Hostile to God: Romans 8.7

“So the attitude that comes from selfishness is hostile to God. It doesn’t submit to God’s Law, because it can’t.”

Romans 8.7 CEB

The self-serving attitude is diametrically opposed to serving God. The meaning of conversion is to move from one to the other. Serving both is impossible.

Jesus never performed a miracle to serve himself. So he refused to turn a stone into bread. How can I refuse catering to self in order to obey God?

#votd #Romans #selfishness

Elite class of the best nation: Amos 6.1

Woe to those who live in ease in Zion, to those who feel secure on Mount Samaria. They think of themselves as the elite class of the best nation. The family of Israel looks to them for leadership.

Amos 6.1

The rich of Israel thought they had it made. The prophet accuses them of decadence and injustice. They are complacent and indulge themselves. They serve self rather than God. Destruction is coming!

While the lost perish, God’s church takes its ease. Entertainment is paramount. Spending is mostly on self. We have religion but not God. He will judge. It is time to repent.

#votd #Amos #selfishness

January 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Competing Voices)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Competing Voices (Cody Westbrook)
  • Bible Passages (John W. Moore)
  • Faith vs. Doubt (Jason Jackson)
  • Compromise vs. Conviction (Kevin Cauley)
  • Sin vs. Repentance (Pat McIntosh)
  • Complacency vs. Fervency (Jon Williams)
  • Selfishness vs. Selflessness (Rick Brumback)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#complacency, #compromise, #conviction, #doubt, #faith, #inner-voice, #repentance, #resource, #selfishness, #selflessness, #sin, #the-power-of-influence, #zeal

Popular religion is selfish, but Christ and self cannot coexist.

Over on QBT, I wrote how a bad habit in nomenclature ignores the horizontal element in singing, toward one’s brethren, in order to focus solely on the vertical element, toward God. This manifestation reinforces the conclusion that popular religion feeds selfishness.

Most Brazilian religious songs, among evangelicals, anyway, speak of the individual, rather than the group. Perhaps, in part, it is a linguistic problem, since the former requires fewer syllables. But it adds evidence to the tendency of selfishness in popular Brazilian religion. Continue reading

#popular-religion, #selfishness, #singing

Years ago back in a Brooklyn housing project…

Years ago back in a Brooklyn housing project courtyard, Barbara Miller was severely beaten, raped and then shot to death over a thirty minute period. More than 38 residents heard her screams and cries for help, but none called the authorities until after the shots. They explained to interviewers that they didn’t want to get involved. Long ago Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Actually he was asking the wrong question. He should have asked, “Am I my brother’s brother?” The Lord does not expect us to be each other’s keeper, but he does expect us to be each other’s brother. There is no more disgusting example of blatant selfishness than that of the 38 residents who ignored those cries for help. They had swallowed Satan’s lie-“it’s no skin off my back.” The truth is its both skin off their backs and time off their soul! This is Just-a-Minute

#just-a-minute, #selfishness

Who cares?

“Who cares what I do? I’m only hurting myself.” That’s a delusional statement.

When we choose to do something harmful to ourselves, our character, our body, someone else will always be affected.

This is the essence of selfishness. Well said the poet, “No man is an island.” Especially, “who cares?” should never pour from the fountain of a Christian heart. Somebody cares.

And if we think no one cares – or if no one around us really does care – Jesus always does, he “loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Friend, “He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

—Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin

#caring, #selfishness

Down with selfishness

Problems persist on my personal site, so here goes the Daily Bible Devotional again on TFR.

EgotismHumans are selfish, thinking first of their own desires. In order to be the people of God, we must repent of our selfishness and think first of our neighbor. Jesus explains how:

In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:12 NET

We already have a good idea of how we want to be treated, how we want others to judge us. With this measure we should treat others.

In a word, this idea expresses the sense of Scripture and, we may add, the sense of our Lord Jesus’ coming to earth.

#altruism, #gospel-of-matthew, #help-others, #selfishness

Selfishness, by Glenn Hitchcock

All I can say is, Wow!


In The Trivialization of God, Donald McCullough quotes Freeman Patterson, noted Canadian photographer, describing barriers that prevented him from seeing the best photo possibilities:

“Letting go of the self is an essential precondition to real seeing. When you let go of yourself, you abandon any preconceptions about the subject matter which might cramp you into photographing in a certain, predetermined way. …

“When you let go, new conceptions arise from your direct experience of the subject matter, and new ideas and feelings will guide you as you make pictures.”

In the spiritual life, just as in photography, being preoccupied with self is the greatest barrier to seeing.

My Grandmother would say: “People can’t see the big picture because they make themselves a part of the frame.”

(Col. 3:1-4) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock

#photography, #quotes, #selfishness, #spiritual-life

David Lemmons writes about things certai…

David Lemmons writes about things certain to hinder spiritual growth in 2010. One of them, he says, is …

Self-centeredness. This is one of Satan’s most powerful weapons which actually demands very little effort on his part. Folks just have a tendency to cooperate with the old devil on this one, voluntarily. It has been my contention for many years that we can find this spirit of independence in the hearts of God’s people at some interesting points in Bible history. Study it and see if those periods in Israel’s history when they had this independent spirit, thinking they could go it alone, not needing God, were not the very times that God had to punish His people. Want an example of the opposite position? Consider the household of Cornelius. Acts 10:33 informs us that they were gathered to hear Peter because they wanted to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.

Read his article to get a view of the road bumps along the way to avoid.

#selfishness, #spiritual-growth