Ash Wednesday

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Hands of Repentance

Luke 18:9–14 (NIV) The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and […]

The Promised Warrior

The Son of God Goes Forth to War The Promised Warrior The young man across the table was in tears. He was a big guy, athletic, muscular, smart, and broken. As capable as he was, his sin seemed bigger, temptations seemed stronger, Satan seemed sharper, and Jesus seemed like such a nice guy, that he […]

Repent: Turn to Jesus; Don’t Turn Away

Tell me, what does the word “repent” mean to you? I think that for many people the word has a very negative connotation. They imagine some church official saying, “Ve have vays of making you repent!”  But actually, the biblical definition of repentance is not a negative one.  The Greek word for repent is metanoia. […]

This Man Went Home Justified

If I were to say to you, “Oh, now I think you’re just trying to justify what you did,” would you take that as a compliment?  Would that be a good thing, that you’re trying to justify yourself?  No, probably not.  In our language today, in our culture, the word justify has the connotation of […]