No Other gods

No Other gods

The god Called Entertainment

Whether or not we realize it, we have the ability to make a god out of our need to be entertained, our need to have fun, our need to be pleased, and our need to be amused. This god manifested itself at the base of Mount Sinai when the Israelites grew impatient while waiting on Moses to return with the Law. This god manifested itself when Solomon tried to find the meaning of life through a variety of entertaining endeavors.…

The god Called Work

The country music band, Alabama, had it right way back in 1992 when they released the song “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).” They diagnosed an idolatrous problem in are society 25 years ago and it’s the worship of a god called work. Work is not just what you do to receive an income; work is everything you do that keeps you busy. And, it is very easy for work to replace God as the most important thing…

The god Called Success

How do you define success? The world tends to equate success with being great at something, and, as a result, many spend their lives trying to reach this level of so-called “greatness.” When success becomes your obsession it quite obviously has become your idol. And the truth is that although success may be a laudable goal it is a pitiful god since it is unattainable for most, unsustainable for the rest, and unsatisfying for all. In order to avoid the…

The god Called Appearance

Another popular god in our culture centers around the way we look. People in our culture are consumed with bolstering their image, improving their appearance, and looking good. Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthy. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. But when the pursuit of the external beauty trumps the pursuit of internal beauty you cross into the realm of idolatry. So, what does God have to say about our worship of the god…

The god Called More

Quite possibly the most popular idol in our culture is the god called more. Our culture believes that more is better so it worships money, acquisitions, and possessions. Unfortunately, Christians are not immune to this way of thinking, and when we buy into this mentality, it prevents us from having more commitment to Christ. That’s why the one god that Jesus specifically indicated we have denounce if we are going to make the Lord God our Master is the god…

The god Called Now

We live in a world that worships time. Technology is constantly making things faster in order to satiate our desire for instant gratification. For example, we have instant coffee, instant meals, instant pots, instant replay, instant messaging, Instagram, etc. As a result of our worship of the god called now, we are finding it more and more difficult to wait. Yet waiting is a tool used by God for our benefit. In this lesson we explore why we worship the…

The god Called Control

Ever since the Garden of Eden mankind has been wrestling with something that one preacher called “Empire Desire”—the desire to be in control. And, as a result, control has often become an idol that we worship. In this lesson, we will explore the various ways in which we bow to the idol of control, what makes control a counterfeit god, and what it will take for us to stop worshipping it. What we have to realize is that in order…

Idol Talk

The first commandment is “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). That commandment establishes the expectation that God’s people will be solely devoted to him, but it also acknowledges the existence of potential competitors. In the Old Testament, the Canaanite deity, Baal, was the primary god competing for the Israelites allegiance. In the New Testament, Greek deities like Artemis as well as the Roman government competed for the hearts of God’s people. But do such competitors exist…