Search ResultsVital Lies: Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception A series of quotes showing that the human capacity for self-deception is fathomless. 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. 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. 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"? 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! Self-delusions Our culture tells us to focus on oneself as the source all truth, while the apostle Paul tells us that fixating on self only makes us slaves to sin. 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. 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 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. A Pretty Good Person This quote from "A Pretty Good Person" argues that self-deception is actually a double treachery. First we deceive ourselves, then we convince ourselves that we're not deceiving ourselves. Full Text Hymns on Self-Deception Come, Holy Ghost, my soul inspirePD
Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart!PD
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See more hymns... 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. 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. Is the Media Anti-Life, Psychology Apps for Your Phone, and Self-Image from a Bar of Soap? News items here can be used in sermons on the mainstream media's apathy regarding pro-life issues, culture's increasing dependency/addiction to smartphones, the need for a healthy (and biblical) self-image. Unless You Change and Become Like a Little Child Children don't know how to be something that they are not. Childlike joy returns to us when we put aside all our games of self-promotion and self-deception and live in accord with God's deepest desire for... Being Your True Self A sermon on Mark 8:34-38 from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. We needed a greater source of stability and identity than our own selves. Being Convicted God loves you so much that God expects something better of you. Anthony Robinson's reflection on James 4:7 shares the importance of preaching and receiving the hard word of God that names our failures and self-deception.... Tornadoes, Dead Children, and Atheism A collection of sermon illustrations by Matt Woodley, taken from news articles and highlighting these themes: suffering and the problem of evil, integrity, self-deception, overwork, alcoholism and peer pressure, loyalty, and the power of media.