Respectable Sins | Part Four

Quotes Selfishness is a difficult sin to expose because it is so easy to see in someone else but so difficult to recognize in ourselves. In addition, there are degrees of selfishness as well as degrees of subtlety in expressing it. One person’s selfishness may be crass and obvious. Such a person usually doesn’t care…

Respectable Sins | Part Two

Quotes [S]ad to say, the concept of sin among many conservative Christians has been redefined to cover only the obviously gross sins of our society. The result, then, is that for many morally upright believers, the awareness of personal sin has effectively disappeared from their consciences. But it has not disappeared from the sight of…

Respectable Sins | Part One

Introduction The “Book of the Month” for March will be Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. One of Pastor Houston’s favorite books, it is a convicting treatment of the sins that we are all too often willing to tolerate. Many times we as Christians can be so concerned with the striking sins of the society around…

Tempted and Tried—Part Four

This article concludes the essay posted last week. Yet after a seemingly endless string of triumphs, Satan met defeat in the wilderness near the Jordan River. The temptations that Jesus faced then are, at the core, the same temptations that we face today. You may never have been tempted to turn stones into bread—but all…

Tempted and Tried—Part Two

Our first “book of the month” post gave some background info, this one gives some teaser quotes, and our detailed review will begin next week. Enjoy! Quotes Temptation is so strong in our lives precisely because it’s not about us. Temptation is an assault by the demonic powers on the rival empire of the Messiah.…