How many times do you have to forgive someone for the same thing, over and over, until you realize they aren’t going to stop? When is enough, enough? Sometimes people just don’t deserve to be forgiven; they need to face judgment.
It seems reasonable—even just! It’s what Peter asked Jesus: “How many times must I forgive?”
Do you think Peter realized that he had a double standard? Do we?
Far too often, there is a vast difference between the forgiveness we want for ourselves and the forgiveness we offer people who sin against us.
When we sin, we want God to forgive us—even if we’ve committed that same sin a thousand times. We want that guilt completely wiped away. We don’t want God to define us by that sin or to remember it anymore. We want to be a forgiven, beloved, child of God. We know we’re going to sin again (and again—and again), but we don’t want God to look at us that way. We cling to the forgiveness Jesus won for us on the cross.
And then we want to know when we can stop forgiving someone else.
So, Jesus told a story—a story about us, when we don’t want to forgive. In the parable, we need to see just how deep our debt is, how impossible for us to pay—and how incredible God’s forgiveness is. Then we want to take that forgiveness and share it—as freely as God forgives us—especially to people who don’t deserve it. That’s how God forgives us—every time!
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Here is this past week’s bulletin: 2020-09-20 The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
We’re Starting Bible Classes! The first Sunday in October (the 4th), we will hold a half hour Bible class downstairs in church after each of our services. You are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will observe whatever the current mandates are and we are going to ask you to clean surfaces at the end of class.
Politics is driving me crazy! This election season is as chaotic as any that we can remember. Talk and drama about the upcoming presidential election are hot. Social media tensions are rising, loved ones are dividing along party lines, and candidates are slinging mud at their opponents. In response, frustrated Christians often wonder what’s happening to America and where God is in the confusion. We’re going to find a calm, biblical approach to politics. Starting Sunday, October 4, we’ll look at how God has set up the government as his instrument of order and how we’re supposed to relate to it. We’ll look at the two kingdoms, the separation between church and state, and our messy political world. It’s going to be great! We’ll meet in the church basement after both Sunday morning services.
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Have you been looking for a fun activity to connect with your children? I know I have but I don’t have a lot of extra time. Do any of you find yourself in the same boat? Well Trinity Lutheran Church and School has a great solution to this obstacle. It’s our virtual sunday school. The teaching of the sunday school is provided on YouTube. The YouTube video allows you to get into God’s Word with your child easily. A christ-light lesson paper is provided to you at no cost as well to follow along with the YouTube lesson. If you wish to view one of the YouTube lessons feel free to go to Northwestern Publishing House on YouTube and click on the christ-light sunday school lesson.
Now after reading this letter and viewing the christ-light lesson on YouTube please strongly consider taking a quick break with your amazing children to explore God’s Word with your family. If you have any questions at all please contact me, Kat Ehlers, at 989-326-0396. I mostly respond to text messages but feel free to call as well. I dont always answer numbers I don’t know so please leave a voicemail and I will call you back as soon as I can. And if you wish to get involved please call Trinity Lutheran Church at 715-732-9868 (leave a message if your call is not answered) or you can text or call me, Kat Ehlers, with your child’s first and last name and the grade they are in. To see a preview of this Sunday, September 20 Lesson Video and Student Lesson, visit nph.net/ss-at-home. Printed Student Lessons for your child will be available for pick-up at church OR Printed Student Lessons for your child will be mailed directly to your home. If you would like them mailed directly to your home, or sent via email please contact the church office. May God bless your child as we together continue to share His love.
God’s blessing to you and your family,