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Are not love and hate diametrically opposed to each other? Are we to have self-hate towards ourselves?

In your questions you are actually asking about issues related to sanctification, therefore I would like to discuss the issue of sanctification in general, and hope to answer you along the way.

Every time I see a story I wrote printed without my permission, I feel cheated. How do I handle this injustice?

Question from a reader:

typingI wrote a story several years ago and had passed it around to family and friends. As time has gone by I’ve now seen it in print and credited to another person. Every time I see this story, I feel cheated. How do I handle this injustice?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

What strikes me is how counter-culture and counter-instinct the gospel really is. Paul says to the Corinthians in 1 Cor. 6, to persuade them not to sue a brother or sister, “why not rather be wronged?” We tend to think there’s nothing worse ...

Doesn’t the concept of tithing rob people of the joy of giving?

10% is not some lofty goal, just a starting place, but starting is important.

Do you recall the most difficult question you’ve ever been asked? If so, what was it and how did you respond?

Nothing in particular sticks out. But I do know one thing that is difficult, and that’s when I’m challenged about the hypocritical behavior of Christians, and in some cases I have to admit it’s true. For instance, to use a current example, there’s no way I can defend a televangelist flying around to vacation spots in a twenty million dollar private jet paid for by donors to his nonprofit ministry. 1 Timothy says we are to pay attention to our lives and our doctrine. Both are essential. Occasionally I see believers who I wish would just ...

I was in full-time college ministry for 20 years until my pastor asked me to step down after repeated failure with pornography and masturbation. This has greatly affected my relationship with my wife. Do you have any advice for me at this stage?

Recognition of this sin as a barrier to true intimacy, both with your Lord and your wife, and responding with true repentance and confession to those affected are difficult steps. Your willingness to do so indicates a desire to be free from this enslavement. Let me assure you that as discouraged as this sin can make you feel, Christ has given you the ability to win this battle. “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

Deterring Immorality by Counting Its Cost

If only we would rehearse in advance the ugly and overwhelming consequences of immorality, we would be far more prone to avoid it.

Did either Paul or Barnabas sin in their disagreement in Acts 15:36-41; and, how does it relate to Romans 12:1-2?

Luke was very careful to report the incident involving Paul and Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41 as simply a historical matter.

It’s not just Tiger Woods whose sins will be found out

Tiger WoodsI appreciate Tim Challies and his blog, and I liked what he had to say a week ago about Tiger Woods. I recommend that you check it out.

Here's just a portion of what Tim said:

The lesson is, do not mask your sin behind a false front. Do not construct elaborate falsehoods to mask your sin and your shame. These false fronts cannot stand forever.

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