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Windows, Blue Skies, and Pornography

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

On Monday in our round table, John, Brian and I were talking about John’s upcoming sermon – Psalm 84 – and I’m looking forward to it.  I’m not going to get into his sermon but we discussed how we move our hearts and wills to do what is right – what we know we need to do yet don’t have the motivation or desire.

John’s sermon is about prayer but I found this (John Piper sermon excerpt) an interesting way to battle the temptation of lust and tiny self focused thoughts.  Piper encourages the one tempted with pornography to get out and look up and this relates well to John’s illustration of the Elephant and the Rider that you will hear about on Sunday.

The Seven Capital Vices, Part 8: Lust

April 10, 2010 Leave a comment

This post continues looking at Rebecca Konynkyk DeYoung’s book Glittering Vices, which is a book about what we commonly call the “7 deadly sins” and she calls the “7 capital vices.”  We’ve examined Envy, Vainglory, Sloth, Avarice, Anger, and Gluttony.  This is the final post in this series, and we will examine Lust.  People often say pornography is a victimless crime.  It’s not.

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The Seven Capital Vices, Part 7: Gluttony

April 9, 2010 1 comment

This post continues looking at Rebecca Konynkyk DeYoung’s book Glittering Vices, which is a book about what we commonly call the “7 deadly sins” and she calls the “7 capital vices.”  We’ve examined Envy, Vainglory, Sloth, Avarice, Anger and this post will consider Gluttony.  That’s an easy one to spot, right?  If we’re overweight, we’re guilty.  If we’re not, then we can skip this post.  Not so fast.

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Seven Capital Vices, Part 6: Anger

April 8, 2010 Leave a comment

This post continues looking at Rebecca Konynkyk DeYoung’s book Glittering Vices, which is a book about what we commonly call the “7 deadly sins” and she calls the “7 capital vices.”  We’ve examined Envy, Vainglory, Sloth, Avarice, and this post will consider Anger.  The problem with anger is deciding when our anger is justified, and when it is a vice.  How do you differentiate between righteous anger, and sinful anger?

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Seven Capital Vices, Part 5: Avarice

April 7, 2010 1 comment

This post continues looking at Rebecca Konynkyk DeYoung’s book Glittering Vices, which is a look at what we commonly call the “7 deadly sins” and she calls the “7 capital vices.”  We’ve looked at Envy, Vainglory, Sloth,  and this post will look at Avarice.  All of the vices are internal habits of the heart that reveal themselves in outward actions.  Avarice is no different, and it makes itself known through unhealthy collecting of money and stuff.  But also, surprisingly, through unhealthy spending.

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Seven Capital Vices, Part 4: Sloth

April 6, 2010 1 comment

This post continues looking at Rebecca Konynkyk DeYoung’s book Glittering Vices, which is a look at what we commonly call the “7 deadly sins” and she calls the “7 capital vices.”  We’ve looked at Envy and Vainglory, and this post will look at Sloth.  In a busy world, in which everyone is working too hard, none of us are guilty of sloth.  Right?  In fact, our very busyness is a direct result of slothfulness in our life.  It sounds like a paradox, but read on.

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Seven Capital Vices, Part 3: Vainglory

April 4, 2010 Leave a comment

This post continues looking at Rebecca Konynkyk DeYoung’s book Glittering Vices, which is a look at what we commonly call the “7 deadly sins” and she calls the “7 capital vices.”  We’ve looked at Envy, and this post will look at Vainglory.  Frankly, I didn’t even know what this meant!  It sounds a little like pride, but it isn’t.  How would you define it?

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