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Seven Deadly Sins: LUST

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This Sunday we look at the deadly sin of lust. Lust is something, just like all the other deadly sins, that we all struggle with (to varying degrees). Where lust may be different, though, is our struggle with it is something we try our hardest to keep hidden. We're ashamed of our lust, and we don't want others -- especially our close friends and family -- to know about it.
 
To prepare for tomorrow, where we will talk about lust, I found this story about Rich Mullins. 
Rich Mullins, a Christian musician and songwriter who died in 1997 at the age of 41, once confessed in a concert that he struggled with watching pornography while travelling alone. One of his spiritual mentors told him, "It's not that you're so bad, it's just that you're not supposed to go out by yourself." So Mullins took a friend along with him on a trip to Amsterdam near its famous red-light district. Mullins said he was hoping his friend would fall fast asleep and start snoring so, as Mullins put it, "I thought, 'Maybe it would be fun to just take a walk and be tempted.'" He waited until 5:00 in the morning for his friend to start snoring, but he never did. Meanwhile, in the midst of his temptation, Mullins picked up a notebook and wrote the words to one of his more popular songs, 'Hold Me, Jesus':
And I wake up in the night and feel the dark
It's so hot inside my soul
I swear there must be blisters on my heart
So hold me Jesus, 'cause I'm shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace
With this back story, some people call this Mullins' "Prayer for Porn Addicts" song, but it could also be a called a "Prayer for Anyone Who Is Tempted" Song.
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  • Andrea Schinkel
    Andrea Schinkel Thursday, 06 April 2017

    I just listened to the deadly sin sermons that I've missed this morning as I cleaned. Want you to know how much I appreciated them. Every one of them spoke to me and convicted me in different areas of my life. Also, the lady I clean for, over heard parts and asked me to forward the link to hear them herself. Know that the Lord is continuing to work through you in farther reaching ways than you might think.

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