Thought For The Day
The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation.
Henry David Thoreau
When you hear the words idol and idolatry, what images come to mind?
Do you conjure up pictures of people making sacrifices to unknown gods…
Temples filled with statues of pagan gods and goddesses…
Cultures where animals and ancestors are revered?
If this is what comes to mind when you think of idols…
If you believe you are free from idolatry in your life…
In his book, Empty Promises – The Truth About You, Your Desires and the Lies You’ve Been Believing, best-selling author and pastor Pete Wilson shows how idolatry is a trap that we must guard against every moment of our lives… and how idols are more than statues we worship.
Pete defines idolatry in terms that are relevant to our lives:
Idolatry is when I look to something that does not have God’s power to give me what only God has the power and authority to give.
It’s when we take good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turn to them in the hope that they’ll provide what only God can provide.
It’s when we buy into the empty promise that such things can give us the significance, security, safety, and fulfillment we crave.
It’s when we feel a God-given appetite and try to fill it with something that isn’t God.
Empty Promises helps us identify and free ourselves from the hidden idols in our lives… idols we have turned to in the hopes that they will fill our empty spaces… idols like power and achievement… money and beauty… even religion.
Empty Promises shows us how, ultimately, only God can fill our most fundamental needs.
Pete Wilson has written an engaging, thought-provoking book filled with hard-hitting truths. I highly recommend Empty Promises. It delivers what it promises, and leaves you feeling quite fulfilled.
Empty Promises Video by Pete Wilson
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Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee – one of the fastest growing churches in America. He is also a speaker and the best-selling author of Plan B. He and his wife, Brandi, have three boys.
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