The Day Moses Broke All Ten Commandments

I’m not sure if we admit it as much as we used to, but we all sin pretty regularly.  For those who recognize the authority of Scripture, sin is defined by two words: transgression & iniquity. Transgression is the crossing of a line, the outward act of sin. Iniquity is the inner motivation, our fleshly bent toward sin. (The good news is that Jesus was both wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity!) Even if a person refuses to accept God’s word as the standard of right and wrong, there… Read More

No Longer Bound by Sin and Shame

Filled with shame, he regretted his decision to eat of the forbidden fruit. Then he heard the footsteps of God. Embarrassed and humiliated, she hung her head as her accusers publicly exposed her adulterous relationship. Then she heard the footsteps of Jesus. Our sins leave the residue of shame, humiliation, and regret. That’s what sin does – it lures us into momentary pleasure, but leaves us with a lifetime of pain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the Old Testament, God had Moses build a tabernacle, which served to… Read More

The Evil Inside of Me

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness…. Read More

What’s the Point of God’s Rules, Regulations, and Requirements?

This way of faith is very different from the way of the law.” (Galatians 3:12 NLT) Paul wrote to the Galatian believers, admonishing them NOT to revert back to imposing the regulations of the Law on themselves and others. The Law – specifically the first five books of the bible, but generally the rules, regulations, and requirements of God as established in the Old Testament – was never intended to make us right with God; it was, however, given for specific reasons. 1. The Law shows us our sin. Like a road… Read More