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Envy This sermon illustration pairs James 3:13-16 with a quote from Frederick Buechner that argues, "Envy is the consuming desire to have everybody else be as unsuccessful as you are." Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Frederick Buechner Coveting This sixteenth-century woodcut depicts a man coveting his neighbor's sheep. Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Martin Luther Envy Scott Hoezee and David Bast draw from Genesis 4:1-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, to think about the 'deadly sin' of envy, what it is, and how we combat it through the Holy Spirit's leading. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee Envy This devotional on Exodus 20:17 discusses the commandment against envy as a opportunity to stop looking at others and focus on developing our own unique gifts. Resource type: Devotional | Source: Day1 | Author: Kenneth L. Samuel The Spirit Is Not Optional: Embracing the Danger and the Comfort of the Third Person of God This article is about how hearing the Spirit of God speak is not optional for Christians. And it also speaks on how God speaks through the Spirit and creates tangible impacts. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Mandy Smith What Have the Arts to do with Missional?: Contrary Thoughts on Being Incarnational 2″ Although Christians often think of incorporating the arts into Sunday morning worship, David Fitch challenges us to consider how the arts might be an important part of our witness in the world. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch 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 The Tenth Commandment: Don’t Covet This devotional on Exodus 20:17 considers the tenth commandment, suggesting that coveting is allowing desire to invade and pervade your heart. It’s letting that desire govern your thoughts and guide your actions. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The High Calling | Author: Mark Roberts I Don't Envy You Commenting on Exodus 20:17, Martin Copenhaver explores how "envy and gratitude are always competing for our souls." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: Day1 | Author: Martin B. Copenhaver Frederick Buechner on Envy A quotation from Frederick Buechner suggesting that envy "is the consuming desire to have everyone else be as unsuccessful as you are.” Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Frederick Buechner Classic Case of Envy An illustration about a psychologist and a Rabbi who both wrote books about suffering. Despite the similarities, the Rabbi sold more because of his suffering leading the other to envy the Rabbi (Proverbs 14:30). Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Wayne Brouwer The Power of Envy In this sermon illustration relating to themes of envy, sin, and gossip, an anecdote of three churches struggling to survive demonstrates that envy can turn proclaimers of truth into liars and hypocrites. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Wayne Brouwer Full Text Hymns on Envy The Cure of Envy, Fretfulness, and Unbelief; or, The Rewards of the Righteous and the WickedPD
Not in envy, not in angerPD
Envy and wrong, and wrath and pridePD
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Son Mistakenly Envies Another Boy’s Father In this sermon illustration, Craig Brian Larson recollects how as a child he foolishly envied a playful father rather than his own dependable father. Demonstrating qualities of fatherhood, this illustration suits Isaiah 46:5. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Craig Brian Larson Envy Is the Least "Fun" Sin An illustration by Arthur C. Brooks describes research findings of the negative psychological effects of envy. Applicable scriptures include Exodus 20:17; Psalm 37:1; Proverbs 14:30; Hebrews 13:5-6; James 3:14-16. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Arthur C. Brooks Saul Envies David As Saul’s army makes its return trip to Jerusalem, the townswomen give David greater praise than they do Saul. Saul looks on in envy of David Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Jean Leclerc When Desire Becomes Coveting Francis Schaeffer writes that the difference between desire and coveting hinges on whether desire includes love of God and people. Suggested as an illustration for 1 Corinthians 13:4, Psalm 112:10, and Proverbs 27:4. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Francis A. Schaeffer Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Destroyed by Envy An illustration from the movie Snow White, describing the story of a queen that was destroyed by envy, appropriate for Proverbs 14:30 and Colossians 3:5-6. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today Do You Know the Seven Deadly Sins? Detailing the historical origins of "The Seven Deadly Sins," this article by Christopher Hunt discusses how the dangerous attitudes of pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust lead to destructive sin. Resource type: Article | Source: Groundwork | Author: Christopher Hunt The Honor of Contentment A service plan focused on the need for us to find contentment with what we have as the antidote to greed, envy, and coveting in a series on the Ten Commandments, as explained in the Heidelberg... Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Seven Sins and Seven Virtues ... feelings of the many, we shall have avoided envy, and we shall have achieved that eunuchized harmony ... Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Karl Olsson
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