The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

Tag Archives: Sin

Repent in Dust and Ashes

Dust and ashes are the right environment when we have seen the living, holy, all-knowing, all-seeing, Creator of the entire Universe.  Also, when we have seen our wretched selves.

Job:

I KNOW You can DO all things… … and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted! … I have uttered what I did not understand! … Now by eye sees You; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

When we get here in this life on this planet, we repent in dust and ashes!

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No Longer Slaves

The Covenants

How Did I Recover?

The truth her speaks to how we as Christians overcome whether sin or failure or an ED and more!

BeautyBeyondBones

I’ve been sitting, staring at this blank page for about 2 hours now.

Granted, I’ve taken a few breaks to peruse Buzzfeed, watch a Korean makeup video, and get ready for bed, but let’s face it. I’ve got writer’s block.

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Which royally stinks.

So I’m going to go back to my roots here tonight. Return to why I started this blog in the first place.

Sometimes, when I think back to when I was in the throes of anorexia, it catches my breath. Thinking about all the ways I was ruled by this menacing dictator in my head: ED. Days were calculated to the minute. Choices and moments were heightened, inducing high stakes anxiety attacks. I was in the most extreme vortex of panic, all the time. About food. Exercise. Movement. Calories. Body image. Fear. Stress. Routines. Schedules. Secrecy.

I was trapped. A prisoner in my own disordered mind.

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Chain Breaker

Yes, I have had chains, maybe I do now.  I have seen real chains come off people.

Don’t know what I am talking about?  Read John.

Break Every Chain!

Drugs Kill You!

Just today I get a sad plea from a mom:   “Please help me!   I can hardly keep it together.  My sons are in jail for drugs-related crimes.”

When will we see that drugs are evil and they take all of life out of the human body eventually.

Other sad examples:

Home Alone: Macaulay Culkin

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Choose Life!


Listen to Deuteronomy 30 read and more if you have time.

There is so much in this chapter for you!

God Hates…

 

I’d Rather Be Damned

Scott Sauls brings us a fresh perceptive on grace, God’s grace.

When I heard the news of this man’s conversion to Christianity, for a brief moment I thought to myself, “I’d almost rather be damned than spend eternity with someone like that.”

With self-hatred written all over him, Lou asked boldly, “Pastor, do you really think there could be room in Jesus’ family for someone like me? It seems so impossible.”

It’s hard to believe that this bully resembling Hitler ended up writing one-third of the New Testament, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that through grace, his violence was transformed to gentleness, his vitriol to tenderness, his sword to a healing salve, his racism and violence to reconciliation, and his rage to love. It’s hard to believe that eventually he, too, would be imprisoned and mercilessly executed for his faith in Jesus.

So then, there are really two possible “Christian” responses to a perpetrator:

On the one hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates no sorrow or restitution for her or his abuses, the faithful response is to keep a safe personal distance while also confronting the evil by all means possible. Victims can also prayerfully celebrate that God, who will ultimately judge all and punish all evil, will achieve a complete and satisfying justice in due time… …
On the other hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates proven sorrow – a sorrow that endures, and that is accompanied by restitution, wherever possible, of what has been taken from the victims – she or he may be viewed as a candidate for grace… …

More from Scott Sauls on grace and forgiveness here.