand opening is February 14. All are invited. Books make great gifts!"
Calendar of Events
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Jan 31, 2019
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