Search ResultsHatred in my heart A reflection on Matthew 22 that considers the healing reconciliation that can occur when we are honest about the emotions we deal with in relationship. What Will Set Us Free From Old Hatreds? The more we experience God's transforming love, the more able we are to forgive those who sin against us. The closer we follow Christ, the more able we are to love our enemies. Prayers in the Face of Racism "God, we are sad to see the stark truth of demons that remain among us: Hatred, bigotry, racism, and white supremacy." Prayers written by Fran Pratt and Kenneth Tanner in response to racist demonstrators in Charlottesville. Keep Humble Jesus' sayings about humility are simply difficult to understand. Did Jesus mean plain courtesy, political modesty or self-hatred? This sermon on Luke 14:7-11 teaches humility is about knowing our place in the stream of grace. Munching from the Inside Out A sermon on Leviticus 19:1-2 and Mathew 22:34-36 that calls us to the action of love: to let go of the hatred, the bitterness, the self-righteousness that we hold and that are eating us alive. Fred Phelps Has Died Dwight McCormick's sermon on Matthew 5:43-47 says that belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us the responsibility to love our enemies and empowers us to overcome natural feelings of hatred and judgment. Preaching on a Classic This sermon on Matthew 2:2-3 uses the story of "A Christmas Carol" to show the dark side of Epiphany, or, how the dark's hatred of the light manifested itself in Herod. Do not be afraid, little flock This commentary on Luke 12:32-40 notes that Jesus' words of comfort can speak to a world caught up in violence, fear, and hatred: "Do not be afraid, little flock." A Year of Forgiveness This message on how resentment and hatred can imprison us for years is an excellent illustration of how unforgiveness can trap us in a prison of our own design. Teens and Faith: The Bronze Bow The reviewer sees three themes in this book's rendition of 1st century Palestine written for teens: the intense hatred of the boy David for the Romans; physical warfare and vengeance; and Jesus himself, who changes people. The Danger of Self-hatred The dangers of self-hatred are illustrated by a bird bloodying itself until it destroyed the mirror in which it saw its reflection. Use it for texts such as Romans 8:15-17, Genesis 1:26-27, and 1 Corinthians 3:21-23. "Remember The Titans": Hatred Turns into Love This sermon illustration comes from the movie, Remember The Titans (1 John 2:9-11, 4:19-21). Visiting Gary in his hospital room, Julius confesses his initial hatred toward him and affirms their brotherly bond despite their racial difference. Full Text Hymns on Hatred I Have a Dream©
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See more hymns... Is It Always Wrong to Hate? Mark D. Roberts reflects on the challenges presented by Psalm 97:10, which commands the hatred of evil. However, we must restrain our natural instinct to move from hating evil to hating the people who do it. Church Wars "Why does faith in God so often lead to division and hatred?...There was originally one Christian church...." This preacher's commentary draws themes of reconciliation and unity from Micah 6:8, John 13:35, 1 Corinthians 13:2, and Titus... The Blessings of the Saints A sermon on Luke 6:20-31 that says the kingdom of God is built by those who know poverty, hunger, mourning, hatred, exclusion, revilement and defamation. Preaching Peace Using stories from his own experience, Kurt Rietema explains what it means to preach peace that dispels fear-driven hatred. Church, We Have Work To Do To do nothing is to passively absorb racist ideology. Reflecting on the white supremacist racial hatred that happened in Charlottesville, Nikki Toyama-Szeto invites the church to speak up, to take action, and to be a prophetic... Opening Prayer: Faith, Hope and Love Christine Longhurst presents "Faith, Hope and Love," Carol Penner's opening prayer inspired by 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Acknowledging the power of doubt, fear, and hatred, we hear that "faith, hope, and love abide." Our Need to Pray Juxtaposing the strength Jesus received through prayer with the disciples' weakness from failing to properly pray, Ron Rolheiser's sermon on John 15:16-17 explains that prayer helps us draw from love's source when our instincts favor hatred.... Loving Our Enemies ... the face of misunderstanding, bitter opposition, jealousy, anger, hatred, positive mistreatment, and even the threat of death.