Alice M

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Forgiveness. Forgiveness not just once but over and over is why I love Jesus. It is hard to admit that I have sinned, that in fact I am still a sinner. It is not because I did not have a good role model in my life. My mother was a devout Roman Catholic who made sure all of her children went to church every Sunday and attended a Catholic grade school, even though it was costly for our family of five. I am a sinner even though I attended 12 years of Catholic education which included religion classes. I learned about sin and how to be a good Christian in school. Yet even with that background I lost my way as a young adult in my 20s. Church was not important and I only attended on holidays or special events.

I look back at my life and feel embarrassed and ashamed about some of my past actions. Then I was called by the Holy Spirit to attend a nearby Presbyterian Church one Sunday a few months after my mother’s death. During that visit God’s love filled me and I no longer felt lost or empty of faith. Over time I realized that His love included forgiveness for all of my past sins. That forgiveness gave me release and led me to a reborn faith in God. Eventually I joined the church and became an active member. I was ordained as an elder, and that day, when hands were laid on me, I felt the Holy Spirit descend upon me as well. I knew this was where God was leading me.

Over time I realized that His love included forgiveness for all of my past sins. That forgiveness gave me release and led me to a reborn faith in God. 

Every Sunday I am reminded of God’s forgiveness during the Assurance of Pardon. Every Sunday I ask for His forgiveness and know that it is freely given to me and everyone. Today I strive to be a good Christian and to keep my mind and heart focused on His word. It continues to be a struggle to forgive myself, but I know God will always be willing to forgive me today, tomorrow, and in the future.

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Andy Reed

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The next thing I said was, “What do you want from me, Lord?” And he said, “I need you to straighten out this mess with your sisters.” When my father was sick with Alzheimer’s it tore our whole family apart. I wasn’t speaking to any of my sisters. I didn’t care if I ever saw them again.

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When my older son was in his late teens, he began to drink alcohol and it soon turned our world upside down. It was a long, harrowing ten years of severe alcohol abuse, car accidents, constant worry and sleepless nights. He nearly died twice.