Topic | Repentance & Forgiveness

Posts Categorized: Repentance & Forgiveness

5 Ways to Judge if Good Activities Have Become Sinful

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Any amount of sin is too much. Any slander, drunkenness, covetousness, or lust is over the line for God’s people. But on a whole host of issues that aren’t sinful in themselves, it isn’t spelled out in Scripture how much is enough and how much turns an innocent pleasure into an occasion for repentance. The Bible doesn’t tell you how much money you should spend on yourself before giving the rest away, but it does warn against greed. The Bible doesn’t tell you how much time it’s acceptable to spend on Netflix, Facebook, or Twitter, but it does condemn sloth. . .
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15 Things to Remember When You’re Shattered

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My congregation, Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, had a split ten years ago. It was a sad and ugly affair that hurt deeply and estranged friends from one another. Suspicion, doubt, and anger, permeated our days while sleep evaded our nights. Food had little taste and music did little to comfort. As the Psalmist well said, “weeping endured the night.” We were in a season of great distress and sadness and even when I, as an individual, might succeed in “encouraging yourself in the Lord” I still suffered for others who struggled on wondering just what had happened. Not only did. . .
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What to Do When Sheep Act Like Wolves

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Are They Sheep or Wolves? It’s easy to distinguish in our minds between wolves and sheep: Wolves are the ones attacking and eating sheep, sheep are the ones eating grass and listening to the shepherd’s voice. It becomes complicated though when we have to reckon with the reality of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Having been whacked a time or two or twelve by the shepherd’s rod, a wolf covers himself for a time in behaviors and actions designed to help him blend in with the sheep so that he can devour them on the sly. Thankfully, shepherds know to watch. . .
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4 Things to Remember When You are Worried About a Friend

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Woman worried about her friend heading in the opposite direction.

What do you do when someone you love heads in a worrisome direction? You thought your compasses were aligned and you were both heading toward the same destination, but something happened. Though the difference was imperceptible at first, it now seems each day finds you further apart. You realize you no longer understand how or why they are charting a course in their current direction and it gets you wondering if the problem is really you or if it’s really them or if it is just a really big misunderstanding. Our relationship perspective is usually blurred by personal inconsistencies. We. . .
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Not Alone Anymore

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Old man alone, looking out a window.

He sits alone in his small house, sick and in pain. And not for the first time, for He is an old man. His most recent wife is dead and his children have abandoned him as he had them so many years ago now. Who can remember why. Three small children and their mother, left to fend for themselves. They made it, sort of. Their mother died prematurely and the children, still broken, make their way through life. But not through his. He sits alone. He was an adventurous man, a motorcycle rider, a car-racer, a sky-diver. His interesting life. . .
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Redemption for the Ruined

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The Scars of the Redeemed Harsh and difficult providences can leave very real scars, both physical and emotional. While none of us are completely free from these marks, some scars are deep. For some, it could be the result of a difficult or abusive childhood, or some sort of trauma related to the sins of their parents. Others might have had a period of rebellion, and still carry baggage from those times. Some might be carrying the pain of rejection from a former spouse who has abandoned their marriage vows. Possibly, you are carrying guilt and remorse because you were. . .
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I Am a Miracle

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Man looking at the sky. (I am a miracle)

The Miracle of Change Not so much like a sea parting or an ax head floating but the same force that acted upon that water and that iron also changed my natural dynamics and the course of my life, and now I am acting differently than I or anyone else ever expected. My previous nature was to sin and to enjoy sin. I also languished as a young occultist and later as an atheist. My parents constantly fought (loudly) in our home and often threatened to divorce each other. Going to school was a type of hell in itself on. . .
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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

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The Gospel Learned & Re-learned

I have been listening to my teachers and pastors speak about our relationship with God for some years now and slowly the drip, drip of this Gospel teaching is wearing through the hard rock that is my heart. The tape that we all have in our heads runs a certain default message again and again through our minds and it can be a blessing or a curse depending on the message. Unfortunately for most of us the message is negative and we spend our lives trying to change the messages or simply get the messages to stop. My reoccurring message. . .
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Basement Tape #138: The Errs of Our Ways

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We worship the same God. We read the same Bible. Some of us share the same confessions of faith. Why is it then that our lives are so very different? Why do we seem to have so much trouble agreeing? Shouldn't the plain teaching of Scripture lead to common understanding and similar application? Join our conversation as Dr. Sproul, Rev. Windham, and their friends discuss the errs of our ways.

On: Broken Relationships, Basement Tape #123

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We all have them to one extent or another; sometimes they are a constant burden on our conscience, other times they are not but perhaps should be. Maybe it’s our fault, our perhaps theirs. Join us as we have a conversation  about Broken Relationships and try and discover what we as Christians should do about them. The Basement Tapes are conversations among friends. We gather monthly to have a conversation on topics related to the good life. Pastors R.C. Sproul Jr. and Laurence Windham along with their friends and special guests enjoy a stimulating conversation on a wide variety of. . .
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Basement Tape #123: Broken Relationships

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Audio: Broken Relationships (Basement Tape #123)

We all have broken relationships to one extent or another; sometimes they are a constant burden on our conscience, other times they are not but perhaps should be. Maybe it’s our fault, our perhaps theirs. Join us as we have a conversation about Broken Relationships and try and discover what we as Christians should do about difficult relationships, how we should relate toward Christian friends, and how we can be more like Jesus in our relationships.

Basement Tape #112: To the Church at Corinth II

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Scandal, schism, partying and pride may mark the modern church but we didn’t start the fire. All this and much more troubled the church at Corinth. Join us as we talk together about how sin still stains us and ego still drives us even after we have been born again. Join us as we learn from the Apostle Paul what the Bride is supposed to look like. Part II.

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