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Washed in the Blood - by Michael Phillips
Yom Kippur - Part 5 of 6
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Leviticus 16:29-31
Jun 20, 2010 am - Four or five years ago, my family and I spent a few days at Lake Tahoe. One afternoon, watching the crystal clear water lapping the shore, I had a vision. It wasn't a vision of God, but of myself. It was a coming together of my past and my future bringing into focus what I most want to be. I want to be clean. I want a clean conscience. I want a clean mind. I want a clean conversation. I want a clean life. On that day, verses I've always known became very precious to me- Purge me with hyssop, And I shall be clean. Wash me, And I shall be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart, O God. If this were a private wish, I wouldn't bring it up in public. But it's not private: it's the most public wish in the world. Just about everybody wants to be clean. You see this desire in religion. Hinduism is about as far removed from the Bible as can be, but it offers the washing of souls in the waters of the Ganges River. Look at the Sikhs-you'll never see a cleaner people than they are, but their personal hygiene is not personal; it's deeply religious. Though John Wesley was no Sikh, every Sikh would nod at his best-known saying- Cleanliness is next to godliness. Islam has its rites of ... More >>>

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