The Cedar Chips Newsletter

June 2021

Christie P. shares a powerful testimony on how forgiveness has impacted her family and her health.

How Much Forgiveness Is Too Much?
by Pastor Kent Landhuis

Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”READ MORE

by Steve Poole

Pastor/Author Timothy Keller makes a case for how the practice and principle of forgiveness is fading from our Western society.  The removal of absolute truth and morality founded by God and Jesus’ teachings removes the underlying reasons to value forgiveness. People are left asking, “Why should I forgive?” When the only truth is our feelings and our greatest purpose is self-fulfillment, there is no reason to forgive. Forgiveness is a self-sacrificing action, it always feels like we are losing something. To forgive we must let go of our “righteous indignation.””READ MORE

Forgiveness Is a Practice
By Gary Sager

There’s one thing you can know for sure, in the course of your life, you’ll be sinned against. You’ll be misunderstood, falsely accused, and unfairly judged. What do you do after you have been offended? We can’t seem to forget about the offense so forgiveness seems impossible. How do I forgive someone and why should I forgive people for offending me?… READ MORE

Lake Failure Is Filled By Pride
By Lindsey Ungs

Tim Keller says, “If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.” This is where I find myself frequently. With a heart that’s carrying some new failure. The failure might be a conversation turned sour, a connection that didn’t get made, or a message that wasn’t shared clearly… READ MORE

My Kids are Training ME
By Leah Carolan

When my kids fight, we often know the ‘instigator’ – the one kid who started it, is at fault, and needs to apologize. They have to say “I’m sorry.” But this is the hard part—they have to say it like they mean it…Sometimes, we ask them to ask their siblings for forgiveness. “Will you forgive me?” is a hard line to swallow…. READ MORE