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Repentance

Living in the Love I Have (Rather Than the Lack I Feel)

Category: Repentance

Earlier this week I took my computer to the Apple Store. It is five years old. The video card had gone out. The repair was more than I felt I should afford, and I was unsure about the time my computer had left even with the repair. I use it every day for my business and volunteer activities. I...

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Let Me Tell You about My Security

Category: Repentance

Last time I went home (to my parents' home), a family friend asked me if I was having a hard time making ends meet. The question puzzled me. I’m not sure how to respond, I told them, because sometimes the ends meet, and sometimes they don’t, but I never feel like I’m having a...

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I Didn't Change Myself

Category: Repentance

When I first took hold of Jesus and promised myself I would never let go, I realized that everything would have to be different. I didn’t know how, but I had to run toward him forever. From my perspective at the time, it meant I had to trust my grip on him. I had to pursue Jesus, and the...

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Coming Out

Category: Repentance

Most of my life I hunkered away in caves, hid beneath covers in midday, and tried to clear the blemishes on my soul whose acidic oozing wore away the only parts of me I liked. Afraid to let the sun see them, knowing that revelation would make it impossible for me to ever love myself again. I...

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A Prayer for Relationships

Category: Repentance

From time to time I grow cynical about my relationships. They begin to look like death traps, and I find myself grasping for the tools of redemption only to find that there are none available to me. Dating intensifies those fears in my heart. What if I marry this person and we find ourselves...

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Holy Week: Repentance (Part 4)

Category: Repentance

4. Witness and Worship The fourth and final aspect of repentance that we see from Psalm 51 is witness and worship. ...I will teach transgressors your ways,
     and sinners will return to you.     ...my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.O Lord...

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Tags: witness, worship, repentance, resurrection

Holy Week: Repentance (Part 3)

Category: Repentance

3. Wait for Joy The third third aspect of repentance we see in Psalm 51 is that David waited for joy. He asked this of God: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
     wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.Let me hear joy and gladness;
     let the...

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Tags: sin, repentance, joy, forgiveness

Holy Week: Repentance (Part 2)

Category: Repentance

2. Get to the Root The second aspect of repentance we see in Psalm 51 is David getting to the root of sin. He gets bluntly and absolutely honest with God: For I know my transgressions,      and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned      and...

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Holy Week: Repentance (Part 1)

Category: Repentance

Psalm 51 is the classic text of repentance. The context is that David—God's chosen and anointed King, a man after God's own heart—is in a mess of his own sin. This is not enemies attacking him, this is not his family turning their backs on him. This is David's deliberate, chosen...

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Tags: grace, repentance, forgiveness, sin