Forgiveness is Freedom! ~ Heather Major

‘I – yes, I alone – will blot out your sins for my own sake…” Isaiah 43:25 NLT

In Old Testament days when a man ‘blew it,’ he brought a lamb to the altar as payment for his sins. But notice this: the priest didn’t examine the man, he only examined the lamb. If the lamb met God’s requirements the man was instantly forgiven. That is still how it works! When you fail, you need only approach God and say, ‘Father, I come in the name of Jesus asking for forgiveness.’ In that moment the Father’s focus moves from you to Christ, and you are automatically forgiven. Woah! What an arrangement!

But you need to forgive yourself too. If you don’t, you’re saying God’s forgiveness isn’t good enough. That’s wrong! If a perfect God says he will forgive you, on what grounds do you, an imperfect person, refuse to forgive someone else – or yourself?

‘You get nothing for nothing,’ you say. Nothing? Are you serious? God’s forgiveness is the most expensive thing in the world. It may have cost you nothing, but it cost God everything. Its pride that makes us think that somehow we’ve got to pay, at least in part, for what we’ve done. Yes, there are consequences and correction that build your character – but don’t think that’s what deals with your sin!

So what now? When Jesus cried, ‘It is finished,’ and died, God wrote, ‘paid in full’ across every sin debt you’d ever owe. And you must accept that by faith. Why? Because no more will ever be required, and no less will ever be accepted! Forgive – others and yourself. Be. Set. Free!


Life FM – Word For You Today (2017, January 31) Forgiveness Is Freedom. Retrieved February 3, 2017, from

Meeting this Friday AND Camp

We have a bible study (which is also very social) every second Friday morning. It has been held at 69 Sandwich Rd but we are thinking we are going to outgrow your house Marc and Bex!

We will move to Matti, Cathy, Karen, David and Pip (new flattie)’s house for this Friday 11am.

Thank you Marc and Bex, Roger and Richard for your hospitality the last few months. (And please thank Mike for us – great drink maker!)

Friday 15th July
95 Sandwich Rd

Please bring healthy snacks if bringing something.

This Friday’s meeting will be more of an opportunity for our OT students Maree and Sam to talk with us about their project in preparation for this year’s Elevate National Camp and HOW WE CAN HELP.

Elevate National CAMP 21-23 October (Labour weekend) at Totara Springs. Please refer to the link below for more information.

There will be subsidies for camp available from our fundraising last year. Please let me know soon if you would like to attend camp so we can work out the subsidies we can give.

We are working on providing transport to camp too.

Registrations now open. Let Heather Major know if you want a hard copy of the camp registration form.

Annette and Monique will let us know of any fundraising we might do between now and camp.

Potluck Dinner Sunday 7th August

5.30pm at 95 Sandwich Rd

This is not a BBQ but more of a cosy indoor Mid Winter catch-up.

All welcome. Bring a friend and a plate.

Agora Goes Live (Friday 7th August 2015)

Agora Goes Live

The profits of Café Agora (13b Kent St, Hamilton) are placed back into the local community through their “50 cents a cup” which is donated to a local Charity of the Month.
This month they have chosen Waikato CFFD as the charity for August.

They also have two live musical fund-raising events with a $5 door donation: Friday 7th Aug from 6pm and Friday 28th Aug from 11.30am.