Forgiveness is a grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ that ministers to our own hearts and a grace that we extend to others. Yet, like any area of the Christian faith, forgiveness is something we need to understand and to learn how to practice. Below are some opportunities to provide that instruction and training. Contact Dr. Gale for more information using “Contact Us” on the menu bar above or by emailing him at SDGale@CHOPministry.net.
Finding Forgiveness Seminar
Forgiveness is the centerpiece of the gospel and the hallmark of the Christian life. But how well do we understand it, let alone practice it? In this seminar Dr. Gale builds on his book to lead in personal discovery of the healing power of the gospel and God’s forgiveness of us as a model for our forgiveness of others. He explores the meaning of biblical terms, and develops the practical exercise of forgiving. He will also touch on how the gospel addresses the self-blame often pursued by the unbiblical notion of forgiving ourselves.
Freedom from Self-Blame Workshop
How do we deal with guilt that haunts us from harm suffered by others because of our actions or inactions? There are those who suggest that we must learn to forgive ourselves and so escape the bonds of self-blame. While the Bible never speaks of forgiving ourselves, it does lead us to freedom bound up in the gospel. In this workshop, Dr. Gale will explore the remedy the gospel offers to find freedom from the grip of guilt. We will take in hand the resources of God’s grace and truth to combat the relentless accusations of self-blame and to actually turn that blame on its head as a means of personal growth rather than anguish. Participants in this workshop should leave with a sense of hope and a personalized plan for dealing with their self-blame through God’s presence, promise and power.
Stanley D. Gale (MEd, MDiv, DMin) has served Christ and congregation as a pastor for thirty years. For more information on Finding Forgiveness training, contact him at SDGale@CHOPministry.net.