Search ResultsVital Lies: Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception A series of quotes showing that the human capacity for self-deception is fathomless. History of Hymns: “Open My Eyes, That I May See” This offers background and commentary on the Clara Scott (1841-1897) hymn, "Open My Eyes, That I May See." The Power of Self-Deception Dave Peterson's sermon starter on Matthew 7:21-23 reflects on Jesus' third warning near the end of the Sermon on the Mount: the warning against assuming one "has it made" to enter the kingdom of heaven. Addiction and Deceit Ken Bazyn offers a brief thought on the dangers of gluttony and addiction, particularly the deceitfulness that almost naturally follows. Lord, Have Mercy A congregational prayer of confession framed by Romans 3:23 and 1 John 1:9. Sin deludes the way we measure happiness, success, and faith. Through Jesus Christ our Savior we are forgiven and set free from self-deception! Truth Stumbles in the Streets In this devotional resource, Mark D. Roberts reflects on Isaiah 59:14 exhorting Christians to speak and live truthfully at home and in the streets, especially during times when deceit in the political arena is widespread. Stop Speaking Smooth Things This article seeks a bold prophetic vision that provides guidance for walking in God’s wisdom and way, one that calls out the oppression and deceit of the culture and assures that new life is available. The Penn State Scandal and Our Self-Deception This sermon illustration about self-deception, pride, and sin uses the story of a college coach scandal to demonstrate how often human beings will pridefully point out others' mistakes with shock while avoiding their own. Full Text Hymns on Deceit Deceit and Falsehood I AbhorPD
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See more hymns... Lance Armstrong's Slide into Self-Deception Describing the discrepancy of Lance Armstrong's loud voice against doping yet being found of using performance enhancing drugs, this sermon illustration can be used to teach about integrity, character, honesty, hypocrisy, pride, and self-deception. Yes or No In this prayerful reflection on Matthew 5:33-37, Matthew Kaderabek urges readers to be honest and sincere in their dealings with others, eschewing any form of hypocrisy or deceit. Called to Be Servants Sermon starter for Matthew 20:20-28: If service to others is not an ordinary element of our daily lives as Christians, we can be sure that we have succumbed to self-deception or taken a wrong turn somewhere. God's Sovereign Creation and Care This commentary on Psalm 139 says that in any time, in any place where the faithful face wickedness, bloodshed, and deceit, the Psalm provides comforting assurance of God's sovereign creation of, and care for, each person. Judgment This homily on Matthew 7:21-27 reminds us of the importance of knowing, and of being known. We are being warned against complacency and the danger of self-deception. God's Devotion Produces Fruit This reflection by Jo Bailey Wells explores the dynamics of God's devotion to His people, and the human capacity for self-deception.