C.S. Lewis on Love, Reward, and Desire

In his 1942 sermon “The Weight of Glory,” C. S. Lewis challenged people to consider the difference between love and self-denial, arguing that the Bible’s emphasis on love and reward means we need to reconsider the role of self-denial in the Christian life. He’s not encouraging a wanton lifestyle of excess and selfishness, but one that views human desire and pleasure as good things, albeit twisted by our failure to understand what desire and pleasure are really all about.

I thought it would be good to hear Lewis’ words again as we make our way through this holiday season. They seem appropriate for reminding us both that God created pleasure, so we can enjoy life shamelessly, and that we are created for far higher pleasures than those with which we often try to satisfy our desires.

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Helo; 

 

Is there any study specificlly on the Holy Spirit?

Greetings.

 

Alan.

directorpm 9:04am December 13, 2013

We do not yet offer a complete class on the Holy Spirit, but if you enter Holy Spirit on the search field on the home page, you will see links to lectures and articles that will get you started.

Ed 9:56am March 23, 2015

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chenzhen 6:02am May 9, 2016