Category Archives: Godly sorrow

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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I will not remember your sins

You are living by the promise of I John 1:9 when you refuse to hold against yourself the sin God does not hold against you. Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Bitterness, Broken Relationships, Comfort, Confession, Conflict, Divorce, Elentics, Encouragement, Failure, Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, God's Patience, God's Heart, God's Love, Godly sorrow, Gospel, Grace, Grieving, Guilt, Hope? | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

God-centered, Mission-focused purpose for our troubles

It’s tempting to think that being a Christian should minimize the challenges and troubles of life. We have God with us! Shouldn’t He protect us from hardships? Shouldn’t life be easier? Continue reading

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Instruments of sorrow


Sometimes we must be willing to speak truth into the lives of those who don’t want to hear it. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Christian Counselor, Church, Church discipline, Church growth, Church Leadership, Church membership, Community, Conflict, Discernment, Disciple-making, Discipline, Elders, Emerging Leaders, Fellowship, Godly sorrow, Leadership, Reconciliation, Relationships, Restoration, Small Group leaders, Unity | 1 Comment

Good review for life and ministry

Much of what I write is for encouraging good and godly lives and truth-based relationships. Another prominent theme I write about is worldview. Here are a few links I always need to review in my life and ministry: Reality check … Continue reading

Posted in Confrontation, Counseling, God's control, God's Heart, God's Will, Godly sorrow, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Pharisees, Sovereignty, Theology, Will of God, Worldly sorrow, Worldview | Leave a comment

A window into God’s heart

An important distinction concerning God’s will must be applied to the way we understand how God relates to the evil actions of humans (or even to His own acts of judgment). Along with God’s sovereign and revealed will, one must honor God’s dispositional will. … Continue reading

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Appeal to Joel Osteen — “Love people by teaching them the whole truth”

Listening to Osteen makes me think of the State song of Kansas – ”Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam where the Deer and the Antelope play; Where never is heard a discouraging word, And the sky is not clouded all day.”

Who wouldn’t want a life like this? No discouraging words or cloud filled days! Continue reading

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