Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Nov 10, 2007
There’s a story told that, during the height of the Reformation, Martin Luther on one occasion found his wife Katrina dressed in deep mourning. He asked her who was dead, only to receive the reply, ’God is’. He was deeply shocked and angry at her irreverence, until
Contributed by Ejike Monwuba on Nov 28, 2007
A furious Father in a moment of rage and anger called his four-year-old son(Jude) a goat because the boy misbehaved. This happened repeatedly for about six months. Then, one morning a visitor knocked on their door and was welcomed by the young Jude.
“Hello my boy, what’s your name?” asked the
Contributed by Bruce Landry on Mar 31, 2008
In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2008
When Seeking Inspirational Guidance, people prefer to consult the following sources: 23% talk or listen to an inspirational person, 27% read an inspirational book, 17% go to church, 4% watch an inspirational
Contributed by Brian La Croix on Apr 20, 2008
A woman was working in her yard with the weed whacker, when she accidentally cut off the tail of her cat. She ran screaming into the house, and told her husband, wondering what to do.
He replied calmly, "Get the cat, and the tail, and we'll take them to Wal-Mart."
She was incredulous. "How
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Apr 29, 2008
FROGS IN A CREAM BOWL
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl.
One was an optimistic soul.
But the other took the gloomy view.
"We’ll drown," he lamented without much ado,
and with a last despairing cry,
he flung up his legs and said "Goodbye."
Quote the other frog with a steadfast
THERMOMETER V. THERMOSTAT CHRISTIANS
Are you a thermometer (circumstantially led) or are you a thermostat (influencer of your surroundings) believer?
Let me explain. A thermometer is circumstantially led. Depending on the temperature, the mercury moves up or down. It moves according to the
Contributed by Timothy Darling on Aug 10, 2008
The Olympic Scandal of '67
In the year AD 67 the Olympics were held and six events were won by a quite prestigious competitor. The events were:
Heralds (a trumpet blowing competition - the winners were then enlisted to announce the athletes)
Tethripon (four horse chariot)
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Sep 12, 2008
Is God Waiting for You?
Koinonia is the Greek phrase which describes this spiritual intimacy that is born through having the true knowledge of who God is in a personal way.
I must confess, I am the one who made the choice not to experience Koinonia for all those years in my spiritual way with
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME
One day, a man hired an experienced guide to lead him on a hike into the Swiss Alps. After many hours, they came to a high and remote mountain pass. To the man’s dismay, he saw the path had almost been washed out. What could he do? To the left was a sheer rock cliff, to his
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 29, 2009
FAITH ISN'T COMFORTABLE
"You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings. God gives us the promises in a quiet hour; God seals our covenants with great and gracious words, then He steps back and waits to see how much we believe; then He lets the tempter come, and the test seems to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
A VISION CHANGES EVERYTHING
Donald S. Whitney in his book, "Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life" has said: "Discipline without direction is drudgery."
He gives an example of a six-year-old boy named Kevin sitting one afternoon at guitar lessons. Outside are the other boys laughing
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
KNOWLEDGE AND DISCIPLINE WIN THE GAME
Did you watch the Illinois vs. Arizona basketball game of the 2005 NCAA tournament in March 2005? Illinois was losing by fifteen points with only 2:50 seconds left. The coach had a meeting with the players to pump them up to continue to contend for the
Contributed by John Hamby on Jan 8, 2001
“Joy in Christ requires a commitment to working at the Christian lifestyle. Salvation comes as a gif, but the joy of salvation demands disciplined action. Most Christians I know have just enough of the Gospel to make them miserable, but not enough to make them joyful. They know enough about
Contributed by Bruce Goettsche on Oct 18, 2000
Have you ever gone fishing in a polluted river and hauled out an old shoe, a tea kettle, or a rusty can? I get a similar sort of catch if I cast as a bait the word holiness into the murky depths of my mind. To my dismay I come up with such associations as:
Richard Armstrong and Edward Watkin tell the story of a biologist’s experiment with "processional caterpillars." On the rim of a clay pot that held a plant, he lined them up so that the leader was head-to-head with the last caterpillar. The tiny creatures circled the rim of the pot for a full
Contributed by Brian Mavis on Oct 30, 2000
Richard Foster has said that “The Disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our relationships with our husband or wife, our brothers and sisters, our
Contributed by Mark Beaird on Nov 2, 2000
IS GOD SPEAKING?
James Hamilton writes:
Before refrigerators, people used ice houses to preserve their food. Ice houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the ice houses, and covered
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 31, 2001
In his book Enjoying Intimacy with God, J. Oswald Sanders makes a piercing observation: "We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but