Repentance

Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
Psalm 51:2

If you have ever suffered a nasty cut or gash, then you know it’s critical to clean this type of wound right away before it gets infected. Knowing this, we are willing to accept the sting of an antibiotic because we know it’s something we need to do to heal. Dealing with sin is no different.

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The Anchor for Our Souls

Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.

Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT

When we’re in difficult times, and if we’re fortunate enough to have caring friends or family, they may offer encouraging words such as “I’ll be hoping for the best.” And it’s somewhat comforting to know that you have someone in your corner.

But hope is not a verb. It’s not something we or anyone else can do for us. We can only find true and everlasting hope in the Lord.

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Aim For Love (Not Noise)

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

I Timothy 1:5 ESV

Have you ever lived next door to a musician?

It can be a real treat when he or she is accomplished. But what about when said musician is, for instance, a lousy drummer who knows how to do nothing but pound…?

We all understand that in the right context musicians gathering to play is lovely.

A symphony, for example, can perform tremendously beautiful and resonating pieces. They each play their part, complementing one another to form one cohesive sound. But remember Paul’s warning to the Corinthians, that “if I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (I Corinthians 13:1)?

A Christian who misses

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