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Is it enough to confess our sins to God privately, or is the church needed for confession?

Is it enough to confess our sins to God privately, or is the church needed for confession?   We’ve all heard the saying “Confession is good for the soul.” But for many, confession is an abstract idea that isn’t part of their daily lives. Many associate confession exclusively with a person speaking to a priest […]

reading the bible

Scripture Alone…But Not Alone With Scripture

Alone with the unknown creature, the blind man caressed its skin, memorizing each wrinkle and marveling at the gentle strength of the tall, snakelike animal. “Come! Come see this animal! I’ve never met anything like it!” he called to his friend as he backed away to give the friend a turn. The friend, also blind, […]

Why Confession is a Must for Christ-Followers

We’ve all heard the saying: Confession is good for the soul. One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned as a Christian is how true this saying is. Confession is a source of great healing and freedom. All Christians, whether they have official titles or not, have been re-created by Jesus to lead in their […]

Por Qué la Confesión es Imprescindible para los Seguidores de Cristo

Todos hemos oído decir: La confesión es buena para el alma.  Una de las más poderosas lecciones que he aprendido como cristiano es cuán cierto es este dicho. La confesión es una fuente de gran sanidad y libertad. Todos los cristianos, sea que tengan títulos oficiales o no, han sido re-creados por Jesús para liderar […]

Is going to church necessary?

I don’t go to church anymore. I’ve been hurt too many times. Is church necessary?   Yes, it is — and not just for the many reasons explored in this issue. It’s also necessary because church hurts. Many people suffer in church from judgment, hypocrisy, and abuse. People experience physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational […]