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  • Of All The Classical Spiritual Disciplines, ...

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Apr 8, 2002
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    Of all the classical Spiritual Disciplines, service is the most conductive to the growth of humility. When we set out on a consciously chosen course of action that accents the good of other and is for the most part a hidden work, a deep change occurs in our spirit. Nothing disciplines the ...read more

  • The Arrest

    Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Apr 29, 2008
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    THE ARREST A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street. "But officer," the man began, "I can explain..." "Just be quiet," snapped the officer. "I'm going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back." "But, officer, I just wanted to ...read more

  • Baseball And Golf

    Contributed by Peter Loughman on May 15, 2008

    BASEBALL AND GOLF One of my tasks as an associate pastor was to go through the list of people who were on the rolls, but didn't come to church anymore. My task was to visit these people, find out why they chose not to attend the church anymore, and then try to convince them to give it another ...read more

  • Excuses, Excuses  PRO

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
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    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 invitations to such a special event quite a long ...read more

  • Wait? -- I Don't Have To Wait!! Why Doesn't God ...  PRO

    Contributed by Steve Lotze on Sep 27, 2008
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    Wait? -- I don't have to wait!! Why doesn't God just get up to speed? Well, what if I we're going to go under a surgeons knife to redo my face - but I wanted to stay awake during the operation so that I could freely give out my counsel to the surgeon - and tell him to hurry! Hurry! If he was to ...read more

  • Fake Seatbelts And Submission  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
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    FAKE SEATBELTS and SUBMISSION Seatbelts can be a hassle. Some people just don’t want to be bothered even when the law requires them to buckle up. According to the Associated Press, a New Zealander named Ivan Segedin took it to an extreme. The police ticketed him 32 times over five years for ...read more

  • When Nasa First Started Sending Up Astronauts, ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
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    When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including ...read more

  • Hendrick's List  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
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    HENDRICK’S LIST HOWARD HENDRICKS was popular seminary professor for many years. Many young men were taught by him over the years. Hendricks keeps a little black book with him wherever he goes. He writes in there the names of men whom he taught in seminary classes who have fallen out of the ...read more

  • Servants And Sons

    Contributed by Jim Blevins on May 2, 2009

    SERVANTS AND SONS Imagine at Mt. Sinai with all the lightning, thunder, smoke and the threat of death to any person or animal that even came close to the mountain, and how the people shuddered with fear as God was soon to speak His commandments. How would it have been if, after God had spoken ...read more

  • Chutzpah– Obnoxious Aggressiveness  PRO

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
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    CHUTZPAH– Obnoxious Aggressiveness Are you familiar with the Yiddish word "chutzpah"? It means "supreme self-confidence, boldness, nerve, audacity." Esther Schwartz was in front of a hotel in Miami with her three-year-old grandson, Jacob. She absolutely adores Jacob. She bought precious ...read more

  • Sadly, Those Who Believe The False Teachers Will ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 25, 2010

    Sadly, those who believe the false teachers will be judged with them. Believing the "experts" can kill you. On March 20, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington, a supposedly dormant volcano, began to quake and rumble. The local population was evacuated to a “safe” distance 8 miles away. Later, the ...read more

  • Let The Master Play

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Aug 22, 2010

    LET THE MASTER PLAY An organist was practicing one day in a great church in Europe. As he was playing, a man came up to the organ and asked if he could play. The organist looked at him and thought to himself. "I shouldn’t let this man play, just look at him, he is unshaven, his clothes are ...read more

  • Monstrous Preaching

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Sep 11, 2010

    "MONSTROUS" PREACHING In the 18th Century, Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntington invited the Duchess of Buckingham to come and hear George Whitfield preach. After listening to Whitfield, the Duchess wrote to the Countess of Huntington about the Gospel that Whitefield and his fellow ...read more

  • A Young Man Had Finished His First Semester In ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 25, 2011
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    A young man had finished his first semester in college, and was spending the weekend at home. Somewhat bored with the old place, he was regaling his father with the wonders of his campus and the enlightened people there. After getting up a head of steam and warming up to his subject he said, "Why, ...read more

  • Who Is The Shepherd?

    Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Apr 6, 2011
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    WHO IS THE SHEPHERD? Keith Miller writes, "Years ago, when our daughters were very young, we'd drop them off at our church's children's chapel on Sundays before the eleven o'clock service. One Sunday, just as I was about to open the door to the small chapel, the minister came rushing up. He said ...read more

  • A Reggie Jackson Perspective

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2011

    A REGGIE JACKSON PERSPECTIVE Dave Bosewell tells the story of Earl Weaver who was the manager of the Baltimore Orioles and how he handled slugger Reggie Jackson. Weaver had a rule that no one could steal a base unless the steal sign was given. This upset Jackson because he knew pitchers and ...read more

  • The Acorn And The Marrow

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Sep 9, 2011

    THE ACORN AND THE MARROW An atheist was sitting under a tree one day smugly thinking: "God, I know you don't exist - but it you did - you must really be stupid. You created a huge oak tree to carry this little acorn and such a puny plant to carry a marrow. Now, if I had been you, I'd have ...read more

  • Pet Beliefs

    Contributed by Robert Sickler on Nov 15, 2011

    PET BELIEFS The two professors stood nose to nose as they shouted at one another. "The craters on the moon are the result of volcanism," cried one. "You are an idiot," screamed the other, "the craters on the moon are the result of meteor impact." This scene played itself out all across ...read more

  • Titanic Arrogance

    Contributed by Casey Sabella on Apr 6, 2012

    TITANIC ARROGANCE "Control your Irish passions, Thomas. Your uncle here tells me you proposed 64 lifeboats and he had to pull your arm to get you down to 32. Now, I will remind you just as I reminded him--these are my ships. And, according to our contract, I have final say on the design. I'll ...read more

  • A Salesman Meets The Inventor

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 17, 2012

    A SALESMAN MEETS THE INVENTOR In 1969, in a science lab in New Jersey, Canadian physicist Willard Boyle and his colleagues invented the concept of an electronic eye. Using their knowledge of mathematics and the behavior of light, they provided the science behind digital cameras known as a ...read more