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Are We SURE Sin is Really Sinful?

What has happened to us? We live in an age where ego and emotion are more important than virtue and values. An age where personal preference outweighs personal worth and “I want it now” trumps integrity. We live in an age where absolutes aren’t (unless we decide they fit into our personal plan) and standards are only something to customize and remodel to our personal satisfaction. Ours is an age where the ancient principles of sin and objective morality are being relegated to the trash heap of history. So, what are we supposed to do? Should we go along with the flow of thoughts and emotions that are reshaping our social structure? Should we abandon what is considered to be the old and worn out moral thinking of the past and embrace the new and vibrant personally-based principles of the present?

How Do I Deal With Enticing Temptations?

You hear the word "temptation.” What do you think of? For some of us it might be best to NOT answer this question out loud. For others it might be dark chocolate or getting even or pushing the envelope or wanting to take what is not ours. In every case, temptation is directly built upon our human desires, and our human desires left unfettered will continually fabricate webs of attraction, entitlement and deceit. These webs are binding, sticky and tenacious, and once we allow ourselves to touch them we may find ourselves too close to walk away, too weak to resist and too willing to try it out – you know, "just this once!" Temptation has shattered many relationships, disrupted many positive pathways and broken the contentment of many lives. Temptation is unfortunately not only alive and well, it is being fed, fostered and flaunted by our present society! What do we do! How do we get that temptation genie back in its bottle?

Where Does Sin Come From?

So much of the philosophy of our society today is built around the idea that “I am the center of my universe, therefore what I want, I truly must have,” so the whole concept of sin becomes very subjective and often not even really relevant in people’s lives. So, is sin as relevant today as it was in the past, or have we outgrown the concept of sin in favor of a much more fluid and progressive understanding of right and wrong?

Are All Sins Forgivable?

Everybody sins, and anybody who cares about the fact that they sin asks for forgiveness. What does forgiveness mean? Is the way we forgive each other different than the way God and Jesus forgive? Are there sins that are NOT forgivable? What are they? How do we avoid them? What about being the person who SHOULD forgive, but perhaps does not want to forgive? Is forgiveness more of an emotional experience or more of an intellectual one? For such a common subject, forgiveness sure does evoke a lot of questions! Stay with us as we look into forgiveness, the Bible, our culture, and our experiences.

Are There Really Seven Deadly Sins?

At some point or other, you have probably heard of “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Well, do you know what they are? Better yet, do you know where the list comes from? Even though the list is not directly from the Bible, it still is a list that serves the purpose of alerting us to the breadth and dangers of sin and helps us to fight the battle with a little more determination. The seven deadly sins...we will list them, define them, discuss them and then RUN AWAY FROM THEM! Stay with us as we take this journey!

What is a Presumptuous Sin? (Part II)

Sin…it is everywhere! When we look at our own thoughts, our own words and our own actions, we can see how it creeps in and distorts our best intentions. When we look at those around us, we can see how it holds sway on their lives. When we look at the world at large, we can see how sin has an unyielding iron grip upon it, never relinquishing its hold, even for a moment. Sin… what do we do about it? According to the Bible, there are different kinds of sin, so on this program we will try and identify them so we can learn how to combat them, specifically sins of the presumptuous type. Stay with us as we seek the lessons necessary to rise above this nasty foe!

What is a Presumptuous Sin? (Part I)

Sin…it is everywhere! When we look at our own thoughts, our own words and our own actions, we can see how it creeps in and distorts our best intentions. When we look at those around us, we can see how it holds sway on their lives. When we look at the world at large, we can see how sin has an unyielding iron grip upon it, never relinquishing its hold, even for a moment. Sin… what do we do about it? According to the Bible, there are different kinds of sin, so on this program we will try and identify them so we can learn how to combat them, specifically sins of the presumptuous type. Stay with us as we seek the lessons necessary to rise above this nasty foe!