Forgiveness

2 Corinthians 1:12-14 // Restoring Relationships

Even though it might seem easiest to give up on a relationship when there’s conflict, as Christians, that’s not an option. We can’t just leave relationships when they get tough, especially relationships between Christians. Forgiveness and restoration is in our DNA. 2 Corinthians 1:12-14 doesn’t say everything there is to say about restoring relationships, but …

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Look to the Lord

William Shakespeare wrote in Sonnet 116, “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.” He wasn’t writing about God’s love, yet those words are more true of God than they are of any human love. David wrote, “For Your steadfast love is great to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds” (Psalm 57:10 …

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Grace as the Foundation for the Fight Against Pornography

This chapter of Heath Lambert’s book Finally Free is a great place to start if you’re struggling with pornography. The big idea is that the foundation for successfully fighting against pornography is the grace of God offered to sinners through Jesus Christ. This grace brings both forgiveness and transformation to those who receive it. It cleans us …

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Love Came First

Written by Dawn Rutan Love is one of the traditional themes of Advent, thinking particularly of God’s love made incarnate in Jesus Christ. I happen to be reading through the book of Numbers right now, and came across this verse: “Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of Your steadfast love, …

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Gently Led

Written by Dawn Rutan I’ve been enjoying Alistair Begg’s recent series on the Fruit of the Spirit on Truth for Life, and appreciated his reminder that we cannot manufacture real fruit on our own. It is not the fruit of self-effort, but the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in us and with us and …

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Off Target

Written by Dawn Rutan I’ve found this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer to be challenging but true: “[We] must ask ourselves whether we have not often been deceiving ourselves with our confession of sin to God, whether we have not rather been confessing our sins to ourselves and also granting ourselves absolution. And is not the …

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