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ARE YOU LIVING BITTER FREE?
by Eddie Lawrence

Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. (NKJV)

INTRO: During my 28 years of pastoral ministry, I have known several occasions when someone became offended and allowed the offense to become a root of bitterness in their lives. When this happens, people who are in the same family may go years without speaking, people who attend the same church avoid each other, people who sleep in the same bed refuse to open their hearts to one another. This bitterness is very destructive and it affects the people around it. As the writer of Hebrews wrote, "by this many become defiled."

Let's do a little digging in the hopes of uprooting this root of bitterness if it is present in any of our lives.

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Take 3:19 seconds of your time and watch this segment from one of Billy Graham's messages. It was preached in 1986 in Tallahassee, FL. Here is what it will give you:

1. A great reminder of the power of inviting people to Christ.

2. The power of asking the right questions to get people to think personally.

3. Some great illustrations that make the path simple for people to respond.

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THE HARDEST THING YOU'LL EVER DO – FORGIVE
by Mikki Lawrence

The following sermon outline idea is based on one my wife's, Mikki, recent postings. I have included just an excerpt below. Please go to her site to read it in it's entirety at Mikki's Journey.

What are the truths we need to know about forgiveness? I will offer a few today, and I plan to write more on this in the next few days because I can’t possibly cover it all today so know that this is a part one of a series. I offer them as suggestions from a heart that acknowledges my own weakness, my humanness, my Incomplete grade on the course, but I offer them in my own pursuit of wholeness and in the hope and belief that they might help others.

1. Forgiveness is a process. It is complicated. If we are real about the hard stuff, we must all admit that we are unable in our humanness to deal the death blow to offense in one broad stroke. I have said before that we choose to forgive, and yes, that is true. We choose, but truthfully that choice is the beginning step. It is a necessary step, but it is only a beginning step that places us on the track of healing. Great offense requires that we choose again and again and again and again. When our buried alive emotions fly out of their grave, we must choose again to access God’s grace and forgive.

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When we think of forgiveness, we tend to view it as one person or group or family that has been wronged by another. However, relationships are much more complicated than that. More often than not, both sides carry a measure of the “blame”.

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There is a difference in a heart that vows never to forgive an offense and a heart that acknowledges its struggle to forgive but desires to. The process of forgiveness can be a real process that is happening in our hearts and coexists with our struggling emotions. God works with us in our weaknesses. Each step towards healing, however incomplete, is important.

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The process of forgiveness requires us to feel – our losses, our grief, our hatreds – whether they be toward ourselves or others. The process of forgiveness confronts our hearts with our emotions, and this is very important. We are less than truthful when we deny the authenticity of our feelings. Acknowledging those emotions does open the door on the path of allowing healing to come into those places. I was recently troubled by a statement someone made to me about their recent hurt. “It’s really okay,” they said and then they offered their reasons on why it was no big deal. And it was a lie. It was a big deal, but they “needed” emotionally to just push it away, deny its pain. That is inauthentic and distances us from the grace of God which comes to heal us when we are able to admit our pain.

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May
06

Tiger Woods Lesson… – Guest Article

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Tiger Wood’s Lesson: Exploration of Shame and Forgiveness

By: Daryl Green

Introduction

In the 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, author Nathaniel Hawthorne takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster with a moral-laden saga. In a 17th-century Puritan settlement, Hester Prynne bears a scarlet letter "A" on her breast for her apparent adultery. Despite the public humiliation, Hester never reveals her accomplice, Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale. Therefore, she lives her life in public shame.

Tiger Woods may feel like he’s bearing his own scarlet letter. It is unthinkable to many individuals that any reasonable person could forgive the alleged transgressions of Tiger. This reality bears out in the court of public opinion. According to a Gallup poll, his unfavorable rating surged up to 57%, compared to only 8% four years ago. Yet, it’s easy to speculate about a situation as we watch the unraveling of someone else’s life. This article explores how to deal biblically with shame and embarrassment in order to move forward.

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Feb
20

NEEDED: MERCY GIVERS — sermon outline

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NEEDED: MERCY GIVERS
by Eddie Lawrence

Matthew 5: 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.(NKJV)

1. The World is Headed for Judgment but in Great Need of Mercy
(Hebrews 9:27)

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Jan
14

You Love God?

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Do You Love God?

by Eddie Lawrence

If you want to know if you love God, there are several biblical tests that can be applied. Following is one of them found in 1 John 4. Take the test and see you you do?

1 John 4:20-21 “If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

1. Hatred in the Heart Nullifies Loving Words Out the Mouth
“If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar."

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Dec
16

Enjoying A Clean Heart — sermon 1 John

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The Bible is clear and offers us the blessing of cleansing of our hearts so we can enjoy a wonderful fellowship with God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 

 

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Dec
02

Seven Hindrances to Prayer — sermon

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SEVEN HINDRANCES TO PRAYER

(The following points were pulled out of R. A. Torrey’s book, HOW TO PRAY. It is not a full excerpt. Hope you enjoy them.Bold print mine not the author’s. I have added some points in brackets.)

 

1. [SELFISHNESS] The first hindrance to prayer we will find in James 4:3, "Ye ask and receive not BECAUSE YE ASK AMISS, THAT YE MAY SPEND IT IN YOUR PLEASURES."

A selfish purpose in prayer robs prayer of power.  Very many

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Oct
20

Jesus Loves Sinners — sermon

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The following sermon outline is from a sermon prepared by Pastor David O. Cofield. You may read his personal ministry blog here.

“Jesus Loves Sinners”

Luke 15: 1-2

Luke 15 starts as seemingly a way to introduce a new subject, “Then all the tax
collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2And the Pharisees and
scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
The Message says, “By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were
hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not
pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with
them, treating them like old friends.”

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