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Confessing Sins - the hesitancy of the same old, same old
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2012
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As I was praying through my prayer notebook this morning, I was again impressed by God’s readiness and desire to forgive me. Especially meaningful was Psalm 86:5 “For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.”

I felt God was impressing upon me the fact that it is important for me to remember that forgiveness is His idea and not mine. God is the initiator, not me. I should never hesitate to go to God for forgiveness. In the scheme of things, my reluctance to confess and repent is never to be confused with His readiness to receive and forgive. The reluctance is all on my side and never on His. I never need fear that He will tire of hearing of the same old sins and frailties. God is ever eager to receive my repentance, my confessions and lavish upon me His forgiveness.

Yet in spite of this I continue to view confession and repentance as my idea and not God’s. Should I confess this? (As if in His omniscience He was not aware of my sin.) Will He tire of my confessions? (As if He did not pay most dearly for each and every sin I have or will ever commit some 2,000 years ago on the cross.) Why do I hesitate, given the fact that God not only loves me despite of my sin but earnestly desires me to come to Him? The hesitancy is all mine and not His.

When I need God’s mercies and grace most are the times that I deserve them the least. By their very definition this is their essence, their purpose - “not by works” and "not by deeds done by us in righteousness.” When I need them the most, when I deserve them the least, when I am most mindful of my own unworthiness, when I am most apt to doubt them due to a lack of perceived righteousness, this is when I can be most confident of His grace and mercies in my life.

By His mercy,
II Corinthians 4:1
Rev. John S. Mahon
Grace Community Int.

Category:  Aug. 2012 - Cameroon

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Reluctant Heroism
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, I have been reflecting since my return from Cameroon on heroic missionaries I have read about in the past. It seems from my earliest memories of my Christian life my heroes have always been missionaries. Now that I am one,...
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Back Home - Your Faith Made A Difference
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, Yesterday Eleanor and I arrived home safe and sound as the Lord answered your prayers. As we begin to reflect on this trip to Cameroon, we are constantly reminded of the many ways in which your faith made a difference - both...
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Aug 2012 - Home & Faith
We arrived safely back to the US from Cameroon this week. As we reflect on our time overseas, we...

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God has Greatly Blessed Your Prayers and Support
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, A quick note while the internet is working. The weather has been stormy so connections have not been holding up well. By God's grace you will receive this, that you might continue to effectively co-labor with us through...
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Aug 2012 - God's Blessing
God greatly blessed your prayers and support during our four day conference in Bamenda, Cameroon.

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Greater is He Who Is In You. . .
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, We've arrived safely back in Yaounde - thanks to your prayers! 50 people were expected for the conference in Bamenda, and over 120 actually came!! There were too many attendees to fit into the original conference hall so...
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The Prayer of Faith Will Restore The Sick One
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, God the Holy Spirit makes it clear in James 5:15 that “the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” Just two days ago I was in the hospital with my blood pressure seriously...
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Unexplained Illness - Please Pray!!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 07, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, Just a quick note to request special prayers for my health. Yesterday I was teaching on the Word. After feeling ill in the morning, I eventually collapsed and was unconscious for about half a minute. I was taken to the...
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Cameroon Departure. . .And Arrival!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 01, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, Thank you for lifting our departure for Cameroon up to God. He indeed answered your prayers according to His great faithfulness. All boxes were loaded onto the airplane yesterday with no problems. Then today, all bags and...
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Aug 2012 - Cameroon Departure
By your faithful prayers, all boxes and baggage made it safely from U.S. soil to Cameroon. Keep...

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Pray for Grace - One hour 'til departure time. . .
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, As you read this note, we are finishing the last preparations for our mission trip to Cameroon. We are asking that you take a moment to pray for us as we check 10 boxes of Bibles, Bible study aids, and Bible reference books...
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July 2012 -Pray for Grace
Please take a moment to stop and ask God to grant favor as we and the Smith family check in 17...

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Mission Packing Party A Success
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012
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Dear Prayer Warriors, This is an exciting time for us. As previously mentioned, last night we hosted our regular "Mission Packing Party" at our house, and God blessed us with a very fruitful time. As a reminder, this event is when the Bibles,...
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July 2012-Mission Packing Party
By your prayers, we are preparing to leave for Cameroon in a few short days - always keeping in...

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