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Rock Bottom

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Romans 7:24 When I’m really trying to eat healthy – like I am now – I use a calorie counting app on my phone, which can be an effective tool to keep me accountable. Often, I’ll eat a breakfast of one…
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The War for Our Souls

I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Romans 7:22-23 Twenty years ago, I daily watched a particular cable news show in…
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Not My Fault

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. Romans 7:20 It’s not uncommon for the addict to blame his behavior on some struggle in an effort to relieve himself of responsibility. The addict in fact, often does use chemicals to…
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What’s Wrong with Me?

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Romans…
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Shiny, Fake Christians

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15 One of the challenges of struggling with anything, is the feeling of isolation. Often, we keep our failures and trials a secret because we’re ashamed of the struggle. We…
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Life and Death at the Grocery Store

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 Today’s passage makes it very plain – following our own sinful nature leads to death and destruction. Following Christ, however, leads to eternal life. It isn’t complicated, and it makes me wonder…
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A Thousand Little Deaths

But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. Romans 6:21 Addiction, tragically, can and does sometimes lead to overdose and death. I once thought that this physical death was what Paul referred to in today’s passage. Though…
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Buying or Renting the New Life?

For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. Romans 6:19 When my wife and I were first married and considered buying a house, the idea was daunting. Paying something off for thirty…
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The Christian Recovery Scam

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Romans 6:12 I wrote yesterday of the spiritual transformation that is available to those who come to faith in Christ. As he was buried and resurrected, so we too, through faith, have been buried and born again into a new…
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Recovery and the New Life

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 I wrote a few days ago about how, when I’m down, I still remember the destructive, instant gratification…
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