Search ResultsFrederick Buechner on Avarice A quotation from Frederick Buechner on avarice. He says, "The more you give away in love, the more you are." Harmony as God Intended Reflecting on Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 4:6-9, and Matthew 21:33-43, this resource warns about choosing avarice over virtue. It encourages us to use our free will to fulfill God's original design for this world. Discovering Our True Identity "Consumerism, as a charter-cultivating way of life, encourages the least attractive human traits - avarice, aggression, and self-centeredness..." Dorothy Sayers and the Other Six Deadly Sins Society has turned myopic eye to focus on lust alone as the sign of immorality. The other six, and in particular the vices of avarice, envy, sloth, and pride, are ignored or lifted up as virtue. Setting Free the Flesh Reflecting on Matthew 11:25-30, John Kavanaugh writes that the flesh-bound mind is powerless to escape the yoke of lust, violence, and avarice. However, Paul knew that the body inspirited could become a temple of eternal promise. Watch Night This worship resource offers resources to plan a Watch Night service to usher out the old year and welcome the dawning of a new year. Within this resource a litany and songs are provided. Watch Night The Watch Night is an African American tradition for New Years, similarly as Christians we are drawn to the spiritual around New Years. Here is a service outline including responses, hymns, spirituals, and visual aid recommendations. Good People Keep Good Rules This blog post gives pointers for teaching children from the Lectionary passages (Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalms 15, 45:1-2, 6-9; 51; Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; James 1:17-27) and offers resources for planning worship. Rules Tell Us Who We Are Children are not ready for legalism vs. faithfulness conversations yet. Instead, Carolyn Brown from Worshiping with Children offers ways to help kids understand who and what they are by way of God's invitational rule for humanity.... Sharing Possessions Makes You Rich The homily explores the joys of sharing, based on the parable of the farmer in Luke 12:13-21. Full Text Hymns on Avarice Let avarice from shore to shorePD
Our Father, Thou in Heaven AbovePD
How bless'd the upright in the way!PD
See more hymns... Commentary on Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-4; 3:[3b-6] 17-19 Juliana Claassens writes on Habbakkuk and reminds us that God listens to the oppressed and ends unjust abuses of power. Divine Wrath and Human Anger "Early Christian theologians were deeply sensitive to the destructive consequences of human anger, and feared it would be the context in which believers came to understand divine wrath." Setting Free the Flesh John Kavanaugh considers Matthew 11:25-30 through the lens of Paul's understanding of the flesh. A mind enslaved to the flesh never escapes turmoil, but a body that serves the spirit is full of promise and rest. Better Than Bigger Barns God alone delivers us from our greed. This pastoral prayer helps us to reflect on the ways we are led astray in our search for security and inner peace (inspired by Psalm 107; Luke 12:13-21). Generosity This sermon starter and commentary on Luke 12:13-21 reflects on greed, urging a generosity that forces us to open our hearts rather than to close them. Patient with our quiet Hope A sermon starter for James 5:7-10. The rich are getting richer, while the poor suffer. When injustice, inequity, and unfairness seems to reign, we are called as Christians to have "quiet hope" knowing that God's got... Guest list Bruce Wollenberg's reflection on Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 notes that turning the command to love one another (v. 1) into specific acts is often complex. He recommends "decorating our mundane transactions with a quiet graciousness." What Are the True Signs of Faith? Comparing the inadequacy of modern handwashing to counter germaphobia with Jewish handwashing for ritual cleansing, this devotional on Mark 7:1-2, 5-8, 14-15, 21-23 explains that only the work of Jesus in our hearts can sanctify us.