Category Archives: Repentance

Did I commit the unforgivable sin?

It’s interesting that the people who approach me with concern about committing the unpardonable sin focus so much on the second part of the verse and miss the amazing promise Jesus gave in the first part. Continue reading

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What did Jesus teach about entering heaven?

Is there a difference between the way you invite people to receive salvation from God and the way Jesus did? Is there consistency from the gospels through the epistles regarding how one is to be reconciled to God and assured of heaven? 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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The God you didn’t expect

Is it possible that our vision of God is too clouded by wrong images from religion and from our own hearts? I think many people will be surprised when they meet God.
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Forgiveness is first about God

When I forgive, I bring the matter before the one who is both Judge of all the earth and my faithful and merciful High Priest. No moral neutrality involved here! Continue reading

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Forgiveness is an act of worship

When hurt by others, we often only see the horizontal significance of what occurred. “This is about me and the one who hurt me!” we argue. Yet those who worship God are called to view forgiveness as an act of worship. This is primarily about God and secondarily about me or my offender. 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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The pathetic idea of flesh trying to be holy

The devil loves to invert truth and turn it into a lie, and probably what he has been saying to you is this: “Try not to fulfill the lusts of the flesh, and then you will walk in the Spirit,” as though the latter were a reward for the former. He knows that in this way, he will keep you preoccupied with yourself, instead of being preoccupied with Christ. Victory over the flesh is not to be attained — it is to be received. Continue reading

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