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Bouncing Ball

rob-norris-BW-2x2By Pastor Robert Norris

I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity. Ecclesiastes 2:11

There are seasons in life when our work requires more of us than it does at other times For Example, Tax season for the accountant and Christmas season for the retailer. Whatever your line of work, it likely has a natural rhythm that spikes at certain times.

But increasingly in our success-driven culture, busy seasons have run together into all seasons. We have allowed the pace to perpetuate itself, driving us at full throttle month after month, year after year. Things begin to come totally unraveled at home, in our marriage, in our relationship with our children. It can happen, seemingly, in a blink.

This reminds me of a commencement address attributed to Brian Dyson, who held several senior management positions with Coca-Cola during his long career. He told a class of Georgia Tech graduates, “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air: work, family, health, friends and spirit. You’re keeping all of these in the air.”

“You soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. It will never be the same.”

You may not get as many pats on the back for being at home to dry the dishes or settle a disagreement or help a child study for a test. You may not receive the same sense of affirmation you feel from accomplishing a work goal or achieving recognition among your peers. But you will be living proof that winning at home first is the key to winning anything of value.

Marriages and families don’t bounce. They shatter. For generations.

Live It.
What is your “busy season”? What are the first signs that work is getting out of balance? How can you help each other handle those seasons that demand more of you than usual?

Pray.
For the ability to juggle well . . . and to know which balls can drop without causing major damage.

The Crossings meets Sundays, 10 a.m., at River Heights Intermediate, 7227 Scholar Way, in Eastvale. For more information, visit atthecrossings.com. Join us for Kids Camp (VBS) June 26, 27 and 28 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Free dinner included).

Learning To Love Yourself

Mark Lee NewBy Pastor Mark Lee

 

This summer, many people will spend time visiting beaches, lounging by the pool, and soaking up the sun with a good book in hand.   While popular fiction and non-fiction titles are sure to be included on quite a few reading lists, statistics indicate that the majority of summer readers will be enjoying self-improvement books.  In fact, self-help is a multi-billion dollar industry and has become the best-selling literary genre.

With titles such as “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depended on It” and “Knowing Your Worth,” it would seem that self-loathing is as much of an epidemic, if not more so, then selfishness.  The problem with having a negative view of oneself is that it can affect a variety of aspects of life.  The choices you make and actions you take are all influenced by the way you feel about yourself.

Although everyone agrees that is it important to focus more on others, it is also important to remember that we are allowed to love ourselves.  Taking care of our bodies, giving ourselves grace, and speaking kindly to ourselves is not a reflection of selfishness.  After all, when we care for our own mental, physical, and spiritual needs, we are better equipped to serve others.

The key to loving ourselves is to know where our value lies.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Our worth should not come from the opinions of others, the size of our bank accounts, or the reflection in the mirror.  Instead, it should come from the fact that God made us and He doesn’t make junk.

 

VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

 

Doing Right In A Wrong World

 

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Is it possible for a person to do what is right even if the example they grew up witnessing was always wrong? Let’s examine the life of Josiah to investigate this question. Josiah came from two generations of very wicked men. His grandfather, Manasseh, did more evil in the sight of the Lord than the pagan nations that God destroyed (2 Kings 21:9-10).

Manasseh even burned one of his sons as an offering to a pagan god (2 Kings 21:6). Josiah’s father, Amon, followed in his father Manasseh’s footsteps. He abandoned the Lord and served the same idols that his father served (2 Kings 21:20-21). Josiah, however, even with the evil examples and influences of grandpa and dad, did was right in the eyes of the Lord.

If the wisdom of this world was correct, Josiah could not have escaped his horrible upbringing. He would have been a product of his environment and destined to do evil in the sight of the Lord. This view leaves no opportunities for hope. God, however, offers every person hope. Hope for freedom from sin (Rom 6:17-18); hope for a new start and new identity (2 Cor 5:17); hope of eternal life (John 3:16); and hope to endure through all of life’s difficulties (1 Cor 10:13, Rom 8:28-29). All one must do is repent and trust in Christ.

Instead of excusing sin based upon your circumstances, know that there is forgiveness and freedom from sin offered through Jesus. Rejoice in the fact that your fate is not in the hands of your circumstances, but in the hands of God.

 

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

 

Water Worries

Pastor Mark Hopper

Pastor Mark Hopper

By Pastor Mark Hopper

 

The night before we were scheduled to leave for an out of town trip, I discovered a major water leak at our house.

Previously, I had told my wife that I thought I heard water running.  We checked all the indoor faucets and the outdoor hoses, but did not see any water running.  But, I still thought I was hearing something.

Since we would be gone for a week or more, I decided to trim the hedge in our front yard.  The hedge was getting overgrown and I wanted the yard to look nice while we were away.

As I was trimming the hedge, I noticed a puddle of water in the courtyard that I had not seen before.  Where was that water coming from?  When I went to investigate, I discovered a major leak in the water main that supplies water to our house.

At first I was aggravated to have a major water problem just when we were getting ready to leave.  But, at the same time I was thankful that we discovered the leak before we left town.  Imagine how much water would have been wasted if the water leak continued for a week or more while we were away!  Imagine how much the water bill might be!

I immediately shut off the water at the meter near the street.  This would prevent wasting any additional water.  However, with no water, there were no showers, no dish washing, and no toilets in operation.

We decided to leave the water off until we returned from our trip.  I was thinking that I could fix the leak when we got back home.

But, how would we water the garden in our back yard?  We had arranged for a friend to water the garden each day, but now the water was off and I did not have time to fix it before we left.

In desperation, I asked a neighbor if we could hook up our hose to his house and run it to our backyard.  This would enable our friend to keep the garden watered until we returned.  Our neighbor was glad to help.

The week went by quickly and our friend kept the garden watered.  When we got home, the plants were alive and well.

As I look back on this situation, I realized that I could be grumpy about the fact that we had a water leak or I could be grateful that we discovered the leak before we left town.  Do you tend to get frustrated when unexpected problems arise or are you thankful that the problems are discovered before things get out of hand?

Everyone has problems in life.  The question is how we view them?  Is your glass half empty or is your glass half full?  Are you grateful or grumpy?  The way we view each situation has a big impact on how effectively we deal with them.

 

Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd.  Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.  For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visit Efreedb.org

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Pastor Ed Moreno of New Day Christian Church, Eastvale

Pastor Ed Moreno of New Day Christian Church, Eastvale

By Pastor Ed Moreno

When it comes to the successes and advancements we humans experience in life, are we quick to give God the glory?  Or do we seem to naturally give the credit to ourselves?

 

David went from being the youngest of eight brothers and a herder of sheep, to becoming a legendary warrior, a great leader, an accomplished musician, a prolific songwriter, and eventually King of the nation of Israel with a promise from God that David’s lineage would be blessed.

 

But even with all this success and advancement in life, David refused to take the glory to his own soul (2 Samuel 7:18-22a). Instead he gave all the credit and glory to God. David called God great, not himself.

 

David knew that he was merely a sinful human; that ultimately the only reason he had gotten so far in life is because God willed, allowed, and enabled David to achieve all that he did.

 

Folks, it is God who gave us our intelligence, our talents, our gifts, our drive, our abilities, and the air we breathe that keeps us alive.  Yes, we have been given free will to choose if we’ll utilize and/or develop what God has given us, but it is still God who has given us all these things.

 

The Apostle Paul said to his first-century and twenty-first-century readers: “What are you so puffed up about?  What do you have that God hasn’t given you?  And if all you have is from God, why act as though you are so great, and as though you have accomplished something on your own?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

 

It’s always important for us to maintain a modest opinion of ourselves.  For again, only if God wills, allows, and/or enables us to achieve and succeed will we do so.  To God be the glory.  Like David, we know what we really are. So shouldn’t we stand in awe and just be grateful that God chooses to work through us at all?

 

New Day Christian Church meets Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. They are located at 7155 Hamner Avenue, at Schleisman Road. For more information, visit http://www.newdaycc.net.

Choose Love

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Take a moment and consider the topic of love.  What thoughts or memories stir in your mind? Many of our “experiences” with love have to do with emotions.  We even use the saying, “in love,” when we describe an emotion we feel towards an individual.  When this emotion fades, one might say that they “fell out of love.”   So what is love? Is it something that exists one day and then fades another day?  Is it dependent on emotions?

The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8).  Since God is love, we can learn the truth about love by looking at His example.  Rather than love being based on emotion, God demonstrates love based upon a choice: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8).  There is no emotional high in demonstrating sacrificial love to undeserving people.  As a matter of fact, it is absolutely sacrificial to demonstrate true love.

True love always has a cost.  True love demands that we lay down our pride… our rights.  True love requires forgiving others just as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13).  True love necessitates esteeming others higher than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4).  True love is not an emotional reaction… it is a choice.  It is a choice to obey God and fulfill His law of love: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Rom. 13:8-10).

Choose love!

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

My Favorite Mother-in-Law

mark-hopper-color-2x2By Pastor Mark Hopper

Recently, my wife’s mother died in Arizona.  She was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on August 20, 1924.  She was 91-years-old.

I always called her my favorite mother-in-law.   Actually, she was my only mother-in-law.  My wife and I have been married for 45 years, so she has been my mother-in-law for all that time!

She was a remarkable woman.  She was born during the “Roaring 20’s” and lived through the Great Depression in the 1930’s.  After earning her nursing degree, she worked at a hospital in Washington, DC during World War II.

After the end of the war, she married my father-in-law and they settled down on Long Island, New York in the first modern subdivision called Levitown.  It was a futuristic master planned community filled with returning veterans and their brides.

This young couple was also part of the post-war “Baby Boom”, having four kids in New York and a fifth child after they migrated to Scottsdale, Arizona.

My favorite mother-in-law was a stay-at-home mom who was actively involved in the lives of her five children.   When the kids got into high school and college, she became a school nurse and enjoyed helping young students at the local elementary school.

My in laws enjoyed their retirement years and traveled to Europe and the British Isles several times.  One of their favorite trips was to Ireland because she had Irish roots.  Her maiden name was Gallagher!

My wife and I enjoyed some memorable times with her parents.  We traveled with them to San Diego on several occasions.  And, we will always remember a special trip with them to Hawaii.

I was surprised at how many people attended her memorial service.  There were many former neighbors and friends in attendance, plus many family members.  Almost all of her grandchildren came, too.  She had five children, 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

There were also a number of our high school friends and former classmates at the service.  They considered her to be their adopted mom, too.

Let me encourage you to take time this week to express your love and appreciation to an older adult in your life.  Why not put a note in the mail or pick up the phone and make a call?

Tell them how much they have meant in your life.  You will be glad you did and they will too!

Pastor Mark Hopper

Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd.  Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.  For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visit Efreedb.org.

Fifty Years Faithful

By Pastor Rob Norrisrob-norris-BW-2x2

“For love is as strong as death.” – Song of Solomon 8:6

Only 10 months into their marriage, during an otherwise calm Sunday drive to church one July morning, a young Navy couple’s car was broadsided by a streaking ambulance racing through an intersection. The driver of the car, R. L. Alford, sustained some minor injuries. His wife, Hilda, was thrown from the vehicle, suffering a massive head injury that left her not only a quadriplegic, but also legally blind and unable to speak.

That was 50 years ago—50 years of communicating with his wife through little more than the nods of her head. Fifty years of pushing her wheelchair or (his preferred way) carrying her in his arms. Fifty years of emptying her urine pan and cleaning up her bowel movements. And in the last few years, even feeding her through a tracheal tube and learning how to insert her catheters.

Along the way, R. L.’s brand of marital loyalty has drawn some unexpected notice (“Undeserved,” to hear him say it). When a longtime family friend spearheaded a drive in the mid-80s to raise funds to build the Alfords a new home, help came from such high-ranking places as Florida governor Bob Martinez, who not only gave them a brand-new refrigerator but also spent a day working at the construction site. President Ronald Reagan sent a check for $500, followed by another for $1,000.

“When R. L. was asked to repeat the vow ‘for better or worse,’” a neighbor said, “he heard it real loud. Medically, it’s a miracle Hilda is still alive. But she’s not alive because of all those doctors. She’s alive because R. L. gave his life to her.”

In September 2006, the Alfords celebrated their golden anniversary. Looking back, R. L. humbly remarked, “Sure, it’s been rough in some ways. But it’s been rewarding.”

Fifty years of being there. May all our promises to each other be that long lasting.

Live It! Talk about what you would do for one another if the unthinkable happened. Promise you’ll be there, regardless.

Pray: While asking God for many more years together, pray it with a promise that you’ll remain faithful no matter what those years entail.

 

The Crossings meets Sundays, 10 a.m., at River Heights Intermediate, 7227 Scholar Way, in Eastvale. For more information, visit atthecrossings.com.

 

EASTVALE – Helping Others Can Help Ourselves

Pastor Mark Lee Vantage Point Church

Pastor Mark Lee of Vantage Point Church in Eastvale

By Pastor Mark Lee

According to a report issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service, there are approximately 64 million people in the United States who donate more than 8 billion hours of time to their communities annually. In terms of the national economy, these contributions are valued at nearly $175 billion dollars. However, the rewards for the volunteers themselves are priceless.

While the United States celebrates April as National Volunteer Month, much will be said about the ways volunteerism benefits communities. But, we should also remember that there is much to be gained through community service. As the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Studies show that volunteer work has the ability to increase self-confidence, combat depression, and diminish the symptoms of chronic pain. And these are just the health benefits! Serving others can also improve professional skills, build relationships, and provide career experience. However, the greatest benefit of unselfish, humble service is the fact that it gives us the opportunity to mature and grow as individuals.

In Acts 20:23, the apostle Luke wrote, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remember the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Sure, there are a million reasons why you can’t volunteer – you don’t have the time, you don’t have the money, and you may not even have the desire. And true, the world will continue to revolve if you do not serve. Your community will continue to thrive and your neighbors will be okay. But will you?

VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m.

 

Eastvale: Temperature Control

BY PASTOR ROB NORRIS

Pastor Rob Norris

Pastor Rob Norris (image courtesy of Google Images)

“Doing what is right will bring peace and rest.  When my people do that, they will stay calm and trust in the Lord forever,” Isaiah 32:17.

When you enter a room — whether it’s a Sunday School class, a company meeting or maybe a lunch event — it’s usually not very hard to gauge the mood of the place.  It’s warm, it’s cold, it’s engaging, it’s distant, it’s comfortable, or it’s stuffy.

Anybody can be a thermometer.  We are not called to be thermometers in our homes but thermostats.

That’s because thermostats don’t just read the temperature. They guide it. They determine how warm or cool the home environment will be.

In the same way, parents determine whether a home environment will be fun, peaceful, authentic, or full of grace.  Will it be a quiet sanctuary from the hard press of life?  Will it be a place of joy and celebration and fellowship?  Many parents today feel helpless in adjusting the climate of their home. They feel as if they can’t control the predominant tempo and rhythm of the day. They’ve grown weary of fighting the TV-watching, video game-playing, or tuned-out isolation of individual family members.  In the process, far too many homes have lost a sense of purpose and direction.  They’ve become little more than random activity centers, with no grown-ups willing to set the tone.

I encourage you to counter the frantic, frenetic pace of modern life by creating an environment that limits the endless noise of bustle and commotion.  Train your children to be still and read a book, to interact, to ponder and to create.

Don’t be a thermometer. Set the temperature.

Live it:  Take a look at the thermometer.  What is the climate in your home?  Now name some of the things you love best about the way your home operates.  Talk about how you can reset the temperature of your home.

Pray:  Ask the Lord to unite your family around similar convictions; and where you meet pockets of resistance, pray for the determination to keep pushing for your principles.

Join us Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. for a celebration service and egg hunt.

Trusting and believing with you,

Pastor Rob

The Crossings meets Sundays, 10 a.m., at River Heights Intermediate, 7227 Scholar Way, in Eastvale.  For more information call (951) 847-6836; or visit their website at http://www.atthecrossings.com.

Diamond Bar: Through The Bible in a Year

BY PASTOR MARK HOPPER

Pastor Mark Hopper Diamond Bar

Pastor Mark Hopper

Easter Sunday is only a month away.  I am even more excited than usual about Easter this year because that is when we are going to begin a year long journey through the whole Bible.

Our goal is to provide a brief overview of every book in the Bible in one year, from Easter 2014 to Easter 2015.  You may already know that there are 66 books in the Bible and only 52 weeks in the year.  So a few times we will have to cover two smaller books on one Sunday in order to reach our goal.  If you are unfamiliar with the Bible, I hope you will consider joining us on this amazing journey.

One of the best tools I have found that provides a clear overview of the Bible is a seminar called, “Walk Thru the Bible”.  It is a two-day, live event that will give you a framework to understand how the Bible fits together.  As we begin our year-long journey through the Bible, we will be offering this seminar at our church.  It will begin on Sunday, April 27th.   A small tuition fee is required and each participant will receive a useful study guide.

If you already have a church home, you can listen to our journey on our website each week.  If you are not currently attending a church, we invite you to come each Sunday morning and learn what the Bible is all about.

 

The Walk Thru the Bible live event is open to the community.  Please contact our church office or check out our website to learn more about this two-day seminar.

I hope you will join us on our one-year journey through the Bible beginning on Easter Sunday, and take advantage of the Walk Thru the Bible live event on April 27.  You will be amazed at how much you will learn.

Pastor Mark Hopper

Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd.

(909) 594-7604

Sunday Services:  9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Website: www.efreedb.org

Eastvale: Absolute Truth

BY PASTOR ROB JEWETT

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchSince God is love (1 Jn. 4:8), his attributes are absolutely wonderful.  David described God this way, “The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made” (Ps. 145:8-9).  One way God has demonstrated these amazing qualities is by giving us his word…the Bible.

God’s word is truth and endures forever:  “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Ps. 119:160). Since God’s word is truth, all of his precepts are trustworthy (Ps. 111:7).  In a world dominated by relativism, it is absolutely critical to realize that absolute truth still exists.  God’s truth does not change based upon people’s opinions or emotions.  It remains firmly fixed forever (Ps. 119:89).

In response to God’s absolute truth, we should cherish his word…study his word…and abide in his word!  As a result, our lives will be lived out in faithfulness and uprightness and will be pleasing to the Lord.  Please consider joining us as we study God’s word verse by verse together.

For more information about Word of Truth Community Church, visit wordoftruthcc.com or call (909) 235-WORD.

Diamond Bar: Something Smells Good

BY PASTOR MARK HOPPER

Pastor Mark Hopper Diamond Bar

Pastor Mark Hopper

Experts say that we associate smells with specific events or memories in our lives.  For example, the scent of pine trees reminds me of summer camping trips in the mountains of Arizona.  A salty ocean breeze reminds me of trips with my parents to the beaches of Southern California when I was a little guy. And the smell of waffle cones reminds me of walking down Main Street in Disneyland on vacation when my own children were young.

What comes to your mind when you pick up a familiar scent or smell?  It may the smell of a rose in your back yard or the blossoms of a fruit tree at the house next door.  One of my favorite scents at this time of year is the orange blossoms on the trees in our back yard. They are filled with blossoms right now and they smell so good!

The smell of orange blossoms takes me back to where I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona.  There were orange groves next to the elementary school I attended, and there were orange groves near the Little League baseball fields where we spent so many hours.  My wife grew up in a home that had over 20 citrus trees right on their property.  The scent this time of year is almost overwhelming; I have a lot of fond memories.

What are your favorite scents and smells?  What memories do they bring to your mind?

I am convinced that God created all the color, texture, sounds and smells for us to enjoy.  I hope you will stop and smell the roses or the orange blossoms you encounter today.

Pastor Mark Hopper

Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd

(909) 594-7604

Sunday Services:  9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Website: www.efreedb.org

 

Diamond Bar: Small Things, Big Problems

BY PASTOR MARK HOPPER

Pastor Mark Hopper Diamond Bar

Pastor Mark Hopper

Diamond Bar — I know that we are all thankful for the recent rain.  And it really did rain!  I haven’t heard the total amount yet, but it was certainly several inches of rain in my neighborhood and probably a lot more in the foothills.

During some of the heaviest rain, I noticed that my backyard was filling up with water.  I realized that the drain pipes in my yard were not working properly.  So, I rolled up my jeans, took off my shoes, and waded into the cold standing water.  When I located the drain pipe, I discovered it was covered with leaves.  The leaves were blocking the drain and causing the water to back up into the yard.

The drain pipe had a plastic cover with small slots in it.  I’m sure the cover prevents animals and large objects from getting into the pipe and blocking it completely. But I was surprised that a few small leaves could stop up the drain and prevent the water from draining out to the street.  It was a helpful reminder that small things can cause big problems.  We know that small termites can devastate a large home.  We know that a small pebble in your shoe can cause a lot of discomfort.

The same is true in personal relationships.  Small issues in a marriage that go unresolved can lead to big problems.  One white lie can lead to a habit of dishonesty.

I wonder… are there any small things in your life that need attention?  Are there things that you have allowed to go unaddressed and overlooked that could lead to bigger problems in the future?

Let me encourage you to take a look at your life and your heart.  Ask God to reveal to you some little things that need your attention.  Don’t let these little things become a big problem in your life.

Pastor Mark Hopper

Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd.

(909) 594-7604

Sunday Services:  9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Website: www.efreedb.org

Eastvale: One Impossible Possiblity

BY PASTOR ROB NORRIS

Pastor Rob Norris

Pastor Rob Norris (image courtesy of Google Images)

“Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

 Colossians 3:13

Are there things that someone has done to you that you think you could never forgive?

You are not alone. Ron Luce, president of Teen Mania Ministries, shares a story that many can identify with.

Ron came to faith in Christ as a teenager after enduring an abusive home life. Not long after his conversion, God began to convict him of his need to forgive his mom for the evil things she had done and said to him as a boy. Things like hitting him in the face, crushing a cigarette butt out on his back, telling him when he was 13 years old, “Why don’t you do me a favor and kill yourself?”

Initially, Ron reacted with typical human disbelief. How could he forgive his mom? She didn’t deserve it. But in time, God broke through, and Ron decided he needed to forgive his mother.

So Ron started carrying around Scriptures on little cards–verses about forgiveness he could meditate on and memorize. He began desperately praying that God would give him the ability to give up his right to punish her. It wasn’t easy, and it didn’t happen overnight. But one day as a senior in high school, he remembers praying, “Lord, You need to reach my mom and touch her, because I love her.”

He couldn’t believe what he’d just said. “I love her?” He had never spoken those three words before in his entire life! “But I do love her. I do love my mom, and You’re the One who put it there, Lord. You must have done it.”

We can forgive, because He forgave us. He shows us a better way. A way of freedom from bitterness and punishment. Christ does it through us, and He can do it through you.

Live It:

What impossible injustices–things you’ve grown weary of dealing with on your own–do you need to hand over to Christ? Make a list and ask Him to lead you to full forgiveness.

Pray

Pray for whatever He must do in you to free you to forgive.  Meeting at River Heights Intermediate School,

Sundays @10:00 7227 Scholar Way, Eastvale, CA 92880 951-847-6836 http://www.atthecrossings.com.  Trusting and Believing with you!

Pastor Rob