Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jun 19, 2008
Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells about the time he was conducting a prayer meeting when a man gave this testimony: The man said, "I got off at the Pennsylvania depot as a homeless person and for a year I begged on the streets for a living. One day I touched a man on the shoulder and said, 'Mister,
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Jun 26, 2008
GIVE YOURSELF RIGHT NOW
Those in recovery groups talk about seeing what he or she can “pack into the stream of life.” Many addicts and alcoholics initially think of themselves as pretty good people who just need to cut back drinking. If they have problems, they happen because of other people.
Contributed by David Ibeleme on Jul 8, 2008
It is a form of mediocrity to succeed alone - Rise to the place of excellence where you make or help others to succeed as well.
GOING THE SECOND MILE
A salesman called his wife from a coin-operated phone in a distant city, finished the conversation, said good-bye, and replaced the receiver. As he was walking away, the phone rang. He went back and answered it, expecting to be informed of extra charges. But the
The story of Rick Warren and his best-selling book the "The Purpose Driven Life."
What is he doing with all the money?
USA Today article: June 4th 2006 edition:
A uniter, not a divider
Warren is no liberal. He backed President Bush in the 2004 election and opposes abortion and stem cell
Contributed by C Vincent on Feb 14, 2009
Survey by Premier Radio yesterday says, "Most people would rather have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 27, 2009
WHO REALLY CARES?
A couple years ago, a Syracuse University professor named Arthur C. Brooks wrote a book called "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism." He was not particularly excited about the outcome of the study he’d done (he’d been raised a liberal) but
Foundation of Guilt
Years back when I was a Youth Minister, we did a lot of Youth Musicals. Some of them had funny skits that took a kind of "tongue-in-cheek" look at how churches worked. They had that kind of "ha-ha...ouch!" effect. I remember one featured a church that had this slogan:
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2009
Too many times, we are more concerned with what we get out of giving than what we are trying to give in the first place.
A father was sitting in his chair one night reading the paper. All of a sudden, he realized it was his young daughter’s birthday, and he had forgotten to get
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
THE GIVING TREE
Once or twice in a lifetime you hear a story that leaves an indelible mark on your heart and mind. Such is Shel Silverstein’s story, "The Giving Tree."
"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." And so begins the story of a tree’s being happy because she is able to
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
NO HANDS BUT YOURS
In the courtyard of a quaint little church in a French village was standing a beautiful marble statue of Jesus with his hands outstretched. One day during the war, a bomb struck close to the statue and severely damaged it. After the battle was over, the citizens of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
PICK OUT THREE HYMNS
I heard about this pastor. He was raising money for a new sanctuary. He told his congregation one Sunday morning "If anybody will give $1000, you can pick out three hymns."
A little old lady in the back raised up her hand and said "Pastor, I’ll do it." He was so excited.
Contributed by Jim Heidebrecht on Oct 10, 2009
IN ORDER TO GIVE SOMETHING, YOU MUST LET GO!
VISUAL ILLUSTRATION: (I had a church member come to the front and pretended to give him my Bible, but wouldn’t let go of it, so I never really gave it to him. You have to let go of something in order
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 10, 2010
Hudson Taylor Learns About Giving
One wonderful testimony of faith from church history is that of Hudson Taylor, the first missionary to the interior of China (in the mid-1800s). He was a great evangelist because he learn “to move man, through God, by prayer alone.”
To prepare for the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 23, 2011
THE DURER BROTHERS: NO ONE MAKES IT ALONE
Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen!
In order merely to keep food on the table for this big family, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked
Contributed by Adrian Rogers on Jul 19, 2011
LOVE AS A TOKEN
Woodrow Wilson was on a train. He was in Billings, Montana. He was making whistle stops. He was the President of the United States. He was on that last coach. He was on that platform there out behind. You have seen pictures of them. His wife was next to him. There were important
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 19, 2011
Yesterday Marylu and I went to the Ko-ko-mah encampment as we do every year. We love the smell of campfires cooking food, crafts and arts done in an 1800's style, the music, the costumes, the re-enactments.
When parking car, I thanked the attendant and said, "This must be a pretty
Contributed by Jeff Morrison on Mar 30, 2012
THE HUNGER GAMES: LAYING DOWN YOUR LIFE
In the movie, "The Hunger Games," 16 year old Katness is faced with a dramatic choice when her 12 year old sister is chosen by lottery to fight for their district. She knows her sister is small and frail, and that she would not last in the life or death
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jul 7, 2003
The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me into deep depression.
It hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy, for activities sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task, I will never get it all done,
For my ideal is