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ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
1. Materialism
2. Pride
3. Self-centeredness
4. Laziness
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust
6. Envy
7. Gluttony
8. Lying

Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when…
they had neglected their time with God (81 percent)
and when they were physically tired (57 percent).
Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising
situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent).

 
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In his book, None of These Diseases, Dr. S.I. McMillen says, "Medical science recognizes that emotions such as fear, sorrow, envy, resentment and hatred are responsible for the majority of our sicknesses. Estimates vary from 60 to 100 percents."

One patient was told by his doctor, "If you don’t cut out your resentments, I may have to cut out your intestinal tract."

 
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A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:

1. Materialism. 2. Pride. 3. Self-centeredness. 4. Laziness. 5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness. 5. (Tie) Sexual lust. 7. Envy. 8. Gluttony. 9. Lying.

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A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them. These are listed in this order. 1. Materialism. 2. Pride. 3. Self-centeredness. 4. Laziness. 5. Tied were: Anger/Bitterness/Sexual lust. 6. Envy. 7. Gluttony. 8. Lying. (3)

There’s little difference in ethical behavior between the churched and the unchurched. Religion, for most people, isn’t really a life changing experience. People cite it as important, for in...

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Rick Stacy
 
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Mike Freeman, an Elder here at MCC, shared this with me this past week. When he was finishing up his college he had an opportunity to do his internship at a really swanky resort in Missouri or to do it a children’s camp called Spring Hill in upper Michigan.
The resort was one of these all inclusive places – kind of like a cruise ship on land. The parking lot was full of beamers and caddies. It seemed like a great opportunity to move up in many ways but the staff was heavy into parties and drinking.
On the way home Mike turned on his radio and the first words he heard from a late night radio show of some preacher that he had never heard of was “You know what you need to do – now do it.” So Mike went home, called Spring Hill camp and took the job there.
He was obedient and do you know what God gave him? Well that next summer he met Sheila. Now that’s a miracle. Also a couple of years later in California he got a great ...

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James McDonald
 
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Barna Research Group - the average American adult believes he needs an additional $8,000 - $11,000 per year to live comfortably. Tracking studies show, however, that even when adults reach or exceed the income levels to which they asp...

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