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A Heart of Repentance

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9) There are many ways you can sense the Holy Spirit as a follower of…

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Jesus Paid the Price

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the…

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I Am Innocent!

When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said, “It is your responsibility!” (Matthew 27:24) Pilate’s responsibility to his Roman government was to keep the peace in the…

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Praying Until You Are Aligned

 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42) Following the upper room meal, Jesus and His disciples made their way through Jerusalem’s streets. They crossed the Kidron Valley and continued on…

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Just Forgive

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22) Let’s face it: Forgiveness is complicated! When Simon Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive his brother or…

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The Difference the Cross Makes

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19)…

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Jesus and the Cross

Having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14) To the Christian community, the cross is understood, celebrated and held up as a symbol of our faith. To a lost and seeking world, the cross is understood as a…

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Just How Forgiven Are You?

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32) It is very important that we learn how to forgive others. There are some passages which cry out for much more meditation and processing; and this happens to be one of those. Filled with the Holy Spirit,…

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To Earn Back Trust, You Must Repent

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19) We can learn to trust someone again by offering them forgiveness. What if you find yourself on the other side of the equation? What if you are the one who has hurt…

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Forgive Like Jesus Forgave

 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19-20) When Jesus first…

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