We are heading into week 10 of DTS.  Last week’s topic was “Lordship.”  We spent the week ramping up to Friday where Mark Parker (our speaker) set up this cross to give our students the chance to renounce and confess things.  The power of public confession is amazing.  There is truly something that happens when we humble ourselves like this.  Sometimes it helps to actually walk out a teaching rather than just reading it silently with our eyes in a morning devotion.  I think that’s the thing with kneeling when we pray, shaking someone’s hand, giving or receiving a hug, hand-writing a letter, and of course, taking communion.  Holding the “elements” in our hands and doing “this in remembrance of me” are tangible ways we can engage.  When we write down a sin or something we are unnecessarily hanging onto, bring it up to the cross, publicly renounce it, and give it to Jesus, something breaks spiritually.  It’s astonishing how such a simple thing can be so powerful.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

We are breaking into teams and leaving for outreach(Africa for me) 5/17, so it’s the perfect time to let the Lord pull out of us everything that is a hindrance…