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FORGETTING IS KEY TO FORGIVENESS. Letter to my friends(Part 9)

I was just musing on forgiveness one day and I posted the phrase in the title of this page on Facebook. Not surprisingly, a couple of my friends commented, and albeit most reasonably, that one can forgive, but may not forget, because the scar and the hurt at times bring with it memories etc.
My take is simple: Forgiveness is complete when you forget. What do I mean by forgetting? Let us take a dictionary meaning of 'forget' my dictionary defines it as ''to cease or fail to remember' or 'to fail to think of; take no note of... and how about 'forgive' my dictionary states: 'to cease to feel resentment against. or 'to give up all claim on account of...debt or obligation.
If we take time to muse over the two definitions, we would see that they both carry a common denomination: to cease. To cease means, to stop doing something. It is my conclusion therefore that before we can fully say that we have forgiven we must be able to say that we have forgott…

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRO PAUL...Can we live together before marriage?Letter to my friends(8)

Dear Friend,


Over the years I have had several conversations with my father in the Lord, always wanting a clarification of why he does some things in the ministry or an interpretation of a scripture or an explanation of a Christian doctrine. I have found such conversations immensely beneficial in my life and ministry.


Recently, I asked him again to help shine light on a couple of ministry decisions that I wanted to take, and I was blown away with his usual candour. I asked him to allow me to publish some of our conversations and he agreed! Below is an excerpt of some of our 'tough talk'. Enjoy.




On what is the position with long time relationship known as common law marriage(no marriage, but couples are living together as husband and wife, and they are expecting a child)

Bro Paul:

1. It is not good for children to be born out of wedlock. 2. Since marriage is God's idea, it is an earthly union with a heavenly sanction. The law can grant license, parents can grant consent, but only…

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRO PAUL....Can we live together before marriage?....Letter to my friends(8)

Dear Friend,


Over the years I have had several conversations with my father in the Lord, always wanting a clarification of why he does some things in the ministry or an interpretation of a scripture or an explanation of a Christian doctrine. I have found such conversations immensely beneficial in my life and ministry.


Recently, I asked him again to help shine light on a couple of ministry decisions that I wanted to take, and I was blown away with his usual candour. I asked him to allow me to publish some of our conversations and he agreed! Below is an excerpt of some of our 'tough talk'. Enjoy.




On what is the position with long time relationship known as common law marriage(no marriage, but couples are living together as husband and wife, and they are expecting a child)

Bro Paul:

1. It is not good for children to be born out of wedlock. 2. Since marriage is God's idea, it is an earthly union with a heavenly sanction. The law can grant license, parents can grant consent, but only…

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRO PAUL...Letter to my friends(7)

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Dear Friend,


Over the years I have had several conversations with my father in the Lord, always wanting a clarification of why he does some things in the ministry or an interpretation of a scripture or an explanation of a Christian doctrine. I have found such conversations immensely beneficial in my life and ministry.


Recently, I asked him again to help shine light on a couple of ministry decisions that I wanted to take, and I was blown away with his usual candour. I asked him to allow me to publish some of our conversations and he agreed! Below is an excerpt of some of our 'tough talk'. Enjoy.


On a Christian marrying an 'unbeliever'(generally with no faith or from a different faith) or a  Pastor allowing or conducting such a marriage. 


Bro Paul:
No easy answer to this problem. It is quite clear in the Bible that:

1. We should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. As a believer I must not marry an unbeliever, if I want to enjoy God's blessing and protection. However, …

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRO PAUL...Love letter from PTA(7)

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Dear Friend,


Over the years I have had several conversations with my father in the Lord, always wanting a clarification of why he does some things in the ministry or an interpretation of a scripture or an explanation of a Christian doctrine. I have found such conversations immensely beneficial in my life and ministry.


Recently, I asked him again to help shine light on a couple of ministry decisions that I wanted to take, and I was blown away with his usual candour. I asked him to allow me to publish some of our conversations and he agreed! Below is an excerpt of some of our 'tough talk'. Enjoy.


On a Christian marrying an 'unbeliever'(generally with no faith or from a different faith) or a  Pastor allowing or conducting such a marriage. 


Bro Paul:
No easy answer to this problem. It is quite clear in the Bible that:

1. We should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. As a believer I must not marry an unbeliever, if I want to enjoy God's blessing and protection. However, …

WISDOM SOOTH(5)

Just love this:

The first to apologise is the bravest; the first to forgive is the strongest; and the first to forget is the happiest.


Wow! Heb 10:12

DEATH WORTH DYING FOR(2) Love letter from PTA(6)

Dear Friend Greetings to you all during this Easter celebration.  Yes, there are deaths that are worth dying for...? True. For example, we know that today according to historical and biblical narrations, Christ was physically dead, we know he was at this time conquering death itself in the tomb.Phil 2:7-11;1Peter3:18-19. Jesus death is therefore what dying for. Stephen, James, Paul, and Peter, and  all who through history followed that enviable pattern of deaths make some deaths worth dying for. In our times we have some deaths that are beyond martyrdom, that are worth dying for. Check out these links and you will be amazed how many are still on course to die the death: http://www.persecution.org/ http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16079451 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THGA1-WOHIk http://uk.reuters.com/video/2012/03/12/church-bombed-in-nigerian-town-of-jos?videoId=231527363 They are all deaths that showed beyond belief that some people died and are persecuted for their Christian be…

Love Letter from PTA(5)...Expressions from MuyiwaRiversong

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WE ARE REALLY MORE THAN OVER COMERS...WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS!
Romans 8:37; John 16:33; 1John 5;4

Dear Friend
Muyiwa Olanrewaju was in the church last Sunday! The expectation about the praise and worship was expectantly high, but what we experienced was more than expected, well speaking for myself! Truly I was so touched with his testimonies that I became more conscious of the fact that I am more than a conqueror and an over-comer. First some photos!

 With Pastor Bimbo
 Peace....
 Victory....
 Signing....
 More greetings
 With PTA...
 Ministering...
 Worshiping...
Praising....
and more...

and finally, the last dance


 Let me give you some life changing reassurances and eye openers for me:

1. You are not what circumstances of life make you...you are what God makes you.
2. Tragedy of life or upbringing is never going to stop you from being what God wants you to be
3. Bad reports are what they say they are, but God's reports are what He says they are. Even bad reports are good-rep…