Search ResultsAmbition: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.” 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Full Text Hymns on Ambition Is There Ambition in My Heart?PD
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See more hymns... 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. 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. 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.... God's Ambition, or Mine? This blog post introduces a conversation about "the difference between selfish ambition and God-given ambition." 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. 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.... 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. 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.