Messages with tag - confession

Sun, Nov 14, 2021
Passage: Esther 7:1-10
Duration: 44 mins 12 secs
Esther's second feast has begun. King Xerxes has run out of patience. Haman is covered in shame. When the king asks Queen Esther for her petition and requests, she offers a brilliant, calibrated response, which exposes her Jewish identity and accuses Haman of attempted genocide. Things go from bad to worse for Haman, when the king catches Haman draped over his wife. Now he has a reason to impale Haman, who ends up dead on the very pole he crafted for Mordecai's execution. Reversals continue in this dramatic book: here it begins when Esther comes out of hiding.
Sun, Dec 06, 2020
Series: The Search
Duration: 47 mins
God looks at our hearts. Whether we like it or not, he searches our deepest, darkest, most depraved self. What the psalmist models at the end of 139 is concession, granting access to God to do his deep work. After expressing anger over evil in the world, he invites God to try his mind, test his heart, and lead him into a better way of life. We all need God's careful inspection of our interior life. He searches us in solitude. He cleanses us in confession. This sermon will highlight these disciplines as our response to God's incisive work.
Sun, Jul 26, 2020
Duration: 43 mins 57 secs
After resisting God, Jonah realized the futility of his plan. He accepted his fate and went overboard. While sinking to the bottom of the sea, sensing the nearness of death, he cried out to God. His prayer blended well-known lines and images from the Psalms. Broken Jonah repented; savior God repented. This chapter demonstrates the remorse we feel as we look at death. It invites us to redirect our hearts to God to find grace and freedom. (NOTE: Audio quality a bit tinny due to recording issues.)
Sun, May 27, 2018
Passage: Ezra 9:1-15
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
Duration: 41 mins 2 secs
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.
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