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Seven Paths: Gluttony – Bet You Can’t Eat Just One!

We are currently in the message series: Seven Paths leading to darkness, Seven Paths leading to light. 

Seven Paths: Glutton – Bet You Can’t Eat Just One!

1 Corinthians 6, Proverbs 25, Philippians 3, Romans 14

This week we continue in our series of exploring 7 paths that lead to darkness (vices) and the 7 paths that lead to light (virtues).  We are at the center of the series with a message on Gluttony.  Traditionally, gluttony is paired with the virtue of temperance.  Temperance is defined as moderation in action, thought, or feeling.  It also describes moderation of appetites and passions.  This is a good definition, however, how does Scripture approach gluttony?  What would be Scripture’s corresponding virtue?  

This week I’ve been thinking about how these 7 vices correspond with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  When looking at Pride, we saw virtues of humility and gentleness.  When we looked at Lust, we saw virtues of chastity, self-control, and self-respecting/other respecting expressions of love.  When we looked at Envy, we saw virtues of kindness, gratitude, contentment, and generosity.  

When it comes to gluttony, we will revisit the virtue of self-control and press into the fruit of finding joy and satisfaction in the proper enjoyment of God’s good gifts.  

After last weeks message on Envy, someone suggested I spend more balanced time in the message on both the vice and virtue.  Apparently, I have been spending 90% of the message on the vice and neglecting the beauty of virtue.  I have investigated this and find this comment to be true!  So, this Sunday, plan to hear equal time of both vice and virtue.  Praise the Lord!

Some questions to ponder in preparation for Sunday: Is gluttony mainly concerned with food and drink?  In what other ways might we be gluttonous?  There are many!  Be smart.  

Be wise as a snake and gentle as a dove in confronting the coronavirus pandemic and loving those around you.  And pray for our leaders on all levels making decisions that matter,

In Him,
Pastor Mark

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The Pursuit of Pleasure

Feb 8: Mark Begins a New Message Series: Seven Paths to Darkness. This week’s message is: 
The Pursuit of PleasureEcclesiastes 2:1-11
Time for a change – five weeks of Baptism related messages has been good and satisfying – now, on to Seven Paths/Choices that Lead to Darkness.  That sounds ominous, even scary!  

Before you decide to skip out on church for the next 8 weeks, consider how much of the Bible references just this series of topics.  Traditionally, these ‘paths’ have been described by the following realities: Pride, Lust, Greed, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth, and Anger (The Seven Deadly Sins). Wisdom literature in the Old Testament writings, Jesus teachings in the Gospels, and every one of the Letters written to the early church is packed with guidance, teaching, and references to these seven paths/choices.  

Do not fear!  We will be juxtaposing these seven paths/choices that lead to darkness with seven overcoming paths/choices that lead to light.  We will begin this 8 week series with a message from the heart of wisdom literature in Scripture, Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.  The Pursuit of Pleasure in on the schedule for Sunday.  In reading the passage for Sunday ask yourself what paths/choices the writer makes in his pursuit of pleasure.  What does he say about them?  How does he approach engagement in these paths/choices?  Where do these paths/choices lead him?  

Good stuff!  Can’t go wrong with the Bible – great material to work with!  Think its because its Holy Spirit inspired or something like that, :). 

Chili dinner at church on Saturday at 5:00pm. Community movie to follow: Disneys Penguins!

Pastor Mark