Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jan 5, 2009
RICK WARREN AND COLOSSIANS 3:2
Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life book earned $9 million in first quarter of its release. Rick told God he didn’t need the money, it wasn’t about the money. What did he do? He searched the Bible. Here’s his answer to his interview with David Kuo of Beliefnet.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 7, 2009
Isaac Watts was a genius. At four years of age, he had learned Latin, at nine Greek, at 11 French, and at 13 years old, Hebrew. His poetic re-working of the Psalms was magnificent.
Unfortunately for poor Isaac, he was not a looker. His one chance at love came and went with a
I heard the story of a young man who told his pastor that the Lord had called him into the ministry. And for several months he was busy in the work of the Lord, serving in the pulpit, leading Bible studies, going to prayer meeting, and so on. But then all of a sudden, he stopped coming to church.
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Feb 19, 2009
LOYALTY TO GOD OR OURSELVES?
When I was in seminary, I had some conversations with some fellow students, with a good mentor and friend Ron Mabry, with a Dr. Stafford and the credentialing team in Indiana. Through these interactions God was speaking to me and asking me where my loyalties to lie?
Contributed by Don Jones on Mar 10, 2009
COMMITMENT OR CONTENTMENT?
Four masked men came in with assault rifles screaming at the preacher and members during the worship service. They said that anyone who would deny their faith could leave safely, but the pastor had to stay and face the outcome.
Silence fill the church, and
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 4, 2009
CHOOSE ONE CHAIR
"When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song," tenor Luciano Pavarotti relates. "He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as a pupil. I also enrolled in a teachers
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jun 20, 2009
A VOW TO CHERISH
In the movie A Vow to Cherish a husband struggles with his wife’s Alzheimer's. The most difficult thing is the fact that she doesn’t know him and he is a complete stranger to her. He kneels in front of her and pledges he will love her till the day they die. He recites the vows
Contributed by Scott Berry on Aug 14, 2009
MARRIAGE AND DISCIPLESHIP: LOVE IN ACTION
If a groom said ‘I wanna scrap that ‘forsake all others bit’, I’ll have a few affairs but it’ll be ok – I’ll come home to you most nights’ - its not acceptable.
Marriage is not about emotion or what you get from the other – its a commitment, a
COMMITMENT OR CONVENIENT?
Deacon Wives author Diana Davis writes about Angie and her commitment.
Let’s take a look at Angie. She loves her church and is committed to its ministry. She considers herself to be a faithful worshipper. If you take a careful look, however, you’ll find a few
Contributed by Nathan Ingram on Nov 30, 2009
SEND ME ANYWHERE, ONLY GO WITH ME
David Livingstone was a pioneer missionary to Africa. His wife died early in their ministry, and he faced stiff opposition to his ministry from his Scottish brethren. He ministered half blind, and walked over 29,000 miles.
Listen to these words from his
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 3, 2009
A Farmer Plants Sour Apples Near Edge of Orchard To Camouflage The Sweet Ones in the Middle
A farmer repeatedly invited his neighbor to come over to his orchard and pick some apples and make fresh, sweet apple cider. The neighbor kept turning down the offer. Finally, the farmer asked why the
Contributed by Chris Gowen on Dec 29, 2009
DEVOUT VS. RIGHTEOUS
A person might be devout, but not necessarily righteous. During the Christmas season of 2009 a Nigerian terrorist attempted to blow up a plane in Detroit, Michigan. His attempts failed. He was devoted to his
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 12, 2010
"A great commitment to the great commandment and the Great Commission will create a great church."
(Source: Aubrey Malphurs, Developing A
A CALL TO DIE
The story is told of the military legend Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia (336-323) and conqueror of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Babylonia, and Persia, almost all of the known world.
One day on the warpath, Alexander and small company of soldiers approached a strongly
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Nov 9, 2010
NO ROADS REQUIRED
David Livingstone charted great paths for mission in Africa. One time a missionary society wrote him a letter saying, "We have some people who would like to join you. Do you have some easy access roads to get where you are?"
Dr. Livingstone wrote back, "If you have men who
Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 17, 2011
FAN OR FOLLOWER?
Kyle Idelman writes:
It was a Thursday afternoon, and I was sitting in our sanctuary where 30,000 people would soon be coming to one of our Easter services. I had no idea what I was going to say to them. I could feel the pressure mounting. I sat there hoping that a sermon
Contributed by Patrick Nix on Mar 23, 2011
EDISON AND LINCOLN: PICTURES OF COMMITMENT
Look at the life of Thomas Edison. At 21, he patented his first major invention: the Electrical Vote Recorder (a device 100 years ahead of its time!). At 26, he invented the automatic telegraph and paraffin paper. At 30, the phonograph (earliest record
Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Mar 29, 2011
In 1990, a woman entered a Haagen-Dazs store in Kansas City for an ice cream cone. While she was ordering, another customer entered the store. She placed her order, turned and found herself staring face to face with Paul Newman. He was in town filming a movie. His blue eyes made her knees buckle.