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"? Competition as Cooperation Sometimes Requires Self-Sacrifice Describing how industry competition for the common good requires practicing ethics that may result in one's detriment, this article by Greg Forster discusses our need to be restored through the Cross to practice self-denial and self-sacrifice. 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. 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. 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. 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. Lance Armstrong's Slide into Self-Deception Describing the discrepancy of Lance Armstrong's loud voice against doping, yet having used performance enhancing drugs, this sermon illustration for Matthew 26:33-34 and twenty other related passages highlights themes of integrity, hypocrisy, and self-deception. 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 Self-Deception Come, Holy Ghost, my soul inspirePD
Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart!PD
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See more hymns... 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. Unmasking the Great Deception Is deception something we have to learn? Is it bred in the bones? Is it the fatal flaw of every human? 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. Is the Media Anti-Life, Psychology Apps for Your Phone, and Self-Image from a Bar of Soap? This post is a series of sermon illustrations from news excerpts with preaching angles about pro-life issues, addiction to smartphones, self-image, retirement, hypocrisy, and confession of sins. 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... Unmasking the Great Deception The lie of Eden is that we are self-sufficient and adequate. Christ is the truth that saves us as we acknowledge our need for redemption. Reflections on the readings for the First Sunday of Lent (A). 450 Year Old Church Emerges, Humble Pie for CEOs, and MLB Player Puts Christ First Highlighting themes of history, bravery, self-deception, humility and God's glory, this is a collection of sermon illustrations made from news stories about a centuries-old church emerging from dam waters, a CEO's attempt at humility, and more. 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!