Matt Adams – Character – Perseverance
Friday Evening – Kayle Mumby
AFR 2016 – Friday Evening – Kayle Mumby
Saturday Morning – Christelle Baldovinos
AFR 2016 – Saturday Morning – Christelle Baldovinos
Saturday Evening – Antonio Baldovinos
AFR 2016 – Saturday Evening – Antonio Baldovinos
Sunday Morning – Antonio & Christelle Baldovinos
AFR 2016 – Sunday Morning – Antonio & Christelle Baldovinos
Foundations of Christian Character – Honesty & Integrity
That was the sermon topic for this past Sunday. If you were unable to be with us at Celebration on Sunday I would encourage you to listen to the sermon on our website. The story of Daniel is so fascinating and true. Find your bible and read Daniel 6 today.
As you are reading it, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into what the scripture passage is saying. The main thrust of Daniel 6 for Sunday’s story is how much Daniel’s integrity spoke to King Darius. The King of one of the largest empires to ever exist on earth is completely drawn into the life of one of his captives. Read each verse that speaks about Daniel’s interaction with King Darius a few times. Daniel was a child of God that lived out his life before a king, but always lived his live fully for the King of Kings.
Honesty is stating something we truly believe.
Integrity is living what we truly believe.
‘Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together. We must constantly strive to keep our integrity intact. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.’
‘Image is what people think we are: integrity is what we really are.’
‘Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.’
How will we live our lives today when we know that God is the only one watching?
In the words of Red Green – ‘Remember we are all in this together.’
Your fellow brother in Christ,
Cory Illingworth – Character – Honesty/Integrity
Due to technical difficulty, week 1 of the Character series – “Forgiveness” – was not recorded.
First of all I want to thank everyone that expressed how much they appreciated the message on the weekend. It was different this time. Most weekends there are people that say thanks for sharing a good message, but this weekend there was a genuine expression from many people indicating why this sermon was important to them. There has been Facebook messages, emails, text messages and actual, real, face-to-face words of gratitude.
I mention this because I struggled all week with this message. Not with the content or the imagery, but with the structure and form of delivery. You see, I tend to be a people pleaser. It’s a blessing and a hinderance. One of the struggles I had was how blunt to be with the need (commandment) to forgive others, and how firm to be with recognizing the struggle some of us (me included) have with receiving forgiveness for ourselves. So the struggle was between God and me. His word and His commands over my desire to present a message that was easy to hear and didn’t make me feel like I was, well, preaching. It sounds like God won. Nice. Because when that happens we all win.
The other struggle I had was what aspects of forgiveness to cover and how deep to go. As we talk about foundational aspects of Christian character the subjects we are discussing are not superficial. They are not subjects that can be fully unpacked in a morning message. In most cases, we will all want to spend some time, on our own, discussing them with God. Some aspects of character you may have already worked out. Others aspects God may want to work on with you. But, what He wants to work on in my life may be different than what He wants to work on in your life.
That’s why your personal time, alone with God, is so vitally important. Let Him work with you on character. Let Him remind you how much He loves you. And let Him encourage you as you become more like Him. To help, I’ve included below a few scriptures and also a couple of books – either completely dedicated to the concept of forgiveness, or that have sections in them related to forgiveness. I encourage you to pray through the scriptures, and if God leads you, pick-up a book and it read prayerfully.
God Loves You. Love Yourself. Pass It On.
February 22, 2016
Scriptures related to forgiveness:
1 John 1:8-9 – He is faithful and just to forgive us.
Leviticus 26:13 – Walk with your head held high.
1 Chronicles 21:8 – Confession and repentance are key aspects of forgiveness
2 Chronicles 7:14 – A great model of forgiveness in action: Move from Pride to Humility. Move from confession to repentance. Move from forgiveness to restoration.
Psalm 51:1-7 – my rebellion haunts me day and night
Psalm 32 – How great is the life of the forgiven.
John 8:11 – Christ does not condemn you.
Luke 23:34 – Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.
Acts 2:14 “Then Peter stepped forward…” Peter moved from denying Christ, to being forgiven by Christ, to be used by Christ.
Matthew 6:9-15 – The Lord’s Prayer – Forgive us as we forgive others
Mark 12:25 – When you are praying… forgive anyone you hold a grudge against
Matthew 18:21 – How often should I forgive?
Matthew 5:43-48 – Love your enemies … act as children of God.
1 John 2:2 – He is the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Romans 12:17-21 – Bless those that curse you.
2 Samuel 12:14 – Forgiveness does not eliminate the consequences of sin.
Ephesians 4:30-32 – Forgive one-another …God has forgiven you
The Peace Maker, Ken Sandee, Baker Books, Jan 1, 2004
Bold Love, Dan B. Alexander and Tremper Longman, NavPress, 1992
The Book of Forgiving, Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, HarperOne, 2014
Rising Strong, Brené Brown, Spiegel & Grau, 2015
The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness, Kris & Jason Vallotton, Regal, 2011