Sin Category

The Push and Pull of Obedience

It is no secret that God desires for people to obey him. One of the most foundational aspects of being God is the authority that comes with it over your own creation. The Bible makes no qualms about describing a Ruler of the universe who sets forth commands that he desires to be followed. It should […]

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Can Christians Smoke Pot?

With the stigma around marijuana quickly disappearing, and the movement towards legalization of not only medicinal but recreational use of it, Christians should be thoughtfully thinking about how they should respond to these trends. In the past, it was easy for Christians to denounce pot because it was illegal, and Christians are clearly taught in […]

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You Owe God $10 Billion

Jesus is a master storyteller. Much of his teaching about God and the kingdom of heaven comes in the form of parables—little stories that pack a big punch. In Matthew chapter 18, we encounter one such parable on the subject of forgiveness. [21] Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my […]

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You’ve Sinned Again—Now What?

What are you to do when you have sinned…again? When you have committed the very sin you resolved to never repeat? When you can’t help but feel defeated, despite the fact you know you’re supposed to be “more than a conqueror”? When you start to wonder if you can ever live a life of holiness? […]

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Keep This In Mind When You Say “Only God Can Judge Me”

You’ve heard it said before: You can’t judge me…Only God can judge me! Usually this line is spouted off when someone feels they are being unfairly criticized by another. It is used as a defense mechanism, a clever comeback that sounds quite spiritual but in reality is simply being wielded as a weapon against others who have […]

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Maybe “Free Will” Isn’t All That

Among Christians there is a lot of theological debate over how God’s sovereignty (his control over the universe) and human free will (our ability to make choices) fit together. Can we make meaningful choices if God is ultimately in control over them? Is it immoral or unloving of God to cause us to do something […]

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5 Misconceptions About the Devil

Many people, including Bible-believing Christians, have a lot of wacky views about the devil that are just flat-out not true. What does the Bible really say about Satan? And what does it not say? Here are 5 common misconceptions about the devil. #1 – He is not real. In the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, Roger […]

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4 Kinds of Retaliation in the Bible

Image: Peter defends Jesus from being arrested. As a Christian, when you are wronged, how should you respond? We know that God is a God of justice, but he is also a God of mercy. When we read Scripture, we see instances of God’s people seeking hard after justice and retaliating for wrongdoing, and at other […]

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Jesus Said What?!

Some people think that Jesus was just a good man. They believe he had some helpful things to say about how we should treat one another and stop being so darn judgmental. As for his miracles or his claims of being God, though, that is stuff that can be shrugged off as either exaggerated or […]

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When Christians Let You Down

Sooner or later someone who professes to be a follower of Jesus is going to let you down. Quite likely, you’ve already had that experience. And for many, it has happened many times. The hard reality is that people we trust and expect a lot from sometimes fail us, and when that happens, there is usually […]

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