“I Want to Be In The Light

…as You are In The Light. I want to shine like the stars in the heavens.”

But I cannot do it. Left to myself, I spiral deeper and deeper into the darkness of selfishness and deception. I am (to quote one of the women who has spoken truth into my life in the past decade) a “wicked and depraved woman, living in a dying and decaying body.”

Joel Hunter, my pastor, has been teaching a series within a series within a series (that’s how we roll at Northland) on what he’s called CRAVINGS. The world calls them addictions. These are not just the sins we commit from time to time, these are the things that eventually control us. This is the sin that consumes us and keeps us in the darkness. This is the sin that isolates and destroys.

Pornography.

Gluttony.

Shopping.

Gambling.

And the list goes on.

I hear that pastors in America are either so brainwashed by the idea of a happy, loving, we-are-the-world consumer Jesus that they are no longer preaching on sin or they are screaming hell-fire and brimstone, heaping guilt and same on with shovels of self-righteousness in the name of a terminator Jesus.

I want to say that I know of quite a few pastors who don’t fit into either of those camps and that Joel Hunter is one of them.This recent series has been a profound experience — hearing a clear call to call sin “sin” and to address it straight on as such while fully understanding the grace of a holy God.

“The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him — All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.”   –Proverbs 10:3

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