Category Archives: Self love

It’s not the way you think it is

Delusional self-confidence based on self-accomplishment is not far removed from self-righteousness. It’s an insidiously deadly poison that can be… Continue reading

Posted in Attitude, Blessed by God, Christian worldview, Christianity, Church, Church Leadership, Church membership, Deception, Following Christ, God's Heart, God's Love, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Greatness, Jesus Christ, Judging others, Kingdom, Legalism, Love, Meaning of life, Mercy, Missions, Personal thoughts, Poor in spirit, Pride, purpose, Radical love, Repentance, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Spiritual inventory, Teaching of Jesus, True Christianity?, Walking with God, Worldview | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The love language of all good marriages

The love language of all good marriages is …. Continue reading

Posted in Church, Church membership, Community, Divorce and Remarriage, God's Love, Local Church, Love, Marriage, marriage problems, Self love, Wisdom | 1 Comment

Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

Posted in Belief, Christian worldview, Christianity, Church Leadership, Church Planting, Confession, Depravity, Disciple-making, Doctrine, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Evil in the world, Faith, God's Love, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Hamartiology, Kingdom, Poor in spirit, Pride, Reconciliation, Religion-not the answer, Repentance, Salvation, Seeker Services, Seeking God, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Sin | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The change we really need

What does change look like in my life when I come to know Christ? Or, what should it look like?
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Posted in Born again?, Christian life, Christianity, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Imago Dei, In Christ, Salvation, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Spiritual Detox, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Wisdom | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Sin is wrong and dumb – a form of self-abuse

Here is a deeply insightful reflection from one of my favorite authors, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. It’s a bit long but well worth reading and discussing.   “The shortest and clearest way to state the relation between sin and foolishness is … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Alcohol addiction, Blessed by God, Deception, Devil, Drug addiction, Envy and Jealousy, Fools, Humanism, Lust, Origin of Sin, Pride, Problem of evil, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Sin | 1 Comment

How to know God

To truly become a Christian we must also repent of the reasons we ever did anything right. Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, God, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Grace, Pharisees, Poor in spirit, Quote of the day, Regeneration, Religion-not the answer, Repentance, Salvation, Seeking God, Self love, Selfishness, Tim Keller, Wisdom | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Beware of the jerks (and jerkettes)

Are you a pushover for predatory jerks? This author suggests that, “we are living in a jungle and its full of hungry jerks.” Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Accountability, Anger, Antagonists, Conflict, Counseling, Difficult people, Discernment, Enabling, Jerks, Parenting, Parenting Groups, Parenting teens, Self love, Selfishness | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Always leading us back to grace

God is always leading us back to grace to confess our unworthiness and to celebrate His mercy. Continue reading

Posted in Christian life, Christianity, Contentment, Death of Christ, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Grace, Gratitude, Humility, Justification, Pharisees, Pride, Salvation, Schadenfreude, Self esteem, Self love, Selfishness, Servanthood, Spiritual transformation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

People who want to feel important

“Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them … or they do not see it, or they … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership, Life of a pastor, Narcissism, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Servanthood | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A connection you must make

Have you ever made the connection between Romans 12:2 and 12:3? It’s somewhat unexpected but absolutely essential to spiritual transformation. Notice the connection: v. 2 – “be transformed by the renewing of your mind (your way of thinking)” v. 3 – … Continue reading

Posted in Mind, Mind Renewal, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation | Leave a comment