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Repentance

Mike Feazell

Repentance

"I thought I had repented,” he told me, “but I did it again. No matter how sincere I think my repentance is, it never seems to be enough," he said. What does the gospel mean when it speaks of “repentance toward God”?

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Mike Feazell

J. Michael Feazell served for many years as Vice-President of Grace Communion International, Executive Editor of Christian Odyssey magazine, and host of the You're Included video series. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University and has written Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God.

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I once counseled a young man who was deeply afraid that God had rejected him because of his repeated sins.

“I thought I had repented,” he told me, “but I did it again.” “I don’t even know if I really have faith,” he said, “because I’m afraid God might not forgive me again. No matter how sincere I think my repentance is, it never seems to be enough,” he said.

What does the gospel mean when it speaks of “repentance toward God”?

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Fulfilling the Law

The apostle Paul once wrote of love as a “continuing debt” to one another, saying, “he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” He cited four of the Ten Commandments and then included all others, explaining that they “are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” He said, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” You can read it in Romans 13:8-10.

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J. Michael Feazell
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Take the Leap

Jesus once told an allegory (OK, a parable) about two kinds of people who went to the temple to pray. One of them was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). Now, these days, 2,000 years after Jesus told the story, we might be tempted to nod knowingly and say, “Yes, of course, the Pharisees were the self-righteous hypocrites, right?” Well, maybe, but let’s put that assessment aside for the moment and consider what Jesus’ listeners would have been thinking.

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Believing the Gospel

Many Christians are afraid of the gospel. We are afraid of the gospel because it is too good. Many of us are more comfortable with religion than we are with the gospel. We prefer to read the Bible as a divine rulebook that guards the entrance to the kingdom than to read it as God’s witness to his redemption of the whole cosmos through his Son.

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Only One Name

Many Christians believe that all people who do not accept the gospel before they die are eternally lost and without hope. On one hand, Christians believe that by the Son of God all things were created (Colossians 1:16), by the Son’s word all things are held in being (Hebrews 1:3), and that through the Son’s human birth, death and resurrection all things are reconciled to God (Colossians 1:20). Yet, on the other hand, many have the idea that the blood of Christ cannot reconcile humans who die before coming to faith.

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Going on a Guilt Trip?

Guilt trips. They’re all the rage, you know. Everybody’s taking them. No date restrictions. Availability unlimited. People of all ages are welcome. But there are a few hidden costs.

Among other things, guilt trips cost you your stomach lining, your sleep, your sense of humor, your ability to have fun, your productivity and any realistic sense of who you really are and what your purpose really is.

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God Told Me...

“God told me to move my family to Saudi Arabia.”

Alex stared at his friend, wondering if he was just joking or had gone mad. Alex had known Tom for more than 10 years. He’d been best man at Tom’s wedding, and godfather to Tom’s and Alicia’s twin girls. Alex knew that Tom and Alicia were as suited for missionary life in Saudi Arabia as toads are for an omelet.

“That’s, well, a pretty big decision, Tom. How do you know it’s really God’s will for you?”

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He's Alive!

Did it really happen? The question is far more than academic. Because if Jesus Christ really died on a Roman cross and was raised again to life, it changes everything.

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Standing in the Light

In December 1996, the headquarters congregation of our denomination first sang hymns about the birth of Christ. It was an emotional moment. We were Christians, but in years past, we had understood it to be sinful to celebrate the birth of Jesus in December. Even to sing about his birth evoked pangs of conscience. As a church, we had been taught, and had believed, that any celebration of Jesus’ birth was a pagan invention dating from the early centuries of Christian history, and as such, it would be wrong to participate in any way, at any time.

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Finding Righteousness

Mike Feazell

Finding Righteousness

We can’t enter the kingdom of God unless we are righteous. There is no way around it. Unless we’re righteous, we’re doomed.

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Mike Feazell

J. Michael Feazell served for many years as Vice-President of Grace Communion International, Executive Editor of Christian Odyssey magazine, and host of the You're Included video series. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University and has written Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God.

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As Christians, we know that salvation comes by grace and not by works. It’s part of the bedrock of Christian faith.

Yet we also know the Bible tells us we need to be overcoming sin and living right. It’s easy to get the idea that salvation is really based on our good works more than it is on grace. And since we all still find ourselves sinning, life can get pretty frustrating and depressing at times.

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