September 6th, 2019 | 29 mins 56 secs
adam and eve, bible, bible study, catholic, creation, creator, genesis, gospel of john, moderation, scripture, self-control, temperance, temporal, too much of a good thing, virtue
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and filled up on an appetizer (like chips and salsa) and then didn’t have any room left for the more nutritious main course? Jeff uses this illustration to explain how good things can become a problem when they replace God. Using Scripture passages from Genesis, St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and the Gospel of John, Jeff shows us why moderation is extremely important if we want to set our eyes on heaven.
March 8th, 2019 | 34 mins 19 secs
40 days, almsgiving, be more like jesus, bible, biblical scholar, catholic, fasting, genesis, gospel, jeff cavins, jesus, lent, lent 2019, lenten committment, lenten strategy, prayer, scripture, three pillars of lent
Stick to the three pillars of Lent for the full forty days with this strategy from Jeff Cavins. We hear about fasting, almsgiving, and prayer so often during Lent that the words can become bland and lose meaning. But these practices are not arbitrary measures designed to make us miserable for forty days. They are spiritual disciplines specifically aimed at three areas of weakness in our souls. They help us overcome sin and become more like Jesus. Jeff shows us the effectiveness of these practices by comparing biblical figures from Genesis and 1 John to Jesus’ example in the Gospel of Matthew. He also provides some alternate ways of thinking about fasting, almsgiving, and prayer to help rejuvenate our commitment this Lent.