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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 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: 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 Ambition Inside and Nonchalance Outside In this quote from Jon 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: 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 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 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 Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts. Resource type: Article Source: Reformed Worship Author: Louis E. Lotz
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 Full Text Hymns on Ambition Nearer, My God, to TheePD
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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 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 The War of the Cravings In this sermon on James 3:13-4:8, Dock Hollingsworth shows how greed, lust, and ambition are thieves of human happiness and congregational unity--in the first century and now. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Day1 Author: Dock Hollingsworth 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 Made Great in His Greatness Reflecting on the temptation of replacing God's Kingdom with our worldly ambitions, this sermon on Luke 20:27-38 by David Goodill encourages us to pursue success with the humility of seeking entrance to heaven through Christ Jesus. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Torch Author: David Goodill God's Ambition, or Mine? This blog post introduces a conversation about "the difference between selfish ambition and God-given ambition." Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Heroic Ambition In this message on Mark 10:35-45 and Hebrews 5:1-10 Paul J. Wadell claims the Christian life is oriented ambitiously toward greatness; however, achieving glory means serving in humility and traveling the sorrowful way of the cross. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: The Christian Century Author: Paul J. Wadell 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
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