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Summary: We don’t always see things is black and white but God has set a standard before us that we cannot dismiss.

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I John 1:8-10 - 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Roman 3:23 - 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

II Chronicles 7:14 -14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Teenager 10 Commandments (read backwards)

1. You shall not think that you will die if you aren’t able to text message during church

2. You shall not think you are God’s gift to woman, cause you aren’t

3. You shall not promise in God’s name that you will wash Pastor Roy’s car, if you won’t

4. You shall wake up on sunday and worship God, because you do it all week anyways

5. You shall listen to your parents because they clothe you, feed you and living on the street is bad.

6. You shall not play GTA in real life

7. You shall make him buy the cow instead of giving away the milk for free

8. You shall not take your friends boyfriend, shoes or myspace design

9. You shall not cheat off your neighbor because you were too lazy to study

10. You shall not drool over your friends new car, cell phone or rockin’ hot boyfriend

Humor - A girl knelt in the confessional and said, "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned."

"What is it, child?"

"Father, I have committed the sin of vanity. Twice a day I gaze at myself in the mirror and tell myself how beautiful I am."

The priest turned, took a good look at the girl, and said, "My dear, I have good news. That isn’t a sin - it’s only a mistake."

Thought - The Christian is one who is so uncomfortable with his sin, despising it in himself so much, that he fights, and eventually wins-out against the dominance of sin in his life.

When Thomas Dewey lost the ’48 election to Harry Truman, after everyone expected a Dewey landslide, Dewey later said he "...felt like the man who woke up to find himself inside a coffin with a lily in his hand and thought: ’If I’m alive, what am I doing here? And if I’m dead, why do I have to go to the bathroom?’" Genuine believers are embarrassed by sin in their lives. They feel like they don’t belong. A pig will go back to the mud-wallow because he feels at home there. A sheep gets out of a mud-hole quickly, and avoids the next one he sees. That’s the nature of a sheep.

I. What is Sin?

A girl knelt in the confessional and said, "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned."

"What is it, child?"

"Father, I have committed the sin of vanity. Twice a day I gaze at myself in the mirror and tell myself how beautiful I am."

The priest turned, took a good look at the girl, and said, "My dear, I have good news. That isn’t a sin - it’s only a mistake."

What is sin?

1. Willful disobedience of God’s word

2. This word essentially means "missing the mark; falling short; or a departure". The essential idea being conveyed by the use of this word is that of "a departure from holiness"; thus "hamartia" means to sin; to depart from God’s standard of holiness; to become unrighteous; to fail to live up to what God requires of us.


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