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Faith is a Changed Heart

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” Matthew 18:34-35 Your heart is the barometer of God’s...

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Tags: faith, love

Understand Grace?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. Matthew 18:28 God wants you to know the joy and wonder of his grace and what that means. In...

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Tags: compassion, grace

That's Absurd!

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

The kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Matthew 18:23-24 It was absurd to think that a servant could owe his master millions of dollars and even more absurd...

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Tags: grace, gratitude, relief

Think WE not ME

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

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?” Matthew 18:21 Peter had a lot to learn. Jesus had just taught them about forgiveness and Peter’s first question shows he did not understand. It...

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Tags: forgiveness, restoration, unity

A Different Approach

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

If they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector. Matthew 18:17 This passage has often been used to teach that if people won’t face up to their own sin we should shun them—kick them out of the church. Perhaps Jesus meant something...

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Tags: grace, love, restoration

Revenge or Restoration?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

September 22, 2017Revenge or Restoration? If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. Matthew 18:15 Someone has sinned and hurt you? Here is what I know.1. Talk about them to others--I want revenge.2...

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Tags: conflict, healing, restoration

Does God have Favorites?

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:10 This verse does not sound fair. It is as if God likes little children more than us adults. Not true—Jesus is just reminding us...

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Tags: children, faith, god's love

High Stakes--Be Wise

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. Matthew 18:8 The warning of Jesus is clear that the stakes of heaven or hell are important...

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Tags: healing, repentance, salvation

Greatest -- Greatest Need

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 We typically think of greatness as something achieved as the disciples did. Celebrities, scientists, the “smartest one in my class” are great. Jesus looks at greatness from the...

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Tags: love, valule

Changing my Focus

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Matthew 18:1 If you are asking the question (of greatness) you have much to learn. Jesus would answer their question with a little child. He wants us to see that the path to...

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Tags: greatness, service

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