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Topic: Forgiveness

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Key Connections (May 25, 2017)

Why Do Churches Wound Their Pastors? (Dan Doriani, The Gospel Coalition) Why does the church freely, cruelly criticize its pastors for falling short of perfection? Why do we forget that Jesus alone is perfect, that Jesus alone redeems? Five things to pray after the Manchester attack (Rachel Jones, The Good Book Company) […]

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Bible Q&A: Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven?

Question: Pastor Smith made a statement that “God only forgives the sins that we confess.” My question is in regard to the inference that the sins we do not confess are unforgiven. The problem I see is that we are all in trouble because no one can remember all of […]

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Six Things You Need to Know About God’s Wrath

As peace is a truth widely loved, wrath is a truth widely loathed. Many in the history of the church has been embarrassed by God’s wrath and have wanted to revise this biblical truth. Yet, this theme of the wrath (or anger) of God toward sin and sinners is clearly […]

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Three Ways God Deals with Your Shame

I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself. (Genesis 3:10) Moments after God spoke his good creation into being, Adam spoke to God the first declaration of shame. Fear, embarrassment at being exposed, hiding. Moments later, accusing […]

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Bible Q&A: Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

Question: Have I committed the unforgivable sin? Answer: Hi, this is Pastor Tim from Unlocking the Bible. Pastor Colin asked me to thank you for your good question and respond to you. I want you to know that we’ve received this question a number of times over the years. It’s clearly […]

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Bible Q&A: How Could Jesus Offer Forgiveness to Unrepentant People?

Question: If God doesn’t forgive us until we repent, then at the cross why did Jesus say, “Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34) to people who clearly had no intention of repenting? Answer: Hi Radio Listener, If you don’t mind, let’s take your questions […]

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Key Connections (October 12, 2016)

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle (R.D. McClenagan, For The Church) God will give you more than you can handle. Guaranteed. When God Says “No” or “Wait” (Linda Green, True Woman) …while [God] may not immediately give us the answers we’re longing for, He is far from absent when His […]

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Six Strides Toward Forgiveness

Imagine standing right next to a hurdle on a race track. You can’t jump a hurdle from a standing start. You have to take a run at it. Often we get focused on one sin, one problem, one issue that we want to overcome. How do I get over my […]

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Of Serial Killers, Hidden Sins, and Forgiveness in Christ

“How can you not know your own father was a serial killer?” That question fueled the lunchtime discussion between my coworkers and me. A coworker’s friend met the daughter of a famous serial killer. The killer’s daughter confessed to having no idea that her father was regularly killing people during […]

Debt-Free Living

In January 2015, the eastern European nation of Croatia canceled the debt of its poorest citizens. The prime minister convinced the banks, cities, companies, and telecommunications providers to forgive the loans without any reimbursement from the government. From the Washington Post: “We assess that this measure will be applicable to […]

Three Ways to Put Away Bitterness through the Gospel

Where does bitterness come from? For me, it springs up when an incident is brought to remembrance that still evokes anger and disappointment. It may be the result of someone sinning against me or someone I love, or from one of the many ills such as sickness, loss, and injury […]

A Prayer for Those Battling Sin

Puritan theologian John Owen wrote the classic work The Mortification of Sin in 1656 to analyze and apply what Paul meant in Romans 8:13 when he said, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you “put to death the deeds of the body, […]

What Football Can Teach Us About Battling Sin

The Christian life is a life filled with many battles and the battle against sin is always with us. It’s a long warfare. Every time you say “Yes” to a sin, you increase its power in your life and you make the next temptation harder.  It takes a stronger position. You […]

Five Marks of a Truly Forgiven Person | J.C. Ryle

Below is an excerpt from J.C. Ryle’s “5 Marks of a Forgiven Soul. Let me now give you some marks of having found forgiveness. I dare not leave out this point. Too many people presume they are forgiven, who have no evidence to show that they are. Others cannot think […]

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Confession in the Bible: Verses About Confessing Your Sins

  When many people hear ‘confessing your sin’, they think it reserved for monks in a monastery or of paying penance to God by entering a church confessional. But Scripture teaches us it is an important practice for the life of every Christian.  The answers to these questions about confession in the […]

Finding Forgiveness and Hope After an Abortion | Video

Pastor Colin Smith talks about what it will be like for mothers or fathers who made the choice to end the life of an unborn child, and have come to regret the choice they made.  He answers the question “Does God forgive abortion?” and provides hope for those who have […]