Sun, May 27, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 19 secs
Confession feels like a dirty word. And, in a way, it is because it admits the guilt we bear for our wrongful deeds and attitudes. Ezra the priest made confession for the people who returned from exile (454 BC). He lamented the mixed marriages of his people, knowing their religious devotion would likely suffer as it had in the past. Ezra's confession teaches about God's compassion and our culpability. It encourages us to take time to lay bare our souls before God.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 37 secs
Forgiveness has become a fad in psychological and medical literature. But definitions of forgiveness remain fuzzy and too focused on self. The biblical exhortation to forgive follows the pattern set by Jesus. It is a gift of pardon to a repentant person who has morally offended another. When we get this wrong, we gloss over our hurts and keep ourselves in harm's way.
Sun, Oct 09, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 59 secs
We are blessed when we confess. David knew this, he rejoiced in God's forgiveness rather than hiding in his sinfulness. Psalm 32 explains the physical and emotional pain sin causes, as well as our tendency to cover it up by ignoring, minimizing, justifying, or overshadowing sin with good deeds. In the end, the best solution to sin is confession.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016
Confession may sound like a bad word. It is a spiritual purging, akin to a thick sweat or dry heave. But confession is actually a grace. God invites us to let go of our guilt and the sin that so easily entangles us in exchange for his forgiveness and perfect righteousness. The confession service in Nehemiah 9 provides a powerful model of corporate confession, illustrating the long back story of sin as a learned behavior, but the longer fuse of God, who is merciful.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015
Duration: 37 mins 52 secs
Daniel confesses on behalf of his people. The prayer provides a model for approaching God in humility. Sins of the people are piled on top of one another. Characteristics of God's mercy, righteousness, and grace, however, triumph. Daniel's prayer comes near the end of the 70-year period of exile predicted by Jeremiah. Knowing their return is immanent, Daniel prepares his people through prayer.
Sun, Feb 08, 2015
Duration: 40 mins 20 secs
Nicodemus gets answers to his spiritual questions, but they are not the answers he expected. The dialogue between him and Jesus suggests the Pharisee has some way to go before he will confess Jesus is the Christ. Answers to our spiritual questions do not save us. God's spirit works from the outside to change us from within. We need His Spirit and Son for eternal change. For new birth.