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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered


by Paul David Tripp posted September 17, 2018

Are you hiding any secrets?

Maybe you’re a Christian in deep debt, but you know what the Bible has to say about money, so you want to hide your debt from your family.

Maybe you’re a parent, and one of your children is simply out of control. You struggle to go to church on a Sunday because people might find out about your rebellious son or daughter. Maybe you’re in a marriage that's struggling; you and your spouse are always arguing. That spark of love has long since disappeared, but you fake a healthy Christian marriage to impress those around you.

Be honest. Is there someplace in life where you’re hiding the real you? 

Let me pastor you. Did you know that one of the most comforting messages in the entire Bible is that, in all of our sin, weakness, and failure, we don’t have to hide from God? In the midst of all your self-imposed difficulty and foolish life decisions, God will never respond to you in shock or disgust. 

In fact, if the Bible does anything, it welcomes you out of your self-imposed prison of fear and shame. The Bible welcomes you to step out of the darkness and into the light, to face reality honestly and with hope. 

The message of the Bible is that we don't need to hide anymore. There's a God whose grace is bigger and more powerful than any of our brokenness and failure. There is no sin so deep that Jesus isn’t deeper. 

You don't have to hide. You don't have to run. You don't have to shrink away in shame. The honesty of the Bible is a welcome for you and I to be that honest. Remember, there's nothing that can be exposed about you that the Cross of Jesus Christ hasn't already covered. 

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Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?Dangerous CallingParenting, Sex in a Broken World, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.

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