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Topic: Repentance

Resentment

Do You Resent the Life God Gave You?

I sat in the restaurant booth across from my husband, but I was distracted by the couple sitting nearby. As I watched them, smiling, enjoying their massive plate of gluten-and-dairy-filled food while my body ached and stomach churned, resentment began to rise in me. I bet they can eat whatever […]

Confess

Bible Q&A: Do I Need to Confess My Sins to Other Believers?

Question: I need help. I want to confess my sins, but I don’t know who to confess them to. Do I just need to confess to God, or does he ask that we confess to others? I’m embarrassed of my sins, and I don’t know who to talk to about them. Answer: The […]

Jealousy

Put Jealousy to Death

It’s in the tightening of your chest, the bile in your throat, and the knot in your stomach. It flashes in lightning fast, infecting whatever happiness or hope you feel. Every child knows it. Every adult knows it. It’s that fierce, familiar green monster – Jealousy. We envy someone else: […]

Lukewarm

Are You Lukewarm?

As a young boy and an adolescent, the word lukewarm haunted me after I first came across it in Scripture. I wondered if my words, actions, and thoughts were betraying and squelching my faith. I lusted after girls at school and church; I cursed my mom under my breath for […]

success

Your Best Defense Against Sin

Video Notes: Christian business person, what will keep you faithful, as you move from city to city, from hotel to hotel, anonymous and often lonely? Common sense? Will power? Enlightened self-interest? Your best defense against sin is to give your heart to the Lord. Wounded Christian, what will keep you […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 6, 2017)

Confessing Our Sins Together (Ryan Griffith, Desiring God) For Christians, confession of sin, ultimately, is application of the gospel. Authentic confession of sin is a mingling of humble contrition before God, faith-filled appropriation of the grace of reconciliation, and heartfelt gratitude for the satisfaction that has been accomplished in the cross […]

forgiven

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 […]

sins

How to Mourn Over Your Sins

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) Spiritual mourning is laden with blessing, and we are to go after it and get as much of it in our lives as we possibly can. The more you know of this mourning, the more joy you will […]

lying

Put Away the Sin of Lying

“Yes it is.” “No, it isn’t.” “Yes it is, I promise. I know, because I’m in school.” “Son, Mount Rushmore is not in Russia.” That was a real conversation I had with my mom, and I was the “yes man” above. You see, I had a lying problem when I was […]

examining your life

10 Questions for Examining Your Life

With the re-release of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life next month, our writing team begins a series of articles on each of the Ten Commandments in July and August! Examining your life is essential to your growth as a Christian believer. Seeing your own sins and failings will make it possible […]

marriage

9 Ways Married Women Manipulate Their Husbands

It is no secret that women and men communicate differently and, thus, often misunderstand one another. By God’s design, men thrive best when they feel respected by others, especially their wives. Wives flourish when they feel protected and cherished by the men they love. Unfortunately, due to sin, not only […]

about God

What Dad Taught Me About God

“Oh no. Oh no, no, no, no, no, no. What am I going to do?” I looked down at the shattered glass from my dad’s bookcase. His dad, my grandfather, had built it by hand. It was a beautiful piece of furniture, and it held many of my parents’ oldest, […]

The Joy of Mourning Sin

Falling into sin is one of the great struggles of the Christian life. We profess to follow Jesus, but our moment-to-moment behavior contradicts us. The awareness of our sin can rob us of much of the joy of Jesus, or paralyze us in guilt, even going as far as to […]

Are You Too Focused on Other People’s Flaws?

I think pretty highly of myself. It’s amazing, from my lofty perspective, just how intelligent and witty and gracious I am, how enjoyable a person I am to be around. And holy. Of course God wants me in his kingdom – why wouldn’t he? Arrogance has got to be one […]

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Just Hangin’: The Thief on the Cross

Meet Michael Mark, a spoken word artist who is following hard and fast after Jesus Christ. Right in time for Holy Week and along the lines of Heaven, How I Got Here, Michael has written a poem based on the story of the thief on the cross from Luke’s Gospel in chapter 23. […]

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A Devotional for Your Friday

Take some time this morning to pour over this devotional, brought to you by LifeKEYS Daily. We’ve all gone through tough spiritual seasons when we were tempted to give up. “My feet almost slipped!” we think, as we reflect on that particular season of struggle. If that was you, or […]

Four Marks That Define Humbleness

I don’t know what your spiritual temperature is like right now. Maybe you’re red hot for the Lord, you’re just a super nova ready to explode in praises. If that’s you, God be praised! But maybe you’re reading this today, and you’ve been lukewarm now for what feels like ages. […]

thirsty come to jesus

All Who Are Thirsty, Come to Jesus

Sixty percent of the human body is comprised of water. Amazing! In other words, we need water to survive. Water is not an option for us. Our lives depend on it. Think about how easily a human dehydrates. All it takes is a hard workout, a hot day, or hours […]

Four False Pictures of the Church

The Bible’s teaching about the church isn’t easy to grasp. The church is a “mystery.” It is only with the help of the Holy Spirit that we can really begin to understand it at all. God wants us to know who we are, and so He teaches us through pictures, […]

Word of God or Gaga?

A little while back, I met with some of our pastors as we talked about our congregation.  One of the guys said, “Many of our people are reading the Bible, but they don’t really believe what it says about sin.” Then our youth pastor at the Barrington campus said, “Pastor […]

The Seven Bitter Fruits of Sin

I was having breakfast with someone who was witnessing to a colleague at work, “You know, Colin, this guy lives like the devil, but he is good at heart.”  I said, “Wait a minute.  How can he be good at heart if he lives like the devil?  Surely, if he […]

The Six P’s of Effective Prayer

Elijah… prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain. James 5:17 Here are six observations about Elijah’s prayer: Privately pray what God has promised with precision, passion and persistence.1. Private: Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. 1 […]

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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 […]

What is Biblical Repentance? | Video

What is Biblical repentance and why do we need to repent?  Here is an answer from Pastor Colin Smith: Pastor Colin defined repentance this way:  “Repentance is turning from all that you know of sin, with all that you know of yourself, to all that you know of God.” (from […]