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Cure for the Soul (first in a series)

However, there are plenty of Christians today who profess faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, who faithfully attend worship services and Bible studies, who may even serve in leadership roles in their church, but what they profess with their lips does not always square with how they conduct their lives. Some may be stuck in patterns of destructive behavior, such as substance abuse, infidelity or financial impropriety – and they are at a lossto explain why their faith doesn’t have greater influence over their actions. Others may be riddled with fear or guilt or anger – and they don’t understand why what they believe seems not to make any difference in how they feel. In the lives of a surprising number of Christians today there exists a disconnect between what the lips profess and what the heart believes to be true. Continue reading

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Bringing Home the Faith (sixteenth installment)

The sobering truth is that anyone less than perfect, anyone who sins, even in a seemingly insignificant way, cannot stand before God, in the end. As I said at the beginning of this chapter, “God hates sin,” which is a good thing. Yet, if we turn to Jesus and confess him as our Savior, he will stand beside us and his blood will cover all our sins. Paul writes in Romans:

Since we have now been justified by Jesus’ blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath [against sin] through him. (5:9)

Therefore, everyone born into this world needs to be saved if they are to have eternal life. All sins can only be atoned for by Jesus. Continue reading

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Prayer (sixth in a series)

Shame is about humiliation and fear. But with God, we have nothing to fear. He is tender, compassionate and forgiving. He will never humiliate us. Instead, he yearns for us to trust him with the truth we are afraid to admit and to let him pour his love into our hearts. I actually feel good now when I unload my sins before God. Saying, “I’m sorry,” has become a liberating experience instead of a debilitating one because I discovered God has a tender heart for me. Continue reading

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