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His Simple Gift

A major theme in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians is God’s powerful, elegant simplicity.  He makes earthshaking, epoch-defining restoration in the world we have ruined, through humble, simple principles, one individual at a time.  Although “the message of the … Continue reading

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No longer a robot

Romans 6 tells me that I have died to sin when I died with Christ.  Often, I do not feel so dead to it.  Temptation and sin still can have a strong pull, urging me to live for myself and … Continue reading

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Legalism

In Acts 15, the legalists came from Jerusalem with their unsolicited and unendorsed opinion that Gentile converts must be circumcised and follow the other laws of Moses to be forgiven and to have eternal life.  This doctrinal challenge spurred the … Continue reading

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Our Forever Attorney

Forever is an unfamiliar concept to our insecure, earthbound minds.  It is foreign to our worldview and experience of shame and disappointments.  Nothing seems forever.  Things we treasure are ripped from our hands or slip unexpectedly through our fingers. It is … Continue reading

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Justifies us “for His own sake”

We start with a sad story of a jilted Lover: “For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, Nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He … Continue reading

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Does God forget sin?

Does God forget our sin?  What does David mean when he says, “I, even I, am he who blots out     your transgressions, for my own sake,     and remembers your sins no more.”                Isaiah … Continue reading

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The Thoroughness of Forgiveness

Although we feel like we struggle with many difficult life circumstances, the biggest problem we face in life is our sin.  Our life-long sin pattern keeps us from the God who loves us.  If this barrier is not dealt with, … Continue reading

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