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Happy Labor Day From The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries

Happy Labor Day!

On the celebration of the day of labor, we don’t labor. We rest. Picture your Labor Day; what is included? Meeting up with friends and family by the lake, enjoying the final vestiges of summer warmth while playing in the water. Coming to shore for a hamburger, hot dog, chips, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. Or are you at a relatives home. Cooking out by the grill, a side table weighed down with everyone’s favorite side dishes. The younger ones have tournaments of cornhole and Kanjam running. It is a day of rest, a day to recharge. Labor Day is a reminder, a reminder that while work is a part of life, so too is the chance to rest and recharge.

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Happy Father's Day From The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries

Happy Father's Day!!

A father’s love…is a love without end. It is not just a phrase in this song; it is a truth that those who know the love of the Father live with everyday! It is a comfort and an example that all father’s should seek to emulate. Our Father God is, quite literally, a perfect example of what a father should be.

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Valentine's Day - Celebrating the Complete Love of God

How do you show love?

 

Valentine’s Day is often considered a secular holiday, although it is named after St. Valentine.  His story, however, is anything but romantic.  Little is known about his life, but it is commonly accepted that he was arrested for defying Roman laws and aiding Christians in many ways, including secretly marrying Christian couples.  He is thought to have been brutally executed by Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus (Claudius II) on February 14, sometime during the third-century, after he refused to denounce his faith in the Lord.

 

On the day named after him, many people could not tell you who St. Valentine is or what he did.  In a day that is about celebrating love, many will show their love in shallow ways - through gifts and fancy dinners.  They fail to remember that love is easy to show when times are well.  Real love, unwavering love is shown during difficult times.  It is shown through sacrifice and the willingness to experience sacrifice because of that love.  It is the love St. Valentine had for his Lord.  It is the love our Lord has for His children.

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16, ESV)

 

No greater love has been shown throughout history than the love that God has shown for His children.  Throughout the Old Testament, God repeatedly showed His love by sparing the Israelites, forgiving them for wandering from Him, and giving them another chance (and another and another and another…).  In the New Testament, God showed His love in an entirely new way - He sent us His Son, His only Son, Jesus Christ, to earth, as a man, to die for us.

 

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Mother's Day Thoughts from The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries

Happy Mother's Day!!

Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.  (Exodus 20:12, AMP)

 

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.  (Deuteronomy 5:16, AMP)

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Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Columbus Day has become a controversial holiday in America. Some view Christopher Columbus as a great explorer, who founded new worlds and brought science and enlightenment to “savages.” Others view him as a man who brought disease, illness, and death to many civilizations. Should we celebrate his discovery or should we mourn what his coming brought? Perhaps we should do both.

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Labor Day Thoughts From The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day in the United States is a federal holiday celebrating the contributions the workers of the nation have made to making the United States the bountiful country it is. Labor Day was made a national holiday under the administration of President Grover Cleveland, with the first national holiday being celebrated in 1894. Labor Day is celebrated annually on the first Monday in September.

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!!

As a child in Sunday school, King David is larger than life. He was a simple sheep herder, with many older brothers. He likely never expected anything great to happen to him in his life. Yet he grows up to become King of all twelve tribes of Israel! He was a great king, uniting the tribes, defeating his enemies, the stuff of which legends are made!

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fueled His Ride to The Mountain Top With Scripture - Christian Principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Lead The Civil Rights Movement - Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

He was an influential civil rights leader.  He was a pastor.  He was a husband.  He was a father.  He encouraged a generation.  He had a dream.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is most remembered as the civil rights leader.  What is often left out is that his ideas were rooted in Scriptures.  He was not simply arguing for racial equality, he was arguing for a world that would be flush with the glory of the Lord.

 

In one sermon entitled Paul’s Letter to American Christians, Dr. King styled his sermon as one of the many letters the Apostle Paul wrote.  He marveled at the leaps and bounds we have made in science and architecture and laments the failing moral and spiritual advancements.  The theme of the message comes from Paul himself, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2a, ESV).  Stand apart from the rest of the world; resist the earthly temptations that do not bring glory to the Lord, rather have faith in the Lord and allow Him to work through you.

 

Dr. King often drew from the Sermon on the Mount for inspiration, particularly loving your enemies (Matthew 5:44).  We are not to like our enemies, to tolerate them, to co-exist with them; we are to love them.  We are to love them without expecting them to reciprocate.  We are to be the stronger person, the person who does the right thing no matter what others do.

 

His most famous speech, the “I Have a Dream”speech is also rooted in the Bible.  The speech reaches its apex when Dr. King quotes for Isaiah 40:4-5:  “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.’" Dr. King did not simply dream of a world with racial equality, he dreamed of a world where all would rejoice in the glory of the Lord. 

 

In his day, Dr. King was considered an extremist by many.  It was a title that he welcomed because he stood in good company with our Savior Jesus Christ, the prophet Amos, the apostle Paul, reformer Martin Luther, and former President Abraham Lincoln.   To Dr. King, the only question one had to ask themselves is what kind of extremist are you going to be?  For evil or for goodness?  For justice or injustice?

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