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September 11, 2010

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Ed Huddle

I like to think that God is good enough, magnanimous enough, big enough, to "find" us all some day, because of Jesus.

Even the death-row murderer, even the 911 terrorists, even rapists - all of us. For in the presence of the brilliant purity of the Lord, even the "white liar" would literally burn up - we couldn't stand the heat, so to speak, in the presence of God's absolute excellence, goodness and perfection - without the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

So, what are we to make of this "repentance" thing? Do we need it or not? Maybe "legally" we don't need it but its still something we should choose to do.

(Interesting: just the obverse of the GZ Mosque - legally it can be built, but maybe they should choose not to?)

John Petty

One could argue that the way we normally think of repentance is really backwards. Normally, we think that first we repent, then we are forgiven.

But what if it's the other way around? After all, the word "repentance" really means "to turn."

What if, first, we're forgiven, then we "repent." That is, the experience of forgiveness and acceptance inspires us to "turn" in a new direction.

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