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Looking Back: Clearing Away the Trash We Regret, Part 2

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:00am

Regret. The word causes anxiety to flare up and forms a pit in the stomach. Regrets. We all have them. Like old, rotting trash, the odor of regret lingers, contaminating our joy and polluting our future.

 

It’s time to take out the trash—once and for all! It’s time to face the past and leave it there.

 

The process of addressing our sin and its consequences naturally brings pain. Most of the time, rather than dealing with these failures, we prefer to leave behind the unsettled past and walk into the future. But until we clean house and deal with the past, we will continue to drag with us a smelly garbage bag. In this message, we will look back and deal with our regrets so we can look ahead toward the priorities we need to pursue.

Looking Back: Clearing Away the Trash We Regret, Part 1

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

Regret. The word causes anxiety to flare up and forms a pit in the stomach. Regrets. We all have them. Like old, rotting trash, the odor of regret lingers, contaminating our joy and polluting our future.

 

It’s time to take out the trash—once and for all! It’s time to face the past and leave it there.

 

The process of addressing our sin and its consequences naturally brings pain. Most of the time, rather than dealing with these failures, we prefer to leave behind the unsettled past and walk into the future. But until we clean house and deal with the past, we will continue to drag with us a smelly garbage bag. In this message, we will look back and deal with our regrets so we can look ahead toward the priorities we need to pursue.

Encouraging Others, Part 3

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am

Before Paul put the final period on his first letter to the Thessalonians, he issued a double-edged command: “encourage . . . and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). In a world more sinful than saintly, such a command is necessary because the spirit of discouragement, which seems to be the default setting, is dangerous. A single word of criticism can do untold damage to a person’s spirit—and potentially impact his or her entire life. The opposite is equally true: one can live a long time on a single word of encouragement. Those who encountered a first-century man nicknamed Barnabas can testify to that truth.

Encouraging Others, Part 2

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:00am

Before Paul put the final period on his first letter to the Thessalonians, he issued a double-edged command: “encourage . . . and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). In a world more sinful than saintly, such a command is necessary because the spirit of discouragement, which seems to be the default setting, is dangerous. A single word of criticism can do untold damage to a person’s spirit—and potentially impact his or her entire life. The opposite is equally true: one can live a long time on a single word of encouragement. Those who encountered a first-century man nicknamed Barnabas can testify to that truth.

Encouraging Others, Part 1

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:00am

Before Paul put the final period on his first letter to the Thessalonians, he issued a double-edged command: “encourage . . . and build up one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). In a world more sinful than saintly, such a command is necessary because the spirit of discouragement, which seems to be the default setting, is dangerous. A single word of criticism can do untold damage to a person’s spirit—and potentially impact his or her entire life. The opposite is equally true: one can live a long time on a single word of encouragement. Those who encountered a first-century man nicknamed Barnabas can testify to that truth.

Extending Grace, Part 3

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:00am

No one is immune to injustice. Most of us have suffered undeserved indignities, hurtful slights, and paralyzing humiliations. Some injustices are trivial and should be treated as such; others are potentially life-altering: unrelenting bullying, physical and mental abuse, false accusations, character assassination, and unjust penalties. In such times, we are tempted to seek revenge rather than entrust our character to the Lord.

 

God’s way allows for the ministry of grace to do its transforming work—often silently and over extended periods of time.