Tag Archives: sin and mercy

The universal tragedy of being good

Holy, holy, is what the angels sing, And I expect to help them make the courts of Heaven ring; But when I sing redemption’s story, they will fold their wings, For angels never felt the joys that our salvation brings. … Continue reading

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‘Everyone’ means everyone

For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. Romans 11:32 Mercy is what everyone gets because everyone is guilty. Read that last sentence again, slowly, and then the verse above it, making particular notice … Continue reading

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A tragedy for the Prince

I recently read a tragic story about Prince’s first wife, Mayte Garcia, and how she is writing a book about her relationship with the famous singer, and how he could never get over the loss of their son which also … Continue reading

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No place for tabloids

Did you know that tabloids — those flammable papers full of sex and scandal like National Enquirer that appear at the check-out stands of most supermarkets — are mentioned in the Bible? Sure enough, it’s in Proverbs 16:27: “Scoundrels hunt … Continue reading

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Getting out of the blame game

There is no place in the believer’s life for blame. Blame is never justified and it never serves a positive function. It is as old as Adam and as prevalent as sin. It’s the way we divert anything incoming that … Continue reading

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The Recovering Pharisee’s Creed

Step 7. Embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning. Ever notice that when we talk about sin and sinners, we are usually referring to someone else’s and someone else? There is an underlying assumption … Continue reading

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Hello, human race

4. Have decided that we don’t want to get what we deserve after all, and we don’t want anyone else to either. Step 4 is a turning point for the recovering Pharisee. The first three steps are negative attitudes we … Continue reading

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Love the sinner

“I am who I am because somebody loved me.”  – Cornel West I’m having trouble with the “love the sinner; hate the sin” thing for a number of reasons.

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