The Long Haul

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The Long Haul Has Its Advantages

Here are encouraging words from last Thursday please stick it out over the long haul.

Praise Report

Mike and Pat gave me several hugs and with tears said he couldn’t have made it without our help! Praise the Lord. He and Pat are getting married. Then, another fellow last week said he thought Jesus could leave him but, I assured him that Jesus says He will never leave us or forsake us. He needed that assurance! God Bless praying for you – John and Linda

Attached to her sweet message above was a message from Jesus Lives Victorious Living

Stick It Out Over The Long Haul

Receive my glory strength when ongoing problems require you to stick it out over the long haul, your faith sometimes falters. That’s when you resort to grimly gritting your teeth – simply passing time in a negative frame of mind. This is not the way I want you to deal with difficulties. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul-not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives.

It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy. Colossians 1:11

I am sovereign over the circumstances of your life, so there are always opportunities to be found in them. Sometimes those opportunities to be found in them. Sometimes those opportunities are so obvious you can’t miss seeing them. See, the sovereign Lord comes with power…and his recompense accompanies him. Isiah 40:10

Journey’s Long Haul

At other times-especially when the journey is hard and seems endless-you have to search for hidden treasure. Do not be like the man who hid his master’s talent in the ground because he was disgruntled with his circumstances. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. Matthew 25:25 He gave up and took the easy way out; blaming his hard situation, the more treasure there is for you to discover in it. I gladly give you glory-strength; it is limitless and freely available to each of my follower. It is exceedingly potent, because the spirit himself empowers you strengthening you with Power in your inner being moreover, glory-strength enables you to keep on enduring the unendurable. Since this strength has no limits there is more than enough of it to spill over into Joy!

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

A Look Back To Our Childhood

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We are all going to look back to our childhood someday and wished that we hadn’t walked in the wilderness for 40 years as a lost child.

Our Childhood

As a child we know how to dream. We are creative and we trust others easily. These are the things we do throughout our childhood. When something really bad happens to us we learn how to bury things deep inside, as if it never happened.

As I look back at my childhood I was always conjuring up ideas on how to change my world. I loved nature so much I would flee to our small little forest all to escape my everyday life.

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I was around seven years old when I was playing outside with the neighborhood kids. Nothing odd or strange about that, I played with these kids in our neighborhood all the time. There was a particular day when a van was part of our play day. The van was parked in a vacant space a little ways from our home. Sometime had passed when I heard my mom calling my name. I couldn’t answer nor, could I come to her. My mom’s voice became more frantic. I still couldn’t answer or come.

Eventually, when I was released and able to return home I got into a lot of trouble. I didn’t know what to do or to say except to pay the consequences for not coming when called. How would I or could I tell my family what happened? I couldn’t tell them so, I kept it locked up inside, or so, I thought.

The Foundation of Forgiveness


For followers of Christ, the goal is to become increasingly like Him, and one of the best ways to reflect His character is through forgiveness. Yet sometimes this is a quality we are reluctant to demonstrate because it seems so unfair, especially if the wrong done to us is ongoing or particularly painful. To forgive appears to diminish the offense and counteract justice.

Matthew 18:21-35
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The foundation for our forgiveness of others is God’s forgiveness of us

Today’s passage contains a parable in which a man is forgiven a sum too exorbitant to repay. Yet he turns around and demands immediate payment from someone who owes him a small amount. That’s what we are like when we think others’ wrongs against us must be avenged even though God has forgiven us.

Un-forgiveness torments us, not the wrongdoer

It’s a caustic poison within us that corrupts our emotions, stunts us spiritually, and stresses our bodies. When we don’t release the offender, we end up imprisoned in bitterness, resentment, and hostility—and that is sin.

Forgiveness doesn’t negate the wrong done to us in our childhood.

It doesn’t deny the offense or the resulting pain but let’s go of the right to get even. Vengeance is God’s responsibility, not ours (Romans 12:19). We don’t have all the facts, nor can we know the offender’s true motive. Only God can judge accurately and fairly. When Jesus suffered the ultimate injustice of the cross, He entrusted Himself to the Father (1 Peter 2:21-24). Can you follow His example and trust God with wrongs done to you?

So, when we look back to our childhood and we learn how to forgive those that have done wrong we will no longer feel like a prisoner.