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I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25 KJV Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬5 KJV Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:14‭-‬15 KJV

Day 10

Forgive and Forget When God forgives our sins, he both forgives and forgets. What this means is that God, from the moment he has forgiven us, treats us for all intents and purposes as if we had never ever wronged him. He restores us completely to the standing we had with him before we fell. Love keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5). However, it is not possible for us to “forgive and forget” in the same way that God does. It can take us a long time to heal from the wounds that others have inflicted on us. What we  can  do is to “forgive and forget” in the sense of taking the decision that you will choose to forgive the person who has wronged you for the sake of Jesus Christ and move on with your life. You know that you still need to heal. But once you come to the place where you decide to forgive someone from your heart, something very special happens. God heals your wounds. As your own wounded heart is healed, you will more and more see the other person as God se

Verse 2

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalms 51:16‭-‬17 KJV

Verse 1

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.   Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.   But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.   God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:21‭-‬24 KJV

Day 9

True Worship One of the greatest confusions in Jesus’ day was about worship. If only they could worship at the right place, at the right time, and with the right procedure, then God would accept them. But Jesus taught that worship wasn’t about those things at all. Jesus introduced the woman at the well to a new kind of worship: spiritual worship, in which we worship in the Spirit. This, he tells her is true worship. We are no longer tethered to places and times and rituals. Now, because Jesus has come, we are set free from those limitations, which were there to instruct us before the coming of Christ. That’s why the apostle Paul writes, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Rom 12:1, NIV). This is the worship of the every-day. It’s good to praise God and worship in church. But the sign of a true worshipper is that wherever we go and in whatever we do

Verse 3

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1 KJV

Verses 1 & 2

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19‭-‬20 KJV Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.   For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24‭-‬25 KJV

Day 8

Unlimited Service  - Day 8 Broken for Others We don’t like broken things. We like things that are whole. On the night that he was betrayed, Jesus said that the bread which he broke for his disciples represented his body, which was broken for them. It was broken in love, so that they might receive life. Later, the apostle Paul tells us that Christ’s body is the church: “the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22–23). Just as Jesus’ body was broken, so too the church must be broken for others. What does this mean? Being broken also means that the church exists through poverty and suffering, as well as through victory and glory. It thrives through persecution. Being broken means that the church suffers in compassion for others. It exists to feed the world through Christ, the bread of life. Unless bread is broken, it cannot be shared. Being broken also means that the church doesn’t exist all in one place; instead it is like salt that is to be found everywhere to season the

Verse 3

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 1 Corinthians 3:5‭-‬8 KJV

Verse 1 - 2

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1‭-‬2 KJV For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:11‭-‬13 KJV

Unlimited Service - Day 7

Unlimited Service  - Day 7 How to Deal with Problems in the Church There are many who criticize the church because of its weaknesses. Not many people are able to deal with problems in the church in a constructive way. The Corinthian church was a perfect example of a church in trouble. It suffered from factions, incest, litigation, drunkenness, greed, heresy, etc. You name it, they had it. How did Paul handle the situation? Instead of either sinking in discouragement or writing aggressive and angry letters, the apostle sat down to dictate a letter which demonstrated controlled passion It was systematic in argument and presentation, vibrating with empathy, sympathy and unrequited love. He recognized that only dutieswere his, while results were God's. In this conviction he set forth basic principles of behavior which, if applied, would bring order out of chaos and holiness out of moral laxity. We should carefully observe the one grand truth he uses which overarches every other: He

Verses 1 - 3

Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.  And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. Luke 15:1‭-‬2 KJV And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.   I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:31‭-‬32 KJV For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 KJV

Unlimited Service - Day 6

The Church That Welcomes Sinners When Jesus was teaching, the disreputable people of the town gathered around him to be close to him. The respectable people, in this case the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, wouldn’t go near Jesus in case they ended up touching or having to talk to one of those people. Like today, there were many religious teachers in Jesus’ day. However, one of the things that most marked out the ministry of Jesus in the eyes of his contemporaries was that he welcomed sinners, and he expects his church to do the same. We often say that we welcome sinners, but do we really? Or do we wait to welcome them only once they have repented, reformed, and been transformed? Do we only welcome presumed “ex-sinners”? God’s purpose for his church is that it be a place where sinners are welcomed: not acceptable sinners, not mild sinners, not reformed sinners, but actual, real-life sinners. We can get very focused with our churches. There are some churches who are fo

Verse 3

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.   Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.   For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:18‭-‬20 KJV

Verses 1 & 2

Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Asia unto Christ. Romans 16:5 KJV For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 1 Corinthians 11:23‭-‬26 KJV

Unlimited Service - Day 5

Be Like the Original Church For around two hundred years after Jesus, “church” was never a building. The church was the followers of Jesus themselves. The most usual place for a church to meet was in a believer’s house. The first churches would normally have had 15–30 people gathering together. This was as many people as could fit in a large house. The size of “church” was actually limited by the sizes of people’s houses. Going to “church” was really going to a small group meeting. Many of the things that we think are essential for “church” were missing back then. There was no dedicated pastor, there were no sermons, and there were usually no musical instruments at all. There was also very little formal structure to what the believers did when they gathered together. Every church meeting always centered around a communal meal, which was how the instruction of the Lord was understood (1 Corinthians 11:26). Everyone contributed to the meeting according to their gifts. Someone

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If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. John 13:14 KJV We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. Romans 15:1‭-‬3 KJV Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 KJV

Unlimited Service - Day 4

The Church That Washes Feet The church doesn’t exist to please itself or for its own comfort and safety. The church exists to be God’s agency for the ministry of Christ. Every person who walks through this world will end up with tired, dirty feet. The dust of our journey, as well as the wounds and sin mar the beautiful feet that God created for us. The ministry of Jesus is to soothe in cool waters, to heal through his loving touch, and to clean by his blood. The work of the church isn’t what we think it is. The work of the church is to do the work of Jesus. Jesus never owned a building. He never had a bank account. Instead, he did the work of a slave for others; he washed feet. When the Christian church understands that its principal work is to wash tired and dirty feet, then it will be on the path to fulfilling its God-given mission.  To wash one another’s feet means to be willing to kneel down and serve at the feet of those who are dirty from the roads of life. It means to