Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Lust – It’s Not Always About Sex
Lust isn't always about sex. In this article, the author shares from personal experience how lust may be a symptom of a deeper compulsion to dominate others.
Scott Hoezee and David Bast examine lust, looking to 2 Samuel 13:1-18 and 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, how lust removes the gift of sexuality from the realm of human relationship, and how to fight against it.
The Lust of the Eyes
This devotional on Matthew 5:28 considers the lust of the eyes, suggesting that with the Lord's help, we can stand against the lustful tide of our world.
The effects of seduction and lust
A quotation from Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy that illustrates the fallout repercussions of a moment of lust.
The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes and The Pride of Life
One video and one audio recording of Michael Roe's song "The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes and The Pride of Life." The song is based on 1 John 2:16 and is appropriate especially for Lent.
What is Love?
Anthony Axe asks what kind of love Christian love really is. We shouldn't mistake it for lust, lurve and being in love, which are involuntary. The exhortation for the Christian to love others is a commandment
Sexuality and Spirituality
Patrick Cioni discusses the possibility of "profound, mystical experiences" as an additional dimension of sexual relations within marriage - oneness with God as well as with each other. Lust is a barrier to such spiritual union.
The War of the Cravings
In this sermon on James 3:13-4:8, Dock Hollingsworth shows how greed, lust, and ambition are thieves of human happiness and congregational unity--in the first century and now.
A Definition of Lust
This definition of lust compares it to a man "craving salt" but is "dying of thirst." This illustration is appropriate for Psalm 78:23-29, 1 Corinthians 10:8, Proverbs 6:26-28, and similar passages.
Marriage Doesn't Remedy Lust
With themes on lust and sin this quote states that marriage in itself does not remove the problem of lust; the quote can illustrate Matthew 5:28 and Job 31:9.
Full Text Hymns on Lust
Behold the Wretch Whose Lust and WinePD
Say, men of pleasure, men of lustPD
Brightest and best of the sons of the morningPD
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Journalist Discovers the Ugliness of Lust
British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge describes an incident in which he was shocked by the power of lust in his own heart. The incident can be used to illustrate Proverbs 5:22, Romans 6:16, Numbers 32:23, etc.
Young Man Learns How to Overcome Lust
This sermon illustration shares the story of a young man learning to overcome lust.
Do You Know the Seven Deadly Sins?
Detailing the historical origins of "The Seven Deadly Sins," this article by Christopher Hunt discusses how the dangerous attitudes of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust lead to destructive sin.
Purity in a Porn Age
A brief essay by Steve Clifford that reflects on the rampant opportunities for lust in an age of pornography and suggests various approaches to resisting them and also seeking God's forgiveness.
Repentance of injustice
Reflecting on several scriptures, John van de Laar says that in Ash Wednesday observance, repentance is about not just internal, "spiritual" sins, but also our complicity in injustice through greed, exploitation, defensiveness, lust, etc.
Four Tips on Sexual Purity from Jesus
This devotional by Dave Peterson on Matthew 5:27-30 reflects the importance of sexual purity to Jesus. Peterson discusses lust, temptation, spiritual disciple, pornography, and the gift of sexual intimacy.
The Days Are Getting Darker
Nathan Decker offers a call to worship, based on Isaiah 2:2-4, for the first Sunday of Advent. It is a prayer for God to mend "our lust for war, greed for power."
Greg Asimakoupoulos explains how a preoccupation with sex causes the death of deer every fall, illustrating James 1:14 and the danger of lust.