Session One: What’s the Big Deal?
- “Pride is tasteless, colorless and sizeless. Yet it is the hardest thing to swallow.” – August B. Black [source]
- “The safest way to stay supreme in our own estimation is to deny anything above us.” (John Piper in Future Grace, p. 92) (parallel to Psalm 10:4)
- “Pride is essentially competitive… Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest… If I am a proud man, then, as long as there is one man in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or cleverer than I, he is my rival and my enemy.” (C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, 110-111)
- “You can have no greater sign of a confirmed pride than when you think you are humble enough.” – William Law [source]
- “We may justly condemn ourselves as the greatest sinners we know because we know more of the folly of our own heart than we do of other people’s.” – William Law [source] (parallel to 1Tim 1:15)
- General resource on humility: Humility: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney
Session Two: Get Lost!
- Powers of 10 short film [Simpsons spoof :-)] [cool related interactive presentation]
- More Than Meets the Eye: Fascinating Glimpses of God’s Power and Design by Richard A. Swenson,
- “For thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee.” – Augustine [source]
- The Flyaway Kite by Steve Bjorkman
Session Three: Be Cross-Eyed!
- It’s All About Me video clip (you’ll need to search for it)
- The Cross and Criticism – Article related to the theme of this message.
- Parrot story from The Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel The Main Thing by C.J. Mahaney, p. 18.
Session Four: Day in the Life of a P.S.H.L.P.
- “Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow …. Ingratitude is the mark of a proud man, but to consistently express thankfulness is to deal blow after mortifying blow to my self-glorifying arrogance.” (C. J. Mahaney in Dear Timothy, pp. 129-130)
- Written Prayers
- One-Minute Bible
- “I believe that our inconsistency in practicing the spiritual disciplines is not due primarily to an absence of self-discipline, but to the presence of self-sufficiency.” (C. J. Mahaney in Dear Timothy, p. 131)
- Memorize This! [Here’s another Scripture memory system and an article about Scripture memory. You can also use music like this or this]