Jan 27, 2015 |
Inside Out 8: The Devil in Pew Number 7
Forgiveness is a lot easier to talk about than it is to put into play isn’t it?
Especially when it’s extreme forgiveness.
There are some hurts in life that run so deep and cut so wide they simply take your breath away.
You’re left standing on the edge of the canyon that’s been carved into the middle of your soul and you scream...
“How can I forgive that?”
The nails are being pounded into His hands and feet on the cross….
Luke 23:34 (ESV)
And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
That’s extreme forgiveness.
The Jesus kind of forgiveness.
I’m not Jesus but if I claim I’m His follower I must... with the help of the Holy Spirit... forgive too.
What does that look like in real life?
Rebecca Nichols Alonzo shows us.
She’s detailed her story in a book: The Devil in Pew Number Seven.
Her father was the pastor of a small church in North Carolina.
A place where no one expects to see bone chilling evil staring back at them from pew number seven.
It was a campaign of terror that lasted for years.
Drive by shootings.
And one man standing for God in the midst of it all.
Take a listen to my conversation with Rebecca and be amazed.