Archive for July, 2011


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What do you need?

As you think about that question, perhaps a number of things come to your mind—from the urgent to the mundane and everything in between. You may think of your need for things like food, shelter, clothing, sleep, and relationships. You may need your brakes fixed on your car or your air conditioner to be repaired. You may need to visit the doctor because your child has an ear infection and is unable to sleep through the night. The list goes on and on.

Physical needs such as food and shelter are of course very important. While not neglecting those things, the Bible takes us further and talks about our greatest needs. In my previous post, I mentioned that the Bible teaches that the God who is there has come to earth as the God-man, who is Jesus Christ. How, precisely, does his coming help us? D.A. Carson says that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection addresses our three greatest needs:


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What is forgiveness?

Kim Riddlebarger writes: “Think of the worst sin you have committed—the one sin you don’t want anyone else to know about. Then think of that habitual sin that holds you in a death grip, that sin you cannot stop committing and have confessed a thousand times and still struggle with. Then think of the sum total of all the sins you have committed. What possible chance do you have of making it to heaven if the death of Christ doesn’t satisfy God’s justice toward all your sins?”