Category Archives: Confession

Do we need to ask God to forgive our sins?

If, at the moment we receive God’s gift of salvation, Christ’s sacrifice removes the guilt of all our sins past, present, and future, why should we continue to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness? Continue reading

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Prayer of confession about care ministry

I found this prayer focused on care ministry. Take a few moments to reflect on this deep and searching prayer. Continue reading

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Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

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Discouragement – a “dis” on courage

We cannot adequately encourage those who have lost perspective without discouraging them from a frame of mind that binds them to their discouragement. (Read it again).

Getting out of the fog of despondency often requires a little loving admonishment. Caring friends will cross this line with love and sensitivity when they sense we need a better perspective. Continue reading

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Inexplicable mercy

How could God have any adequate reason for offering mercy to sinners like me? I cry out “God be merciful to me the sinner” but I know that there is nothing in me that deserves mercy. Continue reading

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8 Identity Markers

Who am I? Why am I here? What should I do?Who do I serve? How should I live? Continue reading

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Forgiveness is an act of worship

When sinned against, it’s easy to only see only the horizontal significance of what occurred. “This is about me and the one who hurt me!” we argue. But for those who worship God, forgiveness is an act of worship. This is primarily about God and secondarily about me. When we forgive, we “let go of” instead of “holding on to” or “holding against.”

Forgiveness is an act of releasing to God the hurtful actions and consequences of the wrong done to us. Continue reading

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