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Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations

Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations

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by Kay Arthur, David Lawson, BJ Lawson

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Don’t become a spiritual statistic.
Any type of sin can undermine a believer’s effectiveness, but certain sins can become so deeply rooted in our lives—even without our realizing—that they become fatal to our spiritual growth.
This study looks at six of the “deadly” sins that threaten spiritual


Don’t become a spiritual statistic.
Any type of sin can undermine a believer’s effectiveness, but certain sins can become so deeply rooted in our lives—even without our realizing—that they become fatal to our spiritual growth.
This study looks at six of the “deadly” sins that threaten spiritual progress: Pride, Anger, Jealousy, Gluttony, Slothfulness, and Greed. You’ll learn to identify the subtle ways in which these fatal distractions can invade your life, and you’ll be equipped to conquer these destructive temptations so you can mature in your journey with Christ.
40 minutes a week could change your life!
The 40-Minute Bible Studies series from the teaching team at Precepts Ministries International tackles the topics that matter to you. These inductive study guides, designed to be completed in just six 40-minutes lessons with no homework required, help you discover for yourself what God says and how it applies to your life today. With the leader’s note and Bible passages included right in the book, each self-contained study is a powerful resource for personal growth and small-group discussion.

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Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations

By Kay Arthur

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2011 Kay Arthur
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780307729811

If you are a Christian, you have already made the most important decision of your life: you have surrendered your life to Christ! But you’ve probably discovered by now that the Christian life is not problem-free. Yes, you have the Holy Spirit living in you to provide guidance and strength, but you still struggle to live the way you know you should. This is
because you are battling two enemies: Satan and yourself. Your nature was changed when you came to know Christ and He made His Spirit to dwell in you (1 John 4:13). But the Spirit dwells in a body of flesh, which is why you still find yourself struggling to do the right thing.

All of us commit individual acts of sin. But you may have noticed that certain sins seem to be more of a problem for you personally. Sometimes we wrestle with certain sin patterns or habitual sins—behaviors we fall into when we try to get our needs met apart fromGod.The source of that struggle is called the flesh or the old man. And if we live in the flesh rather than by the Spirit, these habitual sins will distract us from our pursuit of righteousness. They can literally kill our spiritual growth and keep us from maturing in our journey with Christ.

The early church identified a number of “capital sins”—the sins from which they believed most other sin originates. The church fathers named seven sins that are so corrupting, so evil and dangerous that for the last seventeen hundred years, they have been commonly called the seven deadly sins. And they are deadly—deadly to your spiritual growth. That is why we call them Fatal Distractions.

In this study we’ll be identifying and discussing six of these seven deadly sins, sins that can distract you from nurturing your relationship with God and, left unchecked, can even be fatal to your spiritual journey: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness, and greed. (We’ve decided to omit the seventh sin of lust, because we already have multiple Bible studies on the problem of sexual sin, including The Truth About Sex and the 40-Minute study What Does the Bible Say About Sex?)

As you learn more about these fatal distractions in the weeks ahead, we encourage you to ask God to help you identify, through His Holy Spirit, any subtle ways one or more of these sins has taken hold in your life and to help you conquer these destructive temptations, so that you can walk in victory with Him.


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PRECEPT MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, founded in 1970 by Jack and Kay Arthur, has trained millions of people to discover God’s truth for themselves. The Precepts for Life radio and television programs, hosted by Kay Arthur, reach a worldwide viewing audience of over 94 million. In addition to inductive study training workshops and thousands of small-group studies across America, PMI reaches nearly 150 countries with inductive Bible studies translated into nearly 70 languages.

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Fatal Distractions: Conquering Destructive Temptations 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JodyJ More than 1 year ago
Fatal Distractions is divided into 6 weeks of lessons, which you could read in a group or individually. The practice for a book of this nature would be to read it in a group setting so that you can discuss the lesson with others which will give you the opportunity to share your feelings about the lesson and vice versa. I have read other study guides by Kay Arthur Ministries and this one for me was not very much different from the others I have read, I was not that impressed. A bile study on six deadly sins that can threaten our faith is the core of this book. I did enjoy how Kay has us looking up the scriptures to find the answers for ourselves in this study. I received a free copy of this book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for my honest unbiased opinion.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Fatal Distraction: Conquering Destructive Temptations by Kay Arthur, David and BJ Lawson is a short 6- week bible study in the Precept Ministries International's 40 Minute Bible Studies series. I found this bible study to be a little too cliche in its marketing and presentation. Firstly, the references to the "seven deadly sins" of which this book covers six of the "seven deadly sins"- (because lust is a significant topic of its own and there are two books dedicated to the sin of lust in the series)- make this approach more appropriate for a weekly tabloid than a bible study. The photo of a rotten candy apple covered with blood- like red candy sauce is a bit too dramatic, and the bold warning "Don't become a spiritual statistic" plays on fear and paranoia of the new Christian. These features may grab the attention of the reader, especially in a market saturated with small group home bible study books. It is true that this book visually stands apart from the mild, bland aqua and pastel covered books with their comforting messages and serene spa-like scenes. Nevertheless this book still appears to be too commercial in nature. It may serve its purpose of providing a wake up call to the problem of sin in even a Christian's life. The book is divided into six study lessons to be read in a small group setting over the course of six weeks. The sins covered are: pride, anger, jealousy, gluttony, slothfulness and greed. As mentioned in the intro chapter, lust has two study books dedicated to the topic, which simply seems like an advertisement to get the reader to purchase to two additional study books for the complete effect. The lessons themselves do address the issues using relevant biblical quotes and commentary. Actual biblical passages are included with the lesson. There are observation and discussion sections. The discussion questions prompt the reader to think about the material. There is some space- for short notetaking but not enough space for journaling. There are also leader prompts- which may not be applicable for those who choose to use this book as a personal study. In the end if you can get past the sensationalism, the reader will complete this study with a biblical insight or perspective of relevant issues that invade the lives of Christians and even churches. In fact as an example, it is illustrated how even churches become greedy when they ask for more and more money for projects such as renovations or activities. As a blogger for Waterbrook press I receieved this book for the purpose of writing this review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite What are destructive temptations that we need to conquer? They are among the many sins that distract us from living effectively for Jesus. In "Fatal Distractions" the authors deal with six sins that affect our everyday lives. These six sins are: pride; anger; jealousy; gluttony; slothfulness and greed. This is another 6-week, 40-minute, no-homework Bible study from Kay Arthur Ministries. These studies are for those who have only limited time, such as lunch-time Bible study groups. Though they seem simply written, you will find a wealth of information in this study, with scriptures and information to aid you in going deeper into the study if you so choose. These are six sins that we all deal with, including me. Since pride is one that I sometimes deal with, here is a Scripture verse used in week 1 that I like. James 4:6 says: "But He (God) gives a greater grace." Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." I don't know about you, but I'd rather be around a humble person any day. And this study really made me think, and taught me ways to overcome this issue. Each chapter in this study captured my attention because they deal with something I need to be aware of daily. This is a little book I will for sure keep on my shelf for further studies. I highly recommend this Bible study for any small group, or for you as an individual. Even though you can't do the discussions in a group, they are still good questions to answer for yourself.