_______________________________________ Dear Lord Thank you that my dumb, selfish, egotistical, brainless—-moments and decisions —are grace filled. They have turned into unexpected paths of mercy. So my mistakes are not dead-ends. They are not —“The End.” As a matter of fact, I can say, my mistakes are in some ways —“The Beginning." They have revealed or will reveal a loving, forgiving, gracious God—who somehow tolerates—but more…almost welcomes my mistakes. My mistakes, My sins… give You LORD—this wonderful opportunity to reveal Your steadfast love in moments when I least deserve it. In these moments—when others would quit me—when I would even quit myself, You are there…in wonderful grace and mercy. Thank you LORD that You are not even surprised, shocked, or taken unawares by my idiocies. It’s no wonder David comes up with this line: “ Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD? (2 Sam 7:19).
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I’ve recently processed a couple of things about sin—that I believe are helpful. Now by ‘sin’ I am referring to the stuff we do that ‘misses the mark.’ I. Sin by definition: 1. God—as Creator, Judge, and in essence—the ‘One in charge’—demands a- complete obedience b- perfection 2 Thess 1: 7-8 And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. De 11:22 “Be careful to obey all the commands I give you; show love to the LORD your God by walking in his ways and clinging to him. De 32:4 He is the Rock; his work is perfect . Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! Mt 5:48 But you are to be perfect , even as your Father in heaven is perfect . 2. This perfect