• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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What Is The Confession Of Your Heart?

I must confess.  I sometimes feel that I do not confess my sins to God enough or at least with the full candor that I should.  It’s not as if God doesn’t already know the dark things of my heart.  Perhaps it’s pride that makes me want to skip over some of the details of my foolish sins.  Yet, I know in my head and heart that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

I know too, that if we are to fully enjoy God’s grace, we must confess our sins with open hearts that God may heal and restore us.  A repentant heart is the recipient of God’s mercy.  I know too that confession is sometimes incredibly hard and painful.  God’s forgiveness, however, is freely given when we place ourselves in His care.  C. S. Lewis said, “We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us.”

Confession of sin must be accompanied by repentance and a willingness to be delivered from sin.  You must be willing to turn from sin and obey God.  Ezra said, “Now make confession to the LORD, the God of your fathers, and do His will.” (Ezra 10:11) If you will read your Bible daily, your heart will be moved to confess your sins.  St. Augustine spoke wisely when he said, “The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.”  Lord, let this confession and beginning be ours today.

Cal Thomas Asks An Important Question

In a recent article, Cal Thomas asks the question: “Do They Think Jesus Was a Liar?” Mr. Thomas writes:

I am shocked and appalled over a newly published survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. It finds most Americans believe there are many ways to salvation besides their own faith. Most disturbing of all is the majority of self-identified evangelical Christians who believe this.

Apparently they must think Jesus was a liar, or mistaken, when he said: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.” Look it up.

This theological ignorance is a product of several things. It is surely a product of biblical illiteracy by people who don’t read, or selectively read scripture. It is also fallout from the political correctness vice that says you are intolerant if you believe anything to be true, because people who have another truth, or no truth, might feel bad and experience rejection.

Continue reading this excellent article here. . . .

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