October 11, 2015
Mark 10:17-31
Hebrews 4:12-16
Job 23:1-9, 16-17

The 22-year-old daughter...

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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The 22-year-old daughter of Bob and Goldie Bristol was raped and killed. Such things happen too often. Although it's horrifying, it's not out of the ordinary. What was different about the whole painful experience is that Bob and Goldie were finally allowed to visit her killer in prison; and when they did, they forgave him.

Goldie wrote a book, When It's Hard to Forgive. She reported their daughter's death and their visiting and forgiving the murderer. They recalled speaking at meetings about the experience, and they were surprised how often people were hostile to them, frequently attacking them as unfeeling and accusing them of betraying their daughter's worth and memory. People accused them of being unloving and naive in approaching society's problems.

Only some sort of "vision" of God's glory such as Stephen saw can lead to forgiving such as Stephen did....

This Sermon Illustration The 22-year-old daughter... is based on Acts 7:55-60 and relates to Fifth Sunday of Easter of Cycle A of the lectionary. This Sermon Illustration on Acts 7:55-60 is just one of over 15,000 Sermon Illustrations at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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