The religious leaders were appalled that Jesus and his disciples would associate and share a meal with such lowlifes as Levi and others they labeled as disreputable sinners. Jesus points out that he didn't come for the righteous-or those who think they are-but to call sinners to repentance. It is often ..
[extra]ordinary day, Part 3: Calling of Levi Luke 5:27-32
by Jarrett Stevens
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How many of the Ten Commandments must we break to be considered lawbreakers in the eyes of a Holy God? Just one. Does it matter which one? No. Can we work to rectify this situation? No. As indicated in James 2:10-13, this is what we ought to realize when dealing with those who might have wronged ..
A Faith That Works, Part 10: How Good Is Good Enough?
by Bill Hybels
Secret sins can destroy us. And the truth is, many Christians have them. For many, there are a patterns of sin that have been going on for a long time. Even the Apostle Paul addresses this quagmire in Romans 7. James says that we are to rid ourselves of all types of sordidness that threatens our relationship ..
A Faith That Works, Part 6: No More, The Power to Stop
by John Ortberg
In Psalm 73, Asaph expressed to God the conflict he felt when less-than-upright people seemed to be prospering in life while he, trying to be pure of heart and live a righteous life, was plagued with problems and nearly lost his foothold. In today's culture we're bombarded with images of the rich and ..
Awake My Soul, Part 6
by Ken Hutcherson
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Human beings are the only beings in the universe that have the capability of relating in a meaningful way to the living God. We can express love, courage, honesty, integrity, and virtue. We bear God's image. But the reality of the human condition is that we are diseased by sin. We like to downplay ..
Christianity's Three R's
One of the most recognized stories about David is his adulterous affair with Bathsheba and his murderous attempts to cover it up. If this man, a spiritual giant, could act in such a way, what does it say about us and our tendency to sin? What we need to do is recognize the crossroads we come to, and ..
David: Developing a Heart for God, Part 7: A Contrite Heart
Digging in the Dirt, Part 2: What I've Done
eMotion Pictures, Part 1: Anger
by Elevate Willow Creek
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If we are open to it, the Spirit of God has the ability to tell us the truth about ourselves, revealing our true motives, honest desires, and secret thoughts. That truth will hurt, but it will also lead to growth. We need to get past that position of superiority where we take too much credit for our ..
Flow, Part 10: Appropriate Smallness, Part 2