July 5: “There’s No Such Thing as a Private Sin”

13 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Joshua 7Psalms 137-138Jeremiah 1Matthew 15 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Joshua 7:1 (CSB): “The Israelites, however, were unfaithful regarding the things set apart for destruction. Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of what was set apart, and the LORD’s […]

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May 27: “Balancing Law and Grace”

7 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: 2 Samuel 12:1-31 John 16:1-33 Psalm 119:65-80 Proverbs 16:4-5 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): 2 Samuel 12:13-14 (CSB): “David responded to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ Then Nathan replied to David, ‘And the LORD has taken away your sin; you will not die. However, because you treated the LORD with […]

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May 17: “Do Bad Things Happen Because of Sin?”

5 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 20:1–21:15 John 9:1-41 Psalms 113:1–114:8 Proverbs 15:15-17 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): John 9:1-3 (CSB): “As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him: ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his […]

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April 12: “When Others Are Hurt Because of Our Sin”

9 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Joshua 5:1–7:15 Luke 15:1-32 Psalm 81:1-16 Proverbs 13:1 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Joshua 7:1 (CSB): “The Israelites, however, were unfaithful regarding the things set apart for destruction. Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of what was set apart, and […]

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Making Sense of Unmet Expectations

There is no shortage of Bible teachers and preachers who want us to believe that God has a great plan for us. They would have us believe that if we have enough faith, we can overcome any of life’s obstacles so that we can enjoy prosperity, health, and success in this life. They try to […]

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Loved ones are mourning the deceased and Jesus gets angry? What?!

Did Jesus ever get ticked? I mean, was there ever a time when Jesus got so angry that those around Him noticed? Some would immediately respond “Yes” and say that He was angered when He cleared the Temple of those who had turned it into a marketplace that distracted from worship. Yet, none of the […]

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Sin, forgiveness and consequences

One of the beautiful truths of Scripture is this: No matter how much we’ve blown it in the past, no matter what sins we have committed, we can be completely forgiven! If only we will humbly come to Jesus, confess what we have done, turn our back on it never to do it again (repent), […]

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Is confession really necessary?

There is a wonderful promise found in Proverbs 28:13. “The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.” Speaking from experience, the issue in this verse is not whether or not we will sin. It is a foregone conclusion that we will stray from God’s commands […]

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Communication in Marriage

OK. I have to plead ignorant of something. At least, I was ignorant of an issue until a few moments ago. I was reading in the John Maxwell Leadership Bible this morning and read contemplatively through Genesis 1-2. I really didn’t get much new information since I had read these chapters many, many times before. […]

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