Search ResultsEnvy 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. 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." Envy This quote from Frederick Buechner's "Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith" suggests that envy is, "the consuming desire to have everyone else be as unsuccessful as you are.” 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. 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. I Don't Envy You Commenting on Exodus 20:17, Martin Copenhaver explores how "envy and gratitude are always competing for our souls." 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 Envy A quotation from Seven Sins and Seven Virtues by Karl Olsson that illustrates the middling tendency of enviers. 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. General Intercessions for Grace to Prefer Nothing but Christ, for Freedom from Envy, for those Who Have Lost Hope, and for the Unemployed and Underemployed, et al This resource includes a prayer for all who have lost hope or who are suffering depression: that they may experience God’s presence with them today and recognize someone’s love for them. 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. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Destroyed by Envy This is an illustration from the movie Snow White, describing the story of a queen that was destroyed by envy. It is appropriate for Proverbs 14:30 and Colossians 3:5-6. 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
See more hymns... Thanking God for His Goodness Prevents Envy This sermon illustration for Genesis 4:1-10, Exodus 20:17, or Deuteronomy 5:21 is a quote from Rick Warren that says, "Envy is resenting God's goodness to others and ignoring God's goodness to me." The Power of Envy In this sermon illustration for Genesis 37:11, Proverbs 14:30, or Matthew 20:24, an anecdote of three churches struggling to survive demonstrates how envy can turn proclaimers of truth into liars and hypocrites. 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. God's Generosity A homily based on Matthew 20:1-16. Thomas Skeats warns against envy and describes how we grow through our participation in the generosity of God. A Vineyard of One’s Own This artwork and commentary by Jan Richardson are based on Matthew 20:1-16. Discussing her experiences with artistic envy, Richardson discusses how to tend to one's vineyard by focusing on the work we are called toward. The Honor of Contentment A service outline on Luke 12 and 1 Timothy 6 focused on our need to find contentment with what we have as the antidote to greed, envy, and coveting as explained in the Heidelberg Catechism. The Festival-Envy Syndrome: Four Contexts of Worship When people go to special events (festivals) to worship, there is often a special experience they have that they wish they had every week. We need to realize, however, that every worship experience has value. The Green-Eyed Monster In this essay on envy and jealousy, Alyce McKenzie encourages readers to celebrate the spiritual gifts God has given them rather than wish for another's gift.