Forgiveness Equals Freedom

There's a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away, and the father set off to find him. He searched for months to no avail. 

Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Signed…Your Father. 

On Saturday 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers. And I can’t help but think how many people are in desperate need of love and forgiveness from their fathers and most importantly from God himself.

Encounter is wrapping up it’s epic two week forgiveness event this Friday talking about, “The freedom of forgiveness versus the bondage of bitterness.” 

I know something about all of us. We all need to receive and give out forgiveness in our lives if we are going to be free. This Friday you will have that opportunity to do just that! 

We all know people that could hear a message like this so be sure to invite them in person or online at 

Be Blessed and Encouraged

Bill Rieser
Encounter Pastor