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To be tempted is not to sin. Bill Mounce has done an excellent job of explaining the matter in this post. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is, read this article – please!

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on Genesis 3:8-24. A summary of my sermon in one sentence follows: God confronts sinners with justice and mercy.

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Sproul on Sin

R.C. Sproul is the author of probably the best quote I’ve ever read, or thought about, on the subject of sin. Here it is:

Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority.

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“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification (or holiness) without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

Alan Chambers wrote the following statement in his book Leaving Homosexuality:

The opposite of homosexuality isn’t heterosexuality. It’s holiness.”

That answer, which is fantastic and biblically true, applies to anything in life. It would be helpful if we remembered that, for ourselves first, but also when we try to help and encourage a brother and sister in Christ.

The answer to obesity is not being rail-thin. It’s holiness.

The answer to laziness is not workaholism. It’s holiness.

The answer to bad money management isn’t a course on budgeting. It’s holiness.

The answer to anger isn’t “serenity now.” It’s holiness.

The answer to unkind words isn’t silence. It’s holiness.

The answer to sexual promiscuity isn’t being celibate. It’s holiness.

The answer to worry isn’t being carefree. It’s holiness.

The answer to internet pornography isn’t filters. It’s holiness.

The answer to being overly emotional isn’t turning them off completely. It’s holiness.

The answer to loneliness isn’t being around a lot of people. It’s holiness.

The answer to grieving the loss of someone you love isn’t “getting over it.” It’s holiness.

The answer to a bad attitude isn’t an “attitude adjustment.” It’s holiness.

Holiness comes as we grow and mature in a daily walk and relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Reading, studying, and meditating on God’s Word is part of that day-to-day life with Him. So is prayer, and so is fellowship with His people (the church). The answer to all of these things, and hundreds more, is discipleship – following Jesus every day. When our discipleship improves, all of these things will be changed because the Lord is changing us from the inside out.

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I had the privilege of preaching on Genesis 3:1-7 this morning. A summary of my sermon in one sentence follows: Adam and Eve rebelled against God – committing cosmic treason – by believing Satan’s lies; they doubted God’s Word, doubted God’s goodness, denied God’s outright, and decided they could determine good and evil apart from God.

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Ed Welch, in his book Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave – Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel writes:

Theology makes a difference. It is the infrastructure of our lives. Build it poorly and the building will ultimately collapse in ruins. Build it well and you will be prepared for anything. The basic theology for addiction is that the root problem goes deeper than our genetic makeup. Addictions are ultimately a disorder of worship. Will we worship ourselves and our own desires or will we worship the true God? Through this lens, all Scripture comes alive for the addict. No longer are there just a few proof texts about drunkenness. Instead, since all Scripture addresses our fundamental disorder of worship, all Scripture is rich with application for the addict.

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on Genesis 2:18-25. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: God created the first woman – Eve – and gave her to Adam as a gift to be his wife, partner, companion, and helper in fulfilling His purposes.

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