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Suppose you were to open your mailbox and spot an unusual piece of mail. A glimpse of your name, handwritten in calligraphy, tells you this isn’t just another bill. Pushing aside the junk mail like tares from the wheat, you snatch the envelope and open the gold-lined seal to find –
An invitation ~
It is from a friend, offering you the chance to mend a broken relationship.
“An invitation to forgive?” you may scoff…
“Why would anyone want to get an invitation like that?”
And yet that is exactly the type of invitation the Apostle Paul writes in his letter to Philemon. In a manner that is both brilliant and appealing, Paul urges Philemon to take back his runaway slave, Onesimus. He challenges Philemon to see forgiveness as a privilege; an invitation to be accepted or declined. It was Philemon’s choice to make.
Would he have the character to see past his anger to the benefits this invitation would offer him, or would he hang on to resentment and miss the blessing?
This verse-by-verse Bible Study is written for anyone who has ever struggled with forgiveness or longs to see the reconciliation of broken relationships. It will address and examine the questions involved in the dynamics of forgiveness, such as:
- Can true forgiveness ever be commanded?
- Does loyalty and harmony come by compulsion?
- What is the character of someone who forgives?
- On what basis should we forgive someone who has offended us?
This study will not only shed light on the answers to these questions but also present the rich Biblical principles on which they are based. It is written in an easy-to-read, interactive format, guiding the reader to identify his own invitation to forgive—an invitation ultimately written for all of us.
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I’m happy to announce that my Bible Study, “The Race Before Us” is now available on Amazon, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
It’s a study of one of my favorite passages, Hebrews 12:1-3:
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
By comparing our lives to a footrace, the passage encourages us as Christians to prepare and condition our hearts and minds to run a race worthy of God’s calling upon our lives. On a personal note, this study is a product of a lesson that God has repeatedly resonated in my life as I grow older…that to run this race well, we must cast away the many distractions and train ourselves to focus on Christ and our eternal purpose in Him.
Whether you feel like you are just running in place, or simply desire to build a more focused faith, this study offers a closer look at God’s perspective to gain that momentum:
- How to identify and cast away the spiritual weights that slacken our pace
- How to recognize the entanglements of sin that keep us from moving forward
- How to develop a faith that is conditioned to endure throughout the trials of life
It’s written in a verse-by-verse, very simple interactive format that’s ideal for individual or small group study, with a focus on Christ as our Perfect Example, the source of our hope and strength to keep the faith and finish strong.
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