Thursday, February 25, 2016

ITCZ 101 - Forgive, Forget - Part 1

There is a simplicity in forgiveness and yet there is also a depth of intimacy, if not heart wrenching engagement, to it that this series certainly would not be considered an exhaustive work. It is intended to be a foundation for further, ongoing review and discovery in your relationship with the Lord.

With that said, let's be as attentive to forgiveness as we are to our salvation. We cannot have one without the other.

Be kind to each other, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.


There are different types of offenses that will inevitably come our way. It's going to happen. Let's develop our thought process to rebound from offenses and recover ourselves from being confounded and demoralized.

The first order of business is to note that forgiveness is not dependent on restitution. Forgiveness is dependent on our relationship with the Lord.

It is a superpower of liberty. The act of forgiving is for you, not for the offender.

This can be a challenging subject for our faith and we are all going to need help with this one. So let's look at the Word of God and take an opportunity to build our faith.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What am I? Who am I? - Part 2

By Britton Zirkle - Guest Writer

Let's continue with, how I came to know what I am and who I am.

These are questions that everyone wants to answer and many people struggle with the difference between these two questions, but there is a difference and it’s important. Now let's define, "who" we are and more precisely, who we choose to be.

Who am I?

This is a very simple question of accountability and measurement, but it can be profoundly difficult to answer in honesty. God made you what you are for His purpose. It is our job to identify both the attributes and gifts that each of us has in Christ and the ones that make us unique. It is also our responsibility to give ourselves over to what God designed us to be.

Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

Asking yourself who you are is the yardstick. Are you, at any given moment, being what God made you to be?  The answer to this question is who you are. Are you, through faith, producing the fruit of the Spirit, by the unique traits and gifts God created in you?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

What am I? Who am I? - Part 1

By Britton Zirkle - Guest Writer

How I came to know what I am and who I am.

These are questions that everyone wants to answer and many people struggle with the difference between these two questions, but there is a difference and it’s important. In order to know the difference and really begin to make progress with the answers, we have to redefine the questions.

If you do what is says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

What am I?

This is a question of attributes, calling, talents, abilities, and things that are unique to us.  First and foremost I am a Christian. Whatever I was before I came to Christ, I no longer am. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here.”