The Root of the Problem (Part 17): Lack of Urgency

We sometimes have an odd perception of time. We often stress and worry about matters that must be dealt with in the short term. But when it comes to long term goals and preparations, we tend to take a casual approach to these matters. This is somewhat understandable. The short term matters require immediate attention, [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 16): Lack of Self-Control

It is easy to look at our society today and conclude that self-control is an old-fashioned virtue. If we desire something, we should go get it. If something feels good, do it. This is the message that our culture is preaching to us. But regardless of the prevailing mindset of society, the Scriptures teach us [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 15): We’ve Made It a Habit

A habit is “a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition” (The American Heritage Dictionary). Anything can become a habit, even those things which are good. Sadly, many have developed a habit of sin. They have sinned so often that they now do it without even thinking. This is a [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 14): Difficult Circumstances

Excuses are often made for sin on account of the difficult circumstances in one’s life. These excuses may be made by individuals for themselves or by others on their behalf. He stole – but he was poor. He has a drinking problem – but his parents were alcoholics. He committed murder – but he was [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 13): Failure to Prioritize

We live our lives according to what we have determined is important to us. Our actions, relationships, budget, and hobbies are all based upon our priorities. If something is not important to us, we will not make time for it. Things that we believe are important, we will sacrifice time, money, and effort for them. [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 12): Not Filling Our Lives With Good Things

Something that we all have in common is that we each have the same number of hours in a day. While we often think that we do not have as much time as others, the reality is that we have chosen to fill our lives with those things which take up our time – either [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 11): Curiosity

While Paul was in Athens waiting for Silas and Timothy to meet up with him, he spent his time talking with the people of the city about Jesus and the resurrection. Some of the philosophers with whom he spoke took him to the Aeropagus (Mars Hill) in order to hear more about this new teaching. [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 10): Materialism

We live in a materialistic society. So apparent is this reality that I believe examples need not be given. As Christians we must be careful that we do not follow after the world in this regard. Paul gives us a sobering warning about having a materialistic attitude: “If we have food and covering, with these [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 9): Impatience

Our culture has long promoted the “instant gratification” mindset. We do not want to wait, we want to have our desires realized now. We have credit cards to buy things for which we have yet to earn the money to pay for them. No down payment home loans allow us to move into our own [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 8): Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can be a very strong influence for sin. School-aged children are taught to overcome peer pressure and to not follow the crowd when their friends are doing things that they should not do. But despite the continual admonitions, many children ignore these warnings and do what is wrong so that they can fit [...]