Life- Forgiveness, Repentance, Sorry?, etc...

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How easy it is to forgive people who has wronged you or offended you? No, it isn't easy! Before I (Sal) tell my personal testimony on how I'm learning how forgive people-I would like to share a sad story of how I couldn't forgive.

Battle Creek Elementary School: "Remember the Years"

It all started back in Battle Creek Elementary School in St. Paul. I was somewhat friends with this boy, who I will call “Bob”. I remember I had many friends, but in different ways: close, somewhat, acquaintenance. I personally don't want to really “categorize” the levels of my friendships, but I just want to show close how “Bob” was to me in this story. I don't remember any exact event with Bob, but I remember he was in my grade since 3rd or 4th. We as a grade or school did many typical elementary school activities: tag in the front yard before school started, chat with one another in lunch room, recess time-played all sorts of exteame sports (kickball in the “black-top”, 4 squares, king of the mountain-snow, flag-football, softball/baseball, etc..) by having captains (athletes of the class) pick their players 1 by 1 (best to worst in that sequence), class as a whole play a game of 7-Up (bow our heads down in our desks with our thumbs up), walking in single file lines where ever we go as a class, and looking forward to be a street patrol-kid. I did street patrol during 5th grade-only as a sub to take back the morning kindergardners back home.

Battle Creek Middle School: "Getting into Trouble"

I wasn't-unfortunately-not able to do this in 6th grade because I transferred to Battle Creek Middle School (behind my townhome in the backyard). In fact, I was in the first class to start this new 6th grade program in this “new” middle school in 1989 (?)-along with Bob! As I look back at this, the advantages of this was: meeting others from other elementary school earlier than many-compared to going in 7th grade, growing-up “maturely” (somewhat) a little quicker as you are surrounded by 7th and 8th graders, etc… The disadvantages from my personal perspective: getting away from your friends you made back in elementary school, growing up quicker “maturely” too fast, and being surrounded by smoking and drugs too early. For example, I remember I got in trouble for carrying bullets in school-in fact w/Bob. I wasn’t strong will enough to say “no” to Bob to play with some bullets he gave me with some others. I don’t remember where he found them, but we got together and started to throw (I don’t remember if I did join them) these bullets around the gym. We were so ignorant to know the fact that these bullets could somehow explode and injure or kill someone nearby. Some teacher saw us doing this and we all got suspended for the rest of the school day. As, I’m writing this-I’m laughing at how “immature” I was. But, also after these recent “shootings” , I look back (I have earlier too) and realize that it was a serious matter where I could’ve done something that I would’ve regretted. I remember coming home crying to my mom and was afraid the same time of what my parents would do. Bob and I would continue to hangout doing some “crazy things” that I would willingly refuse if it was too serious (eg. smoke, steal hood ornaments from “nice” luxury cars).

"Going Our Separate Ways"

When 7th grade came where my old friends from Battle Creek Elementary School started to join our class, Bob and I started to go on our own paths. I would hang out with a more “not to popular” crowd that would focus more on our studies and keep out of trouble.. Bob, who already hanged out with a more “rowdy” crowd in 6th grade, would continue with his friendship and “making-trouble” with them. I can’t specifically point what Bob did, but he and his friends would tease me for some reason. I just remember, our friendship slowly-quickly went down the drain from 7th grade on.

Harding Senior High School-"Unforgiving"

As we went to high school, Bob and I matured a little more in different ways. We still didn’t talk to each other as we were still in new different cliques-group of friends. I was focussing on my studies and setting my goals for college. Bob started to get more serious in his school work and less in trouble from 9th grade and on. From my perception, I think Bob started to look for more “positive” friends. I didn’t see him hanging out with his old friends back in middle school. I remember in Spanish class, Bob actually talked to me, which was the first time since we were close back in Middle School. Being too prideful or “unforgiving” for what he used to do with his old “buddies”, I would kind of shun him away. After several attempts from Bob to befriend me, he gave-up and we continued to stay in our separate paths/ways. I was searching for my identity through my cultural backgound, which I started to hangout with more Asians. That is probably another reason why I didn’t want to befriend Bob too-(see racism testimony). I had so much anger and resentment from the past, which I didn’t have a soft enough heart to befriend Bob or just Caucasian-White people (as my racism testimony explains).

Fatal Car Accidents�

It was a typical school day my junior-11th grade-year! I then somewhat heard my classmates talking about a death in our class in the school hallways. I couldn't really hear who it was until it was announced in homeroom. My teacher or someone sadly announce the unfortunate car accident Bob got into. He was driving to Colorado to visit his mom, who was divorce and living away from his dad. It was late at night and Bob fell asleep in the wheel and had a head-on-collision with a semi-truck. I can still remember when I first heard this unexpected sad news. My mouth dropped, my eyes grew bigger, and tears started to water my eyes. I was trying to hold it in and I would finally let it all out the day of his funeral-especially when I missed a ride to the memorial-funeral service.

"Too late!"

I knew it was too late to befriend Bob as he was gone-completely off the face of the earth. When I came to a personal relationship with God my first year at UMM I became a new person. It would be a while later in my walk with Christ that I realised I had some forgiving to do from my past-especially my situation with Bob. I can now say, I forgive Bob for everything he did that hurted me and I ask God to forgive me for everything I did that hurtted a hurting Bob. You see, Bob was already hurting inside as he grew up with divorce parents. Fortunately, I did have both my mom and dad despite the fighting that went on between the two-like any other 2 parent household family. I didn’t really understood or see this blessing back then because I was too self-centered or too focus on “me” (my feelings). Many of us have been hurt or been offended, which we take it on others. When others asked me to forgive them when I hurted them, I wouldn’t forgive Bob, like in Matthew 18….

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[6] 23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents[7] was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.[8] He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. 29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

Excerpts from Bible Search

It’s now too late to forgive Bob in person since he died, which I regret to this day and forever until the day I die. But, instead of letting my head down, I can raise my head up and learn from this “mistake” I made back then. It may be too late with Bob, but it’s never will be too late with anyone God puts in my path now and for you-the reader of this!

Go!…and make amends-reconcile with anyone out there that God layed in your heart to "forgive" when YOU were reading this-before it's too late! Don't end up doing what I did!

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."-Matthew 6

Now can you see that forgiving is hard, but it is easy if you ask God to help you. I’ve realize that it’s easier to continue to forgive people as you grow closer with Him! I want to encourage you to search the Bible and look for more stories like the one above on “forgiveness” or anything that you struggle with in life. I’m now 26 years old, and I still don’t have this thing called “life” in perfect order. However, as I grow in my personal relationship with our Creator, life gets more easier to handle if you just give it to Him-Father and son relationship team!

It’s still hard to look back at what I didn’t do or could’ve done with my situation with Bob. The best thing I can do is leave this in God’s hands and have Him speak to you and others who read this story. I pray that God will touch you-the reader-as He’s touched me and continues to do so in different life issues.

Hurt by someone?

We all have been hurt by someone in variety of ways: abuse-physical, emotional, spiritual, etc...However, Jesus was physically beaten (as was descripted in "The Passion", and He even asked His Father "to forgive them for they do not know what they do". Yes, people who has hurt you really "do not know what they do". We ourselves has hurt people-sometimes not admittedly we do! Remember what Jesus said, "forgive those as I have forgive you"...

...more on offenses

YOU offended me! November 23, 2014

Fireproof Cross Scene from Church of the Open Door on Vimeo.

Turning A City

As a resident of Morris, I feel very blessed to live in this small rural city in West Central Area of Minnesota. Especially with the recent "hoopla" of our Morris Area High School heading to the state tournament this Wednesday (3.23.04)! We are blessed to live in a very peaceful community compared to the BIG "city-life". Yes, we do have our problems, but we have so much to be thankful for too! I read a verse on asking God to forgive the sins of a city, which I would like to do...

Scripture Verse(s): Daniel 9:16

"Heavenly Father, forgive the sins of Morris for the people here sometimes do no know what they do. As a child/children of yours, please forgive the sins of my fellow brethren and I in this city of: jealousy amongst each churches, hardened heart of being offended by one another, or wrong desires to compete for sheeps. Lord you are the true Shepherd and we are all your sheep-one in Christ! Help us O'Lord to get over our "problems" that divide us as your famiy in Christ, so we can work together as one using the gifts, talents, etc.. that you each blessed each church congregation with. Open our eyes to what we need to repent and set aside our differences that's preventing us to see our commonality through your Son-Jesus Christ! Show us O'Lord how we can utilize what you've blessed us with, so we can unite together at times throughout the year (e.g. Picnic in the Park, Stevens County Fair Sunday Community Church Service, National Day of Prayer, See You At the Pole, or our one time event Gospel Explosion 99') in building your Kingdom-NOT ours! We ask all this in Jesus' name....Amen!

Another Sample (Thursday, October 30th of 2008): *connecting to local, state, nation, and global current issues (election & economy)

Jonah Goes to Nineveh (located in modern Iraq)

"1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." 5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh:
"By the decree of the king and his nobles:
Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.
-Jonah 3

Turning A Nation

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land..."-1 Chronicles 7:14

*see Bible

As a citizen of the U.S.A., I feel very blessed to live in a beautiful nation as ours. We have so much to be thankful if we just look how fortunate we are when you compare our economic, social, or even spiritual freedom or status. Yeah, we do have some problems and issues ourselves. However, we got it "good" compared to what others have to experiences in this world. In 9-11, we as a nation somewhat started to realize what our sins are and need of repentance...

"If you, O LORD , kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness... O Israel, put your hope in the LORD , for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins."-Psalm 130

...more on forgivness

"Heavenly Father, we as a nation of the United States ask for forgiveness of our mistakes and/or wrong doings of our forefathers, predecessors, and generations before us. Particularly our treatment of...

Native Americans
*see Resolution of Apology to Native Americans, from

Related Sites:

  • THE NATIONAL REPENTANCE OF ISRAEL DAVID R. ANDERSON Pastor Faith Community Church The Woodlands, TX, Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, Autumn1998--Volume 11:21

  • "John the Baptist had a clear, concise message to Israel: Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 3:2). Jesus had exactly the same message: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt 4:17). And the people responded. They came in droves from Jerusalem, Judea, and the regions around the Jordan River. But when the Pharisees and Sadducees appeared on the scene (Matt 3:7), John was not impressed: Brood of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance.
    If we are going to understand the meaning of repentance for the nation of Israel..."

    A reason to live

    "Powerful video compiled with winning souls in mind and touches the heart of those that think they have to be perfect before they're forgiven."

    Seeking Revenge

    "Don't seek revenge because revenge belongs to the Lord" or "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."-Romans 12:19

    I just watched the movie "Monte Christo", which is fiction; however, the plot is so good and can be true! However, the idea comes from a true story, cool huh...

    "Dumas got the idea for The Count of Monte Cristo from a true story, which he found in a memoir written by a man named Jacques Peuchet. Peuchet related the story of a shoemaker named Pierre Picaud, who was living in Paris in 1807. Picaud was engaged to marry a rich woman, but four jealous friends falsely accused him of being a spy for England. He was imprisoned for seven years. During his imprisonment a dying fellow prisoner bequeathed him a treasure hidden in Milan. When Picaud was released in 1814, he took possession of the treasure, returned under another name to Paris and spent ten years plotting his successful revenge against his former friends."-from Wikipedia

    " 'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. -Leviticus 19:18

    "It's like a poison, it can eat you away"-Spiderman

    Been Hurt and Still looking for healing?

    Last night (Monday, January 31st of 2007-New Year's Eve; too cold to go anywhere to celebrate the New Year) I was putting some more videos on my You Tube Goodnews USA site and started to get "teary" after reading the lyrics of Jars of Clay's "Worlds Apart" (see music concerts). I've listened to that song many times, but never really meditate (e.g. cross) the lyrics. I felt the Holy Spirit really touching me about my past-recent-ongoing hurts (e.g. financial scams), which I felt partly-due to attack by the "devil" ("lives to cheat, steal, kill, and destroy") to have a hard heart of unforgiveness to certain people or people overall. I started to remember my past hurts before becoming a Christian due to "racism". I feel the devil is trying to get my current weakness to try to divert what God wants to full do through me. I then asked God to heal me of all my hurts (e.g. spiritual, physical, emotional, etc...) and to do the same for others (e.g. family-generational curses). I believe God can heal you as He displayed through His-Son-Jesus Christ when He was on Earth (see Luke). I just didn't want my heart to be hardened or grow cold towards other people because that is what the devil wants (see the "Spider Man 3" Movie refelection above). I feel many people go through addictions (e.g. alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc..) to "temporary" satisfy their bodies to escape their past embeded hurts (emotional or physical). We need a "eternal" healing dose of what God can do through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! It doesn't go away overnight, but God can do this overtime as you grow through a personal loving relationship with Him!

    Forgiving Yourself....

    5 Minutes Bible Study - The Difficulty Of Forgiving Yourself

    "THE DIFFICULTY OF FORGIVING YOURSELF by Dr. Harold Sala For he knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Psalms 103:14, NKJV..
    Have you discovered that it is easier at times to find the forgiveness of a sovereign God than to forgive yourself? Many people are like the woman who unburdened her heart and said, "Fifteen years ago I disobeyed God's commandment and committed adultery. My husband has forgiven me, but I just cannot seem to find peace of mind. I cannot seem to think of anything else. What can I do?" That woman had earnestly sought and received the forgiveness of God. Her husband had forgiven her, but she had not forgiven herself. Learning to forgive yourself may not be easy.
    Then, there was the widow whose husband had been taken by a heart attack. Immediately he was rushed to the hospital, but too late to save his life. The wife of the man was fully convinced that she was directly responsible for his death. Repeatedly she kept saying, "If only I had not asked him to spade the garden. It is all my fault...."
    Im thinking of the husband whose wife had a faulty valve in her heart. Doctors said that surgery could probably restore her to good health, but if she did not have the operation she would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. "Should I have the operation?" she asked her husband. Together they prayed and talked about it. It seemed that surgery was the best thing. The doctors operated, and the wife never recovered. The husband was convinced that it was his fault that his wife lost her life. "If only I had not given my consent to the operation..." sighed the husband. I could go on and on in an endless number of situations when forgiving yourself is very, very difficult.
    How does a person learn to forgive himself? Let me share with you several guidelines that will help you to forgive yourself and find real peace of mind.
    Guideline #1: Be sure that God has dealt with what disturbs you. Even though what may disturb you may not really fall into the category of what the Bible calls sin, be sure that you have really committed it to the Lord. If something has happened and you feel that you are responsible whether it is a business failure that hurt your family, or you missed the bus and caused your wife's dinner to be ruined, be sure that you have committed it to the Lord. Peter said we are to cast all our anxiety upon Him because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7).
    Remember, God deals specifically with sin. If a person genuinely seeks the forgiveness of God, there is no sin that God will not forgive. David was an adulterer and an accomplice to murder. Moses himself was a murderer. Rahab, one of the ancestors of Christ, was a prostitute.
    Guideline #2: Be sure you know what the Bible says about finding forgiveness.. It is not automatic. It is up to us to seek it and up to God to give it. It will help you to discover that when God forgives a person, He removes from His memory the offending sin. God says in Isaiah 43:25, "I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins" (KJV). With man this is a human impossibility, but with God forgiveness demands forgetfulness. You must remember that the Bible declares, "For He [the Lord] knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust" (Psalms 103:14, NKJV).
    This does not mean that we take a light or flippant attitude towards life and think that forgiveness comes for the asking. But it does mean that God will honor His Word and will forgive those who seek it.
    Guideline #3: Forgive yourself. When you have sought God's forgiveness, you must ask yourself the question, "If God has forgiven me, what right do I have to hold my sin or failure against myself?" Yes, forgive yourself. God has; so must you.
    Resource reading: Proverbs 3:1-6. ... (more info)
    (less info)

    What Dreams May Come 'Hell Scene' (legendado), go around 9:00 about this "deep conversation" scene on
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Life-Dreams

    Offended? Been hurt (e.g. emotionally, physically, etc...) by someone?

    {2008} Friday, December 5th-Saturday, December 6th- Speaker: Phil Cana Message: "Power of God", "Men's Retreat" spearheaded by "Outfitters for Adventure" ministry
    "...The Father gives sleep to those he loves. 3 things of a brave heart....more..."

    Blessed Is He Who IS Not Offended by Pastor Fady Part 1

    "Fady is the pastor of The Shepherd's Field Church in Martin, TN. This message is about He who is not offended. Pastor Fady gives great insight into not being offended. Be blessed and encouraged!!!"

    Joyce Meyer "Will YOu Take Offense?"

    "Joyce Meyer answering viewer questions."
    I just heard a short 20-minute message (Tuesday, January 13th of 2009) by Joyce Meyer and a guest on "Offence". I like the quote the guest stated, "A loser shares about how a person has hurt them in the past, while a "Winner" shares what they will do in the future" (paraphrasing)...

    Related Sites:
    Joyce Meyer on "Bait of Satan" (by by John Bevere )
    "There is a deceptive, deadly trap that imprisons countless Christians, severs relationships and widens breaches between us. It is the snare of offense, and many believers are unable to function in their calling because of these wounds and hurts they have received. They are handicapped and hindered from fulfilling their God-given potential. Jesus made it very clear that it is impossible to live in this world and not have the opportunity to become offended (see Luke 17:1). If you breathe air and walk this earth, you will have a chance to become offended—guaranteed. Therefore, it is important for us to be prepared and armed, for our response to offense determines our future...."
    Journey to Reconciliation and Forgiveness, from
    "Three parties are involved in the reconciliation process: The reconciliator, the offender and the offended. Paul was the reconciliator, attempting to bring his newfound convert, Onesimus into a restored relationship with Philemon, whom Onesimus had stolen from and ran away. Journey with me to understand what reconciliation and forgiveness means from the Book of Philemon."
    *more on reconciliation (e.g. racial, church denominations, etc..)

    It's Done...move on!
    *lesson 8 on "God Forgives Us" from the Sunday School ("Super Church") I taught this morning (Sunday, July 24th 2011)

    Do you somtimes or often dwindle the past? I do it all the time! I learned more not to do so when I was playing a softball game. I made an error playing second base one time (ok..actually many times!) and my teammates told me to forget about this play. That's what we need to do with our "short-falls" or "mistakes" (sins) we commit in life. Ask God to forgive you and focus what lies ahead. If we don't, we are going to continue to stumble because we are not looking forward. We lose focus on what's ahead?

    ".."For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."-Jeremiah 31:34

    ..."12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. "-Psalm 103

    Casting Crowns - East to West

    ".. 25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. .."-Isaiah 43 Israel's Only Savior

    "..19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. ..-Micah 7:19

    "..19 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

    "12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."-Hebrews 8

    "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness..."-1 John 1

    The Prodigal Son - Music Videos

    "Posted By ddur54 9 months ago
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    This timeless teaching of love and forgiveness comes to life like never before. Jesus' message for all of us is clearly and artfully presented. Children and adults alike will enjoy the simplified wording, expanded storyline, beautifully composed original music score and compelling illustrations. The result is a truly soul-moving lesson of love and forgiveness suitable for all ages. "

    Watched more on Tale Tube=> The Parables, Bible Collection, DVD Series
    *see The Prodigal Son Story

    *one of the favorite worship songs I listened to when I first became a Christian in college

    The Lord is Gracious & Compassionate

    "Uploaded by citrail on Feb 6, 2009
    Music provided by Vineyard UK
    The Lord is gracious and compassionate
    Slow to anger and rich in love.
    And the lord is good to all
    He has compassion on all the he has made
    As far as the east is from the west.
    That's how far he has removed our transgressions from us.
    Praise the Lord
    O my soul
    Praise the Lord

    Ephesians 2 Made Alive in Christ

    " 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Life: Grace, Gracious, Kind, Kindness, etc..

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  • Minnesota family forgives Christmas thieves, By The Associated Press Updated: 12/25/2010 6:57:37 PM

  • "DULUTH, Minn. -- A Duluth family isn't letting Christmas thieves put a damper on their holidays.
    Matt and Cara Wrazidlo left $700 worth of presents in their car to hide them from the kids. When they went to the car Friday and saw the broken windows their hearts sank.
    They knew they couldn't replace the gifts, but they had an epiphany. Matt whistled a Christmas tune, hugged his wife and said, "They can't take Christmas away from us."
    The thieves hadn't touched the family's groceries, including lemons. So Matt decided to be an optimist and make lemon meringue pie.
    They took the kids shopping for a smaller Christmas. But before heading out Cara told the burglars via Facebook: "We still have it all. We have everything we need, and we forgive you." (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) "



    5 Minutes Bible Study - The Challenge Of Forgiveness

    " From: Faith1316
    Added: September 13, 2008
    Our Daily Bread
    In the heat of an argument, my wife came up with an acute theological insight. We were discussing my shortcomings in a rather spirited way when she said, "I think it's pretty amazing that I forgive you for some of the dastardly things you've done!"
    What struck me about her comment was its sharp perception into the nature of forgiveness. It is not a sweet platonic ideal to be dispersed in the world like air-freshener sprayed from a can. Forgiveness is achingly difficult, and long after you've forgiven, the wound lives on in memory. Forgiveness is an unnatural act, and my wife was protesting its blatant unfairness.
    A story from Genesis captures much the same sentiment. The brothers that Joseph struggled to forgive were the very ones who had bullied him, had cooked up schemes to murder him, had sold him into slavery. Though he went on to triumph over adversity and though with all his heart he now wanted to forgive these brothers, he could not bring himself to that point�not yet.
    I view Genesis 4245 as Joseph's way of saying, "I think it's pretty amazing that I forgive you for the dastardly things you've done!" When grace finally broke through, the sound of Joseph's grief and love echoed through the palace. What was that wail? It was the sound of a man forgiving. � Philip Yancey
    For Further Study
    The heart of true forgiveness is so much richer than we realize. Read What Is True Forgiveness? at
    We can stop forgiving others when Christ stops forgiving us. "



  • Midwest Harvest Gathering, April 24, 25 & 26, 2008 Thursday, Friday and Saturday

  • What is the Midwest Harvest Gathering?, from
    "A 3-day revolutionary radical revival of repentance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for believers and non-believers near and far and specifically for everyone in the Midwest Region to bring people together and unite as one with a heart for personal repentance across our nation. This will be a defining moment as described in 2 Chronicles 7:14. This hope-for-revival is also for believers desiring a deeper heart, not just for souls but also for a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and gaining His heart for the spiritual awakening that He desires for this region."
    Reign Down USA 4.26.08 - Vision Confirmations

    "4.26.2008 Turn this nation back to God. Confirmation of the vision of Reign Down. Amazing testimony. "
  • Reign Down USA

  • "The excitement is building each day we get closer to 4.26.08. God is moving among His people like we never could have imagined. Please be aware that we are creating a special web site where you can share your 4.26.08 stories after the national event. You'll be able to upload photos from your venue experience and share how God is moving in your life and your community! So don't forget your digital camera! We'll meet you at the Cross on Saturday!"

    {Prayer Blog}

    (share any thoughts or reports from this)


  • REPENT AMERICA (RA) is an evangelistic organization based in the birthplace of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and desires to be in the full Will of God and to adhere entirely to the teachings of the Bible.

  • " We have a passion to serve the Lord and are devoted to reaching the lost, so that they might come unto the knowledge of the truth and be saved..."


  • Repentance - Reconciliation - Restoring Repentance is something people don't want to have around. But getting right the One we have offended the most will mean life to all! (
  • Movies

  • Bench warmers, a PG-13 (caution w/some very unethical/immoral jokes) movie about forgiving your "enemies"/"bullies"

  • Saw this with Jeff, Brett, and Cory on Tuesday, December 5th of 2006
  • Spy Kids, family movie starring Sylvester Stalone, Antonio Banderas, etc..

  • *a good moral ending about forgiving one another and forgive yourself (see all the way to the end-8/17/04)
  • Spider man 3

  • *just saw this movie earlier this evening (Friday, November 9th of 2007) with some friends (Paul J and Eric B.)
    Spiderman 3 - Trailer, from
    Spider-Man 3: Peter and Aunt May's Talk about Forgiveness

    " Here it is -- the meaningful talk about forgiveness! "...
    "You start with the hardest thing, which is forgiving yourself..."

    Social Issues



    "This video is hosted by Johnny Lee Clary's friend and pastor, Billy Joe Daugherty of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and tells the story of Johnny Lee Clary, the former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and the late Rev. Wade Watts, the former president of the N.A.A.C.P and how forgiveness brought these two together as friends instead of enemies"

  • Man Asks Entire Town for Forgiveness for Racism 48 Years Ago, He Attacked Future Rep. John Lewis; Now the Two Hug By CLAIRE SHIPMAN, CINDY SMITH and LEE FERRAN Feb. 6, 2009

  • "Nearly half a century ago, in a very different America, Elwin Wilson and John Lewis met under a veil of violence and race-inspired hate.
    Wilson, a young, white, Southern man, attacked Lewis, a freedom rider for Martin Luther King, in the "white" waiting room of a South Carolina bus station.
    The men had not seen each other again until Tuesday when, with "Good Morning America's" help, Wilson approached Lewis again -- this time offering an apology and a chance to relieve a burden he'd carried for more than four decades.
    "I'm so sorry about what happened back then," Wilson said breathlessly.
    "It's OK. I forgive you," Lewis responded before a long-awaited hug.
    For Lewis, who in the intervening years became a U.S. representative from Georgia, the apology was an unexpected symbol of the change in time and hearts.
    "I never thought this would happen," he told "GMA." "It says something about the power of love, of grace, the power of the people being able to say, 'I'm sorry,' and move on. And I deeply appreciate it. It's very meaningful for me."
    For both, that particular point in their past is a painful memory.
    "[I remember] going directly to the Greyhound bus station," Lewis said. "We tried to enter a so-called 'white' waiting room and the moment we started through the door, a group of young men attacked us."
    Wilson was in the group, but said he "did more than help." He said he was the main attacker.
    The outburst, Wilson said, was just part of a life of hate he led for years.
    "I had a black baby doll in this house, and I had a little rope, and I tied it to a limb and let it hang here," he said.
    In a diner, with a look of glee on his face, he threw eggs at black men who tried to enter.
    "I tried to block it out of my mind. It kept coming back," he said.
    Wilson's son, Christopher, said recalling life with his father brought back his own painful memories.
    "He was a really hard person to deal with growing up," Christopher said through tears. "He embarrassed me in restaurants and stuff. I always tell him, 'We are all the same.'" ....


  • Slavery Apology - One Step Forward , Thursday, July 31, 2008 Get a free trial issue of Sojourners Get a free issue of Sojourners

  • " I'm still "down under" -- wrapping up my book tour in Australia. The news from the U.S. reminds me of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd�s first act on the day after his swearing-in as prime minister. In a moving speech, he delivered a speech of apology to the aboriginal people.
    Tuesday, for the first time, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an official apology for slavery and segregation. Over the past few years, five southern states have apologized, but efforts in Congress had failed. Congress has issued apologies before, to Japanese-Americans for their internment during World War II and to native Hawaiians for the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893, writes an Associated Press reporter. In 2005, the Senate apologized for failing to pass anti-lynching laws. But never for slavery.
    It is appropriate, because ultimately it was government policies that were both complicit in and directly responsible for this great inhumanity and injustice. Nobody alive in America today participated in slavery, many have no ancestors who did, and large numbers of families came to this land only after slavery was officially abolished -- but all white Americans have benefited from the poisonous legacy of slavery and discrimination.
    The language of the resolution is clear on the importance of apologizing as a step forward. After recounting the evil of slavery, it concludes:
    Whereas a genuine apology is an important and necessary first step in the process of racial reconciliation;
    Whereas an apology for centuries of brutal dehumanization and injustices cannot erase the past, but confession of the wrongs committed can speed racial healing and reconciliation and help Americans confront the ghosts of their past;
    Whereas it is important for this country, which legally recognized slavery through its Constitution and its laws, to make a formal apology for slavery and for its successor, Jim Crow, so that it can move forward and seek reconciliation, justice, and harmony for all of its citizens: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives:
    (1) acknowledges that slavery is incompatible with the basic founding principles recognized in the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal;
    (2) acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow;
    (3) apologizes to African Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow; and
    (4) expresses its commitment to rectify the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African Americans under slavery and Jim Crow and to stop the occurrence of human rights violations in the future.
    I hope the Senate will quickly pass a parallel resolution and that President Bush will publicly endorse it. It would be an important day in U.S. history.


  • Bike Thief Leaves Handwritten Apology Note, Plus $10 for New Lock By Eliza Murphy Eliza Murphy PostsBy Eliza Murphy | ABC News Blogs – Fri, Oct 12, 2012

  • "It seemed miraculous enough to Paul Gilmour that police recovered his bike, but even more surprising was the thief's handwritten apology note that came along with it. "A police officer brought me my bike, undamaged. But there was also this handwritten letter from this guy," Gilmour, 41, of Portland, Ore., told "Apparently, when he was picked up by police, he had asked for a piece of paper and a pen and wrote out this apology letter for me. And he included $10 out of his pocket to help pay for a replacement lock." The letter, handwritten by the thief, apologized for stealing the bike and explained why he had committed the crime. "The letter stated that he had been laid off for a couple years, was dealing with addiction, and was really unhappy with his life and the things he's been doing, such as this," Gilmour said. "He was glad he was caught red-handed with my bike and said that he needs help." The thief even offered a piece of advice to Gilmour. "It said, 'P.S. Get a U-lock.' So that's what I did. I went right out and got a U-Lock," Gilmour said. Courtesy Paul GilmourApparently, the bike was an easy steal for the because up until now, Gilmour had used an easy-to-cut cable lock. So when Gilmour got out of his multimedia design class Tuesday afternoon at Portland Community College's Cascade campus, he realized he had no way to get home. Gilmour had locked up his Trek Hybrid bike outside of his classroom building earlier that morning, and when he returned to the spot he left it, the bike was no longer there. "I came out of class and I didn't see my bike. So there's like 70 bikes there. They're all locked up from all other students. I looked for about 15 minutes," Gilmour said. Gilmour's classmates suggested he report the stolen bike to campus security, which he promptly did. "I called it into campus security, and they asked me to describe it because Portland police said they had recovered it, and that the person admitted it was stolen from PCC (Portland Community College) Cascade," said Gilmour. Because Gilmour was able to perfectly describe the bike, the police met with him to return it to its rightful owner. However, the letter was an unexpected added bonus. This thief's act of sincerity even had the arresting officers scratching their heads. "The officer that returned me my bicycle, he said in the 28-and-a-half years he's been on the force, people are always apologizing because they've been caught. But in all that time, this is the first time he's interacted with someone so sincere," said Gilmour. Although Gilmour is grateful to have his bike back, he's not entirely sure how to feel about the rare, yet lucky situation. "I have such conflicting emotions about the experience - between being another statistic in Portland of a stolen bike and how frustrating it was, to the elation of how rare it is to get it back and being able to share my story. "I have no choice but to forgive this guy," he said. "It's just such a bizarre mix. He's obviously got issues and he's going to work through it, and he'll get his help now. The whole change of heart this guy had is really interesting."

    " Videos

    Inspirational When the father flipped the sign over, I was just amazed. I'm sure this will change you too.

  • - ReignDown USA: God's Urgent Vision for Unity & Healing, from

  • "The United States of America is in a time of desperation for our Lord Jesus Christ, and the time has come for personal repentance across our nation. ...."


    Goodnews Everybody: Mulitcultural-UNITY of Believers

    "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."-2 Chronicles 7:14



  • Jesus on Repentance, From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matthew 4:17 (

  • "At this point in Scripture Jesus has been baptized (Matt. 3:16), finished a forty day fast (Matt. 4:2), resisted the devil’s strongest temptations (Matt. 4:3-11), and now begins to make disciples. What is His first message before calling His first disciples? Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near....

    He did not gradually build up to repentance after winning the hearts of the people through humor and “being relevant.” Rather, repentance was the introductory message to His ministry. By preaching repentance first, Jesus started His discipleship process the same way John the Baptist did.
    If we hope to be disciples like those in the New Testament, we must start by practicing repentance. If we hope to make disciples like the disciples we read about in the Bible, then we must start by preaching repentance.
    However, repentance was not just an introductory message, but a message Jesus preached throughout His ministry. He preached repentance at the beginning of His public ministry and from that time on. He expected all people everywhere to respond to His message and ministry by repenting.
    After preaching and doing miracles in several cities, Jesus began to rebuke the cities that had experienced most of his miracles because they did not repent (Matt. 11:20). Again, we see that He expected their response to be repentance.
    Toward the end of His ministry, just before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus was still preaching and expecting repentance. After reminding them of John the Baptist’s message He said: even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe (Matt. 21:32).
    He expected people to respond to His message and miracles by repenting, by changing their thinking, by turning from evil, and by walking in a new direction in life."


    Celestin Offers Forgiveness to Rwanda

    "Celestin Musekura offers a a ministry of reconciliation to war-torn Rwanda"
    Rwandan Tutsi Forgives

    Edmund is Forgiven from "Chronicles of Narnia" by Walden Media

    Edmund is Forgiven from "Chronicles of Narnia" by Walden Media @ Yahoo! Video

    "what is done is need to speak to Edmund what is the past"-Aslan
    Prodigal - Edmund Tribute

    " The Prodigal Son
    A man had two sons, one was older and good, the other, young and rebellious. The youngest son wanted his half of the inheritance and leave to live his life of wealth and fame. His father gave him the money and the younger son left and spent all his money. Soon he had no food, water, fame or wealth. He soon returned back home and apologized to his father and asked to be forgiven. He said, "Father I have done wrong. I am no longer worthy to be called your son."
    But the father said to his servants,
    "Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. Get the largest cow you can find, kill it, and we will eat it and celebrate. For this is my son, who was dead and has come back to life again; he was lost and has been found!"
    Edmund is the prodigal son who left his family. He lost everything to the White Witch. He comes back to Aslan asking for forgiveness. On the last chorus Edmund is welcomed back by Aslan and his brothers and sisters and he becomes the great prince (pictures from Prince Caspian) "

    *see Life: Backslidden-Parable of the Lost Son
    THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,
    "..After much shock, Aslan asks Peter to clean his sword and promotes him to King of Narnia, and the other wolf runs off. Aslan orders his commanders to follow it because it will lead them to Edmund. When it does, Edmund is rescued and brought back to camp, where we see him in somber discussion with Aslan. It is probably a discussion about the forgiveness of Edmund's actions, and sure enough, when Aslan brings him back to greet his siblings, he warns them to forgive Edmund's past actions, for they are of no consequence and not important anymore.
    Edmund is a changed person now, and his sisters are overjoyed to see him and everyone showers him with love, including Peter. At this point, Edmund has changed from the dark son to the “saved” son...

    *see European: United Kingdom-English & British of England-Britain Outreach
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Allegory: An Analysis of Selected Narnia Chronicles Matt Brennan Reprinted with permission of the author

  • "...Edmund embodies many characteristics of Judas, including the characteristic of betrayal, and Aslan's similarity to Jesus is noticeable in the way he forgives Edmund. Lewis, however, has specifically evaded allegorizing Jesus not forgiving Judas (Mark 14:21), and instead turns to more general Christian teachings on forgiveness: "If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently...Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Gal 6:1-2). In this way, Lewis once again manages to dilute the Biblical narrative into guilt-free children's readability. Aslan forgiveness of Edmund is expressed by his rescue of Edmund from the White Witch (Lewis, 1986, p.124-125). The Witch, however, claims Edmund's life as hers to take: "You at least know the Magic which the Emperor put into Narnia at the very beginning. You know that every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to kill." (Lewis, 1986, p.128). Aslan then offers his own life in exchange for Edmund's; this action is cataclysmic in its Biblical meaning, because not only is Aslan merely forgiving and dying for Edmund's sin, but the act is also symbolic of Christ dying for the sins of humanity. Edmund's sin of treachery becomes symbolic for all human sins, and Aslan pays for it with his life, as did Christ: "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom 5:8).
    These events set up the narrative of the execution of Aslan. The former account is incredibly similar in imagery to that of the death of Jesus in the Bible...

    *see Movies: The Passion, Crucification, Easter, Resurrection, etc..


    -Contemporary Christian
    "Forgive Me" by Rebecca St. James feat. Barlow Girl

    Chris August - 7x70 (Video) , from

    "I've been living in this house here
    Since the day that I was born
    These walls have seen me happy
    But most of all they've seen me torn
    They have heard the screaming matches
    That made a family fall apart
    They've had a front row seat for the breaking of my heart
    Seven times seventy times
    I'll do what it takes to make it right
    I thought the pain was here to stay
    But forgiveness made a way
    Seven times seventy times
    There's healing in the air tonight
    I'm reaching up to pull it down
    Gonna wrap it all around
    I remember running down the hallway playing hide and seek
    I didn't know that I was searching for someone to notice me
    I felt alone and undiscovered
    And old enough to understand
    Just when I'm supposed to be learning to love
    You let me down again
    I lost count of the ways you let me down
    But no matter how many times you weren't around
    I'm alright now...cause
    God picked up my heart and helped me through
    And shined light on the one thing left to do
    And that's forgive you, I forgive you
    Seven times seventy times if that's the cost I'll pay the price"

    Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me

    "Video director: Andrew Catlin Shot in Paris at Studio Guillaume Tell 1993 The dog in the video belonged to the studio owner, but liked BA and followed him during his stay there. Mutt and BA also wrote "All For Love" around the same time as this song. "
    *see Life-Love, Agape, Passionate, Romance, etc...

    White Heart - Seventy Times Seven

    "A great song about forgiveness."

    "Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."-Matthew 18:22

    David Meece, Seventy Times Seven

    "Hope everyone enjoys this video and I would appreciate feed-back as this is my "First" video I've made.....David Meece is a Christian Rock/Pop singer from the late 80's around the time that Stryper, Petra and Whiteheart we performing.....The pic's are random and in-tune to the words of the song the best I could.... The song is copyrighted by David Meece and all credits go to him......The lyrics are below, I hope you enjoy it."


  • Pray for Iran: Focus 35 Repentance ‘O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act!’ Daniel 9:19

  • "Throughout the Bible it is clear that for God to bless a nation there must be repentance. In the book of Daniel, we see that though he himself was a godly man, Daniel identified himself with his sinful nation, and he confessed the sins of his people (Daniel 9:20). He then asked God to remember His promise and restore his nation. So with this in mind, today as Iranian Christians we would like to humble ourselves and confess the sins of our nation and ask the Lord to forgive Iran.
    God has placed bountiful natural riches and resources in Iran – enough for the nation to be a huge blessing to the region and the world. However, this is not happening. Our hearts are grieved as we think of the fact that for more than twenty-five years our nation’s policy has been to declare death and curses to some other nations. Even children in our schools have been taught to chant curses to these countries.
    As a result, our own people are suffering and languishing in sin, drug addiction, depression, poverty, prostitution, and economic hardship. There is moral failure, corruption and deceitfulness. Furthermore, contrary to the friendly and hospitable Iranian culture, atrocities have been committed against religious minorities and other groups including Zoroastrians, Baha’is, Christians and minority Sunni Muslims. In particular, the hatred of Jews has been fostered.
    Therefore today we want to confess the sin of our nation to God and plead with Him to forgive Iran. We want to pray that in His great mercy, the Lord will reverse the situation and cause Iran to be a blessing to others. We bless other nations and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for peace in Iran."


    "Forgiving the Nameless"

    "This short film centers on one young girl's attempt to cope with the hatred she feels toward a nameless German soldier who killed her father in battle during World War II."
    Free at Last

    Missionary in Japan preaches a sermon that includes a testimony about how God helped him get rid of a huge root of bitterness, allowing him to finally forgive. Forgiveness is still difficult, it always will be. This sermon includes a key for being able to forgive

    GOD Please Help This Nation! A Prayer for Repentance
    By Pete Grasso

    Dear Father in heaven. Have mercy on us!

    This nation has abandoned Your loving precepts on morality, while embracing every other form of deviancy – which You have identified as an Abomination (Desperately Wicked in your Eyes).

    How foolish a nation we have become! We have become so blinded by our sin that we cannot see how Your judgment has already started against the wickedness of this nation. Yet, this is the first phase of tribulation, as further peril is being stored up for us if we don’t repent!

    The land we live in is cursed by the rivers of blood from the 50+ million unborn who were ripped from their mother’s womb. Our children and next generation are being cursed, as our government mandates (within some states) the teachings of immorality, sexual promiscuity, and alternative lifestyles within our schools. Our military is being worn down as our enemies increase all around us. And, our nation is being cursed while You are being removed from every instance within our society. Oh how, we have betrayed You!

    The divine hedge of protection that once encompassed this nation was torn down by our own people! How desperately foolish we are indeed! Woe to us! America will continue to receive further judgments as we heap sin upon sin with each passing day!

    Have mercy on us Oh-Lord!! Restore the bones which are dried up and broken due to our own sin. Send forth the power of the Holy Spirit throughout this land to convict the hearts of our citizens unto repentance! Convict the leaders within our churches unto repentance! Reveal yourself to those who have compromised on Your Word for the sake of political correctness or out of fear of loosing their Not-For-Profit status! How DARE the church allow itself to be bridled from speaking God''s truth by allowing itself to receive Federal and State funded BRIBES under the hidden cloak of Tax Exempt!! Who are your SERVING -- GOD or MAN?

    Father, I beseech you to remove those leaders who have embraced SIN within the church and who are leading many down the wide path of eternal destruction! Replace them with God fearing men and women who''s hearth felt desire is for saving the lost than building their personal empire and reputation.

    INTERVENE Oh-Lord!! Without your Intervention, without your Mercy, we will surely be consumed by the sin and darkness which surrounds us. I cry out to you dear Father! Glorify your Son Jesus by breaking down the gates of Hell within this nation!

    Restore us unto your TRUTH! Revive us Oh-Lord! Revive us Almighty God! For the sake of Your Glory and Your Honor! Restore us back to YOU!

    I plead to you Almighty Father, in the name of your precious Son --- JESUS! Amen.

    The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus Christ
    (see Passion of Christ)

    "Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."-Luke 23:34


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