1. A Heart Broken Over Sin
    30 Oct, 2018
    A Heart Broken Over Sin
    "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments." Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.  Joel 2:12 -13  Is my heart broken over my sin? That's a question I'm asking myself this morning. It's true that we all sin.  Every day.  And because we sin so often, it can be really easy to be
  2. Besetting Sins Will Not Win in the End
    10 Oct, 2018
    Besetting Sins Will Not Win in the End
    And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6   A friend of mine once showed me the Calvin and Hobbes comic above and said, "That's my sanctification!" I get what he meant. Calvin didn't put a rock in the snowball the way he wanted to, but he still threw the snowball. In a similar way, we may not be as bad as we could be, but there's still a lot more growth needed in our lives. And that leads me to what
  3. Grace vs. Besetting Sin
    09 Oct, 2018
    Grace vs. Besetting Sin
    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9  In yesterday's pondering I mentioned how there is a certain sense in which sin in general is besetting.  It's not merely those particular sins we seem to struggle with on a consistent basis.  Sin itself persists in our lives.  We will continue to struggle with sin as long as we live in this present age. I have to admit, when I
  4. Thinking about Besetting Sin
    08 Oct, 2018
    Thinking about Besetting Sin
    For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Romans 7:18-19  Last night our Life Group had a good discussion about besetting sins. Because of that discussion, I'd like to take the time over the next few days to share some of the things we mentioned last night and hopefully expand and expound upon that
  5. Sin is Deceitful
    27 Sep, 2018
    Sin is Deceitful
    But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  Hebrews 3:13 Sin is deceitful. I can't emphasize that point enough. I honestly don't think we realize just how deceitful sin really is. After all, no one wants to be deceived, and yet we allow ourselves to be deceived by sin all the time. Think about it. Sin always promises what it cannot deliver.  Sin promises something good, but in the end the result is
  6. Freedom
    10 Sep, 2018
    Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.  The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:34-36 Would you volunteer to be a slave? I kinda think you wouldn't. Most of us here in America value our freedoms way too much to allow ourselves to be voluntarily enslaved. Even that phrase "voluntarily enslaved" sounds like an oxymoron to us. No one would