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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

  • The Prison Of ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2010

    The Prison of Bitterness Because we live in a world full of people that don’t know grace. It’s foreign to them. They don’t know it. And if they don’t hear about it and experience it from the body of Christ, they will never know it. I first learned of this story from Max Lucado. Each week Kevin ...read more

  • Bitterness Kills  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 28, 2010
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    BITTERNESS KILLS Bitterness has been medically linked to glandular problems, high blood pressure, cardiac disorders, ulcers, and even insanity. One leading psychiatrist wrote, "90% of all people in insane asylums could be released immediately if they would learn how to forgive, or how to be ...read more

  • Our Defiance

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 15, 2010

    OUR DEFIANCE Imagine a molecule...and atom, a proton. The size of that proton might be the size of planet Earth compared to the universe. Now imagine a tiny man on that proton so small that he is equivalent to one man on earth. He is shaking his ...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
    based on 8 ratings

    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

  • 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

  • A Wealthy Man And His Son Loved To Collect Rare ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
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    A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while ...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