Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 26, 2001
Elton Trueblood wrote, "It used to be that Christianity was a revolutionary faith that turned the world upside down. But today Christians sit in Sunday morning church services looking at their watches, wondering what time dinner will be served, or thinking about the kickoff.
Contributed by Greg Waddell on Mar 5, 2001
Florencio Varela, Argentina is one of the poorest townships of the greater Buenos Aires, metropolitan area. The streets are unpaved and strewn with garbage and sleeping dogs. I approached the home of Raul, a young man who had attended our services a couple of times.
I was nervious. I had heard
Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 1, 2001
I’ve been reading a book by Robert Putnam, a professor at Harvard. The book is called "Bowling Alone," and in it, he documents the decline in community life in American over the last four decades. The title comes from a trivial but telling example: the percentage of adults who belong to a bowling
Contributed by Mark Hensley on May 3, 2001
Normally the flight from Nassau to Miami took Walter Wyatt, Jr., only sixty-five minutes. But on December 5, 1986, he attempted it after thieves had looted the navigational equipment in his Beechcraft. With only a compass and a hand-held radio, Walter flew into skies blackened by storm clouds.
Contributed by Jim Luthy on May 8, 2001
In America, it takes 85 people working over the course of an entire year to produce 1 convert.
(Requires a can of Coca-cola) Coca-cola is one product that has far outgrown its humble beginnings. In 1886, Dr. John Pemberton first introduced Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Georgia. The pharmacist concocted a caramel-colored syrup in a three-legged brass kettle in his backyard. He first "distributed"
In 1996, Andrew Meekens, an elder in the international evangelical church of Addis Ababa was onboard a hijacked Ethiopian airliner which was running out of fuel. It eventually made an emergency crash landing near the Comoros Islands. According to some of those who survived the crash landing,
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jul 9, 2001
When Billy Graham went to a southern city for meetings, the governor of the state assigned a state trooper to drive him around for 3 weeks. The trooper was so impressed that he went forward during the crusade, received Christ, dedicated his life, and later joined
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jul 19, 2001
[Rescuing Those in Peril, Citation: Leadership, Vol. 12, no. 2.]
Roger Storms, pastor of First Christian Church in Chandler, Arizona, tells this story:
"One Sunday, a car had broken down in the alley behind our facilities, and the driver had jacked up the car and crawled underneath to work on
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jul 19, 2001
[Education in the Red-Light District, Citation: Joseph Aldrich, "How to Be a Redemptive Person," Preaching Today, Tape No. 113.]
When my wife and I went to Dallas Seminary, we decided we wouldn’t live in the "cemetery" housing.
Instead, we lived in the high-class, red-light district.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 20, 2001
Paul Little in his book "How to Give Away Your Faith" defines witnessing: "Witnessing is that deep-seated conviction that the greatest favor I can
Contributed by James May on Aug 8, 2001
An older gentleman was walking along the seashore one day in the hot sun. As he walked he was sweating profusely and seemed to be in a hurry! Every few steps he would bend over, pick up a starfish from the hot, burning sands and cast it back into the cool waves. One after another, after another,
Contributed by Davon Huss on Sep 10, 2001
A. In Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks tells about an 83-year old Michigan woman he met at a Sunday school convention in Chicago. "In a church with a Sunday school of only 65 people, she taught a class of 13 junior high boys. She had traveled by bus all the way to Chicago the night
Contributed by Steve Hereford on Oct 25, 2001
"Jesus . . . wants us to see that the neighbor next door or the people sitting next to us on a plane or in a classroom are not interruptions to our schedule. They are there by divine appointment. Jesus wants us to see their needs, their loneliness, their longings, and he
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Nov 1, 2001
Evangelism is not what we tell people, unless what we tell is totally consistent with who we are.
It is who we are that is going to make the difference.
If we do not truly enjoy our faith, nobody is going to catch the fire of enjoyment from us.
If our lives are not totally centered on Christ,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 15, 2001
IT JUST CAN'T WAIT
Following the news of ex-Beatle George Harrison’s death, "Today" how anchor Anne Curry interviewed Anthony DeCurtis, a writer for Rolling Stone* magazine. DeCurtis talked at length about Harrison’s search for a meaningful spiritual life. Curry said, "Apparently Harrison was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 19, 2002
In 1950 2/3 of the world’s population lived in rural areas. Today, nearly half of the world’s 6 billion people live in cities. By 2030 the urban population will reach 4.9 billion—60% of the world’s population. Nearly all population growth will be in the cities of developing countries, whose
Contributed by Ryan Johnson on Feb 23, 2002
The Greek poet, Hosaye wrote, “ If you tell me who you love, I can tell you who you are
Max Lucado a dynamic Christian author said it this way, ‘ The sign of the saved is their love for the least”
Bill Hybels, Pastor of one of the largest churches in America echoed the thought , When he
Contributed by David Yarbrough on Mar 15, 2002
One day a lady criticized D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism in attempting to win people to the Lord. Moody’s reply was "I agree with you. I don’t like the way I do it either. Tell me, how do you do it?" The lady replied, "I don’t do it." Moody retorted, "Then I like my way of doing it
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2002
WHY AM I HERE?
"Many years ago I attended a birthday party for my gay friend and co-worker, Julian. Sixty gay men and four straight women had gathered to celebrate in a high-rise penthouse with a dramatic sweeping view of the San Francisco Bay. Greeting me warmly, Julian exuberantly kissed me