Search ResultsGuilt, Indulgence, Blessing In a question-answer format, this article responds to common queries in Catholic theology. The responses address three topics: guilt, plenary indulgence, and apostolic blessing. What Can Be Done About the Overwhelming Burden of “Macro-Guilt”? Noah Stepro suggests that one way to reduce the burden of macro guilt (felt responsibility for all the tragedies of the world) is to focus on working for justice and showing mercy in one's own neighborhood. The Forgetfulness of God When God forgives, he forgets. In this paper, Brian Harbour explains what we do and what God does with our guilt, based on Colossians 2:13-14, and encourages us to truly experience the forgiveness of God. History of Hymns: “Hope of the World” This offers background and commentary on the hymn by Georgia Harkness (1891-1974), "Hope of the World," which communicates the essential theme of the social gospel: Christ cares for human beings and walks beside them in life. Guilt An article reflecting on how the spiritual themes of goodness, self-denial, the acknowledgement of guilt, and hypocrisy are explored in the film "The Shawshank Redemption." History of Hymns: “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown” This offers background and commentary on the 1742 beloved hymn by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown.” Solving the Riddle of Comfortable Guilt "Why do we have comfortable guilt, and how can we change our habits to be rid of it?" The Courage to Ask "Many of us don’t speak up. ...because who will listen?...we stay silent. For ourselves. For others. In shame. In guilt. Someone else will say something, right?" Karoline Lewis reflects on John 20:19-31, thanking Thomas for his... A Curious Creature: On Guilt A short essay on guilt: In looking into the past, we can even surprise ourselves, discovering our faults and mistakes, so we must learn to face our guilt, but then to let it go. The Guilt Offering "Repentance by the sinner, not prosecution by the authorities, is the basis of the guilt offering." This commentary on explores how the text relates to faith and work. Guilt Trip in a Sermon? Oscar Handlin offers an illustration about a sermon that placed guilt on the congregation. The sermon illustration is appropriate for Leviticus 10:10-11, Isaiah 57:14, and Malachi 2:7. Full Text Hymns on Guilt Bless the Lord, my Soul©
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See more hymns... Guilt-Ridden Murderer Turns to God A sermon illustration with a testimony from a man who committed murder about guilt and his need for God. His faith and God's presence help him to move forward from his feelings. Guilt Is a Warning An illustration about how natural gas was given an "odorant" in order for people to smell natural gas and prevent explosions. This is similar to how guilt can warn us of potential dangers. The Freedom of Confession Although confession of sin may seem to be harsh or unkind expectation, Psalm 32 helps us see that it is the path to true freedom from the heavy hand of guilt. Compulsive "Sinner" Cures His Guilt but Not His Sin A sermon illustration by Phillip Griffin describing the story of a man with compulsion who got cured of his guilt but not his compulsiveness. This illustration can be used for topics like sin, self-deception, and repentance.... Acquired Guilt In this video, Scott Cairns reflects on the problem of guilt in human life, offering us his own Eastern Christian notions of acquired, rather than inherited, guilt. (Length: 07:00) The Great Reversal Doug Bratt's Advent sermon starter on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 emphasizes God's promise to bring comfort and freedom to those who are trapped by guilt, anger, addiction, materialism, bad relationships, etc. Abortion Guilt Removed This sermon illustration for Psalm 103:12, Ephesians 3:12, or Isaiah 43:25 uses the testimony of a woman carrying enormous guilt and shame over an abortion to demonstrate the life-changing power of God's forgiveness through Christ. Reality Mistaken The guilt of sin can overwhelm and paralyze us. In this sermon starter, Stan Mast helps us see how God's forgiving grace can cleanse and restore those who are stuck in their guilt.