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A quote illustrating Self-deception A short quote from "A Pretty Good Person" by Lewis B. Smedes about self-deception. Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Lewis B. Smedes 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 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dave Peterson 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! Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: Re-Worship | Author: Christine Longhurst 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership 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. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Torch | Author: Denis Geraghty O.P. 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. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: ePriest | Author: Alex Yeung 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. Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Century | Author: Jo Bailey Wells A Surprising Beatitude - Dashing the Little Ones upon the Rock This Catholic article applies Psalm 137:9 to the Church’s sex-abuse scandal, suggesting that we must dash the full range of our passions against the grace of the life-giving Rock. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Kevin M. Clarke 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr Full Text Hymns on Self-Deception Come, Holy Ghost, my soul inspirePD
Ah! wretched, vile, ungrateful heart!PD
Once I thought my mountain strongPD
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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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Matt Woodley and Paul Pastor 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: David Brooks 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Mathew Woodley Self-Denial In this sermon illustration for Romans 7:14-25, Matthew 18:8-9, or 1 Corinthians 7:2-4, a clip from the film "Casablanca" demonstrates self-denial that nearly leads a character to forsake what she knows to be the right decision. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Unknown God Card This skit highlights themes of God's will, self-deception, and responsibility by portraying a pair of friends trying to let God bear the responsibility of their actions when they are really the ones making the decisions. Resource type: Drama | Source: The Skit Guys | Author: Knox McCoy 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. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Mathew Woodley Is Christianity Better than Truth? In this sermon illustration relating to themes of Christianity, truth, and self-deception, Samuel Taylor Coleridge argues that loving the idea of Christianity more than Christ is ultimately another form of idolatry. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge Marilyn Manson Worships Self Although dated, this illustration reveals both the folly of idolizing the self, and the ephemeral nature of fame. Does anyone listen to Marilyn Manson any more? Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Anthony DeCurtis
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