Contributed by Curt Cizek on Aug 9, 2008
Last week during fellowship, I told some of you about a scene from the Dark Knight, the new Batman movie. Have any of you seen the movie?
The Joker threatens the city of Gotham, so the mayor decides to begin evacuating the city. The prison is emptied and put on a ferry to carry them away so that
An Admiral was visiting on the deck of a U.S. Navy ship; he was chatting with some enlisted men. "What would you do if another sailor fell overboard?" A sailor promptly replied: "I would raise the alarm and toss him a life preserver, sir." The Admiral asked a second question: "What would you do if
Contributed by Wes Richard on Sep 24, 2008
Waiting for the Shoe to Drop
A man living on the first-floor of an apartment got upset every night because the guy living above him dropped his shoes on the floor when he got ready for bed. Every night, the same thing happened. First, the noise from one shoe, then the noise from the other.
The Thread in Your Eye
I awoke one morning with a terrible pain in my eye. I had no idea why it hurt, but I could not do what needed to be done that day with that kind of pain in my eye. I went to the Optometrist who spent a great deal of time examining my eye. Then he reached in with a swab and
In the Context of Eternity
"There are numerous individuals in church unaware that they will give an account of what they've done in their short stay on earth. Many have the erroneous idea that all future judgment is eradicated by their salvation. Indeed, Jesus blood cleanses us from the sins
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Oct 27, 2008
POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS & WRONG JUDGMENT
Relationally, I think of assumptions as unproven conclusions. We draw conclusions based on our experiences, our perceptions, and limited information.
Sometimes misinformation. In my opinion, much of this year’s political campaigning has been about
LOOKING THROUGH CLEAN WINDOWS
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
'That laundry is not very clean', she said. 'She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Nov 20, 2008
JUDGING BY COMPARISON
How many people in this room would like to lose 20 pounds? How many people in this room would like to be taller? Do you know someone who sees themselves as an old alley cat while others see them as a prize Persian? Can you think of someone who thinks they are a prize poodle
"EVERY MEMBER IS A SINNER"
There's a worn-out story about the preacher who was getting fired-up in his sermon. He thundered, "Every member of this church is a sinner!" When he hollered this a second time for emphasis, there was a man on the back row who had a broad smile come across his face.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2008
Employed by the human-development center of a corporation in the Midwest, a young woman was training the employees in proper dress codes and etiquette.
One day as she was stepping onto the elevator, a man casually dressed in jeans and a golf shirt got on with her.
Thinking of her
In 2009 we still have the "filthy five" (as I learned them at my mother's knee) -- "Smokin', Cussin', Dancin', Chewin' and Associatin' with Them That's Doin'!" Another example is the "Blue Laws" of the middle of the last century, which closed business establishments on Sundays. The
Contributed by Jim Kane on Feb 6, 2009
BEFORE YOU JUDGE
Steven Covey recalls riding on the New York subway one Sunday morning. It was a quiet time with many simply reading the paper, resting, or thinking quietly to themselves.
But the quiet was shatter when a man and his children entered the car Covey was sitting in. The man sat
Contributed by Wayne Presnell on Feb 10, 2009
Timothy Keller in his marvelous book: “The Reason for God,” answers the skeptic’s question: “Because Christians think there are consequences to sin… including judgment… does that make them narrow minded?”
He uses this analogy: “Imagine two people arguing over the nature of a cookie. Jack
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW
F.B. Meyer once said that when we see a brother or sister in sin, there are three things we do not know:
First, we do not know how hard he or she tried not to sin.
Second, we do not know the power of the forces that assailed him or her.
Thirdly, we also do not know
Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 12, 2009
HOSEA 2: LOW-DOWN PERSON
I was watching an old movie on television and I heard a line that I’d missed before. The villain of this comedy was talking on the phone and said something like: "Sure, I know what kind of low-down person would sue his own mother, but we’re not talking about me!" It
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
SADDAM HUSSEIN: A STORY OF JUDGMENT
It was in the desert area of Iraq. Saddam Hussein was found in a small hole in the ground, hiding like a rat, curled up hoping to elude capture by the American troops. He was found near a farmhouse outside the city of Tikrit, in a swift raid conducted without
We "must distinguish between the error, which must always be rejected, and the person in error, who never loses his dignity as a person even though he flounders amid false or inadequate religious ideas. God alone is the judge and the searcher of hearts;
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
ONE MISTAKE, AND YOU’RE FINISHED
When I was chaplain at the University of Maryland, there was a religious group on campus which left no room for mistakes. If you didn’t measure up, out you went. We heard that one of the students had been sent out of that group for drinking. Then we heard that
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
VIEW EVERYONE AS GOD’S CREATION
Presbyterian biblical scholar/ minister/author Carl Howie tells about an incident that took place in a New York subway. It was winter, and an especially cold and bitter night. Very few people were on the subway at that hour. At each station, the train would
Contributed by Tony Abram on May 25, 2009
1. I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day. Albert Camus
2. To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning. John W. Gardner
3. When we come to the end of life, the question