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Summary: A look at how the Seven Deadly Sins twist our God-created nature into something unnatural.

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INTRO

- There are certain conversations in life that I love.

o Last week, while at Physical Therapy for my shoulder, I wound up discussing Calvinistic theology and how it applies within a modern context with my therapist.

o You know…light conversation for 7:45 in the morning.

o She happens to be the daughter of missionaries, and when she discovered I was a pastor, there was a natural segue into faith and life.

• I have two degrees in biblical studies and Christian leadership, so having time to actually discuss the stuff I paid so much to learn about is kind of fulfilling.

• And then there are conversations that aren’t quite as fulfilling.

o If there are times when we’re looking forward to talking with someone, then there are also times when we dread doing the same thing.

o And the difference in those conversations is the subject matter.

o One of my roles as a pastor is to manage staff, and there are times when I’ve had to let staff go.

o A number of years ago, I had to fire a youth intern that worked for me.

o He was a really nice kid, but he wasn’t living up to the expectations that his position had, and after a certain amount of time, it was clear that he wasn’t willing to take his responsibilities seriously.

o I called him on a Wednesday night, and told him that I wanted to meet with him the next morning.

o And I didn’t really sleep well in the hours in between.

o What complicated that was the relationship I had with his dad, who was a friend and another pastor in town with me.

o But, in the end, I knew what needed to be done, and I had the conversation no one enjoys having.

• We’ve all lived out moments like that.

o Maybe you haven’t needed to fire someone, but you’ve known that the next conversation you’re going to have with somebody will be uncomfortable.

o Maybe it’s a close friend that you’re suddenly in the midst of a conflict with.

o Or maybe it’s a spouse who’s caught onto that little thing you’ve tried to keep secret from them.

o Or maybe its time to talk to your kids about sex, drugs and rock and roll.

o Two out of those three are awesome, within the right context.

• Regardless, there are crucial conversations in life that need to happen, even if we’re not looking forward to it.

THE 800 LB GORILLA IN THE ROOM

• Today, we begin a series that will be uncomfortable for us.

• It will be awkward for me as the speaker, and trying for you as the listener.

• And the reason it will be uncomfortable is because we’re going to talk about sin.

o Within the context of our faith, sin is the one thing that we are all aware of, yet we really don’t talk about it, let alone deal with it.

o But sin is what brings us to God in the first place, right?

o And so, there’s this weird paradox in regards to sin the longer we live as followers of Jesus Christ.

• On the front end of faith, I’ve found that people that are coming to Jesus will talk about everything.


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