Inside Out 8: The Devil in Pew Number 7

10.18.10 | Kurt Goff

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.

Years.

Drive by shootings.

Explosions.

Murder.

And one man standing for God in the midst of it all.

Take a listen to my conversation with Rebecca and be amazed.

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on 10.18.10 Kathy Weil commented

WOW! isn't it amazing how God works out our lives....all that happened to Rebecca, and God brought her through it all to this place and time, sharing her story to be able help others to give forgiveness. And, to change and bring that forgiveness to Mr. Watts. WOW!!!
I add too, why are we surprised by what God can and will do in our lives? Over and over again He turns bad to good.
I thank Rebecca for sharing this story! God's continued blessing to her. I will look for her book to share with a relative who is not a committed believer, and loves to read; and pray that it will bring her to a personal relationship with Jesus!
Blessings too, to all at FLN!

on 10.18.10 Kathy Weil commented

WOW! isn't it amazing how God works out our lives....all that happened to Rebecca, and God brought her through it all to this place and time, sharing her story to be able help others to give forgiveness. And, to change and bring that forgiveness to Mr. Watts. WOW!!!
I add too, why are we surprised by what God can and will do in our lives? Over and over again He turns bad to good.
I thank Rebecca for sharing this story! God's continued blessing to her. I will look for her book to share with a relative who is not a committed believer, and loves to read; and pray that it will bring her to a personal relationship with Jesus!
Blessings too, to all at FLN!

on 10.18.10 Irene McCollum commented

Thank you for bringing us such an excellent program.

on 10.18.10 William Bolha commented

Thank you for this message,a family doing what God ask them to do so that a change of heart comes in to a life. I was blessed to hear the story.

on 10.18.10 Lori Carter commented

What an amazing story! I have to read this book, forgiveness on such a great level! Thanks for sharing the podcast!

on 10.19.10 Teanna Bigley commented

Wow! A good lesson on forgiveness, extreme forgiveness. I also appreciated Rebecca mentioning the parallel to David and Saul - I can now recognize how it relates to our current culture, etc. more clearly. I appreciated how she explained we can't wait for the person to ask for forgiveness and how we have to let God be judge or we may fail to forgive, hence risk not being forgiven ourselves. Powerful message! I will look for the book.

on 10.19.10 Teanna Bigley commented

Wow! A good lesson on forgiveness, extreme forgiveness. I also appreciated Rebecca mentioning the parallel to David and Saul - I can now recognize how it relates to our current culture, etc. more clearly. I appreciated how she explained we can't wait for the person to ask for forgiveness and how we have to let God be judge or we may fail to forgive, hence risk not being forgiven ourselves. Powerful message! I will look for the book.

on 10.29.10 edward hein commented

my wife and i have experienced some thing similiar.we bought a property 15 years ago the day before thanksgiving.we are now considering moveing.threaten for over 15 years due to bigotry.we are Bornagain Christians,we're on a continually basis of forgiveing while our house was being shot at because of pheasants.we have other neigbhours that joined in,there are hellocopters that fly over our property as well.i know there is apurpose in all this,but i'm old and tyerd,excuse my spelling.someone died last year near our home,and there is an evil hatred for our Savior.I suppose I know why we are here,but at times it is hard to understand.Your story has given me encouragement to press on. thankyou in Christ Jesus your brother and sister in Christ,ed & lou. PAX

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