I still remember my first one point sermon. It was in the fall of 2006, during a series called Freedom, in a message on forgiveness involving Jacob, Esau, and Joseph. It landed here:
Forgiveness is learned, so teach it well.
I tell you of that sermon from days gone by because a family was sitting
in the Good Shepherd congregation that day—a family full of its
own versions of melodrama and intrigue—who not long thereafter
moved quite literally across the country. As a pastor, I hate it when
that happens! We said our bon voyages and I assumed, sadly, that I’d
never see the family again.