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A Fresh Start

  • Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, 'Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?' She said, 'No one, Lord.' Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.' John 8:10 WEB

    One day while Jesus was teaching in the temple, the religious leaders brought in a woman who had been caught in the very act of adultery and stood her in front of the crowd. They asked Him what they should do and reminded Him that the law said to stone her.

    The religious leaders knew that Jesus was gentle, loving, and merciful, and wanted to trap Him in His words so they could accuse Him for breaking the law. Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground and said, 'Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.' Then they all left, from the oldest to the youngest, until Jesus and the woman were alone.

    Basically, everyone there was guilty of sin, and it would just be one sinner stoning another sinner. John said that if we claim that we have no sin, that we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). Jesus did not condemn her for her past, but instead told her to go and sin no more.

    People will look down on you. The Lord Jesus does not. If you have a checkered past, just let it be in the past. Start today fresh, forgiven, and from this day forth, walk with Jesus. Don't point fingers at others and remember that those that look down their nose at you, are no better than you. Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future, and without His grace, we are all lost.

    Prayer: Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy. I pray that You fulfill Your will in my life and lead me into all that You have for me. Open the doors that I should go through and close the doors that I should stay out of, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duelledited: March 22, 2016 Amen. Thank you Lord Jesus for your forgiveness of my sins, your out pouring love and mercy. 
March 22, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Very encouraging words today Pastor! Thank you :) God bless <3 Pastor's Prayer: Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy. I pray that You fulfill Your will in my life and lead me into all that You have for me. Open the doors that I should go through and close the doors that I should stay out of, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
March 22, 2016
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
March 22, 2016- Edit- Delete
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Hallelujah amen
March 22, 2016
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Yvette York
Yvette York Amen
March 22, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ This is something I need to her.  I am not sure how to respond.  I don't condemn anyone outwardly.  Mentally I do.  I judge people in my mind.  I do not verbally say anything against others.  So I bought I was ok, but I see I was not.  Since I have turned my life completely to God, I no loner have those thoughts.  My sins have been forgiven, Jesus has not condemned me. 
March 22, 2016
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Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith Praise God!  Wonderful word Pastor Dion! 
March 22, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen. Thank you for this Beautiful Message!
March 22, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, Thank YOU God for Your Grace and mercy.
March 22, 2016
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Deleted Member AMEN
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James McDaniel
James McDaniel I work in education and almost daily I have students talk about their past with me and more often that not, they speak negative about themselves. I always ask each student the same question. "Is that who you are today? Is that who you plan to be in the future?" The answer is almost always no. What is in the past is in the past. We must strive to be better today than we were yesterday and even better tomorrow. Thank you for this message.
March 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful way to express how much each student means to you and to Jesus and there is nothing to hard or to big that Jesus can't take care of it for them. POSITIVE SPEAKING, God bless you for touching the lives of your students.
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love replies to your students.  Teachers have often the access to speak with them to see in their selves where as in conversations with those close to them at home or in friendships they could not have received. Glad to hear this story.  So many teachers seem to be the ones having to help students with their self worth.  Many parents are often lacking parenting as they grew up. A generalization pass down of teachings given to them. An  out  cry of a world so in need of Jesus's love!  This task is huge done one person at a time & much prayer.
March 22, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor Amen!! I often need to remember this in my life. 
March 22, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Padyedited: March 22, 2016 Amen! Everyday is a new beginning with Jesus! Only look back to see how far you have come.
March 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, sometimes when I am down or discouraged, I find my help in looking back at where Jesus has brought me from to where I am now and to where I am going in Him. Awesome, thank you so much Carol for sharing this with us today. Love you bunches.
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Deleted Member An awesome reminder, to let Jesus be the judge and we just try to live the best we know how to live, so that through our lives we may help bring others to know Jesus as their personal Savior. Because if wasn't for God's grace and mercy, WHERE WOULD WE BE? 
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love the prayer.  Truly want to only go through doors He wants for me.  This is the best way to travel with the One who walks along side me.  Yes, I have experienced doors that closed I did not understand or wanted them to stay open.  I would be a lot of prayer/conversation with the Lord.  But letting go I saw in hindsight it truely was the best.  Thank you Lord!!
March 22, 2016
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas So true every saint has a past and every sinner has a future and without his grace we are all lost. Amen
March 22, 2016
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey Amen! Love this devotional. 
March 22, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!!! There are some parts of my life that I am not proud of and if I had to do life over I would do some things differently.  I thank you Jesus for forgiving me for my sins.
March 22, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
March 22, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thank you so much for the reminder--I needed to hear these words today!
March 22, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza A Qoute from you Pastor " Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future, and without His grace, we are all lost."  Amen
March 22, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord What an Awesome quote."Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future and without His grace, we are all lost. Thank you Lord. and Thank you Pastor Dion for this great devotional.
March 22, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thanku pastor Dion Wow very very meaningful devotion!  
March 23, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, I thank You for Your Guidance.
March 23, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Thank you Jesua for the love and compassion you show me every day!
March 23, 2016
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Beverly Boyd
Beverly Boyd I am so sick of woman being condemned n named a whore.  Really .....while the men have multiple wives slaves n whatever.  Let us all rejoice that she was spared but she has no name.   Just another example women are less
March 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Hi Bev! As a woman myself, I'm not sure what you're seeing there. None of the people there were mentioned by name, except for, of course, Jesus. Sure, it was men who condemned her...we know we lived in a flawed world and there has been tons of oppression of many people groups, including women. Jesus, however, did not condemn her and was able to send everyone in the crowd off, handing their heads, so I see it as a positive situation, in the end :)!
March 25, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Thank you Heavenly Father,for your grace and mercy towards us.That every day is a new day,and a new beginning.Help us to see others as you see them.,and help us to help others,and not to judge or condem,to love them as you have shown us so much love and compassion .In Jesus name I pray.
April 1, 2016