Living Now with Eternity in Mind #12: Living for the Will of God

Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin—in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the …

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Prayer #8: Sin, Confession, and the Joy of Forgiveness

How joyful is the onewhose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered!How joyful is a person whomthe Lord does not charge with iniquityand in whose spirit is no deceit!When I kept silent, my bones became brittlefrom my groaning all day long.For day and night your hand was heavy on me;my strength was drained[a]as in the summer’s …

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Sin, Church Conflict, and the Need for Confession in Public Worship

Over the last five years or so, I have had at least half a dozen pastor friends who have had to leave or resign from their churches on account of various kinds of congregational dysfunction or confict. Even though it's true that I don't know many of the details about these individual stories, it almost …

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Rob Ford, Canadian Senators, and Why We Should Demand Personal Integrity Of Our Leaders

Having recognized leaders caught in moral wrongdoing or illegal activity no longer surprises us. Scandals are enough a part of our political, social, and, sadly, religious landscape that we’ve come to expect them—almost as a matter of course. Public indifference, cynicism, and disappointment over various misdeeds have in part coalesced into lower voter turnouts, less …

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