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News & Updates:

Our Zoom meeting on September 6th at 10am CST was great!  We know that some of you were traveling or had other commitments and could not attend the meeting - you were missed:).  We have already posted the audio recording of the Zoom meeting as well as the companion notes for the message, "Vows & Oaths - A Refuge of Lies."  You will see the link to the audio and the notes in the upper right section of this page.  Feel free to share it with your relationships.  Blessings to you and your family!  We love you dearly:)

Please note that there is a new teaching on the bottom center of the home page titled, "Biblical Forgiveness."  We encourage you to take the time to read and study your way through this teaching.  We would like you to consider sharing it with others as you feel led to as well.  Also, we want to urge you to take advantage of the series that Sam Soleyn is doing on Zoom, and hosted by Santosh and Sheeba Varghese.  The next Zoom meeting with Sam will be Sunday, September 27th at 11am CST.  We hope you can plan to attend.  If you need the log in information please email us at the clickable link above and we will be glad to send the details to you.  If you are not currently on our email list but would like to be, click here and we will add you to the list:)


SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
on 4/2/17
by Michael Barrett

THE ISSUE OF SOURCE
on 3/5/17
by Norman Moreau and Michael Barrett
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AMBASSADORIAL REPRESENTATION
on 2/5/17
by Michael Barrett
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ROYAL BIRTHRIGHT OR A BOWL OF STEW
on 1/1/17
by Michael Barrett
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BUILDING GOD'S WAY (Spanish)
on 12/4/16
by Javier Lopez

THE GOSPEL OF PEACE
on 11/6/16
by Michael Barrett
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DESTINED TO FAIL (Pt. 1)
on 9/1/16
by Michael Barrett


THE CRITICAL KEY OF SPIRITUAL HEARING
on 7/31/16
by Michael Barrett
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LOVE - IF AND IS
on 6/5/16
by Michael Barrett

A TIME & A SEASON

on 5/1/16
by Michael Barrett

CRITICISM, A CRITICAL SPIRIT, OFFENSE & GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY
on 4/3/16
by Michael Barrett

ENTERING AND EXITING
on 3/6/16
by Michael Barrett

THE WEAPON OF QUIETNESS
on 2/7/16
by Michael Barrett

IMMEDIATELY
on 1/3/16
by Michael Barrett

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
on 5/3/15
by Dan Crawford

THE DUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
on 4/5/15
by Michael Barrett

RESURRECTION AND THE TELEIOS MAN
on 10/5/14
by Michael Barrett

A CITY WITHOUT WALLS
on 8/10/14
by Michael Barrett

A CULTURE OF ONENESS
on 7/13/14
by Michael Barrett

EMPOWERED AND ENABLED
on 4/6/14
by Michael Barrett

WHAT'S IN A NAME
on 2/02/14
by Michael Barrett


2013 - 2014
on 1/05/14
by Michael Barrett

A YEAR IN REVIEW
on 12/08/13
by Michael Barrett

CHRIST FORMED
IN YOU

on 11/03/13
by Michael Barrett

WHAT IS GOD TEACHING YOU IN THIS SEASON and WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION
on 10/06/13
by Michael Barrett

BIBLICAL FORGIVENESS
“Forgiving in the Person of Christ”
by Michael Barrett


Giving Forgiveness; Receiving Forgiveness; Appropriating Forgiveness

One of the greatest truths conveyed in the Scriptures is forgiveness.  Not only do we consistently find the theme of forgiveness spoken about in the Scriptures, we find true and Biblical forgiveness modeled in the lives of those whose calling was to represent the Father to their generation.  Of course, the most notable of these examples was none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The intention of the Lord for every believer and follower of Christ is for that person to mature.  The most visible fruit of true maturity is obedience to the written Word and to the ways of God.  We far too often, however, see that the body of Christ being influenced by what James calls “wisdom” that is “earthly, sensual, devilish” (cf. James 3:15-17).  Additionally, when we see the combination of these influences and the effects of the culture associated with orphan thinking, that coalescence provides the perfect petri dish for the development of what James references as things that are “earthly, sensual, devilish.”  What will undoubtedly result from this will be habits and patterns which represent a clear departure from the high calling of God – the calling of sonship representation. 

In this teaching I would like for us to consider again, perhaps by way of reminder, and perhaps at an altogether deeper level, the matter of forgiveness.  It is true that we are all called to follow in our Lord’s steps and live in obedience to the Scriptures.  I believe that we are on the leading edge of a season of transcendency.  I do not want to miss a single thing that the Father, by His grace is offering in this season.  I trust that you feel exactly as I do about this.  So, let’s examine ourselves to be sure that we lay aside every “weight or sin” that would in any way prohibit us from fully entering into the best of what the Lord is offering us in these days!  As we prepare do so, we must include a serious look into the matter of forgiveness.  So, let’s begin.

Forgiving in the person of Christ –  

In 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 we find these words “To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  I also want you to see these verses in the Zondervan Classic Amplified Version: “If you forgive anyone anything, I too forgive that one; and what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sakes in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ (the Messiah), To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.”

You will note that in the Amplified Bible translation, the rendering is – “in the presence [and with the approval] of Christ.”  The word translated forgive here is: g5483. χαρίζομαι charizomai; middle voice from 5485; to grant as a favor, i.e. gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue: — deliver, (frankly) forgive, (freely) give, grant.  Also, please pay particular attention to the framing of this definition: “as a favor”; “gratuitously”; “in kindness”; “pardon” and “rescue”.  Every parcel and part of this word defines the nature and character of our Father and of His Son!!

Two Notable Examples

Here are two examples of forgiving “in the person of Christ” / “in the presence of Christ.” 

  • Jesus – in the presence of the Father: Luke 23:34 from the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  This word “forgive” is:  g0863. ἀφίημι aphiēmi; from 575 and ἵημι hiēmi (to send; an intensive form of εἶμι eimi, to go); to send forth, in various applications (as follow): — cry, forgive, forsake, lay aside, leave, let (alone, be, go, have), omit, put (send) away, remit, suffer, yield up. “to send off; to send away.”  If you send a thing off, or send a thing away, that thing is no longer with you. 
  • Stephen – in the presence of Jesus: Acts 7:59-60 “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”  Stephen was “in the presence of Christ” as we see in Acts 7:55-56, “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

Forgiving from the heart –

Jesus addresses the matter of forgiveness in Matthew 18:21-35, which says, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore, is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise, shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”

Clearly, we see two vastly different approaches to forgiveness in the above passage of Scripture.  The first method is an example of the rich king whose servant owed him an incredibly vast sum.  The rich king entirely forgave his servant of the debt.  The second example is that same servant whose fellowservant owed him a meager sum, but the servant who had just been forgiven a massive sum, that he would have never been able to pay, refused to forgive his fellowservant the meager debt owed.

We see in these two examples the contrast between mercy and generosity that resulted in the king forgiving from his heart and fear and greed that motivated the forgiven servant to cling to what he believed he deserved, resulting in his demand that the debt of his fellowservant be paid in full.  These two examples teach us some things, albeit in crude terms, about divine forgiveness and human forgiveness.  We see is these two examples one motivated by the unlimited resource of the divine and one motivated by the fear and scarcity associated with human resource. 

Men are often motivated by that which best serves them (or so they believe) or out of a place of brokenness.  God / Christ is always only motivated by that which redeems, rescues, elevates, edifies, lifts the one who is forgiven to a new and more wondrous state!!  I suspect that you have experienced the effects of both the influence of the divine, and also have experienced the influence of the human.  If you get to choose, which one would you pick?  And now, given that you actually do get to choose when administering forgiveness to others, and in light of how you would want to be treated, how would you choose for others?  Which kind of treatment do you suppose truly represents the Father and produces an accurate view of God?  Which kind of treatment actually shows people the Father?

Forgiveness, like any and all of the manifestations of the attributes of God, cannot be measured by human standards.  And I don’t believe it is a stretch for me to say that, given the choice, all of us certainly would desire to experience the manifestation of the divine as compared to anything other.  Jesus established for us the standard of measure for love, when He said in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” 

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RECENT MESSAGES

VOWS & OATHS - A REFUGE OF LIES
on 9/6/2020
by Michael Barrett
  
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REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE
on 6/14/20
by Michael Barrett
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click here for companion notes)

A CONSCIENCE VOID OF OFFENSE
on 3/1/20
by Michael Barrett

SAM SOLEYN MESSAGE
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THE SPIRIT OF EVANGELISM
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THE VOICE OF ONE
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by Michael Barrett (with open sharing)

THE RELATIONSHIP OF SON TO FAITH
on 10/6/19
by Michael Barrett

ESTABLISHED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
on 9/1/19
by Michael Barrett

FROM MOURNING TO DANCING
on 8/4/19
by Michael Barrett

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG
on 7/7/19
by Michael Barrett


THE GENESIS FACE
on 6/2/19
by Michael Barrett

CREATION'S EXPECTATION AND GOD'S PROVISION
on 5/5/19
by Michael Barrett

SEAMLESS FELLOWSHIP
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by Michael Barrett

JESUS - YOUR KINSMAN REDEEMER
on 3/3/19
by Michael Barrett
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INHERITANCE - DOCTRINE & EXPERIENCE
on 2/3/19
by Michael Barrett

AN ANSWER FOR YOUR MIND
on 1/6/19
by Michael Barrett

A SON, A HOUSE, A NATION
on 12/2/18
by Michael Barrett

A SEASON OF AWAKENING
on 11/4/18
by Michael Barrett

BROKENNESS, HUMILITY AND PRIDE
on 10/7/18
by Michael Barrett

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
on 9/2/18
by Michael Barrett

DAN FOX: A MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT
MICHAEL BARRETT: PROPHETIC WORD
on 8/5/18

THE EYES, WHICH EYES AND SEEING AS GOD SEES
on 7/1/18
by Michael Barrett
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THE OIL OF GLADNESS
on 6/3/18
by Michael Barrett

THE HOUSE AND THE PRIESTHOOD
on 2/4/18
by Michael Barrett

EYES ALL AROUND
on 1/7/18
by Michael Barrett
   (click here for companion notes)

THE KINGDOM OF GOD - A KINGDOM OF ORDER
on 12/3/17
by Michael Barrett

APPROACHING THE GOD OF GLORY
on 11/5/17
by Dan Fox

CROSS OVER AND OCCUPY
on 8/6/17
by Michael Barrett

ANNOUNCING A CHANGE OF SEASON
on 7/2/17
by Michael Barrett

PERSPECTIVE - GAINING GOD'S VIEW (includes discussion)
on 6/4/17
by Michael Barrett


ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER
on 5/7/17
by Michael Barrett
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*other messages may be found on the "Media Resources" tab at the center top of this page

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