The Dangers Within: Lust

Sculpture: Deadly SinsThe last of the Seven Deadly Sins for us to consider is lust.

Lust is a challenge for both men and women, as “Confessions of a Lustful Christian Woman” by Jonalyn Fincher illustrates.

Adam Holz offers some good thoughts on the role of the community in regards to dealing with this sin. Given our deep desire to keep our lustful thoughts private, we’d do well to listen.

GroundWork Media finishes up their series on the Seven Deadly Sins with this episode on lust.

And just in case you haven’t come across this online resource, be sure to check out XXX Church’s website for programs, resources, stories and much more to support men, women, teens, families, and churches through porn addiction recovery.

 

This post is for adults and provides resources and challenges that pertain to lust, sex, pornography, and our thoughts.

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The Dangers Within: Gluttony

You’re getting two posts this week because we were down for the count last week because of sickness. We hope you’re encouraged and challenged by the last two posts in our series on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Radio DJ Texas Tinay eats buffalo burgerGluttony is an ugly sin. It makes us look ugly to others, it leads us to feel ugly, and it causes real physical harm to our bodies. Most of us have been around people who drink too much alcohol, and many of us have struggled with our eating habits; it seems that no one is immune to this dangerous sin.

At the root of our excessive eating (or the other extreme, dieting) and drinking is the desire to fill the emptiness inside with some sort of contentment. To learn more, listen to GroundWork’s episode, “Gluttony.”

Can gluttony apply to things besides our eating and drinking? Jerod Clark thinks so. What are other ways that we take to excess to find happiness or that feel good moment?

Finally, take a look at the three spiritual disciplines contemporary theologians think the Church desperately needs to embrace today. The first one is fasting, the counterpart to gluttony because it reminds us that our deepest hungers can only be satisfied by God.

This post is about gluttony, food, fasting, and contentment.

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The Dangers Within: Envy

Mustache EnvyHave you ever said, “I’m so jealous!” when you hear of a friend’s awesome vacation plans, promotion, or new car? Most of the time we don’t really mean it. In fact, we may be saying it just to make sure they know how excited we are for them.

But sometimes, our motives aren’t so good and the words “I’m jealous!” tell the truth more than we realize. Looking at what others’ have compared to what we have, we become less content and more restless. Envy lurks within.

“Is Facebook envy making you miserable?” discusses the connection between Facebook and envy.
Michelle Van Loon offers a reflective self-diagnosis on the dangers (and losses) of housing envy at Her.meneutics.
And GroundWork media continues their series with an episode on Envy.

If not envy, then what? How about contentment and simplicity?
Donald Miller offers some thoughts on the downsized life at Storyline.
And here’s a blog list of sites to introduce, encourage and resource simple living.

This post is for adults and families and provides insights, stories and ideas that relate to envy, contentment, and simplicity.

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The Dangers Within: Pride

Over the next number of weeks, the blog will be using the Seven Deadly Sins as its guide for themes and resources. We live in a dangerous world; the important- yet tricky- part is recognizing how much of that danger lies within ourselves. It’s easy to focus on the external, but in the weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter especially, Christians are invited to take a closer look at what lies within. Will you join us?

First up, GroundWork is doing a radio series on the Seven Deadly Sins. In the episode “Pride,” the hosts draw helpful distinctions between self-esteem and pride and discuss a couple of biblical stories for contemplation.

Be wary of your self-love and esteem going too far. Mark Fox reminds us,

Looking inward for hope, help, self-esteem, courage, joy, peace or love is the very thing the Bible teaches us not to do.

And yet, that’s exactly what someone with too much pride does. Sadly, most of the time we don’t even realize we’re sinning because we aren’t out for more money or power or prestige, but out for more happiness, recognition and meaning.

Trillia Newbell offers some chastising words on false humility when trying to combat pride in “Wage War by Rejoicing.”

Finally, if not pride, then what? Let Mark Altrogge’s “22 Ways to Humble Ourselves” guide you closer to God.

 

This post is for adults and provides resources and challenges for our attitudes and Christian life. Specifically, it name the sin of pride and encourages humility.