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When we confess our sins to God and ask him to forgive us, two wonderful things happen. First, “He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). Second, God remembers our sins “no more”! (Hebrews 8:12). However, it’s hard to be clear about who we are in Christ when we’re carrying around our baggage from the past – things that we have done that still have a hold on us. This may mean a broken relationship,

“Full participation in the life of God’s Kingdom and in the vivid companionship of Christ comes to us only through appropriate exercise in the disciplines for life in the spirit.” ~ Dallas Willard How do we do this? The Christian journey is by faith and our faith grows deeper as we practice spiritual disciplines. Incorporate these disciplines into your life: reading the Word, praying, fasting, giving, solitude and silence, worship, meeting with other believers in community, serving, sharing our faith. You may be asking,

Imagine that you’re driving north on the highway, and realize you should be going south. You need to turn yourself around and get on the right road. That’s what repentance looks like. “You don’t repent by taking a deep breath and then feel better. You only repent when you turn around and go back or toward God. It doesn’t make any difference how you feel. You can have the feeling, or you don’t have to have the feeling. “What’s essential is that you

In one scene of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, many people were standing around the doors of a grand palace waiting to go in. But they were afraid of the armed soldiers blocking the entrance. Then a brave man arrived and identified himself to the gatekeeper. “Write down my name, sir!” Then armed with a sword and a helmet, the brave man fought his way into the palace of glory. John the Baptist announced the coming of the Kingdom of God. Jesus stated the

Paul wrote: “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . . I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12, 14). If you are like me, you may be asking yourself, but how am I to do that? When I see the love of Christ or the power of God being displayed in a fellow believer, I sometimes think:

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