How can we escape?

…how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? Hebrews 2:3 NIV Two problems emerge in our humanity: in our pursuits (for pleasure, power, recognition, etc.), we harm others and sometimes even ourselves; and when we discover our selfish hearts are to blame, we justify our actions. The Bible refers to the first…

The cost of forgiveness

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 22:34 NIV It’s so hard to forgive, isn’t it? When someone takes my words out of context, betrays a confidence, or slanders me, I respond by judging, lashing back, or harboring bitterness. Without forgiveness, relationships continue in endless cycles of hurt…