Archive for the ‘Hedonism (living for pleasure)’ Category

Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 19:1-28) – Part 1: Rampant Immorality

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

In Judges, God shares some of the worst of what men can become when they reject His Word and do what is right in their own eyes. Judges 19 is very likely one of the darkest chapters in all of the Bible. Like Sodom, perverted men seek to sexually violate a visitor passing through town. What may be even worse, this visitor sends out his wife in his place! She is violated by the mob through the night, to the point of death. Rejecting God’s Word leads to selfishness, sexual perversion, and harm to everyone around us.

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Downfall of Samson (Judges 16:1-31)

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Samson’s life reaches an end that reflects his entire life. He lives his life for himself. Even in death, Samson dies to avenge his own eyes, not to vindicate God or to liberate God’s people. What can we learn from one who lived (and died) for himself?

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Timeline of Truth: Samson, the Selfish Judge – The Weakness of Samson (Judges 14:1-20)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

The Book of Judges shows that God accomplishes His work through both the faithful and unfaithful. God begins to use Samson begins as a rescuer of Israel all while Samson pursues sinful and selfish pleasures which violate the commands of God and the restrictions of the Nazirite vow. Samson’s biggest weakness is himself, and he allows his desires and lusts to dictate his choices. Samson begins his downward trek of sinful, self-destruction while God leverages this behavior to keep His promises. Bad choices may ruin our lives but not God’s plan or control.

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Jesus Tells the Parable of a Father and His Two Sons #1 (Luke 15:11-16)

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Sin is like gravity. You can ignore what God says about it, but it has the same effects, consequences, and result on you anyway, no matter where you go. In this study, we look at the first key individual mentioned in this story or account. He is often called “The Prodigal Son.” We see this younger son’s poor choices and his progressive spiral downward while living the wild, wasteful life when he eventually hits bottom. We look at his 8 downward steps and then draw 9 helpful lessons from his life. Does his life in any way reflect your life? If so, what would God have you do to make corrections?

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Timeline of Truth: Israel Fights and Moses Raises His Hands (Exodus 17:8-16)

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

This is a two-part lesson. We first look at 1 Corinthians 10:1-14 and examine Israel’s benefits and sins and how they relate to believers. Then we conclude with Joshua’s battle with Amalek, and Moses’ raising of his hands.

Timeline of Truth 15 – God Grieves Over Man’s Sin (Gen 6:1‐7)

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Mankind continues to grow in population and in wickedness. We do our best to try and understand these verses. We especially focus upon God’s response to man’s sin.

Avoiding the Pleasure Trap (#8): Say YES to the New Walk

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Having chosen to say NO to the “old man” or old way of living, God commands us to say YES to the new way of living. Walk on!

Avoiding the Pleasure Trap (#7): Say NO to the Old Walk

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

There are two parts to discipleship living – saying “no” to some things and saying “yes” to others. In this study, we look at what we are to say “no” to.

Avoiding the Pleasure Trap (#6): Love God, Not the World (1 John 2:15-17)

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

What does it mean to love the world? Why are we commanded NOT to love the world? John gives us several reasons.

Avoiding the Pleasure Trap (#5): Living Like We Don’t Belong (1 Peter 2:11-12)

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Former Northridge pastor Sean Kelly teaches on this strong but hope-giving warning about abstaining from lusts “which war against the soul.”