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Conscience - The Echo of God's Voice This Catholic article discuses the conscience, arguing it as a an echo of God's voice with which we dialogue with God. Resource type: Image Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Brent Withers Heaviness of Heart and Conscience A hymn about forgiveness, "Heaviness of Heart and Conscience," by Terry York to the tune of WEBSTER 8.7.8.7. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Terry W. York Examining Conscience Discussing how the heart relates to the conscience, James F. Keenan's article draws on the writings of Paul and Thomas Aquinas to explain that acting in conscience means working to align our actions with God's will. Resource type: Article Source: America Author: James F. Keenan
My Conscience is Captive to? More and more often in Western Christianity, we declare that we "live by our conscience." This is supposed to imply the control of God in our lives, but 2 Corinthians 4:1-11 challenges: who controls your conscience? Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr Identity Theft This sermon starter for Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 and Matthew 4:1-11 explores three instances of temptation and demonstrates that when our conscience is plagued, we can find strength in knowing that our identity is in Christ. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Working Preacher Author: David J Lose Pope John Paul II on Conscience This article outlines the teaching of Pope John Paul II on the nature of conscience fundamentally agreeing with the Pope that "conscience itself does not create norms but discovers them in the objective order of morality." Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Richard A. Spinello History of Hymns: “In the Singing” This offers background and commentary on the Shirley Erena Murray (b. 1931) Eucharist hymn, “In the Singing.” Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Joshua Zentner-Barrett Powerful Water and Clear Consciences Jennifer Kaalund's commentary on 1 Peter 3:18-22 unpacks how this letter—mediating on Christ's suffering, the saving power of water, the importance of a clear conscience, and life after death—strengthens us and challenges our living. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Jennifer T Kaalund Moral Conscience according to Natural Law This article criticizes “misconceptions” of conscience that define it as an emotive response, a built-in moral guidance system, an intuition, or a moral opinion, instead defining it according to Natural Law as rational judgment and deliberation. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Thomas V. Berg A Clear Conscience In this audio sermon on Romans 14, David Read discusses morality, ethics, and what it means to make decisions with clear consciences. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: David Haxton Carswell Read It's a Matter of Conscience Contemplating the source of conscience, this sermon by Arthur Landwehr on 1 John 4.7-12 discusses how conscience is a "divine consciousness" given by grace that conforms us to "God's love." Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr Fire Alarms and the Conscience A sermon illustration based on how fire alarms function. Appropriate for Acts 24:16 and 1 Peter 3:16, and themes of clearing one's conscience and becoming attuned to the inner-workings of our relationships with God. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: A. D. Sterner Heeding or Silencing the Conscience This daily reflection on Matthew 14:1-12 points to the story of Herod and John the Baptist as a reminder that our consciences are a source of God's grace and mercy as we become more holy. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: ePriest Heeding or Silencing the Conscience Sermon starter for Matthew 14:1-12: A clear reminder of what is right and wrong is an act of mercy from God. We should thank God when our consciences remind us of things we need to change. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: ePriest Strong and Weak Consciences, Part 2 Reflecting on 1 Corinthians 8:9, Mark Roberts provides an illustration from his own experience as a pastor which illustrates the practice of refraining from a behavior for the sake of those with weak consciences. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts A Good Conscience John R Gunn recalls George Washington's response to slanderous accusations. He writes that if we have a good conscience, that what others say about us should not matter at all. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: John R. Gunn Loving the Lord and Keeping Your Conscience Clear The way to keep our conscience clear is to cling to the Lord in love—especially after we have betrayed him. Reflections by Eleonore Stump on 1 Peter 3:15-18 and John 14:15-21. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The Sunday Website Author: Eleonore Stump The Conscience Fund In this quote to use as an illustration for Hebrews 9:14, Matthew 3:8, or 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, author Max Lucado demonstrates the conscience within all human beings that results from being made in God's image. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Max Lucado Loyal to the State In this video, Stanley Hauerwas discusses the ongoing challenges we face related to civil rights and the tranquilizing effect of money on our consciences. (Length: 03:03) Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Stanley Hauerwas On Conscience 1 Timothy 4:2, Romans 2:12-16, and Romans 3:9-23 all show the necessity of forming our consciences. Charles Colson tells a story of seeing a place where that hadn't happened. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Charles W. Colson
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