Sin Thrives in the Dark

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If there is anything I’ve learned over the last decade of life and ministry, it is that everyone is dealing with something big.  Everyone has fallen in some way.  Everyone is struggling with sin (or willingly giving into it).  Everyone needs grace.  And yet, it is striking that most of us seem to have such a hard time admitting these things personally, with any real detail.  We tend to treat our personal struggle with sin as a thing to conceal, rather than as a thing to confess.

Several years ago, a good friend of mine counseled me with a penetrating tidbit of wisdom that I will not soon forget. … Continue reading

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Self-Examination and the Lord’s Supper

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In just a couple of days at our Good Friday service, our church will be remembering the death of Christ once again by eating and drinking together in the Lord’s Supper.  The Lord’s Supper is a time for Christians to remember the death of our Lord in a unique way as one family purchased by his blood.  It’s a time for local Christian churches to re-calibrate themselves around the reality that through Jesus’ substitutionary death, he secured the forgiveness of sins and right standing with God for us.

In preparing to observe this ordinance, I often reflect upon the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11, where he warns a young, sin-tolerant, and immature church against eating and drinking the Lord’s Supper in an “unworthy manner.”  There he writes:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you.

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