- Pastor Eric D. Naus
- Have a Conversation With Your Soul - Psalm 103
- 10:00 a.m.
This Sunday is our annual MoodyFest outdoor band festival, which will be held at 1:00pm in the North & LaSalle Lot. The lot will be unavailable for parking this weekend. Additionally, there will be no Sunday Evening Gathering this Sunday.
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How can we clear our conscience with those whom we have wronged? Our aim (1) should always be reconciliation and restitution (2) and we are assured that Jesus is present to assist us, and (3) a side benefit is the ultimate crushing of our pride and receiving grace.
From Hebrews 12: 12-17, we learn that (1) bitterness has roots and (2) bitterness spreads. The bottom line: what you don’t forgive, you pass on, and your own conscience is defiled. From Ephesians 4: 29-32 ,we are told all these things must be “put away.”
Martin Luther struggled with life’s most important question: on what basis can a sinner stand justified in the presence of a holy, uncompromising God? Here are several truths we must remember:
By nature we love darkness rather than light. Hiding is our default response; and yet, in the presence of God, nothing is hidden. Here are the steps we need to take to walk in the light.
God wants us to have a “good conscience” that is, a conscience that does not condemn us in God’s presence and in the presence of others. Repeated sin defiles the conscience.
We are (1) prone to addictions and (2) there are many causes of addictions and (3) cycles of failure thrive with accessibility, secrecy, deception, escape, hopelessness and shame.
Jesus spoke of the religious leaders of His day as being slaves to sin. Freedom comes by hard truths
Guilt/Shame often does not belong to us, but we bear the shame of others. As we consider the following sequence of experiences, let us pray that God will give us freedom from our past.