The attitudes of those who value worldliness are markedly different than those encouraged in the Bible. But biblical attitudes are always best for ourselves, others, and our relationship with God.

Day One: Worldliness
The dictionary definition of “worldly” is “relating to, or devoted to, the temporal world.” Worldliness, then, is the condition of being concerned with worldly affairs, especially to the neglect of spiritual things...
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For more, see "Living by the Word and Not the World"

Day Two: Popularity
We all crave acceptance by others. Babies are socialized by learning to read the cues from those they want to please and adjusting their behaviors accordingly. However, when we seek most of our validation and self-worth from the opinions of other people, we are on the wrong path...
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For more, see "The Fiery Furnace of Popular Opinion"

Day Three: Sensationalism
Sensationalism is the use of the astonishing, the lurid, or the shocking in order to gin up interest or evoke a strong reaction. A sensationalist is someone who seeks to thrill, startle, or entertain through exaggerated language or showy style...
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Day Four: Greed
There are many warnings in the Bible about giving in to greed and longing for riches. Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions”...
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For more, see "How should a Christian view materialism?"

Day Five: Scoffing
The word translated "scoffer" in English can mean "one who mocks, ridicules, or scorns the belief of another." In Hebrew, the word translated "scoffer" or "mocker" can also mean "ambassador." So a scoffer is one who not only disagrees with an idea, but he also considers himself an ambassador for the opposing idea...
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For more, see "I'm not Charlie"

Day Six: Jealousy
When we use the word “jealous,” we use it in a sense of being envious of someone who has something we do not have. This kind of jealousy is a sin and is not characteristic of a Christian; rather, it shows that we are still being controlled by our own desires...
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Published 4-27-16