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Sermon delivered on Sunday September 11, 2011 by Dr. Charles Yoost, Senior Minister at the Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, OH. Dr. Yoost begins the fall sermon series on text messages from God: Did You Get My Call? with the sermon “The Call to Forgive — What a Coincidence!”
Believing that coincidence is really God working incognito, the Lectionary text for this Sunday is the parable of the Unforgiving Servant. What is God saying to us on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack?
Peter is willing to forgive seven times, but Jesus expects us to forgive without measure. That’s easier said than done! Jesus sets the example by forgiving those who crucified him as he hung on the cross. Who do we need to forgive? From whom do we need to ask forgiveness?