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A Teaching on Hospitality
Shared By: Richard L. Brown on Oct 1, 2016
Summary: My wife’s grandmother was a real character. Her name was Ora Gee Craycraft . Everyone in the family just called her Mom. She was a loving lady, always smiling, full of compassion, always putting others before herself. Her strong suit was nurtur...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
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Unusual Banquet
Shared By: Davon Huss on Oct 22, 2013
Summary: Unusual Banquet Boston Globe's account in June 1990 of a most unusual wedding banquet. Accompanied by her fiance, a woman went to the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Boston and ordered the meal. The two of them poured over the menu, made selections of ...
Category: Stories
Scripture: Luke 14:12-14
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Counterfeit ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Aug 27, 2012
Summary: COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANITY Several years ago in Kentucky a man walked into a Dairy Queen, placed his order and then paid for it with a $200 bill. The cashier gave him $198 in change and he drove away. Some time later in the day I guess the manager no...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-33
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Greed: The Cat and the Vase
Shared By: Josh Hunt on Feb 9, 2012
Summary: GREED: THE CAT AND THE VASE A man wanders into a small antique shop in San Francisco. Mostly it's cluttered with knickknacks and junk. On the floor, however, he notices what looks like an ancient Chinese vase. On closer inspection it turns out to...
Category: Stories
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A Unique Excuse
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Aug 10, 2011
Summary: A UNIQUE EXCUSE A man who bought a brand new Mercedes and got out on the interstate. It was a convertible and the top was down, the breeze was blowing through his hair, and he decided he would open it up to see what it could do. The needle hit 80...
Category: Humor
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:16-24
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Thom Rainer and the Unchurched Next Door
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Apr 14, 2011
Summary: THOM RAINER AND THE UNCHURCHED NEXT DOOR Thom S. Rainer has written a book entitled "The Unchurched Next Door". He wants people to understand the unchurched in order to better reach them. The premise is that we do not invite our neighbors for all...
Category: Statistics
Denomination: *other
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Making Your Life Count for Something
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Apr 7, 2011
Summary: MAKING YOUR LIFE COUNT FOR SOMETHING Many years ago at a Presbyterian retreat center near Asheville, NC, the annual summer conference was being held. An elderly man with a neatly clipped white goatee and resonant voice rose to speak. He explained...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-33
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I'll Go Back and Tell Them Again.
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Mar 30, 2011
Summary: "I'LL GO BACK AND TELL THEM AGAIN." In a book entitled "Jungle Harvest," written by a missionary named Ruby Scott, she describes some of her experiences in reaching a people group known as the Tila Indians who lived in a remote village in the jun...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-35
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Why Should I Surrender?
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Nov 29, 2010
Summary: WHY SHOULD I SURRENDER? The story is told of the military legend Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia (336-323) and conqueror of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Babylonia, and Persia, almost all of the known world. One day on the warpath, Alexand...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-27
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Moody's Servant's Heart
Shared By: Gordon Curley on Nov 22, 2010
Summary: MOODY'S SERVANT'S HEART A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cle...
Category: Stories
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Thoughts On Discipleship By Willard, Stott, And ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Oct 23, 2010
Summary: THOUGHTS ON DISCIPLESHIP by Willard, Stott, and Warren Dallas Willard in his book "Divine Conspiracy" states: "....discipleship is real-life apprenticeship to Jesus." If we are students of Jesus then we must be with him. If I am an apprentice, a ...
Category: Quotes
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-35
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Missionary Martyred In ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jun 11, 2010
Summary: Missionary Martyred in India That reminds me of a story I read about a missionary in India last month who was constructing a new church when he was killed by an extremist anti-Christian group. He had gone to a nearby town to purchase materials for ...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-27
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Commitment And Loyalty To Christ Likened To A ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jun 7, 2010
Summary: Commitment and Loyalty to Christ Likened to a Trapeze Artist John Ortberg (Faith & Doubt, p. 169-170) says the word trapeze describes the bar between the ropes of a trapeze artist in the circus. It’s a Greek word, meaning table. It’s used in the Ne...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:26-27
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Elizabeth Elliot On His Sufficient Grace For ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Nov 22, 2009
Summary: Elizabeth Elliot on His Sufficient Grace for Discipleship It’s the anticipation of that “glory of victory” that helps us to persevere in the hard times. It’s the assurance of that coming crown that helps us bear our cross today. Just one year a...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:26-27
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Discipleship Calls For Wholehearted Commitment To ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Oct 31, 2009
Summary: Discipleship Calls for Wholehearted Commitment to Christ “I have seen the most horrible things, but I have met people who are still full of faith in spite of what they have endured.” That was the opening statement to a gathering of leaders and s...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 14:25-33
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Excuses, Excuses
Shared By: Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
Summary: Excuses, Excuses In Luke 14:16 - 24, Jesus teaches using the "Parable of the Great Banquet." In it, Jesus shares about a man who was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. It was the custom then, as it is today, to send out...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 14:16-16:24
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Impotent Man
Shared By: Vera Hughes on Feb 20, 2008
Summary: John 5:1-7 (Impotent man) 1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Scripture: Luke 14:18-19:19
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Go With the Flow
Shared By: Hal Seed on Feb 12, 2008
Summary: 6. YOU TRUST HIM WITH WHATEVER IS TROUBLING YOU. Anybody having anything trouble you these days? It’s probably part of God’s sense of humor that I went on a whale-watching trip this week, the week we start learning about Jonah. PICTURE OF WHA...
Category: Humor
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 14:18-19
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The Great Violinist, Nicolo Paganini, Willed His ...
Shared By: Mark Brunner on Mar 8, 2006
Summary: The great violinist, Nicolo Paganini, willed his marvelous violin to Genoa -- the city of his birth -- but only on condition that the instrument never be played upon. It was an unfortunate condition, for it is a peculiarity of wood that as long as i...
Category: Stories
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: Luke 14:27
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Built by Grace
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Oct 19, 2004
Summary: BUILT BY GRACE Years ago, late on a stormy night in Philadelphia, an elderly couple walked wearily into a hotel. They approached the night clerk at the desk and practically begged him for a room. Apparently there were three conventions in town, a...
Category: Stories
based on 6 ratings
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One's As Good As Another
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Oct 19, 2004
Summary: ONE’S AS GOOD AS ANOTHER Did you hear about the farmer who asked his neighbor if he could borrow a rope? The neighbor said, “Sorry, I’m using the rope to tie up my milk.” “Milk?” said the farmer. “You can’t tie up milk with a rope.” The n...
Category: Humor
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Luke 14:12-27
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Who's the Guy With George
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Oct 19, 2004
Summary: WHO’S THE GUY WITH GEORGE George had a friend with an inflated opinion of himself. As a friend should, George decided to help his friend lose this quirk. Subtly, George mentioned that he knew Johnny Carson. The friend said, "Oh, yeah, prove it."...
Category: Humor
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 14:12-24
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Welcoming Misfits
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Oct 19, 2004
Summary: WELCOMING MISFITS Ryan Johnson, minister in Glen Elder, Kansas, shares this story: I was heading north out of Salina, Kansas when I saw him. His name was Charlie. Charles was sitting in the ditch with large army bags. The cold misty ...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Luke 14:12-24
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The Reason It Happened...
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Oct 19, 2004
Summary: THE REASON IT HAPPENED... The Metropolitan Insurance Company has published this list: Reasons/Excuses for Auto Accidents: (1) “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.” (2) “The pedestrian had no idea which directio...
Category: Humor
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An Invitation (And a Rejection Form)
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Oct 18, 2004
Summary: AN INVITATION (AND A REJECTION FORM) Dearest (your name), You are cordially invited to come and enjoy the delicious banquet of my salvation. Serving will begin at My House and will continue for eternity. I’d love for you to come and get to ...
Category: Stories
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Luke 14:12-24
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Satan's Worldwide Convention
Shared By: James Harrington on Sep 20, 2004
Summary: Satan’s worldwide convention: Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his devils, he said, “We can’t keep Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t keep th...
Category: Stories
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Did You Hear About The Baptist Who Got Together ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Nov 6, 2003
Summary: Did you hear about the Baptist Who got together and purchased their Pastor some rubber wadders so he wouldn’t get wet in the baptism pool so the Methodist heard about it and purchased their Pastor some rubber gloves
Category: Humor
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No Excuse Sunday." Cots Will Be Placed In The ...
Shared By: Sheila Crowe on Oct 11, 2002
Summary: "No Excuse Sunday." Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "Sunday is my only day to sleep in." Murine will be available for those with tired eyes... from watching television too late on Saturday night. We will have steel helmets for th...
Category: Humor
based on 15 ratings
Denomination: United Methodist
Scripture: Luke 14:15-24
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You Turn On The Tv Set To See A Large Family ...
Shared By: Jim Luthy on Feb 26, 2002
Summary: You turn on the TV set to see a large family sitting at a long dining room table. A man and a woman sit at opposite ends of the table, with three boys on one side and three girls on the other. Then another woman appears from the kitchen wearing a ...
Category: Movies / Videos
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Understanding Forgiveness
Shared By: SermonCentral on Jan 20, 2002
Summary: UNDERSTANDING FORGIVENESS How can we understand forgiveness if we haven’t recognized the depth of our sin? SOURCE: John Henry Newman
Category: Quotes