Tag Archives: Sin

Rooting Out the Gossip Supporting the Billy Graham Rule

A few weeks ago in an online exchange about the Billy Graham Rule (a man must never meet alone with a woman, whether in private or in public), two pastors gave a perspective that grieved me deeply. They did not … Continue reading

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Why Struggling Against Sin Is Better Than You Think

“I’m still dealing with the same sins I’ve had all my life.” “Join the club.” “But you don’t know the sins I’m still committing.” “I don’t have to. I’ve got my own.” “Not like mine, you don’t.” “Right. Yours are … Continue reading

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A Short Dialog on Drinking Coffee and Fixing Other People’s Sins

[A somewhat fictional conversation in a supermarket parking lot.] “Hello.” “Hi … do we know each other?” “I’ve seen you around church and heard that the way you live is sinful and I thought you’d like me to tell you … Continue reading

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The Pain of Self-discovery

Self-discovery isn’t always pleasant. Then again, perhaps I’m not truly discovering anything I don’t already know about myself when I come to grips with my shortcomings. It’s like Paul said: Although I want to do good, evil is right there … Continue reading

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Fine/Not Fine

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8.) ***

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Despair in a Gospel Song

Driving along I heard the best song the Eagles ever created: Desperado. For some reason, though, the lyrics hit me differently this time. The despair of the title character (who’s called Desperado for a reason) reminded me of the gospel. … Continue reading

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Repentance as Pilgrimage from Sin

Therefore, … let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews … Continue reading

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Not Every Spiritual Battle Is A Satanic Attack

You’ve heard it, I’m sure. Someone is going through a hard time and reaches the conclusion it’s a demonic attack. I’ve heard people pray to bind demons – or even Satan himself – from interfering in their lives. Never mind … Continue reading

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Losing salvation? Can’t be done.

I saw this tweet yesterday: Don’ don’t struggle to figure out the maximum amount of sin you can commit and still be saved. Use that energy to kill it. — John Piper (@JohnPiper) October 3, 2016 The tweet is good … Continue reading

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