1. Blame Shifting and the Gospel
    27 Sep, 2017
    Blame Shifting and the Gospel
    But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"  And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."  He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"  The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."  Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived
  2. Encouragement to Fess Up
    05 Sep, 2017
    Encouragement to Fess Up
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 Based on what I've seen in my own life and in the lives of others, admitting we've done something wrong is usually difficult for us.  There are all kinds of reasons why it may be hard to admit our iniquities. Maybe it's because we're blind to what we've done. Maybe it's because we don't want to admit it to ourselves that we've done such a thing. Maybe it's because
  3. Powerful Prayers and Confessing Sin
    07 Jun, 2017
    Powerful Prayers and Confessing Sin
    Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.  James 5:16 Have you ever thought about how strange these two sentences sound when read together? Confess your sins to each other AND the prayer of a righteous person has great power. But isn't it true that sin is unrighteousness?  So if I confess my sins to you, doesn't that prove that I am unrighteous? And if I am unrighteous, then
  4. Owning Up
    12 May, 2017
    Owning Up
    For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.  Psalm 51:3-4 If observation and experience teach anything, most of us have a hard time owning up to and taking responsibility for our errors, faults, and offenses. It's just so easy to blame someone else for what we've done ("I wouldn't have called you a stupid idiot if you hadn't done
  5. It's All My Fault
    14 Sep, 2016
    It's All My Fault
    Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:13-15 It's all my fault. Those words seem to be some of the hardest words to say. It's hard to admit when we're wrong.  Harder still to admit that the responsibility for our
  6. Can We Handle the Truth?
    18 Jul, 2016
    Can We Handle the Truth?
    Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness Titus 1:1 "You can't handle the truth!" That famous line was uttered by Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men, and it has been quoted and parodied numerous times over the last 20+ years. Truth can be tough to handle, for sure. This is especially true when it comes to the truth of God's Word.  That is why we are called to handle