Sin Makes a Mess . . . But God Makes a Way — Genesis 3:16-24

Sin makes a mess … there’s no way to sugarcoat that awful reality.  It has been like that since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  There are always consequences for our sinful choices.  What might seem pleasurable for a moment can turn into a lifelong struggle against obstacles and bondage.  Think of the choices that lead someone into the devastating lifestyle of addiction.  We...
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Where are You . . . What Have You Done? Genesis 3:8-15

Definition of Guilt: the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law; culpability: — Accompanied by a sense of shame and regret and the experiencing of the consequences Guilt is like the red warning light on the dashboard of the car (the engine warning light).  You can either stop and deal with the trouble, or ignore the...
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The Christian Approach to Easter — Mark 16:1-8

Driving through Ellicott City Friday morning, I saw a small group of religious pilgrims following behind a man bearing a wooden cross who was leading them along Main Street.  This was the way they had chosen to mark the historic remembrance of Christ’s Crucifixion.  As I drove by I had no way to tell whether these were genuine believers or simply people caught up in the rites and symbols of...
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The Burial of Jesus — Overlooked but Very Significant — Mark 15:42-47

Everybody knows the attention given to the first born … and of course the baby of the family remains significant forever … it is the child or two in the middle that can sometimes be lost in the shuffle.  That’s how it is with significant events as well.  1 Cor. 15 makes it plain that the crucifixion, the burial and the resurrection are all key components of the gospel message.  Yet how much...
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The Crucifixion — Part 2 — Mark 15:33-41

THE VOLUNTARY SUBMISSION OF JESUS TO THE HUMILIATION AND AGONY OF THE UNJUST CRUCIFIXION IN FULFILLMENT OF OT PROPHECY TESTIFIES TO HIS DEITY AND MISSION OF REDEMPTION IV.  (:33-37) THE SUFFERING OF THE CRUCIFIXION A.  (:33) Suffering Associated with the Darkness of Divine Judgment “And when the sixth hour had come, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth        hour.” Not caused by...
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