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  • My Family And I Lived In A Temporary Home After ...

    Contributed by Scott Rodgers on Apr 13, 2008

    My family and I lived in a temporary home after a move and did not bother to unpack our boxes. My brother and I were kept awake each night by a bothersome cricket. After several nights of poor sleep we moved all the boxes out in an attempt to drive the cricket but were unsuccessful. Finally after a ...read more

  • Genghis Khan's Hawk

    Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Apr 29, 2008
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    GENGHIS KHAN'S HAWK One morning Genghis Khan, the great king and warrior, rode out into the woods to have a day’s sport. Many of his friends were with him. They rode out gaily, carrying their bows and arrows. Behind them came the servants with the hounds. It was a merry hunting party. The woods ...read more

  • The Skeleton At The End Of The Feast

    Contributed by Michael Deutsch on Nov 19, 2008

    To lick our wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back -- in many ways, it is a feast for a king. The chief ...read more

  • Pop-Cork Gun

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 20, 2009

    POP-CORK GUN Although we are the clay when compared to God’s power, we are not passive. We cannot successfully wage a war against God, but God leaves us with a choice. Remember the story of Peter and the Wolf, how he tries to hunt a wolf with a pop-cork gun? The wolf corners him, but he is ...read more

  • Traditions  PRO

    Contributed by Thomas Cash on Jul 7, 2009
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    TRADITIONS When the Shema prayer (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) was recited during a service at an old synagogue in Eastern Europe, half the congregation stood up and half remained sitting. The half that was seated started yelling at those standing to sit down, and the ones standing yelled at the ones ...read more

  • Shopkeeper Seeks Revenge On Bitter ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 5, 2009

    Shopkeeper Seeks Revenge on Bitter Rival What you believe about Jesus determines what you do with him. Two shopkeepers were bitter rivals. Their stores were directly across the street from each other, and they would spend each day keeping track of each other’s business. If one got a customer, he ...read more

  • Elderly Woman Bitter For 50 ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 23, 2009

    Elderly Woman Bitter for 50 Years Ray Stedman- A woman in her 80’s told me that, fifty years before, her aunt had said something insulting to her, and this woman had never forgiven her. 50 years later she could recount the event to the precise detail, and she felt all the same bitterness, anger, ...read more

  • The Spite ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 23, 2009

    The Spite House Once there was a millionaire who owned a lot in an exclusive residential area of a large city. This lot presented an unusual problem. It was only 2 yards wide but nearly 100 feet long. There was nothing that he could do but sell it to one of the neighbors on either side. He went to ...read more

  • Revenge Is ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009

    Revenge is Sweet They thought it was just kids playing pranks, but it turned out to be an angry 72 year old man, instead. From 2003-2005, a number of former teachers and school admins in NY reported a rash of vandalism at their homes. They would wake up to punctured car tires from roofing nails ...read more

  • Philip Yancey On Revenge  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009
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    PHILIP YANCEY ON REVENGE "The problem with revenge is that it never gets what it wants; it never evens the score. Fairness never comes. The chain reaction set off by every act of vengeance always takes its unhindered course. It ties both the injured and the injurer to an escalator of pain. Both ...read more

  • Splitting The House

    Contributed by Patrick Nix on Jul 9, 2010

    SPLITTING THE HOUSE Mary Karr’s uncle had endured all he could stand! The tall Texan grabbed his chain saw and began to split his own house into two halves. He was sick and tired of living with such an unforgiving woman to whom he had not spoken in months. He had enough. He divided his house ...read more

  • Forrest Gump: Sometimes There Aren't Enough ...  PRO

    Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Dec 9, 2010
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    FORREST GUMP: SOMETIMES THERE AREN'T ENOUGH ROCKS In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest has a lifetime friendship with Jenny. In one scene, when both of them are grown and Jenny is just beginning to retreat from her lifestyle of sex and drugs, they are walking down a dirt road. Soon they come to ...read more

  • Common Bitterness

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Mar 11, 2011

    COMMON BITTERNESS When I was in college, I worked as a youth director at a little church out in the country about an hour’s drive away. There were two families in that congregation that didn’t get along. When they came to worship, they would take up their positions on opposite sides of the room ...read more

  • Blame And Self-Esteem

    Contributed by Brad Henry on Jul 24, 2011

    BLAME AND SELF-ESTEEM When I was an Airline Pilot I was responsible for all flight operations, whether good or bad. If you are taxing into the gate and your wing clips a baggage cart, it is the Captain's fault. It doesn’t matter if the lineman steers you the wrong way or not. What the lineman ...read more

  • A Story Of Revenge

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Aug 29, 2011

    A STORY OF REVENGE The other day, a soldier was in my office. He had been exposed to radiation poisoning while deployed in Afghanistan and was brought home to prepare for death. But he told me his story and said he wasn't prepared to die and meet God on Judgment Day. This soldier said that ...read more

  • I Define Bitterness As 'internalized Anger.' I ...

    Contributed by David Tack on Dec 22, 2011

    "I define bitterness as 'internalized anger.' I cite the old adage, 'Bitterness does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than to anyone upon which it is poured.'" Ref: Sutton, Jerry. A ...read more

  • The Meaning Of Bitterness

    Contributed by David Tack on Dec 23, 2011

    THE MEANING OF BITTERNESS "Eadie [A Scottish Theologian 1810-1876] says that Pikria [bitterness] is 'a figurative term denoting that fretted and irritable state of mind that keeps a man in perpetual [constant] animosity--that inclines him to harsh and uncharitable opinions of men and ...read more

  • You Are The Prisoner!  PRO

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 22, 2014
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    YOU ARE THE PRISONER! One of the greatest quotes you will ever read on forgiveness comes from Lewis Smedes: "To forgive is to set a prisoner free.......and ...read more

  • Bitter And Resentful

    Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014

    "Bitterness is like taking poison, and waiting for the other person to die." - Malachy McCourt I once knew a woman whose heart had been broken by disappointing relationships. She became very sarcastic towards the opposite sex and could often be overheard making disparaging remarks about them. It ...read more

  • A Few Years Ago, I Was Watching David Letterman, ...

    Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Feb 20, 2001
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    A few years ago, I was watching David Letterman, and he was broadcasting his show from Las Vegas. He was doing his opening monologue and he told this joke. He said that he was standing in front of one of the casinos, and a man came up to him looking desperate. "Please!" the man begged ...read more