Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 31, 2008
Let's play 'Let's Pretend'. Let's pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I'm the owner and I'm interested in expanding overseas. To pull this off, I make plans to travel abroad and stay there until a new branch office gets
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 1, 2008
JUST DO IT
Dr. J.B. Gambrel tells an amusing story from General Stonewall Jackson’s famous valley campaign. Jackson’s army found itself on one side of a river when it needed to be on the other side. After telling his engineers to plan and build a bridge so the army could cross, he called his
Contributed by Brian Harvison on Apr 18, 2008
DON'T TELL ME, SHOW ME
The young woman was married and had two beautiful children. But one day as she was standing over the sink, washing dishes, she thought
'There must be more to life than this.'
When her husband came home, he found a note she'd written and began to weep. She would call
Today is Nigeria’s 32nd Independence anniversary. At a time like this, every one of us needs to ask the question whether the independence we are celebrating today has any relevance to the one we got in the year 1960.
In the same vein, many of us Christians need to ask ourselves whether the
Contributed by Ronnie Knight on May 9, 2008
BACK TO BASICS
There is a story circulated about the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi. As many of you know Vince Lombardi strove for excellence on and off of the field. He demanded it of himself and of his players.
Well, as the story goes during his last season as
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 9, 2008
Arthur Gordon in an article entitled "The Rewards of Caring," tells the story of how once, as a small boy, he was witness to a near-tragedy.
At the beach, a woman stepped off a sandbar into deep, swift water and panicked. At least 20 adults in bathing suits watched, apparently paralyzed,
Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Jul 23, 2008
Allison was an upbeat, enthusiastic teen. She was positive, eager, and energetic. She was one of the teens in my group and was always a joy. It was terrible the day I got the call about her dad.
Allison’s dad died suddenly of a massive heart attack sitting in his office at work
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008
WHAT DEFINES YOU?
Alex Gibney's documentary on the life of "Gonzo" Hunter S. Thompson suggests that Thompson, "who committed suicide in 2005, survives to some degree in the popular imagination because of his self-burnished reputation for excess." (A.O. Scott, "Beyond Fear and Loathing", The New
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 31, 2008
CAN'T JUST SIT AROUND
The following is a true story. Larry Walters led a fairly boring normal life as a truck driver in southern California until the fateful day of July 2nd, 1982. On that day, Larry turned himself into a legend.
You see, ever since he was a boy Larry had dreamed of flying,
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Aug 11, 2008
I want to show you a video. This video pokes fun at us. It exaggerates what really is a serious concern. It exaggerates so that maybe we might laugh at ourselves while we decide to do better.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2008
A friend told Plato of a terrible charge that had been leveled against the famous philosopher. Knowing it was not true, his friend said, "What are we going to do?" Plato replied, "We must simply live in such a way that all people will know it is false." Paul said that an elder is
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Sep 17, 2008
Teamwork: The Big Picture
We've got to get together and work together to solve the problem. In his book Wind and Fire, Bruce Larson tells of a friend of his who lives near Hoyt Park in Madison, Wisconsin and who happens to be a great bird lover. Invariably, his yard is full of all kinds of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
I Thought You Loved Me
Girls, picture this. It is a warm summer day. The birds are singing happily. The wind is blowing gently. You and that special guy are sitting outside in the sun just thrilled to be together. You have been dating now for two whole weeks and you have never known a more
Contributed by Donny Granberry on Oct 21, 2008
Charles Crabtree, former Assistant General Sup. of the Assemblies of God told this story.
I met a distinguished-looking gentleman in his mid-40s, who immediately began to impress upon me how educated he was. After a few minutes of a well-rehearsed oral résumé, I must confess I was impressed. He
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 5, 2009
Good intentions often do not bear fruit unless we set up the mechanism.
I have a calendar reminder system on my computer that sends me email reminders. It has generally worked well, but lately my email outbox gets hung up and the mail is not sent; I've had to rely on another reminder through my
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 28, 2009
"GET ON WITH IT, YOU OLD GOAT."
I heard the story about a college choir which was all set to present a concert in a large church which was to be carried live by a local radio station. When everything appeared to be ready, the announcer made his final introduction and waited for the choir
Contributed by West Garner on Jun 29, 2009
HE JUST HELD THE BALL
In the summers, we always played basketball at the YMCA. One game playing Ebenezer BC. 2 minutes left in last quarter. Score tied. They go down make basket. We come back and make basket. They call a timeout with 30 seconds to go. Out of time out EBC runs play and scores.
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
MAKE ME A CRISIS MAN
Jim Elliot, a dedicated missionary in Ecuador who was killed by the Auca Indians in 1946, said it well: "Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Aug 9, 2009
SIT SO HE CAN WALK, SO THEY CAN RUN
I wonder who amongst us this morning feels insignificant. On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded a Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On that bus on that day, Rosa Parks initiated a new
A young man came to a farm looking for work. So the farmer set him to the task immediately. He had a barn that needed painting. So the task was handed to the young man. The farmer said to himself that it would take at least three days to finish the task but in two days the young man