Contributed by Doug Sanders on Jan 2, 2001
HOW TO CATCH A MONKEY
Native hunters in the jungles of Africa have a clever way of trapping monkeys.
They slice a coconut in two, hollow it out, and in one half of the shell cut a hole just big enough for a monkey’s hand to pass through. Then they place an orange in the other coconut half
Contributed by David Dewitt on Dec 15, 2000
What Does Hope Do For Mankind?
Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest.
Hope motivates when discouragement comes.
Hope energizes when the body is tired.
Hope sweetens while bitterness bites.
Hope sings when all melodies are gone.
Hope believes when evidence is eliminated.
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Mar 5, 2001
Illustration: “The Story of Robert Moffit: One Convert”
I’m sure you’ve heard the classic story about the faithful pastor who was told by his superior that something was wrong with his work. The supervisor told him, “Only one person has been added to your church this year, and he is only a
Contributed by Ted Sutherland on Jun 7, 2001
“It is my first public declaration that a thing which looks to be unreasonable and seems to be unprofitable, being commanded by God, is law, is law to me. If my Master had told me to pick up six stones and lay them in a row I would do it, without demanding of him, ‘What good
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2002
Miss Thompson taught Teddy Stallard in the fourth grade. He was a slow, unkempt student, a loner shunned by his classmates. The previous year his mother died, and what little motivation for school he may have once had was now gone. Miss Thompson didn’t particularly care for Teddy
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 1, 2003
AN ARM AROUND ME--COMMUNION MEDITATION
Jackie Robinson was the first black person to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. Players would stomp on his feet and kick him.
While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn,
Contributed by Guy Caley on May 5, 2003
On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday this year, the central dining facility in Camp Udairi (Kuwait) caught fire, flames quickly spread to engulf all five tents and completely destroyed them in less than 30 minutes.
After the smoke cleared, and all units checked the status of their soldiers, it
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 5, 2003
“In Charles Colson’s book, Loving God, he tells the story of an incredible ninety-one-year-old woman, known affectionately as Grandma Howell…
As she moved into the twilight of her life, she had more than one reason to let depression take over--to just give up and die. Her
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jan 5, 2004
Illustration: One day, Adrian Rogers, the former president of the southern Baptist church, now Pastor of Bellevue Baptist in Memphis, Tenn felt discouraged that people were not responding to His invitations. He felt so distraught that he asked God to give him a verse for encouragement. He opened
Contributed by Brian Atwood on Jan 12, 2008
For almost forty years, Margaret lived with the memory of one soul-scarring day in the one-room schoolhouse she attended. From the first day Margaret came to class, she and Ms. Garner, her bitter and harsh teacher, didn’t get along. Over the years, the animosity between them only worsened until
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 1, 2008
There is a big difference between batting practice and playing ball. It is common for pro-ball players to describe the overwhelming power of the of the sound of thousands cheering them on. In a sense our life is the game and the cloud of witnesses, heroes, our audience cheering us
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
David Neeleman, JetBlue Airways CEO, meets 95% of new employees on their first work day. From day one he demonstrates he values them. He also sets aside one day each week to travel on JetBlue flights, where he serves beverages and cleans planes. In '02, JetBlue wanted to hire 2,000 team
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
According to Hallmark, 90% of consumers want more choices in encouragement cards that will allow them to share support in unique ways
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Apr 20, 2008
There are many things I don’t enjoy. One of them is taking my vehicle to the dealership to have it serviced. Then there’s the wait for a ride back to the office (or sit in the waiting room drinking terrible coffee). I lose the rhythm in my day.
This past week was an absolute nightmare on
Contributed by Tom Shepard on Apr 22, 2008
We all set examples for others to follow. I can remember growing up and putting on my dad’s shoes and shirt and walking around the house when I was little. Of course the clothes were too big for me. But I can remember how much I wanted to be grown up and be like my father.
Do any of you
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Jun 2, 2008
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
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Había una vez una colonia de ratones que vivía en una cómoda casa. Cierto día apareció un gato viviendo en el mismo lugar que los ratones. Lo cual les causo un gran problema, pues el gato los perseguía a toda hora de día y de noche. Así que los ratones vivían
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 7, 2008
A group of infantry soldiers were going through Airborne School at Fort Benning Georgia. As they prepared for their first jump, the jumpmaster explained that when the green light went on, everyone was to stand up, hook up, jump out, count to four and the chutes would open. If that failed, they
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Jul 16, 2008
*Discover the power of encouragement. God wants you to be encouraged, and He wants you to be an encourager to others.
*It was on March 23, 1945, during one of the last major offensives of WWII. General Dwight Eisenhower was walking near the Rhine River and fell into step beside a young
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 21, 2008
A SISYPHEAN TASK (Sisyphus)
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a brilliant rascal who sometimes played tricks on the gods to get what he wanted. He even used trickery to avoid death. Finally the gods had enough and condemned Sisyphus to eternal hard labor -- his punishment: rolling a boulder up a