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Acceptable Sins

As Christ Followers have we become so focused on "major" sins that we ignore our need to deal with more subtle sins? Join us for this series as we think about those areas of our lives that have become "acceptable sins."


Acceptable Sins

Some sins are obvious - at least among those who call themselves followers of Jesus. Murder, adultery, or stealing, I think we would find overwhelming consensus that these actions are sinful.

However, with other actions like spending an unhealthy amount of time at work, placing our pleasure and comfort ahead of giving to God, or stirring the pot with unkind words, we have a hard time calling them what they are - sins. We sort of know they are wrong but we accept them as just the way things are. But such actions are not the way things should be or could be.

In this message, we begin a sermon series on “Acceptable Sins.” My hope is that by bringing to our attention the ungodly actions we often welcome, and maybe even promote, we will be more inclined to put them to death in our lives.

Pastor Kenny



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Acceptable Sins - Unthankfulness

One sin that we are prone to accept in our lives is the sin of unthankfulness. In fact, many of us would wonder if this is a sin at all. Maybe you are thinking that it is sure nice to be thankful, but is it really a sin to be unthankful?

However, the Bible tells us that it is precisely because of unthankfulness that the world is in such a sad shape. Being ungrateful and unthankful bears all kinds of bad fruit and is an affront to God. In this message we consider how to put an end to our unthankfulness and allow God to give us a heart of gratitude.



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Acceptable Sins - Spiritual Neglect

In this message, we continue our discussion of Acceptable Sins and consider the sins that fathers make all too often. Fathers often want to be seen as the one in charge, the one who sets the pace in the home, and the authoritarian.

In trying to achieve these goals, we often neglect our primary goal as biological fathers. Nothing is more important for a father than to show his children who their spiritual father is. Our greatest job is to help our children get to know their spiritual daddy.

Today, I want to encourage fathers in their roles and to help them achieve spiritual success in this area.

Pastor Kenny



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The Sin of Discontentment

Ever heard the saying, “Life’s hard, and then you die?” Sounds pretty pessimistic to me. However, life is hard.

I’ve lived long enough to know that each day has hardships of its own. I’ve discovered that what marks the follower of Christ is not the absence of hardship, but his response to them. Paul says that he learned to be content in every situation. Can you say that?

In this talk we will confront the sin of discontentment and learn how to be satisfied in every situation.

Pastor Kenny



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Acceptable Sins - Anger

There may be no emotion to which society is more desensitized than anger. We see it, feel it, and express it daily.

We’re angry with our government, frustrated by the economy, irritated by our spouse, bothered by our boss. You name it and someone is mad about it. But is it actually a sin to be angry? If so, how can I control it? If not, when is anger appropriate? As we continue our “Acceptable Sins” series, we’ll look at the anger we’ve allowed to become commonplace and ask God to make us more like Jesus.



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How to Judge Without Being Judgmental

People make judgments for many reasons. We have all felt at times that someone was judging us on the basis of our looks, dress, or political affiliation. Perhaps we have unfairly judged others for these reasons, or at least been accused of doing that.

We know the Bible speaks about making judgments, but what does it mean? In this message, we learn how to judge without being judgmental.



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Judging - Part 2

What do we do when we see a friend heading engaging in behavior that is potentially harmful? Do we try to give advice? Do we warn them? Or do we just keep silent?

Let’s face it, we struggle to get involved, even to offer counsel. Why do struggle to admonish one another? In this message, Tab Elder, O’Neil Arrington shares why we should care enough to admonish one another and how to do it in a positive way.



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The Sin of Mismanagement

For the past month we have been discussing acceptable sins. Not that they should be accepted, but that they are accepted.

This week, we talk about a particular sin that most of us would agree to be something we willingly tolerate. In fact, most of us are embarrassed by it and try to keep it under wraps.

  • It’s something pastors either over emphasize or ignore completely.
  • It’s something Jesus talked about more than He talked heaven or hell.

Do you know which sin I’m talking about? It’s the sin of mismanagement. Listen as we uncover this acceptable sin.

Pastor Kenny



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Acceptable Sins - Lack of Self Control

We conclude our series on Acceptable Sins by looking at the lack of self-control. What is it for you? Is it over eating? A hot temper? Substance abuse? There are so many things that we should put away but we seem to lack the ability. There is hope which is found in Christ.

In this message, Dr. Paul Hardy, the founder and president of Recovery for Life and the leader of our church recovery ministry, will be our guest speaker.

Pastor Kenny



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