Search ResultsCovetousness John Gunn's devotional addresses the sin of covetousness, illustrating with the murder of Naboth and the theft of his vineyard by Ahab and Jezebel (1 Kings 21). Apologetics and Widows Daniel Meeter warns against the sin of covetousness that can arise if Christians strongly desire to be "credible" and well-liked among the elite of the world above and beyond being disciples of Jesus Christ. Envy Kenneth L. Samuel reflection on Exodus 20:17. The commandment against covetousness is not so much a demanding restriction but a broad invitation to know who we truly are and to live an authentic life. In the End, It’s About Bread Preaching on God's communal provisions, this Lenten sermon by Kirk Alan Kubicek on Joshua 5:9-12, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 and Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 discusses the destructive consequences of covetousness and the importance of stewardship and reconciliation. Whose Job Is It to Care for the Poor? God makes it clear: to look out for the interests of the weak, vulnerable, and disadvantaged is the outward expression of what it means to know God. The one who loves God cares for the poor. It’s about Jesus: No, I Lied. It’s about Me! Marlena Graves invites fellow Christians to consider whether they are truly motivated by humble service in the name of Christ, or by self-promotion and cultural notions of success. Ahab, Naboth, and Jezebel Frederick Buechner's book excerpt can be used to illustrate the story of Naboth's vineyard in 1 Kings 21. Elijah confronted Ahab with God's judgment for his covetousness leading to murder. The Meaning of Covetousness A quote from Haddon Robinson about how covetousness is wanting more of what you already have, appropriate for Proverbs 11:24, Isaiah 57:17, and Romans 7:7. Restless Idols This article by Patricia Tull points out the different manufactured idols of our day that can be worshipped alongside Jesus' call of "no one can serve two masters...You cannot serve God and wealth." Don't covet - Scripture Image An image of Luke 12:15 on a background with a picture of a junk car. "Be on your guard against all covetousness; one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." Full Text Hymns on Covetousness Lord, You Have Searched Me©
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See more hymns... The Cross as Our Ringtone In this exegesis on Romans 13:8-14, Alyce McKenzie reflects on Paul's claim that the Gospel calls Christians to be awake, watchful, and prepared for Jesus’ return by allowing love to govern all of their relationships. Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost This page has worship planning resources for the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, including lectionary texts, sermon notes, prayers, and readings. Confident Centeredness This is a full worship planning resource on Proverbs 31:10-31, Psalm 1, James 3/4 and Mark 9:30-37, focusing on the motif of confident centeredness. It includes liturgy notes, sermon notes, commentary, songs, readings, prayers and more. A Paraphrase on the Lord's Prayer, in Scripture Expressions This prayer uses the Lord's prayer as a tiny model to frame a larger prayer. Many other passages that fit with the key themes of the Lord's prayer are connected in as well (Matthew 6:9-13). Scripture Catechism: God's Moral Law Sections from Matthew Henry's "Scripture Catechism" concerning the moral law, and in particular the first two commandments of the decalogue. Arranged in a question-and-answer format that offer Scriptural references for each answer. James Bond: Shake up your Church's Bible Studies This brief reflection points to the importance of sloth and other deadly sins in Ian Flemming’s James Bond novels. Linking James Bond to the book of James we are reminded that ultimately evil doesn’t triumph. Your Truest Desires How do we get in touch with a truth and deepest desires when it comes to our vocational calling as Christians? This article examines the common conceptions and scripture passages relevant to this universal question.