Battling Sin

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Am I Really My Sinful Self? Yes and No

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Someone told me they had stumbled on a great new discipline strategy for their children. When this person caught their child doing something wrong, the child was stopped. The parent would tell them, “That’s not who you are!” In one sense, that's true.
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No Longer Led by the Leash of Lust

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Preachers often quote Romans 12:2 to remind us what we need for a radical transformation—but what does it look like to renew our minds?
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Real Thoughts About Real Temptation

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Is there such a thing as a monthly sin? Because I think I have one of those. Okay, maybe more often than just once a month.
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Why Should I Forgive Those Who Aren't Sorry?

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Have you ever forgiven someone who isn’t sorry for the way they hurt you?  After my 13th birthday, one of my parents started struggling with alcoholism. It was a scary and destabilising period. By the time I was 15, I discovered I held a lot of hate in my heart for this parent, and had traded my hope for healing with revenge.
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I’m a Woman and I’m Addicted to Porn

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It took a long time before I recognised my addiction for what it was, and even longer before I could consider myself an addict. I thought I was just someone who liked to read a lot.
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How to Respond When a Friend Confesses Their Sin

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It was 1:05 a.m. A friend had just sent me a long message, asking for prayer because she was struggling with physical attraction towards her colleague even though she was already in a committed relationship.
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Can I Confess Something?

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We had just finished a study and were about to share our prayer requests when one of them began by saying: “If you could please pray for me, I feel like I’m addicted to shopping. Like maybe I’m spending a bit too much buying things that I don’t need.” When I heard this, I felt crestfallen. Not because there was anything wrong with what she had shared, but because I suddenly felt like I could not be as honest with my own confession.
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Fasting Netflix for Lent: A Journey of Tasting God's Grace

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It then hit me that there’s a word to describe my behaviour: ADDICTION! Recognising this was definitely a wake-up call for me. From the outside, it still looked like I was functioning normally—I went to work, to church, and social gatherings. But although I was present physically, I had left my heart in Netflix . . .
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Confessions of a People-Pleaser

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Even though I’ve always been familiar with the term “people-pleaser”, I’ve never thought of myself as one. Perhaps it was because I had never truly reflected on my actions and motivations, but I saw people-pleasers as ones whose lives completely revolved around other people—something that I did not think applied to myself.