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Ambition: Is Taking the Promotion Selfish or Faithful? Ambition and living by faith share a common trait: sacrifice. God uses both to push us to dream bigger, to take risks, and to sacrifice our comfort. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Ed Cyzewski Ambition: The Gift with an Asterisk You and I won’t know healthy ambition until we learn to give our life to others, and that’s exactly what Jesus did. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Anonymous Ambition: The Good, the Bad, and Three Ways to Keep It from Getting Ugly The good side of ambition produces healthy drive and industriousness. The wrong side of ambition drives us to act for selfish reasons, and ultimately leads to bigger-is-better philosophies that hurt more than harm. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Anonymous Jealousy & Selfish Ambition: Roots of Evil We need to replace our selfish ambitions with a pursuit of love, justice, and peace. Christians are called to change the tide by living differently. Dialogue, consensus, and discernment are the ingredients of successful conflict resolution. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Connect! Sunday Reflection | Author: Mark Suslenko Ambition: Our Not-So-Secret Purpose When ambition and service collide, an explosion of destiny permeates our lives and pushes aside anything that stands in its way. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Anonymous Ambition Inside and Nonchalance Outside In this quote from Meacham's biography of George H.W. Bush, we hear of the Bush family philosophy that, "From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Jon Meacham Ambition: Winnefred Abena Boachie, Midwife James C. Schaap shares the story of a young woman’s calling to become a gynecologist and her determination to work for the glory of God. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: James C. Schaap Envy and Ambition Reflecting on James 3:13-16; 4:1 and Luke 9:43-48, Robert Barron holds that envy or even ambition for the purpose of outdoing others knocks us off our center and we lose our orientation toward Christ. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Word on Fire | Author: Robert Barron Finding the Way to Joy B. Wiley Stephens, in this sermon on Mark 10:35-45, finds in the ambition of James and John an emphasis on the command to love one another, not to expect others to do for us. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Day1 | Author: B. Wiley Stephens Private and Public Life An audio-recorded public lecture from Princeton theological seminary about our inner lives, families, balance, and ambition as ministers. Jesus sets for us an example. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) | Author: Robert J McCracken Failure on a Driving Test Stirs Ambition Mark Buchanan buys a motorcycle for his 50th birthday. He fails his first Motorcycle Skills Test, and he is ready to quit. What keeps him going? A sermon illustration on the power of ambition. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Mark Buchanan A Case Study in Ruthless Ambition For a picture of ruthless ambition, look no further than the life of the gifted scientist Richard Owen, who would stop at nothing to further his career. A sermon illustration on cruelty, deceit, and arrogance. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Bill Bryson Full Text Hymns on Ambition Is There Ambition in My Heart?PD
Nearer, My God, to TheePD
All the WayPD
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Emperor's Club: Ambition Without Contribution Is Insignificant An illustration from the movie Emperor's Club highlighting that ambition without contribution is insignificant, appropriate for Matthew 24:45-51, Mark 9:35, and John 12:24-26. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today True Ambition In Bishop Robert Barron's sermon on John 2:13-25, the apostles James and John ask Jesus to do what they want, to have positions of glory in Christ's kingdom, rather than asking what Jesus wants of them.... Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Word on Fire | Author: Robert Barron I Want to Be a Church Lady Debra Rienstra reflects on soul shaping, the treasure of faithfulness, and one ambition she has for her old age - to be a church lady. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Debra Rienstra The Necessity of Ambition In this reflection on Mark 10:35-40 Dave Peterson highlights the importance of having Godly ambition as we follow Christ. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dave Peterson Life is not a running game in ‘Touchback’ A review of the movie "Touchback" that provides some preaching illustrations on the complexity of redemption, ambition, and free will. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Kristina Robb-Dover On Sitting and Serving This devotional on Mark 10:32-45 reflects on Jesus facing Jerusalem, the ambition of James and John, and the true meaning of authority, reminding us to place our ambitions on heavenly sights and not earthly glory. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: ePriest | Author: John Doyle Vocation How do I discern between God’s calling and my own—or even other people’s—sinful ambitions? Douglas Schuurman tackles this question, highlighting the importance of testing what we feel led to do against God's word and within community.... Resource type: Article | Source: The Banner | Author: Douglas J Schuurman Life's Biggest Decision In this sermon outline based on Genesis 11, Arthur Landwehr preaches on the sin of misdirected ambition at the Tower of Babel, and connects it with the Pentecost story in Acts 2. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection | Author: Arthur Landwehr
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