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Tag Archives: Sin
Here is an opportunity to find and celebrate the mercy and grace of our God at a much deeper level. Continue reading
The truth is that every Jekyll has his Hyde, whom he cannot control and who threatens to take him over. But no human being is irredeemable.
Don’t miss the music at the end! Continue reading
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
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is well-known for its twelve step program to help free people from the controlling power of alcohol. In the steps, you’ll discover themes that appear prominently in the first two. Step #1 – We admitted we were … Continue reading
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (II Corinthians … Continue reading
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). Dick Keyes “The Bible does not give us a quick and easy answer to why God allows evil to continue … Continue reading
One of the deepest discussions among biblical scholars concerns the way Adam’s sin affected humanity. Continue reading
What are we saying when we call an act senseless or inappropriate or a lapse in judgment? And how does this relate to teaching about sin? Continue reading
The ambition of an angel led to the suspicion of Eden (that the best life is outside of the will of God not within it). This led to the delusion of self-rule (which only resulted in bondage to sin and death). The cycle continues — ambition, suspicion, delusion, death.
Creation took its first turn toward disaster when the ambition of angles incited a revolt against the Creator. It was a delusional and arrogant bid for autonomy.
How irrational for a created being to think of autonomy as a possibility! The only real option for created beings is dependence. It’s a delusional and dangerous fantasy for creatures to make a bid for self-rule and self-determination. Continue reading