God Does Not Forsake Us When We Fail

David was a hard-working shepherd. David was a passionate worshipper. David was a respected leader. However, David also committed adultery, had Uriah killed, and displeased the Lord on several occasions. You would think that these sinful actions would have forfeited any promise for a significant role in God’s kingdom. If your reputation is ruined, is your legacy doomed? David’s road was certainly not an easy one. Sin indeed demands payment and comes with consequences. David faced heartache in both his family and his kingdom. However, God brought him through, eventually redeeming David’s… Read More

I Have Good News and Bad News

The word “gospel” means “good news.” But the good news is preceded by bad news. For a person to receive the free salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, he or she must first face the sobering reality of their own sinfulness, wickedness, and brokenness. If a person is never convinced (convicted) of their sin, they will never cry out for a Savior. That’s why the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to first convince people of their sin (that’s the bad news), then convince them of righteousness through Jesus (that’s… Read More

Forgiven and Free

Even though I know I’m forgiven, sometimes I don’t feel forgiven.  Satan loves to bring up the past and try to get us to wallow in shame, condemnation, and self-judgment. Old mindsets try to creep back in and we find ourselves vulnerable to temptations we thought we had overcome. Sin lurks at the door – as either a temptation or as a heavy shadow from the past.  But Jesus has conquered sin! Not only has He redeemed you from the shame of sin; He has freed you from the grip of sin. I… Read More

Turning Up the Radio Won’t Fix the Engine

Remembering my own sin keeps me from judging other people bound by sin.  Sin is a touchy subject because it is attached to the deepest parts of our lives.  I recently heard a minister point out that the middle letter of the English word “sin” is what best defines it – “I”. Sin is always about me, my wants, my selfishness, my way, me over anyone else, including God.  With sin comes guilt and shame – these things are built in. However, we often create workarounds. We find someone who will justify… Read More

Joy on the Other Side of Sorrow

There is kind of joy only found on the other side of sorrow. It is a deep, satisfying, enriching joy that only comes to those willing to muddle through the mire of sorrow.  Too often we avoid grief. We run from sorrow. We fill the emptiness with busyness. We drown out the silence with noise. We drink, smoke, medicate ourselves, or eat as an escape. We’re constantly running, but from what? The people of Israel lived that way for years. They had run from God – He was too strict. Year after… Read More