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Introduction - by Michael Phillips
A Lesson in Forgiveness - Part 1 of 8
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Luke 17:1-10
Mar 11, 2007 am - Today, with God's blessing, we'll begin a short series of sermons called A Lesson in Forgiveness. THE MEANING The Greek word for 'forgiveness' appears nearly 150 times in the New Testament and with some variation. In its non-moral use, it means to leave or to walk away, or something more decisive than these: to forsake once and for all. Luke first uses the word in 4:39 where he reports what our Lord did for Peter's mother- So He stood over her and rebuked the fever and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. The word, 'left' is the same as 'forgive'. What happened to the woman's fever? Did it go down from a life-threatening 105 to an uncomfortable 101? No it didn't. At the words of our Lord, it left her then and there. One minute the dear lady was sick in bed, the next she was in the kitchen, cooking for the Lord, and feeling great! This is what it means to forgive: to leave. Luke uses the word a second time in 5:11. There he tells the story of how Peter, Andrew, James, and John became disciples- So when they brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. The word, 'forsook' is the same as 'forgive'. The men were fishermen, as their fathers had ... More >>>

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