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Upholding Ungodliness & Unthankfulness, Part 1

All The Difference - 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Ungodliness is not limited to wretched pagans devoted to sin. Ungodliness is true of many (most) Christians who live the bulk of our time with no thought of the Triune God, His majesty, His will, or our need to continually depend on Him. Unthankfulness is the insensate chariness of spoiled brats who forget that every breath is a gift from God. After mortifying ourselves to these sins, we can vivify training ourselves for godliness (1 Tim 4:7) and thankfulness (1 Thess 5:18 ). We do so by glorifying God in our hearts.

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Upholding Ungodliness & Unthankfulness, Part 2

All The Difference - 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

Ungodliness is not limited to wretched pagans devoted to sin. Ungodliness is true of many (most) Christians who live the bulk of our time with no thought of the Triune God, His majesty, His will, or our need to continually depend on Him. Unthankfulness is the insensate chariness of spoiled brats who forget that every breath is a gift from God. After mortifying ourselves to these sins, we can vivify training ourselves for godliness (1 Tim 4:7) and thankfulness (1 Thess 5:18 ). We do so by glorifying God in our hearts.

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Wallowing in Worry, Part 2

All The Difference - 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

Despite the greatness of our God, His closeness in the Spirit, and the promises of Christ, Christians are regularly beset with faithlessness. At least I am; and my faithlessness exhibits itself in worry and in the prideful sins of impatience and irritability. The saddest part is that these three sins are poorly appraised by our churches and culture. Worry is seen as a sign of caring, while impatience and irritability are applauded as indicators of zeal for getting good things done. We must take these thoughts captive and follow our righteous plan of calling sin what it is and raising the bar of behavior. Then we can rest in the Lord. Specifically, we can cry for help in our unbelief and remind ourselves and each other that Christ’s peace guards our hearts & minds.

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Wallowing in Worry, Part 1

All The Difference - 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

Despite the greatness of our God, His closeness in the Spirit, and the promises of Christ, Christians are regularly beset with faithlessness. At least I am; and my faithlessness exhibits itself in worry and in the prideful sins of impatience and irritability. The saddest part is that these three sins are poorly appraised by our churches and culture. Worry is seen as a sign of caring, while impatience and irritability are applauded as indicators of zeal for getting good things done. We must take these thoughts captive and follow our righteous plan of calling sin what it is and raising the bar of behavior. Then we can rest in the Lord. Specifically, we can cry for help in our unbelief and remind ourselves and each other that Christ’s peace guards our hearts & minds.

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Delighting in Discontentment, Part 2

All The Difference - 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

There are three basic types of discontentment: the positive trait of “pressing on” in growth, fighting complacent inertia; the often positive discontent over injustice exemplified by Israel’s prophets; and the negative discontent Christians show over long-standing circumstances. This latter is the point of our study, and it is rendered most difficult by a culture that highlights victimization. We must call the “empowering” of victimization the sin that it is and then accept the higher calling of God’s sovereign plan. Then, daily, we must hold each other accountable for our whining.

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Delighting in Discontentment, Part 1

All The Difference - 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

There are three basic types of discontentment: the positive trait of “pressing on” in growth, fighting complacent inertia; the often positive discontent over injustice exemplified by Israel’s prophets; and the negative discontent Christians show over long-standing circumstances. This latter is the point of our study, and it is rendered most difficult by a culture that highlights victimization. We must call the “empowering” of victimization the sin that it is and then accept the higher calling of God’s sovereign plan. Then, daily, we must hold each other accountable for our whining.

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Doting on Dishonesty, Part 2

All The Difference - 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM

Personally, in our homes, in business, as nations, and even theologically Christians accept and even promote dishonesty. This particular sin pattern is possibly the most dangerous of all as failure here threatens the capacity to grow in all other areas. We must acknowledge our evil; re-ignite our consciences; and find power and courage in Christ to be continuously honest.

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Doting on Dishonesty, Part 1

All The Difference - 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

Personally, in our homes, in business, as nations, and even theologically Christians accept and even promote dishonesty. This particular sin pattern is possibly the most dangerous of all as failure here threatens the capacity to grow in all other areas. We must acknowledge our evil; re-ignite our consciences; and find power and courage in Christ to be continuously honest.

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Furthering Filth, Part 2

All The Difference - 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

The furthering of filth is possibly the most epidemic aspect of our current western malaise. Our cultures and churches are especially overrun with inappropriate sexuality & sins of the tongue. The problem begins inside our dirty hearts. Again, we must recognize how we are missing the mark (harmartia); reaffirm God’s reasonable & healthy standards; and rely on the redeemed community, scripture, and Spirit to help us change.

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Furthering Filth, Part 1

All The Difference - 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

The furthering of filth is possibly the most epidemic aspect of our current western malaise. Our cultures and churches are especially overrun with inappropriate sexuality & sins of the tongue. The problem begins inside our dirty hearts. Again, we must recognize how we are missing the mark (harmartia); reaffirm God’s reasonable & healthy standards; and rely on the redeemed community, scripture, and Spirit to help us change.

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Sponsoring Selfishness, Part 2

All The Difference - 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

We tend to be selfish in our interests (thanks, Jerry B.), money, time, and interactions. Other sins also flow from this base of self-centeredness: jealousy, competitiveness, and controlling others. Not only is this tendency inherent in our flesh, our world often praises such behavior. Further, Christian communities exalt some of this, especially competitiveness & control, and our parenting is rife with sponsored selfishness. The solution is to – 1. Recognize the sin. 2. Raise our standards. 3. Clear the bar by: a. Focus on God’s sovereignty. b. Pray for others regularly. c. Practice self-control. d. Exalt graciousness and generosity.

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Sponsoring Selfishness, Part 1

All The Difference - 4/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

We tend to be selfish in our interests (thanks, Jerry B.), money, time, and interactions. Other sins also flow from this base of self-centeredness: jealousy, competitiveness, and controlling others. Not only is this tendency inherent in our flesh, our world often praises such behavior. Further, Christian communities exalt some of this, especially competitiveness & control, and our parenting is rife with sponsored selfishness. The solution is to – 1. Recognize the sin. 2. Raise our standards. 3. Clear the bar by: a. Focus on God’s sovereignty. b. Pray for others regularly. c. Practice self-control. d. Exalt graciousness and generosity.

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(Re) Discovering Despicability, Part 2

All The Difference - 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

One of the main causes of our joyless, immature living in modern Christianity is our lack of mortification and vivification. We have lowered the bar of “conduct becoming a Christian” and must learn to raise the bar and partner with the Spirit in regularly vaulting over it. We will discuss the three-fold process inherent in each of these sermon studies: recognize the lowering standard of sin; raise our expectations in line with scripture; and follow God’s means to triumphantly clear the bar every day. We will also cover introductory material, including our history and the false strategies of irresponsibility and legalistic holiness.

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(Re) Discovering Despicability, Part 1

All The Difference - 4/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

One of the main causes of our joyless, immature living in modern Christianity is our lack of mortification and vivification. We have lowered the bar of “conduct becoming a Christian” and must learn to raise the bar and partner with the Spirit in regularly vaulting over it. We will discuss the three-fold process inherent in each of these sermon studies: recognize the lowering standard of sin; raise our expectations in line with scripture; and follow God’s means to triumphantly clear the bar every day. We will also cover introductory material, including our history and the false strategies of irresponsibility and legalistic holiness.

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