How To Fall With Style- The Art Of SinWritten by Eric Engel
Adam had it right when he covered himself with fig leaves. It's not that he thought it would cover his sin. He knew this was impossible. But suddenly recognized his own weakness, and he doesn't try to battle it. Instead, he covers it. Out of sight, out of mind. But when God asks him why, he comes clean, accepts his punishment, and and continues to cover himself. Now that's how we're suppose to do it.
When you fall, admit it. Don't make excuses, don't pass blame. Now that doesn't mean scrutinize, or put yourself through wringer. Adam didn't tell God about all terror and horro that would happen because of his sin. God asked him a question and he answered it. "...and I did eat." Accept consequences. Sin always causes something bad. It usually causes something bad here in this life. There's nothing wrong with praying for relief, but always be ready to accept consequences.
The Conversation!Written by Frank Reilly
BASED ON A TRUE STORY. The following is an enactment of a conversation between two men in 21st century America. Names have been changed to protect guilty. THE PLAYERS... Curt is a main stream American evangelical Christian, active in his Church, "on fire" for Lord, and educated in his faith by mainstream Church in America today. He goes to Sunday school classes, attends Church every Sunday, and is considered a good Christian man. He has three children, all boys, and a beautiful wife who shares all of his spiritual convictions. He is a very well to do man, who runs his own business, spending approximately 60-70 hours each week at office, and even spends 10-12 hours at home each week on his Computer and on phone, working out business details, he is a hard working man.
Jacob is a Christian as well, who has experiences with Lord ranging back as far as three decades. He was once very active in his Church, and had a ministry to youth, with a strong emphasis on personal evangelism. He has however, within last two years, returned from a long hiatus from Church attendance, and his fellow Christians look at him with skepticism and concern, assuming that his spiritual life is hanging in balance of so many years away from Church. He has a job, and is happily married with one Child, also a Boy. Jacob spends many hours each week reading word and praying, and has never left his faith behind, in fact does not even really have an explanation as to why he stopped attending Church. Recently, realizing how long he has been out, he returns to Church to enjoy fellowship he once enjoyed there.
Returning to church feels good to Jacob. He misses fellowship, and warm feeling of security he receives from being a member. He decides to join Men's Bible study, which occurs each Wednesday evening, for additional fellowship with same men he used to fellowship with back when he attended regularly. Although Bible study topic is book of Romans, due to recent attacks on American soil, Bible study leader (who is Curt), feels led to discuss current events in order to teach what he believes to be a proper world view for Men attending this study. He gives a heartfelt speech about need for justice for thousands that were killed that day, He talks about how terrorists need to be eradicated from earth, and that it is our Christian duty to support President in his foreign policies, and that it is against God to be in opposition to war in Iraq. He talks about how America is a holy nation, and that God is with US in its doings. He ends Bible study with a prayer rebuking those who oppose war, those who oppose President, and prays that God will continue to bless America as he always has.