The Monday After: Forgiving Like Jesus {Andrew}

You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, January 27, 2013: Forgiving Like Jesus — Listen.

by Andrew Kelley

As Pastor Bryan spoke, one major act of forgiveness came to my mind: I thought of the time I felt compelled to call the person who had molested me when I was 9 years old.
God had already done some hefty healing in my heart and soul, but when I was 20 I felt God tugging, saying call him and tell him you forgive him and that you love him. I did, and it felt like the last piece of the puzzle had just been placed.

The parable of the unforgiving servant still reminds me of myself sometimes. Yes, I feel completely forgiven and free of the part my story, but then I think about all of my sins — the ones I’ve already committed and the ones I have yet to commit. Even as I walk with Christ in His freedom, I have my flesh to contend with until I go to be with Him forever. Its truly amazing that my Master, my King would take upon Himself my debt.
To go further, it’s my entire lifetime of debt — not just the debt up till now. God knew my whole timeline before I was born and sent His Son to die for me in that sin so when I, in the future, would come into a relationship with Him, I would step into an abundant life. My lifetime of sins or debt would not have been payable. That right there is truly priceless. Then I think about the fact that Christ did that for every single human from the time He died until He returns. That is really, really hard to wrap my mind around. That’s one of the things that make Him Magnificent; it’s why I call Him my Savior.
Even though there wasn’t really any sorrow at the end of Pastor Bryan’s message, I couldn’t help but linger on 2 Corinthians 7:10; it’s a short but monumental piece of information.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
It shows us the correct mindset when it comes to forgiveness. His forgiveness is unlike anyone and that’s what makes Him the One and Only.
I pray we make a point to forgive those certain people in our lives as Christ first forgave us. We won’t know God’s amazing freedom if we don’t.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

The Monday After: The Story Continues {Andrew}

You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, December 30, 2013: The Story Continues — Listen.

by Andrew Kelley

For my until life, the eraser has been just as important as the point with which I write.
That all changed yesterday morning. I’ve known for awhile that God uses our pasts to reach out to people with similar pasts; yesterday Pastor Josh brought a new perspective into view for me, which was totally new and, dare I say, life altering.
I’ve done things and have had things done to me that I am ashamed of, but I know I’ve been forgiven and washed white as snow. Plus, God has given me that undeniable peace that said I allowed these things to happen in your past so you can help others that have been through similar things. It was before that life-altering moment where God transformed me that I was stuck on repeat. Before He showed me my next chapter I had used all my erasers to their max.  I didn’t want others to see my mistakes. I didn’t want to see my own past mistakes. Now It makes so much sense to not erase those mistakes.
Every time I read about them or I hear a pastor talk about them, the Israelites remind me of all the times God brought them through and set them free and supplied their every need; but shortly after each delivery, it seemed they forgot God and what He did for them. It’s like they had short-term memory loss. God continued to remind them of the promise He made with Moses and them. God also continued to remind them of their past.
Peter, as well, really messed up, but God still used him, mistakes and all. Remember — Peter was the one that denied Christ, and shortly after his reception with Jesus, there he is preaching about Christ. Peter remembered what Jesus told him he would do — deny Christ — and he wept.
I want my new year to be sort of like my new life in Christ. In my new life in Christ I did not start over; rather I started my next chapter. So like what Pastor Josh said, “A new year isn’t about starting over. It’s about starting what’s next,” I want to start what God has for me in 2014.
Sure it’s not all within arms reach, but if I step back, remember where I came from and how I got here, I will rest in the fact that God is with me now just like He was and forever will be.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home.