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April 7, 2022

What Is Real Repentance? (Part 1): Episode 740

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Repenting for real, plus hope for women struggling with sexual sin, and should you date someone with a criminal record?           

Featured musical artist:    Austin Stone Worship 

Roundtable: Signs of True Repentance (Part 1)

Repentance is an important part of the Christian life, and because we’re all sinners, we should be experts at repenting, right? The truth is, living in genuine repentance is harder than you think. Pastor Mark Bates and professional counselor Tim Sanford talk about how to recognize true repentance in ourselves and others. In part one of our discussion, they define repentance, explain the difference between sinning and struggling, and offer hope to those caught in cycles of sin.    

Link to Counseling Services 

Culture: Women and Sexual Sin

Sexual sin is typically categorized as a male problem, yet a growing number of women admittedly struggle with pornography, masturbation, sex outside of marriage, sexual fantasies and more. But this doesn’t have to be the end of your story. Author Ashley Chesnut encourages and challenges women who are struggling with sexual sin, and shows how the gospel can redeem even our darkest secrets.  

Links to Articles: “Practical Steps for Breaking Pornography Addiction” & “Putting Porn Away for Good”    

Inbox: Dating Someone With a Criminal Record 

She met a guy at church, but is concerned about his past as a convicted sex offender. It happened before he became a Christian, but should this be a disqualifier for dating him? Counselor Yale Kushner balances God’s grace with the practical implications of this man’s felony record.

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