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Taming the Beast

Sunday June 1, 2008                                       1 Tim 4:1-5

Meditations on Desire

Advertising and Desire

Key Idea

·         Desires Awakened by What We See

·         Desires Make Us Vulnerable to Manipulation

·         Taming our Desires

The Point

·         How Desires Work

·         Why That Matters

·         What to Do

An Obvious Solution ... That Doesn’t Work

The SourceUltimate and Immediate

Demonic Deception and Twisted Teachers

The Idea – Rules, Asceticism, Harsh Self Denial  Col 2:16-23

A Snapshot ... Picture a Kind of Life

Another Snapshot – of This Kind of Life             Col 3:15-17

GiftA Way of Looking at the World

·         God Created Everything, Everything God Created is Good

ThanksgivingAn Attitude In All of Life

·         Savour Life; Receive vs Take; Thanksgiving vs Optimism

Word and PrayerFill Your Mind

·         Ponder, Mull, Fill, Permeate

ConsecrationBring God In to Everything

·         Morning, Evening, Conversations, Decisions

Now What?

·         Cultivation

·         Course Correction

Take it Home! Do rules work? Why or why not? When do they work? When don’t they?Make as long a list as you can of what people are involved so you can have one of your typical meals.Share things you are thankful for.Try these quick prayers of consecration in your daily routine:·         Morning – Lord, I give this day to you.·         Evening – Thank you for today.·         Phone – Lord, guide this conversation.·         Decision – Lord guide me.Share what impact this has on how you experience your day.      Take It Home – Take this home and use these questions to think about the ideas shared today. It is even better if you can use these questions in a conversation with someone else.

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