Showing posts from February, 2012

Last of the Seven Deadly Sins: Greed "Where Is Your Heart?"

So, before we speak of Greed, let me take a second here to clarify my comments about "Arbitrary Be Nice to Someone Day" from last week's message. At Bible study last week it was pointed out that I did not mention the words "Valentine's Day" once. So there you go! I don't have a problem with Valentine's Day as much as the sentiments around it. I want to encourage loving, equal relationships based on trust and love. We should show such affection all the time, not just February 14. My biggest issue with Valentine's Day is that it feeds into our commercialized culture to the point of muddying the water of our romantic relationships. How we honor our loved ones is measured by the amount spent. This impacts those relationships to the point the become superficial, and not God-honoring. As I left Bible study last Tuesday night, Valentine's Day, I stopped at the light right here at Cedar Springs and Welborn. A couple was leaving the restaurant in a g…

Counting Down the Seven Deadly Sins! #6: Lust "Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God!"

Proverbs 5:1-14My child, be attentive to my wisdom;
   incline your ear to my understanding,
so that you may hold on to prudence,
   and your lips may guard knowledge.
For the lips of a loosewoman drip honey,
   and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
   sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death;
   her steps follow the path to Sheol.
She does not keep straight to the path of life;
   her ways wander, and she does not know it.
And now, my child,listen to me,
   and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Keep your way far from her,
   and do not go near the door of her house;
or you will give your honour to others,
   and your years to the merciless,
and strangers will take their fill of your wealth,
   and your labours will go to the house of an alien;
and at the end of your life you will groan,
   when your flesh and body are consumed,
and you say, ‘Oh, how I hated discipline,
   and my heart despised reproof!
I did not listen to t…

Seven Deadly Sins-- Gluttony "Obey Your Thirst!"

Proverbs 23:1-8, 19-21
When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
   observe carefully what
is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
   if you have a big appetite.

Do not desire the ruler’s
   for they are deceptive food.

Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
   be wise enough to desist.

When your eyes light upon it, it is gone;
   for suddenly it takes wings to itself,
   flying like an eagle towards heaven.

Do not eat the bread of the stingy;
   do not desire their delicacies;

for like a hair in the throat, so are they.
   ‘Eat and drink!’ they say to you;
   but they do not mean it.

You will vomit up the little you have eaten,
   and you will waste your pleasant words.

Hear, my child, and be wise,
   and direct your mind in the way.

Do not be among winebibbers,
   or among gluttonous eaters of meat;

for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
   and drowsiness will clothe them with rags.

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