Getting Back Up: Restoration and Repentance (Reprise)

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Picture 1It is never easy or fun to deal with personal sin. Being honest about one’s true condition at heart is scary, because the depth and pervasiveness of sin runs so deep. Instead of turning to God and His remedy, we are prone to seek solutions via superficial means.

We often view stimulants as the jolt to shake us out of our spiritual doldrums. Some look for a new hobby. Stamps used to be the annoying thing they licked and stuck on an envelope. Now they are the most valuable resource on the planet, and they can’t spend enough time tracing them down.… Continue reading

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Getting Back Up: Correctly Self-Assessing

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Picture 1Do you currently find yourself or a close friend in the vice grip of sin? Whether that be bitterness, pornography, laziness, deceit, or worry, we were reminded last week from Scripture and Christian history that any Christian can experience a sudden or gradual fall from a repentant, spirit-filled walk with Christ and have a hard time recovering. Many genuine Christians in churches today experience no meaningful usefulness to God’s people and are crippled by their sin.

If this state of mind and heart describes you or someone you know, the important question to answer then is how to “get back up?”

I can verify from personal experience that there are many wrong ways to view and deal with sin.… Continue reading

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Getting Back Up: Assurance

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Picture 1The experience of taking a fall or tumble is a universal one.  We all can relate to the experience of falling out of a tree house, losing our balance while on a ladder, or tripping on an object in a dark room. If you have ever attempted to learn skating, snowboarding, skiing, or any other sport, you know what it feels like to lose your center of gravity and wipe out!

What we have all experienced physically is also a reality in the spiritual realm. The Bible emphatically testifies to this reality. Biblical examples come swiftly to mind, and church history is also replete with examples of spiritual failure.… Continue reading

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