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.