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Comparison Trap

We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by newer, shinier, bigger, and better. Whether it’s material possessions or someone else’s accomplishments, we are constantly tempted by comparison. Whenever comparison begins, contentment ends.  The fastest way to kill something special is to compare it to something else. Comparison can do one of two things—it can lead us to either a sense of inferiority or a sense of superiority—and neither pleases God.

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Corrosive Comparison

September 16, 2018 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 5

When young David succeeded in killing Goliath, he won the praises of the Israelites. But rather than celebrating David’s accomplishment, Saul was very angry. The more Saul compared himself with David, the more bitter he became. His bitterness became corrosive and deadly. But the Bible offers us three ways of conquering comparison if we're willing to engage the battle.

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September 23, 2018 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 5

The message we hear every day from our culture is that we just need a little more. And if we just had a little more, then we would be happy and our problems would be solved. As a result, most Americans spend their lives in pursuit of more money and possessions, thinking that they will eventually have “enough.” This lack of contentment drives us to work more hours, borrow more money, buy more stuff and create more stress for our lives and families. But there’s danger in living in a culture so driven by consumerism.

Look Straight Ahead

September 30, 2018 by Dan White Message 3 of 5

Comparison is a distraction that can keep us from living the life God has in mind for us. And one of the most common ways we experience this distraction is through envy. But if we stay focused on running the race God set just for us, then we're likely to experience a richer, more fulfilling life than if we actually got all the things we envied others for.

Better Than Most

October 7, 2018 by Dan White Message 4 of 5

As followers of Christ, we can easily drift into a sense of moral superiority. As we grow in our faith and sanctification takes hold, we (hopefully) become more like Christ. We develop better habits, bigger hearts and deeper character. The one downside of sanctification is that we can forget where we started and how desperately we needed—and still need—God’s grace.

Meet the New Me (Baptism)

October 14, 2018 by Mark Stuenzi Message 5 of 5