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Monthly Report - February 2018
 This may seem like an odd topic for THE MISSION early in 2018. As I  thought of several possible subjects, my mind settled on the word sin.  Over the years I have had several people say things like, “I seldom hear  a sermon about sin anymore.” There is even a book by Karl Menninger  entitled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” What Is Sin? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sin as an offense against  religious or moral law; an action that is or is felt to be highly  reprehensible; an often serious shortcoming. The more traditional  definition is a transgression of the law of God or a vitiated state of  human nature in which the self is separated from God. Synonyms for  sin include to err, fall, offend, stray, transgress, trespass, and wander. Other Colloquial Definitions Of Sin Sin has been described as missing the mark; breaking a known law of God. Sin is an immoral act  considered to be a transgression against divine law. The Sin Of Omission The Bible says in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is  sin.” A full understanding of sin then includes a failure to do what is right. The opposite of living in sin  then is to live righteously, that is to do what is right in God’s eyes. To miss the mark indicates that the  mark is the standard of perfection established by God and evidenced by the life, behavior, attitude and  example of Jesus.  Dr Billy Graham’s Definition Of Sin Dr Billy Graham defined sin as any thought or action that falls short of God’s will. God is perfect and  anything we do that falls short of His perfection is sin.  Gordon Olsen, author of the book, Getting the Gospel Right: a Balanced View of Spiritual Truth, says  that “Sin is an intelligent abuse of God-given endowments of personality.” I interpret that as “living  beneath our potential as God intended us to live.” Karl Menninger’s Definition Of Sin He says sin has a willful, defiant, or disloyal quality; someone is defied or offended or hurt. The willful  disregard or sacrifice of the welfare of others for the welfare of the self is an essential quality of the  concept of sin. Dr Millard Reed’s Definition Of Sin One of my mentors, Dr Millard Reed, would often say that “Sin is the delusion of one’s own self  sovereignty,” it is thinking that we are in control or that we have the right to call the shots in life. This is a delusion. God is sovereign and He is in ultimate control!! A Classic Line From The Movie, “Rudy” The 1993 classic football movie Rudy had this line from the Catholic priest “In 35 years of religious  studies I’ve come up with only two hard incontrovertible facts; there is a God and I’m not Him.”  We Can Bank Our Lives On These Things There is a God. His word is true. Jesus is His only begotten son. The wages of sin is death. The free gift  of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus can and will forgive our sins. To enact this  forgiveness, we must believe in the Father and His Son.  A Most Haunting Scripture Regarding Sin Is Numbers 32:23 As a child and young teen this scripture, “You have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will  find you out” was the most frightening verse of scripture for me. I knew I was a sinner. I knew I had  missed the mark and broken God’s law. I knew that some of these sins were hidden and I was afraid to  be discovered, revealed, exposed. Praise The Lord For Freedom From Sin I heard the gospel preached by my father and I learned that asking for forgiveness of my sin was the  biblical way to take care of the sin problem. I did so and immediately the fear was gone, the guilt was  gone, and the actual sin was gone as well. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so  far hath he removed our transgression from us.” Praise the Lord for the freedom from sin! Final Quote Bill Muehlenberg is an American-born apologist and ethicist in Melbourne, Australia. He has a ministry  called Culture Watch which features comments on the issues of the day. I want to close with a quote  from one his commentaries.  “There are plenty of reasons why we should avoid sin like the plague. The primary and foremost reason  is not to dishonor, shame, and hurt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That should always be our  overriding motivation for living holy, obedient lives, and avoiding sin and disobedience at all times. But there are, I suppose, more selfish reasons why we need to guard our lives closely. The Bible warns  us repeatedly about how our sins will come back to bite us. What we think we are doing in private will  eventually come out in public. There are consequences to our sins, in other words, and if we persist in  known sin, we will all one day face the music, if not in this life, then certainly in the next one. Jesus said,  “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees. They just pretend to be godly. Everything that is  secret will be brought out in the open. Everything that is hidden will be uncovered. What you have said  in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What you have whispered to someone behind closed doors will be shouted from the rooftop.” Matthew 12:1-3. A Shocking Example In Africa, a father of three arranged for a prostitute to come to his hotel room in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.  He collapsed to the floor in shock when his 20 year old daughter answered the door. Both father and  daughter were living a double life of sin. They both ended up painfully and publically exposed. God gives us grace to live a godly life. Let’s run from sin and live godly lives to the glory of God! ~J Fred Huff
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 This may seem like an odd topic for THE MISSION early in 2018.  As I thought of several possible subjects, my mind settled on the  word sin. Over the years I have had several people say things like, “I  seldom hear a sermon about sin anymore.” There is even a book by  Karl Menninger entitled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” What Is Sin? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sin as an offense against  religious or moral law; an action that is or is felt to be highly  reprehensible; an often serious shortcoming. The more traditional  definition is a transgression of the law of God or a vitiated state of  human nature in which the self is separated from God. Synonyms for  sin include to err, fall, offend, stray, transgress, trespass, and  wander. Other Colloquial Definitions Of Sin Sin has been described as missing the mark; breaking a known law  of God. Sin is an immoral act considered to be a transgression  against divine law. The Sin Of Omission The Bible says in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do  good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” A full understanding of sin  then includes a failure to do what is right. The opposite of living in sin then is to live righteously, that is to do what is right in God’s eyes. To  miss the mark indicates that the mark is the standard of perfection  established by God and evidenced by the life, behavior, attitude and  example of Jesus.  Dr Billy Graham’s Definition Of Sin Dr Billy Graham defined sin as any thought or action that falls short  of God’s will. God is perfect and anything we do that falls short of His  perfection is sin. Gordon Olsen, author of the book, Getting the Gospel Right: a  Balanced View of Spiritual Truth, says that “Sin is an intelligent  abuse of God-given endowments of personality.” I interpret that as  “living beneath our potential as God intended us to live.” Karl Menninger’s Definition Of Sin He says sin has a willful, defiant, or disloyal quality; someone is  defied or offended or hurt. The willful disregard or sacrifice of the  welfare of others for the welfare of the self is an essential quality of  the concept of sin. Dr Millard Reed’s Definition Of Sin One of my mentors, Dr Millard Reed, would often say that “Sin is the  delusion of one’s own self sovereignty,” it is thinking that we are in  control or that we have the right to call the shots in life. This is a  delusion. God is sovereign and He is in ultimate control!! A Classic Line From The Movie, “Rudy” The 1993 classic football movie Rudy had this line from the Catholic  priest “In 35 years of religious studies I’ve come up with only two  hard incontrovertible facts; there is a God and I’m not Him.” We Can Bank Our Lives On These Things There is a God. His word is true. Jesus is His only begotten son. The  wages of sin is death. The free gift of God is eternal life through  Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus can and will forgive our sins. To enact  this forgiveness, we must believe in the Father and His Son.  A Most Haunting Scripture Regarding Sin Is Numbers 32:23 As a child and young teen this scripture, “You have sinned against  the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out” was the most  frightening verse of scripture for me. I knew I was a sinner. I knew I  had missed the mark and broken God’s law. I knew that some of  these sins were hidden and I was afraid to be discovered, revealed,  exposed. Praise The Lord For Freedom From Sin I heard the gospel preached by my father and I learned that asking  for forgiveness of my sin was the biblical way to take care of the sin  problem. I did so and immediately the fear was gone, the guilt was  gone, and the actual sin was gone as well. Psalm 103:12 says, “As  far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our  transgression from us.” Praise the Lord for the freedom from sin! Final Quote Bill Muehlenberg is an American-born apologist and ethicist in  Melbourne, Australia. He has a ministry called Culture Watch which  features comments on the issues of the day. I want to close with a  quote from one his commentaries. “There are plenty of reasons why we should avoid sin like the  plague. The primary and foremost reason is not to dishonor, shame,  and hurt our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That should always be  our overriding motivation for living holy, obedient lives, and avoiding  sin and disobedience at all times. But there are, I suppose, more selfish reasons why we need to  guard our lives closely. The Bible warns us repeatedly about how our sins will come back to bite us. What we think we are doing in private  will eventually come out in public. There are consequences to our  sins, in other words, and if we persist in known sin, we will all one  day face the music, if not in this life, then certainly in the next one.  Jesus said, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees.  They just pretend to be godly. Everything that is secret will be  brought out in the open. Everything that is hidden will be uncovered.  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What  you have whispered to someone behind closed doors will be shouted from the rooftop.” Matthew 12:1-3. A Shocking Example In Africa, a father of three arranged for a prostitute to come to his  hotel room in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He collapsed to the floor in  shock when his 20 year old daughter answered the door. Both father  and daughter were living a double life of sin. They both ended up  painfully and publically exposed. God gives us grace to live a godly life. Let’s run from sin and live  godly lives to the glory of God! ~J Fred Huff
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