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And God Goes Courting (2005)

Courting has two sides: pouring out love, and preparing the other person to receive that love. Embedding the battles of Jericho and Ai within the three progressive stages of sin outlined in 1 John, Pastor Ray unfolds the love-motivated discipline of God to prepare our hearts to love him. God’s purpose isn’t to make you look good or be successful. Instead, he wants to make you into a lover, and ultimately receive you as a saint into glory. Even so, like Achan and his family, you can cross a line where your repentance is not accepted. Do you see the great love and purpose of God in his refusal to compromise with your disobedience, uncleanness, self-will, or life goals?

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Nothing Is Hidden from God

When Achan stole and hid gold, silver, and fine clothing from God, the Lord withdrew from Israel, and thirty-six people died in battle. The Lord exposed Achan’s sin to all Israel, who stoned and burned Achan and his family. Just as the fire of judgment consumed Achan, the fires of hell will consume us if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to probe us and uncover the worst parts of our hearts. And just as Achan’s brothers died because of his sin, our fellow men are dying in sin while the Church at-large remains powerless because she refuses the work of the Holy Spirit to bring her to repentance, and brays, “We’re all sinners!” Are you still a sinner? Or do you fear sinning? Will you spread your sin before the Lord now in deep repentance and a holy fear of God, that you and those around you might be saved; or will you wait until the Day of Judgment, and be damned?