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The Difference Between Sins of Commission and Omission

The Difference Between Sins of Commission and Omission

12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:12-14 Vetting means to conduct a thorough examination of someone’s background, behavior, and performance to determine his or her worthiness and suitability for a job. It is extreme scrutiny leaving no stone unturned. In our focus text, David conducts the highest […]

What in the World has Come Over You?

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 1 John 2:16 We use many expressions to question unseemly behavior? I used one of them in the title. Here are a few more: “Why would you do such a thing?” “What got into you? “Have you lost your ever-lovin’ mind?” What causes us to cross the line of godly morality and good judgement? In our focus text, we learn of three reasons: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the […]

A Life Built on Holy Faith

A Life Built on Holy Faith

But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 20-21   If your faith were a building, what would it look like? A high and mighty structure, beautiful to behold, able to withstand the storms of life, and beneficial to all who enter? Or would it be less substantial; hidden from sight, weak, seldom used, in need of repair, and uninviting? In his letter to Jude, the Apostle […]

Learn from the Sins of Your Past

Learn from the Sins of Your Past

Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness… Psalm 95:8 Thanksgiving is a little over two weeks away. And we’ll be counting our blessings, taking inventory of all the wonderful things God has done for us. Today’s focus text calls upon readers to recall the grievous sins of the past. Yes, we’re all sinners. And most of us have some whoppers we’d just as soon forget. But wait. We’re forgiven. Justified — which means God views us “like we never sinned.”  The case has been closed on those offences […]

Why Every Christian Should Desire a Pure Heart

Why Every Christian Should Desire a Pure Heart

To the pure, all things are pure… Titus 1:15 A few days ago in The Forever Notebook, I referred to one of my favorite Bible passages, Psalm 51:10. “Create in me a pure heart, O God…” What does that mean, and why is it important? Pure means — not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material. There’s only one ingredient on the label. No additives. Many times in these meditations, I’ve referred to how God sees us. He has a more intimate view than we have for each other. When selecting David as Israel’s king, God told the prophet Samuel, […]

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