October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

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Forgiveness Freely Given

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Together In Christ
Sermons and Prayers For the christian Year

Erskine White

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As a minister, I am continually reminded of the many burdens people bear in this life - the emotional scars, the painful memories, the gut-wrenching guilt and feelings of regret. Sometimes the stories I hear are staggering. Really, there are three kinds of people in this world: those who need to be forgiven, those who need to be forgiving of someone else, and the largest group is those who need to be both forgiven and forgiving.

Forgiveness must come before healing. That's why, in our New Testament story this morning, Jesus first says to the paralyzed boy, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Then He says, "Rise up and walk." Forgiveness is the foundation of healing, while the lack of forgiveness means continued suffering and brokenness.

You can see the need everywhere around you. It's in the person whose soul is troubled by some misdeed of long ago. She is wracked by regret and governed by guilt. She is never completely happy,...

This sermon, Forgiveness Freely Given, is based on Matthew 9:1-8. This sermon relating to Matthew 9:1-8 is excerpted from the book 'Together In Christ '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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