The Seven Deadly Virtues: Temptations in Our Pursuit of Goodness
:Our virtues can become our vices. Faith. Love. Family. Power. Success. Goodness. Generosity. Who among us wouldn't want to exhibit strength in these areas in our lives? It's hard to imagine this list being similar to the "seven deadly...
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:Our virtues can become our vices.Faith. Love. Family. Power. Success. Goodness. Generosity. Who among us wouldn't want to exhibit strength in these areas in our lives? It's hard to imagine this list being similar to the "seven deadly sins" that we strive to avoid, such as greed, lust, and slothfulness. But even so-called virtues can be harmful to our souls if we're not careful about how we pursue them in our lives.Todd Outcalt explores the fine line between virtues and vices, and he helps us to discern the difference between the two. Using biblical insights, classic and contemporary illustrations, and thoughtful commentary, he uncovers ways our flawed priorities and values can masquerade as healthy religious practices and goals. He opens our eyes to misconceptions of what true character is in the eyes of God and shows us how to reorient ourselves toward virtuous living.Pursuing God with clear motivations and pure hearts is not always as straightforward as it sounds. The Seven Deadly Virtues will help you recognize and remove the everyday stumbling blocks in your Christian walk that keep you from true spiritual growth and vitality.
Todd Outcalt is a United Methodist pastor who has written for a wide variety of publications and periodicals. Educated at Duke University, he has counseled hundreds of couples before marriage and officiated at (nearly) an equal number of weddings. He has conducted workshops on marriage and parenting, and has led seminars on the premarital relationship. Happily married, Todd and his wife, Becky, have two children.
- :introduction1. Keeping Your Faith Without Destroying The Faith Of Others2. From Loving Our Way To God's Way3. From Focusing On Our Family To God's Family First4. The Power Of One Or The Power Of The One5. The Lure Of Success Or The Allure Of Grace6. When Good Isn't Good Enough, God Is Still Good7. Generous To A Fault Or Overflowing With Gratitudeepilogueacknowledgmentsfor Reflection Or Discussion