Message 8: A "Sophron" State of Mind

Sept. 30, 2017 Mary Kassian

Do you want more self-control? If so, Mary says we need to deal with the beliefs behind our behavior rather than merely focusing on fixing our behavior. “The prerequisite for right living is right thinking.” Let’s pursue “sophron” minds, as that is where self-control begins.

Running Time: 18 minutes


Mary Kassian: Look at this . . . mmm. (laughter) If you are watching TV, and I put a big bowl of chips in front of you, and I said to you, “Bet you can’t eat just one!” Do you think you would be able to stop munching after just one chip?

That slogan: “Bet you can’t eat just one!” was one of the longest running ads in television history. The series of potato chip commercials launched in the mid-60s, and the first one featured a split screen of a well-known actor and then the actor dressed up as the devil.

So the devil—the red-horned, pointy-tailed demon—tempts the look-alike with an open bag of chips. “Bet you can’t eat just one!” And after the first bite, the actor grabs the chips out of the devil’s hands and wolfs the rest of them down. They are irresistible. No one can eat …


Scripture References

  • Titus 2:3-5

About the Speaker

Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian is an award-winning author, an internationally renowned speaker, and a frequent guest on Revive Our Hearts. She has written more than a dozen books and Bible studies including Conversation Peace and The Right Kind of Strong. Mary and her husband, Brent, have three grown sons and make their home in Alberta, Canada.