Feeling pretty “jazzed”

First, let me apologize for using the word “jazzed.”  Second, let me tell you that I am very excited for the fall retreat.  I have been working on our 4 part mini-series, and am excited for the truth and application of the gospel in the hearts of our students (not to mention mine).  

This is also an exciting time because the end of our studies on the church and relationships/friendships is coming to an end, and I am already studying for the next area.  

If you are looking for a quick read this morning/afternoon, I recommend a brief article from The Gospel Coalition by Peter Nenadov, who speaks on repentance, or more accurately, the question of, “How do I respond to the shame we feel when seeking repentance?”  Here, Nenadov looks at the classic text on the issue, Psalm 51, and CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.  The closing thoughts are especially insightful (and brutally spot on):

Shame has its place, but feeling shame over sin is not the same thing as repentance from sin. Shame can come from wounded pride as much as it can come from our love for God. And when we allow the shame of one sin to lead us into more sin, the tempter can focus on small sins and still yield big results.

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