Seven Deadly Relational Sins - Pride - John Van Sloten

February 15, 2009

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryThe Seven Deadly Relational Sins; pride, envy, gluttony, anger, lust greed and sloth. In this message we focus on the deadly and divisive sin of pride.

Definition: Pride is inordinate self-centredness, self-absorption, and self-esteem. It’s the self filled with self and it’s most often borne out of insecurity. Unlike some of the other deadly sins, pride stands alone. While greed, lust, gluttony, sloth, envy and anger can bring people together, pride doesn’t. By definition it divides, separates, it is enmity.
Dr. N. Plantinga, Calvin Seminary

“The wicked snub GOD,
their noses stuck high in the air.
Their graffiti are scrawled on the walls:
"Catch us if you can!" "God is dead."
Psalm 10:4, MSG

“First pride, then the crash--
the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.”
Proverbs 16:18, MSG

“He [Jesus] told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.'
"Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'"
Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself."
The Gospel of Luke 18:9-14, MSG

“Yet man did not fall away to the extent of losing all his being; but when he had turned toward himself his being was less real that when he adhered to him
who exists in supreme degree.”
St. Augustine, City of God

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July 05, 2010
I belive the seven deadly sins is what makes us humans and therefor instead of avoding em and condeming them i say embrace em cause you cant go on in live with out at some point in your life doing one or more of them (most people i guss goes through life, doing all of em ... more than once)

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April 14, 2009
i agree entirly. Thanks God for this message.

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