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If you believe the devil wears a red suit and sports horns - think again

Matthew 24:11bThere will be no end to the increase of wickedness.
Evil is real, it exists here and now, it lurks around unsuspecting souls. It attacks and blinds those who love and proclaim the Lord and entangles those who are unaware or naive.
Revelation 12:9(ESV) And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Think about everything that’s happening in our world right now. We’re seeing increased verbal and murderous racism now incited by both politicians and police, coupled with callous killing and selling of newborn life and religious terrorism on our own soil. But many don’t see it.
2 Corinthians 4:3(CEV) If there is anything hidden about our message, it is hidden only to someone who is lost.
What about the unprecedented levels of socially permissible immorality? Marriage as instituted by God is no longer sacred even to those in the c…

Baring your soul before God: True repentance

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2 Corinthians 7: 9Now I am glad—not because it caused you grief but because you were moved to make a permanent change[a] that can happen only with the realization that your actions have gone against God—I’m glad to know you suffered no long-term loss because of what we did.
10Now this type of deep sorrow, godly sorrow, is not so much about regret; but it is about producing a change of mind and behavior[b] that ultimately leads to salvation. But the other type of sorrow, worldly sorrow, often is fleeting and only brings death.
I’ve been thinking about this post for several days and today my Catholic upbringing came to mind. I remember going to confession and leaving with assigned prayers designed to cover whatever sins I told the priest I had committed. The idea was to come clean and acknowledge my sin in order to be forgiven.
The pattern of sinning, confessing and praying repeated itself throughout most of my life before I actually knew God and by extension, myself. 
It was a fruitless ef…

True freedom

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