Genesis 50:15-21: Forgiveness in Full

Step into an ancient saga woven in time. This tale, spun from the threads of envy and betrayal, centers on Joseph, the favored son, and his older siblings. A colorful […]

The Parables of Jesus: Lesson 12: Two Parables on Forgiveness

The Parable of the Two Debtors: Luke 7:36-50 Background in Luke Before Jesus tells this parable, we find an unnamed woman in the house of Simon the Pharisee.  This is […]

Genesis 50:15-21: God Working Through All for the Good

How hard to forgive someone who hurts you!  A co-worker takes credit for your work, and now you are the lazy one.  A bully intimidates you, for not all bullies […]

The “Lament” Psalms: Lesson 3, Psalm 32

Structure This psalm has a pattern, revealed by its grammatical switching of “person”: Verses 1-2: Being blessed. This is the “third person,” which refers to someone else, not the writer […]

Luke 23:33-34: Father, Forgive Them, For They Don’t Know What They are Doing

Epitaphs: carved into stone, whittled in wood, burnished into bronze. They’re a message for someone to read, long after the bodies below them are dust and ash, and the memories […]

2 Corinthians, Lesson 4: The Change in Travel Plans

Last week, we explored Paul and Timothy’s use of a chiasm to mention that God seals and anoints His people in the New Covenant. We explored that and saw that […]

Luke 15:1-2, 11-32: The Prodigal Son

The Pharisees were grousing against the outrageousness of God’s grace. “This man [Jesus] receives sinners and eats with them.” Now, that’s wonderful news for you and me—if we see ourselves […]

Confession, Absolution, and the Spoken Word of Forgiveness

Often, Christians are confused about a Pastor speaking God’s forgiveness to others.  Some (i.e., Protestants) say that only God can forgive sins.  Such a statement is true, but neglects how […]

Living Despite the Past that Haunts You

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for February 2013.   Few know his real name.  To most, he is simply TJ.  I have no idea why.  But TJ is a man […]

Mark 1:29-39: Why Jesus Came

Imagine if we had a Jesus in Kimberling City.  Imagine that!  What if we had a Jesus who would open His door each day, so people could see Him for […]