Messages with tag - pride

Sun, Nov 07, 2021
Duration: 43 mins 45 secs
King Xerxes cannot sleep. This minor detail begins a turn of events that reverses the fortune of Mordecai, Queen Esther, and the Jewish people. Meanwhile, Haman enters the king's court after spending the night erecting a large stake to crucify Mordecai on. Before can get permission from the king to carry out his plan, Xerxes asks Mordecai what he should do to honor a man he delights in. Haman, a classic narcissist, things the king speaks of him. He does not. He intends to honor Mordecai for an earlier, overlooked act of valor. Haman's narcissism is exposed. His dramatic fall begins. Narcissism never ends well. We all must beware of it, forgetting ourselves, and looking to Jesus.
Sun, Sep 05, 2021
Duration: 42 mins 53 secs
Pride is the final and foundational "deadly sin." It surfaces in the Garden of Eden, evident and Adam and Eve's choice to reject God's law and pursue their own deification. They take from the Tree of Knowledge and eat so they could be "like God." This act is the archetype of pride, which sets independence over submissions. Pride says, "You can't tell me what to do." It looks for loopholes in laws and treats personal tradition as more important than divine mandate. God wants our submission. He orders life for our good. We must learn to trust him.
Sun, May 03, 2020
Series: LOVED-13
Duration: 42 mins 5 secs
We tend to bend inward. Our hearts envy others, inflate our egos, and look for our own interests. This was the case in Corinth. Spiritual gifts and social groups bent the church inward. Rather than building one another up in love, they lived as rivals. We can suffer the same inward bent. Thus, Paul continues his masterpiece on love, encouraging his readers to look out for others. Love looks out for the inward bent and look outward to build up others.
Sun, Nov 03, 2019
Everyone has potential. Sadly, many do not reach it. Their lives our wrecked by untamed passions and uncontrolled pride. Need a case study? Look no farther than Samson. This miracle child, empowered by the Spirit of God, spiraled to his death. His good looks, strong arms, and clever riddles could not compensate for his foolish decisions. And yet, God still used him and answered his prayers. That offers hope to those of us who likewise fail to reach their God-given potential.
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 55 secs
God designed spiritual community to be a place of care. We meet one another's needs. We tend one another's wounds. We bear one another's burdens. These acts of care give evidence of our close companionship with God's Spirit. He did not intend for us to live alone. Such a community of care requires humility, honesty, and effort.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 42 secs
We don't like to run into the inflated ego of others. Nor do we like to admit our ego gets inflated at a times. Instead, we like to pick at the big ego in politicians, CEOs, athletes, and religious people. This is not our job. God does not call us to deflate the ego of self-important people, but to learn humility. It looks much better on us than an inflated ego.
Sun, Jul 31, 2016
Duration: 51 mins 34 secs
David is the foil of Saul. While the first king of Israel was proud, David demonstrated humility. He trusted God, stood in His strength, showed restraint, and practiced gratitude. This sermon gleans lessons on humility from the ruddy king of Israel after God's own heart.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 37 secs
King Saul's pride rendered him ineffective. His good looks and tall height could not compensate for his impatience, need to control, and ability to turn others into rivals. This sermon takes note of Saul's ascent and decline as it related to his pride, and draws implications for the ongoing struggle we have with pride.
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