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Sermon Audio: The Ghost of Christmas Past


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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Jay & Heather Bean

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jay teaches on how to ‘get past our past’ and move forward in what Christ has for us in our lives by – not trying to earn His forgiveness, to defeat every lie of the enemy with biblical Truths and to allow God to turn our past around for His good.



Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) – “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. If you will only obey me…”


  • We can bury it

Proverbs 28:13 – He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

  • We can  beat ourselves up

Psalm 38:4-8 – I am drowning in the flood of my sins, they are a burden too heavy to bear. Because I have been foolish, I’m utterly worn out and crushed, my heart is troubled.

  • We can blame others

Genesis 3:13 – The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

  • We can believe God

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!


1 Timothy 1:13-15 – Even though I was once a blasphemer and a

persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. 

1. Stop trying to earn forgiveness

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.
  • Matthew 10:8 – …Freely you have received, freely give.

2. Defeat every lie with the truth

  • John 8:44 – When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30 (NLT) – Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

3. Allow God to turn it around for good

  • Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Genesis 50:20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
  • Romans 4:3 – What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

You don’t just need forgiveness, you also need faith.

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