His Forgiveness

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1 November, 2020Pastor Mark SchultzHis Story My Life

“I forgive you”. These words might be three of the hardest words we ever speak or hear. The truth is we’ve all been on both sides of that sentence. We’ve been the forgiver - hurt, disappointed, betrayed. We’ve been the forgiven - embarrassed, guilty, ashamed. What happens in us when Christ forgives and then offers us our very existence as a gift? What does it mean to cancel the debt someone owes you in your relationship because all your debts have been cancelled by Jesus’ death & resurrection? The words “I forgive you’ are incredibly powerful words, capable of re-writing the narrative of a life or the story of a relationship. They are words which bring freedom, restoration, and release, transforming hearts, minds and attitudes. We’ll explore and experience that together today as we celebrate the Reformation truth that Jesus has already written you into his story of life, love and joy with his forgiveness.Read the Weekly News here

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Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:47-48



Forgiveness gives you a blank page on which to write the next chapter of your life. When you have been forgiven, all that is left is gratitude. When you forgive others, all that's left is freedom and possibility. Forgiveness is the ultimate miracle of God's grace alone.


1  Are you a person who forgives easily or do you tend to hold a grudge and struggle to let go of past hurts? Why?

2.  How has forgiveness rewritten a story in your life or of your life?

Bible Reading

36 When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

41 “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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22 November, 2020 Pastor Mark Schultz

What do you say? "Thank you". Say "Ta! From an early age we teach children gratitude. For it doesn't come naturally. We even teach them to be grateful for the things they don't like, like the Brussel sprouts that have been served up for tea. "Just be grateful you've got food on your plate for there's lots of starving kids around the world who are going to bed tonight without anything to eat." But the more independent we become, the easier it is for the muscle of gratitude to weaken. When you can buy the things you had to ask for, or go to the places that you weren't allowed to go and get the things you want with ease, it's easy to forget how good we actually have it, But gratitude is a gift that puts your present moment in perspective and transforms the way you approach tomorrow. So today as we come to the final week of the Church year, and the final week of our series, His Story, my Life, we are going to take the time to stop, reflect, and give thanks to God for his abundant blessings to us as LifeWay, a family of Churches in multiple locations over the past year. It's His Story, our life - a story for which we are truly thankful.

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One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16


Gratitude requires not just feeling thankful but acting on it. Living it. The only authentic response to God’s saving grace is faith shown in action, and gratitude that erupts in praise, giving glory to God.


1. What three things are you most grateful to God for over the past year?

2. What three things are you most grateful for in the life of your Church over the past year?


His Purpose

15 November, 2020 Pastor Mark Schultz

Connect the dots. We've all done one. It's a form of puzzle that contains a sequence of numbered dots. When a line is drawn connecting the dots the outline of an object is revealed. Our life and our stories are like a dot to dot puzzle. Each dot is a circumstance, an encounter, a memory, a decision made, a value held, a moment celebrated, a failure experienced, a dream crushed. Unconnected, they are random dots. Disconnected, they make no sense. But connected with the lines of our life, they tell a story. The only problem is they are not numbered. Today the risen Jesus comes to connect the dots, to craft his story of love in our life as he reveals his purpose. That's what we'll explore and experience today.

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The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:17


Jesus believes in you more than you believe in yourself. He comes to transform your emptiness into abundance, your darkness into light, your failure into blessing, your rejection into acceptance, your weakness into strength, your endings into new beginnings, so you can live every day in his presence for his purposes.


1. What's your best fishing story?

2. What do you consider your biggest failure in life?

3. What's your purpose in life?


His Presence

8 November, 2020 Pastor Mark Schultz

Have you ever just needed to clear your head? To go for a walk to process things? Ever jumped into the car and driven, not sure where you were going, but just needing to escape from life? Has your life ever been turned upside down, leaving you dazed, confused, shattered or wrestling with questions like what’s next? Where do I go? What do I do? Have you ever felt fatigued or frustrated, and can’t see Jesus and can only think of everything wrong with your life. Instead of sensing God you feel like he’s gone or like he’ll talk to anyone but you. When you can’t see God or sense Christ’s presence it can be a dark place. Our vision becomes blurred and our memories become selective. If you are at that intersection in your life, right now, Jesus comes to reveal his presence to you in three life-giving ways that re-awaken passion, renew life and transform the story of your life. We will explore and discover again His presence in your life today.

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Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 31-32


Regardless of how it seems or how you feel, you are not alone in your journey. Christ will catch up with you and is present with you. Invite him to stay and let him transform the transit into a dwelling!


1. Where do you go when you're trying to esape from life?

2. What are running from today whether physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually?

3. When has it felt like your heart was burning within you? Share.


His Protection

18 October, 2020 Pastor Mark Schultz

Storms are a part of life. They come in many shapes and sizes. We have all encountered them. They hit us unannounced, blow us off track and into unfamiliar territory, beat against us with a ferocity and power that is unrelenting, cause us to feel like we are drowning and going under. That's what storms do. They make us vulnerable, leave us powerless, deplete our energy and cause us fear. Perhaps you are in the midst of a storm right now. When you turn the page of your life and encounter a storm, God wants you to know that the Spirit of God within us is more powerful than the wind that howls around us, the power of God is stronger than any waves that batter against us, the love of God is deeper than any water which wants to drown us. For when your story is connected to God's story, whatever storms you encounter in life, you can experience the peace that comes from his protection. We'll explore that today.

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Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26


Jesus doesn't promise smooth sailing in life but he does promise safe passage.


1 What's the biggest storm you have been in or through in life?

2. When is a specific instance that you have felt God's protection in your life?