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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Josh McDowell and Forgiveness.

Luke 7:47-48 (New International Version)
47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”  48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

Josh McDowell was born in August 17, 1939 in Michigan. After graduating from high school, he went on to Kellogg College in Michigan. Josh was bright but he was also an angry, young man. In his second year in college, he had grown hostile to Christianity. Finally he accepted a challenge by a group of Christian students and professors to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity.

During his research to discredit the resurrection of Christ, Josh discovered compelling historical evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. Then in December 1959, he was unable to sleep or to get Jesus off his mind and Josh prayed to ask Jesus to come into his life and forgive his sins.

In the months that followed, Josh's life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God's love. Most noticeable was his renewed relationship with his father -- the town drunk -- whom he never thought he could love again.

Since his conversion, Josh has devoted his life to telling a doubting world about Christ. He transferred to Wheaton College where he completed his college degree. Later he attended Talbot Theological Seminary where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master of divinity degree. He has written more than 70 books on topics ranging from Christian apologetics to common problems facing youth.

For those who realize how sinful they truly are there is also a deep love and appreciation to Christ for the forgiveness of those sins. Today in prayer, thank Christ for forgiving you of your sin and give Him your life to do as He wills to bring glory to Him.

"How much have you been forgiven? More than you feel, imagine, or know. Jesus' death on the cross for sinners was something you did not request, could not resist, or can ever repay." 

Dear Lord we thank You for forgiving us. We pray that we would show forgiveness to those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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