Why Do We Sin?

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I know I’m not supposed to sin. I realize it is going against God’s perfect design.” So, why do I? I would argue from both experience and scripture that we sin because we believe a lie. And not just a lie, but the lie behind the lie. In Genesis, we encounter the story of the fall. The woman is standing … Read More

How To Completely Erase Your Shame

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Shame is a powerful feeling. It is a “painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior”. Some of us have just one moment that brings so much shame it changes the rest of our lives. We make promises never to be put in that position again, never to be made to feel that … Read More

The Mystery Of Godliness

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I’ve read the letter of 1 Timothy many times in my life, but recently there was a passage that particularly caught my attention. In chapter 3 verses 14-16, Paul writes to Timothy so that he knows how to behave in the case that Paul is delayed. In this context Paul gives to Timothy an insightful definition of godliness. This is … Read More

Our Identity Matters

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Identity is important. Who do you think you are? This is the truth about identity. Who we see ourselves to be will determine what we do. I’ve seen the hurtful aftereffects of verbal abuse. People who have had insults and lies slung at them and over time they start to believe the things that are being told to them. I’ve … Read More

The Way Of Love

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There was a study conducted by an atheist scholar at Princeton. What he found was that when a culture moves away from an identity based on God, one of the first things they turn to is romantic love. This switch in America turned love into a means of self fulfillment. This is completely different from what the Bible calls love. … Read More

True Freedom

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For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed … Read More

Is Jesus Our Hope Or A Means To It?

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Hope – I really like that word. Even just saying the word makes me feel like I have a more positive expectation for what the future will hold. It’s interesting the different things people put their hope in. Some put their hope in money. Some in a relationship that they are expecting will give their life meaning. Some put their hope in … Read More