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Feasting on Fruit: Self-control The spiritual fruit of self-control is the focus of this meditation that includes breathing, Scripture, prayers, and postures to nurture its growth. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Kasey Hitt Waiting is Hard This Pentecost reflection explores how we have no control over the work of God's Spirit. Rather, we are called to wait faithfully for the Spirit to move. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Ben Witherington Stop Using The Word Community Unless You Mean It This article explores four characteristics that stop us from building counter-cultural kingdom communities: The fragmentation of society, attitudes of self-absorption and consumerism, the nature of transient communities, and fear of the "other." Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karina Kreminski Self-Mastery and the Imperishable Prize Drawing on athletic metaphors from Scripture, this article explores our need for self-control and the Spirit's power to help us overcome challenges. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Jack Wisdom You May Have to Go Through This to Find Grace Reflecting on several New Testament passages, this article argues that the storms of life are our places of correction where we are required to give up control and be still in the presence of God. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson Self-esteem: Why? Why not? True self-esteem must lead "a person out of and not into self-enclosure" like secular culture would have it. This article offers critiques of such secular views of self-esteem, presenting a healthier, Christian alternative. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Cormac Burke Cyber community... and our own Self-Deceptions An article that wrestles with the nature and purpose of interactions through technology and the need for physical contact. It asks churches the question, how are you "discerning the use of cyber-tools? " Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Denying the self as a pathway to leading from the soul Christian leadership requires self denial, courage, and obedience. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Dan G. Blazer Illustrations on the Status of the Chilean Miners, Closing Bookstores, Single-Sex Dorms, and Dieting with Self-Control Material here covers the Chilean miners one year later, finding life unsatisfying, how closing bookstores is a commentary on literacy, renewed interest in single-sex dorms, the connection between shopping and happiness, and diet and self-control. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley Full Text Hymns on Self Control The fruit of self controlPD
Ask the Saviour to help youPD
O Jesus, I Have PromisedPD
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Self-Control Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove provides a sobering challenge to those who constantly seek transformative experiences. Self-control is needed in order to experience deep transformation and community; otherwise you are a slave to your own will. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The Work of the People | Author: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Self-control and Success This illustration can be used in a sermon on parenting/family life. If we want to raise children to be successful and healthy and happy, focus less on teaching them self-control rather than building their self-esteem. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Pat Williams Expert Claims That Self-control Is Better Than Intelligence "...self-control is key to a well-functioning life, because our brain makes us easily [susceptible] to all sorts of influences." An illustration by Larry Greenemeier, appropriate for 1 Timothy 3:2, Philippians 4:8, and 21 other similar passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Larry Greenemeier Love Is Self-Giving John Stott quotes Buddha and talks about how love and self-control complement each other. An illustration for Galatians 5:22-24 and Proverbs 23:26. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: John R. W. Stott Sin's Opposite An illustration about how the world around us believes self-control is the way to God but in reality it's faith that works. This is appropriate for Galatians 5:6, Mark 9:23, and John 6:28-29. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Madeleine L'Engle A Difficult Prayer A sermon illustration by Thomas à Kempis on the topics of affliction, discipline, self-control, and prayer, appropriate for Romans 7:14-20 and 13:14. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Thomas Kempis Self-Awareness and the Enneagram In this article, Derek Vreeland discusses the advantages and challenges of the Enneagram to show that Christ's death helps us realize who we are, and therefore more fully realize who God is. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland
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