Contributed by Paul Dietz on Sep 28, 2008
Authority vs. Power
Jesus did not just send them forward into their world with empty hands. He provides them with all the tools that will be needed to bring in this harvest of souls. According to Matthew's account, Jesus "...gave them power" [10:1]. The New International Version employs a more
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Oct 5, 2008
Kind of like the guy who had too much to drink and he was driving -- all of the sudden he turns down a road going the wrong direction. The police finally pull him over and said to the man, "Hey fella, what are you doing, you could have killed yourself and someone else. Didn't you see
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
A rabbi was at odds with his congregation. The president of the synagogue said, "Rabbi, we must have a conference to settle this dispute once and for all." So the rabbi, the president an the ten elders met together to discuss the issue -- but the rabbi soon discovered that he was
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Nov 9, 2008
Longfellow could take a worthless piece of paper, write a poem on it, and instantly make it worth 1000’s of dollars – and we call this genius! Rockefeller could sign his name on a piece of paper and make it worth millions of dollars – and we call this riches! An artist can take the courses
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Nov 15, 2008
Pastor Dave Kinney said, "In the year 1940 a physicist working in a garage in Chicago developed the process of splitting the atom, which started the atomic age we live in today. They realized that they could unleash the power found in the atom and then multiply that power! This has changed the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
"PA WON’T LIKE IT"
A farm boy accidentally overturned his wagonload of corn in the road. The farmer who lived nearby came to investigate. "Hey, Willis," he called out, "forget your troubles for a spell and come on in and have dinner with us. Then I’ll help you get the wagon up."
Contributed by Anne Benefield on Feb 4, 2009
ZEITGEIST ON AUTHORITY
We live in interesting times. Our culture is drenched with vacuous celebrities who are sometimes given an amazing amount of authority. Not long ago there was a commercial about some high tech feature for televisions. A young woman named Jessica Simpson, singing, dancing
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 17, 2009
CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR
An army corporal needed to use a pay-phone but didn’t have change for a dollar. He saw a lower-ranking private mopping the base’s corridor floors, and asked him, "Soldier, do you have change for a dollar?"
The private replied, "Yeah, sure."
The corporal turned red and
Contributed by Doyle Hayes on Jul 7, 2009
In U.S. Navel Institute Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute, Frank Koch illustrates the importance of obeying the Laws of the Lighthouse. Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 18, 2010
THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE
Wayne Grudem summarizes this conclusion: "The sufficiency of Scripture means that Scripture contained all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains all the words of God we need for salvation,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2010
Chaffing Under Authority
How many of you are ‘rule-keepers’? When you see a rule do you try to do everything possible to not break it?
How many of you are ‘rule-breakers’? When you’re faced with a rule, do you find yourself wanting to inwardly disregard it or outwardly disobey it? I was accused
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 8, 2010
"The Talmud states that a Bat Kol (heavenly voice) was heard (on two separate occasions) declaring that Hillel and Samuel were worthy of the Shekinah (Divine Presence)…"
[from "Jesus the Pharisee" by Harvey
HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS
When Pope John XXIII released his encyclical Mater et Magistra, a letter that critiqued both socialism and unfettered capitalism, the late William Buckley, who rejected much of the Church’s social doctrine, famously wrote "Mater-yes; Magister-no." The Church’s teaching on
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 4, 2010
From the Talmud: "Elijah prayed that the keys of resurrection might be given him, but was answered, Three keys have not been entrusted to an agent: of birth,
Contributed by John Perry on May 11, 2010
The greatest blessing comes when God defeats the will of man and we surrender to His will. Someone has referred to
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 22, 2010
A Department of Water Resources representative stops at a Texas ranch and talks with an old rancher. He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for your water allocation."
The old rancher says, "Okay, but don't go in that field over there."
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jun 29, 2010
WHO SAYS SO?
A previous church I served had a lot of acreage and had turned part of it into 3 softball diamonds. Monday - Thursday nights, all summer long, various church leagues played their slow-pitch games there. Three of the leagues ran everything for their evening but one league was run
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2010
THE AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER
In Santa Cruz there's a strip called Pacific Avenue, and there's a number of bars. And I remember walking down Pacific Avenue, and it was getting a little rowdy. And there was two or three very burly guys in kinda tight T-shirts that looked like they could kill you,
Contributed by David Browne on Dec 9, 2000
The young salesman was disappointed about losing a big sale, and as he talked with his sales manager he lamented, "I guess it just proves you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink." The manager replied, "Son, take my advice: your job is not to make him drink. Your job is to
Contributed by Andrew Chan on May 25, 2001
True story happened Friday in Montreal
- A hospital patient who insisted on lighting a cigarette while hooked to an oxygen supply caused a small explosion, according to a hospital spokesperson.
The 73-year-old, who suffered minor burns in the blast, had been told not to light up but she