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Numbers 19-21, Romans 1:1-17

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:9 What a day to read this passage, Ash Wednesday. God’s people complained and He sent snakes. As the people were bitten and died they looked to...

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Tags: forgiveness, healing, sacrifice, sin

Leviticus 11-13, John 15:12-e

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I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. Leviticus 11:44 Clean or unclean—God does not leave much wiggle room. It seems to me one would always have to wonder which they were...

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Tags: community, forgiveness, grace

Leviticus 5-7, John 14:25-e

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If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible. Leviticus 5:17 In this listing of sacrifices and how they are to be offered, God first lays out that you are guilty for sin—even if...

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Tags: forgiveness, sacrifice, sin

Leviticus 1-4, John 14:15-24

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In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the sin they have committed, and they will be forgiven. Leviticus 4:35 Someone shared with me their amazement at how bloody the tabernacle must have been. It WAS messy, but so is sin. Jesus said that those who love Him will obey him. I...

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Tags: forgiveness, sacrifice, sin

Genesis 40-42, John 8:12-30

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They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. Genesis 42:21 Joseph had been put through hell because of the hatred of his brothers—selling him as a slave, but the brothers had their own hell to live as well. Guilt is a terrible thing to live with...

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Tags: forgiveness, guilt

Logic Not a Solution to Hatred

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The next day Paul took the men and purified himself. Acts 21:26 St. Paul had come to Jerusalem and many wanted to kill him because of their feeling that he was ruining the Jewish faith. His friends suggested he go through a ritual of purification (shaving head was part of ritual) where all...

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Tags: forgiveness, hatred, logic, love

Jesus Is the One

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

He (Jesus) is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name. Acts 10:41-42 There is a basic need for all people. It is more basic than water or air. We need...

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Tags: forgiveness, jesus, jesús

Why Does God Scare Us?

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Why Does God Scare Us? After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. Acts 4:21 A man had been healed. People in the city were excited, yet the leaders felt compelled to arrest Peter and John...

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Tags: confession, fear, forgiveness, hope, sin

Refreshing

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord . . . Acts 3:19 It is a word I associate with soft drink or mouthwash ads—refreshing. When I think of forgiveness, my descriptors tend to be: relief, healing or “I...

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Tags: forgiveness, joy, life

Be Healed!

Posted by Pastor Jeff Heimsoth on

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Acts 3:19-20 Earlier in this chapter the man who had been lame from birth was healed. Now Peter...

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Tags: forgiveness, healing, repentance

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