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A theory of jerks Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel
Lament: Ash Wednesday This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
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 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 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 Denying the self as a pathway to leading from the soul In this article, psychiatrist Dan Blazer outlines the characteristics of healthy self-denial in leaders. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Dan G. Blazer Faith and Sports in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 This commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 explores how Paul’s sports metaphor is less about winning than about training with self-control and discipline. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Eric Barreto Commentary on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul uses two metaphors: running the race and boxing. He urges a similar commitment to that of the athlete; exercising self-control and "punishing" the body; in those who hope to receive an "imperishable" victory-wreath. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Karl Jacobson Intergenerational Prayer: 2 Timothy 1:7 Harader’s intergenerational prayer is based on 2 Timothy 1:7. This prayer could be read responsively. It asks God for power, love and self-control through the Holy Spirit, in the face of fear, anxiety and confusion. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Re-Worship Author: Christine Longhurst The Girl and the Bicycle In this wordless story book, the reviewer notes that the girl who wants to buy a bike demonstrates initiative and self-reliance, then self-control and faithfulness and, eventually, kindness, generosity, and love, which are ultimately rewarded. Resource type: Children's Sermon Source: Storypath Author: Mike Pett Self-Control In this video interview, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove discusses the importance of self-control in breaking away from the slavery to our will and therefore experiencing deep transformation and community. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: The Work of the People Author: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Self-control and Success This sermon illustration for Galatians 5:22-23 and 1 Thessalonians 4:4 on parenting says that raising healthy and happy children comes less from teaching them self-control, and more from building their self-esteem. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Pat Williams 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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Expert Claims That Self-control Is Better Than Intelligence Why some people can control their anger while others lack self-control? Professor of social psychology says our brains are highly susceptible to influences such as violent movies or speech. He finds self-control more valuable than intelligence. 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 Potiphars Wife (van Aelst) Pieter Coecke van Aelst's Potiphar´s Wife is a painting with erotic overtones yet it was justified in its time by its moral content, as Joseph serves as an example of self-control, chastity and faithfulness. Resource type: Image Source: ArtWay: Opening Eyes, Hearts, and Minds Author: Klazina Dieuwke Botke and Tanja Kootte Titus: Working for Good Deeds In Titus 2:11–3:11, Paul reminds Titus to ensure that the people are devoted to good works. Paul particularly recommends respect, self-control, and integrity, principles which can be applied in the modern workplace. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Theology of Work Project Author: Alexander N Kirk Artificial Birth Control, the Sexual Revolution, and the Modern Collapse of Morality This Catholic essay provides a theological analysis of the morality--or the lack thereof--in the two primary forms of birth control: artificial versus natural. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Scott Pauline On Vulnerability and Self-Disclosure in Priestly Formation This article considers millennials and their struggle with emotional vulnerably, suggesting the need for improved transparency and self-disclosure as part of seminary formation for the priesthood. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Thomas V. Berg There's Nothing But Love; Deadlier Than a Shark Attack; Happy 800th Birthday; Crime Free Island No More; Please Move to the Texting Lane; From Drowning Victims to Olympic Medalists; Nobel-Prize Winner Out of Work "Anecdotes from the news illustrating several themes such as racial reconciliation, fear, the Word of God, sin, distraction, discipleship, and self-control." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Mathew Woodley A Letter to My Younger Self (Eileen Knowles) What does your younger self need to know? The fear never goes away - at least not with age. "It all comes back to learning to trust in an unseen God." That's the solution to fear. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Eileen Knowles
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