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Envy This sermon illustration for James 3:13-16 quotes Frederick Buechner on envy: "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 Coveting is such an easy thing to do! Samuel reflects on the value of developing your own gifts and authenticity instead of envying others. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Kenneth L. Samuel 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 A Surprising Beatitude - Dashing the Little Ones upon the Rock This Catholic article applies Psalm 137:9 to the Church’s sex-abuse scandal, suggesting that we must dash the full range of our passions against the grace of the life-giving Rock. Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Kevin M. Clarke Envy This devotional 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 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 This blog explores how envy and gratitude are competing for our souls. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Martin B. Copenhaver 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 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 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 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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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 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 I'm Jealous of Your Faith When we compare our own spiritual life to other people’s, we’re missing the beauty and importance of both of them. The way other people relate to God should be celebrated, not envied. Resource type: Article | Source: The CRC Network | Author: Brianna DeWitt Katie Couric Envies Those with Faith An illustration by Cable Neuhaus on TV host, Katie Couric: "I really envy those who have a steadfast, unwavering faith, because I think it's probably so comforting and helpful during difficult times." Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Cable Neuhaus 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 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship 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 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. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: The Sunday Website | Author: Joe Milner
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