Tag Archives: Confession

Striving toward righteousness

Matthew 23:27-39 How often have parents entered a child’s tidy and organized room only to encounter an avalanche of stuff upon the opening of the closet door? On the surface the parent is initially delighted, but upon closer inspection such … Continue reading

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The truth in us

1 John 1:5-10 Early in his first epistle, John states clearly to the Church that, although through Christ our sins are forgiven, no Christian lives without sin. Salvation is not found through moral perfection, but through the sacrifice of God’s … Continue reading

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Confessing sin

2 Samuel 12:1-14, Psalm 51:1-19 We are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s expectations for His created people. But how willing are we to acknowledge our sins before God, confessing that we are indeed broken and disobedient? After … Continue reading

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Cleanse our hearts

1 John 1:8-10 Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open; all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid. These words are very familiar to a great number of Christians. Each week, Christians worshiping in liturgical churches bear … Continue reading

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You are dust

Genesis 3:1-19, Romans 5:17-21 “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These are the words of Ash Wednesday. They are the words said over us as we receive the ashes reminding us of our mortality. We are … Continue reading

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Falling at Jesus’ feet

Luke 7:37-50 Have you felt the strong desire to be near Jesus? Is this desire stronger when you are ashamed of your sins, when you feel lonely, or perhaps when you are angry, hurt or betrayed? What would it take … Continue reading

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Walking in the Spirit

Galatians 5:13-25 “Most merciful God, we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.” Many people wrestle with this confession from the Lutheran Book of Worship. On one hand, we know we are sinners. On the … Continue reading

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