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Randy Alcorn's Blog: pride

Humility: Recognizing Who We Really Are

ladybugRomans 12:3 says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.” This is what humility is—it’s recognizing who we really are.

 

Martin Luther on being a theologian, writer and preacher

DonkeyAs a student of theology, writer, and occasional preacher, I loved reading Martin Luther talking about learning theology, and about the “little books” some of us write and the little sermons we preach. Sometimes the reformers really make you smile.

 

Better Than I Deserve

Empty handedLiving by grace means affirming daily our unworthiness. We are never thankful for what we think we deserve. We are deeply thankful for what we know we don’t deserve.

Response to the Idea that God Forgives a Child Killer

PrisonYears ago, I wrote an article about Westley Allen Dodd, a man who was executed in 1993 for torturing, raping and murdering three young boys in Vancouver, Washington, about twenty minutes from where I live

Seeing Yourself As You Really Are

MirrorWhat I think about myself is important. We all have a self-image. But not all self-images are equally valid.

What does it mean to “love not the things of the world”?

Do not love the world1 John 2:15-16 reads, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh [the sin nature] and the desires of the eyes [which relates to the warped perspective we sometimes have] and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.” 

Tim Keller on Scoffers, Scorners, and Snark

Tim KellerI appreciate the thoughtful, biblical and Christ-centered insights of Pastor Tim Keller. I recommend his books, messages and online videos. Here’s something he wrote awhile back that deserves a wide audience.

A. W. Tozer on Failure and Success: The Small and the Great

A.W. TozerA.W. Tozer was one of the writers (along with C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer) who had the most profound impact on me as a young Christian, and he continues to do so. I appreciated this reminder from him that pride is delusional. And it’s never in our best interests.

Humility: Operating within God’s Grace

Praying handsPuritan Theologian John Flavel said,

"They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud."

As Christians, we are chosen by God, and also targeted by Satan.

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