Trisha Sebastian with Robert Caguimbal

Forgetting is Not Forgiving

Provocative Christian Living

How many times have you heard the statement, “I can forgive, but I can’t forget”? When I hear those words they are nearly always spoken with a tone that says, “I am holding on to the pain and I will deal with the offender accordingly”. What seems to be said is, I forgive, therefore I will not seek revenge, even though I could, but, I will treat this person differently as a result of their offense. If I am right and that is what often lies behind the statement, then we really do not understand the nature of forgiveness or forgetting.

If you are to truly forgive someone then you must never forget what they have done. Yes, you read that right. If you are to truly forgive someone then you must never forget what they have done. If you forget it, then you have not forgiven. Look at the…

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Provocative Bible Verses: Treat Them Like an Unbeliever

Provocative Christian Living

There is a history in much of the church that calls for shunning people who do not repent of sin. In part that practice is picked up from the words of Jesus in Matthew 18 where he says that if a person refuses to repent after a process that involved three different encounters calling for them to repent, then they should be “treated like a pagan or tax collector”.

15“If your brother sins against you,go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the…

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Renew Your Mind

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2

The lifeblood of any organization lies in ideas and creative thinking.

Thinking is powerful. Everything is impossible without thinking. It all began with a simple thought.

Ideas are a great moving force of history. We can not do what we cannot conceive and having a godly mind enlarges our thinking capacity.

What is your dream?

Nothing happens unless it is first a dream.

Vision is a process of the mind. It is mental, not visual. It is to see what everybody saw but to think what nobody has thought.

To build a pyramid we need one person who can think and ten thousand people who can grunt.

It is how we treat people, how we do our work, what is vital to us.

Values are the standards, the principles, and the code of conduct that characterize the organization.

Values are not dreamt. They already exist.

Leaders shape and form the organization’s values.

The actions, beliefs, and attitudes that matter most to you are your values.

What are you willing to risk?

Organizations that make a difference are willing to think outside the box.

For example, a company that was in the well-digging business began to think in terms of efficient and effective means of making holes, and they soon discovered that lasers dug holes better than augers. They achieved the same goal but accomplished it more efficiently.

What will get you there?
How can you accomplish your desired outcome?

A dream without a strategy is merely wishful thinking, but with a strategy it becomes powerful thinking.


What will the celebration be like?

Think like a champion. Move forward, to accomplish goals, to be God’s faithful servant, to celebrate being a part of God’s kingdom.

Wake up and start thinking.

Ask God to continually renew your mind.



Jesus wept. – John 11:35

We often hear the more you deny your emotions, the more you become like Jesus.

But when we look at Jesus life, He is filled with emotions. We see his emotion with His tender compassion for the man with leprosy(mark 1:10-42)

Anger is an emotion not a sin. What we do with our anger is often sinful, but it doesn’t have to be. Jesus was angry when necessary but never sinned.

Jesus did not deny His emotions, he denied himself by not always bowing down to those emotions.


Eternal Pleasures

Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.