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Escaping The Third Stage of Sin, Actively Sinning

We’ve been exploring the 3 stages of sin: Acceptance, Support and Active Participation. In my last post, I focused on the second stage, support. In short, when you are in the support stage of sin you actively enable others who are sinning and they inkind begin to have influence over you. Getting out of that stage is all about eliminating influences before you get sucked into the third stage, active participation.
Once you start actively sinning, escaping it begins by recognizing that your actions are wrong and recognizing God’s authority over you; in short, repentance is needed. Throughout this series of posts I have unpacked the stages via the story of Saul’s sin of persecuting Christians. The third stage is also poignantly

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The Second Stage of Sin and How To Escape It, Support

In my last post, I shared with you the three stages of sin: Acceptance, Support, and Active Participation. I also shared how those each get reflected in the story of Saul’s life as he became a persecutor of early believers. If you didn’t read that article, I recommend you check it out.
The midpoint of Paul’s descent, the stage I would refer to as “supporting sin”, was a stage in which he was not actively attempting to arrest Christians, but he was speaking out and joining the chorus of voices crying out for their persecution. He wasn’t doing the dirty work yet,

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The 3 Stages of Sin and How To Escape, Stage 1–Acceptance

Prison bars Have you ever found yourself doing something you never thought you would? Have you ever found yourself trapped in a sin wondering how did I ever get here? If you have, then you probably passed through several stages of sin without noticing. Bold sin often isn’t something you leap into, rather instead you creep into it.
Over the next three posts you will learn about the 3 stages of sin and how to escape them. They are:
1. Acceptance
2. Support
3. Active Participation

You can see an example of the three stages of sin played out in the life of Saul (Paul, pre-conversion) as he became an active persecutor of believers in

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What Boy Scouts Taught Me About Defeating Temptation

Devil prowls around like a roaring lion
This past week I preached on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. That story lifts up a rather discomforting fact. Simply this–Evil is a predator. I know a couple of things about predators from spending time in the woods. First off, predators attack animals they believe they can take down. They look for something smaller, perhaps injured or weakened.
So, it doesn’t surprise me that the story as record in Luke 4:1-13, tells us that Satan tempted Jesus after he had fasted 40 days. Jesus was hungry and weakened. When Satan failed to tempt him the

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How to Start Your Day Strong in Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit

Today’s Podcast on how to Start Your Day Great for God!

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How do you start your day? Do you start your day in a way that helps you live life more fully and more dedicated to God?
In today’s podcast, I share some recent routines that I have adopted that have definitely ramped up my energy and focus. These routines help me more fully love God with my heart, strength, soul and mind.

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