The Seeds of Grace

A pastor friend recently asked me to speak about forgiveness. Knowing my history with the subject as a writer, filmmaker and teacher, he suggested I do a follow-up to his own recent message on forgiveness. This provided a surprising opportunity (though not surprising to God, of course) for me to present a prototype of the guest speaker message I’ve been planning on doing in conjunction with the feature film and upcoming novel Healing River.

My history with the subject has been lifechanging, to say the least, so my passion to pass the flame remains as strong as ever. This message (below) speaks about the healing and redemption that grow from forgiveness (seeds), through mercy (watering), to grace (new life). This is a journey — from “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” (Matthew 6:12) to “be merciful as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36) to “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44) — that Jesus calls every one of his followers to take. A lifegiving garden he calls every one of us to plant!

Feel free to enjoy the worship music, but if you’d prefer to skip right to the message, it begins around the 17-minute mark. If you enjoy liturgical readings, bell choirs, and choral music, you might wish to watch the traditional version of this service by clicking here

Blessings, fellow Gardners!

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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29 Responses to The Seeds of Grace

  1. simba frank says:

    Thanks for sharing Mitch. Happy Sunday!

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  3. rwfrohlich says:

    Wonderful message Mitch. Forgiving others, or myself, is hard to do. You helped show me a way today.

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  4. revruss1220 says:

    Awesome message! As Don Henley so famously said (quoting scripture, I’m sure), “It’s time to get down to the heart of the matter. But my will gets weak, and my thoughts seem to scatter, but I think it’s about… FORGIVENESS.” Well done, faithful servant. Well done.

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  5. Tony Briley says:

    That was an awesome message and that trailer gave me goosebumps. It is on my must-see list. A handful of years ago I learned a valuable lesson in forgiveness, both giving and receiving and I liked the way you explained there won’t be bands playing and trumpets blaring. Instead it is a somber, calm, inward moment. It is good you pointed it out so those struggling to forgive can know what they are reaching for.

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  6. Mitch, your message touched my heart.

    Dear Lord Jesus, please teach me to forgive the way You forgive.

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  7. Looking forward to listening to your message. Thank you for sharing!!

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  8. Gary Fultz says:

    Very real Mitch. It is a difficult lifelong journey. Those dead end trails of unforgiveness in relationships through life are really hard. Thanks for sharing some of your journey

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  9. Wonderful message, Mitch! I love the three-point gardening analogy used––perfect. Thank you for sharing vulnerable moments of your own story. This is one I will bookmark, it’s a message worth repeating to let it all soak in.

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  10. ‘Learning to forgive the way Jesus did’ – #oneofthebestlifegoals!

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  11. Nancy says:

    Great message on forgiveness, Mitch. Love how you weaved in some of your own personal stories.

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  12. Matilda Novak says:

    Thank you Mitch. I listened today and shared this with others as well, including my brother who lives in Cincinnati with his family. That is a relationship in need of forgiveness and healing. Thank you again for sharing this with me….I appreciate what you said, and it gives me Hope.

    Matilda Sent from my iPhone


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    • mitchteemley says:

      My privilege, Matilda. I hope those you’re praying for, including your brother here in Cincinnati, find their way to taking those steps toward forgiveness and healing.


  13. #hood says:

    luke 6:38 left off


  14. Ann Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Mitch! That was a great message….you speak as well as you write, and that’s saying something!

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  15. braypa says:

    Thanks for sharing His inspirational word and truth on forgiveness, and that permeates in and through your own life 😀

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  16. Very powerful and poignant words. That trailer is especially compelling.

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  17. Happy to see you preaching on YouTube! It is awesome!

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