In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: 1 John 10-11, 1:6-9, Luke 2:11, Proverbs 30:20, Isaiah 59:2, 55:7
Do you realize the first Christmas gift ever given was a forgiver? In that cradle, born that night, two-thousand years ago was more than just another baby. In that cradle was God’s way to be forgiven. There is one Christmas gift, under God’s tree, that any one can open at any time, at any place, regardless of what they have done or how miserably they have failed. Without question, it is the greatest gift you could ever receive. It is the gift of forgiveness. In this message, Dr. Merritt explains how the gift of Christ at Christmas means the opportunity for forgiveness to anyone who believes.
"There is a big difference between a sin and a mistake. There is a big difference between being a 'mistaker' and being a 'sinner.' If my problem is a mistake and not a sin then I am not a sinner. If I am not a sinner I don’t need a Savior. If I am a mistaker I just need to do better and not make the same mistake twice." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.