Category Archives: Repentance

It’s not the way you think it is

Delusional self-confidence based on self-accomplishment is not far removed from self-righteousness. It’s an insidiously deadly poison that can be… Continue reading

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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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A closer look at repentance

What does it mean to repent? Is it a change of lifestyle or a deeper change prior to other changes? Has repentance been misunderstood? Continue reading

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How can I know he means it?

Unlike forgiveness, reconciliation of a broken relationship is a process conditioned on the attitude and actions of an offender. Those who commit significant and repeated offenses must realize that their responses and actions affect the timing of the process. Those who are genuinely repentant will accept this fact with brokenness and humility. Use the seven signs here to be sure someone is truly sorry. Continue reading

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We are unworthy servants

Jesus snaps the rhetorical trap by shifting to the perspective of the servant and what it means to be His servant. This is the attitude of the true followers of Jesus. Continue reading

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A closer look at repentance

Repentance is not merely feeling bad about our sins. Repentance is sorrow for what we are in our deepest beings…. Continue reading

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A life of repentance

“Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.’” Sometimes I even need to repent of my repentance, as the Puritans confessed. Why? Because even in my repentance my heart wants to take pride in how repentant I am. Continue reading

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