Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 8, 2010
David Flusser wrote, "Jesus regarded the Kingdom of Heaven as taking shape around him and together with him. Later on, Christianity was influenced by this idea, but in a somewhat distorted manner, and identified the idea of the Kingdom of Heaven with the community itself -- the
N. T. Wright is the bishop of Durham and a New Testament scholar without equal in my judgment. Bishop Wright describes the kingdom as God’s “ultimate future and urgent present.” What does he mean?
He means what so many others mean when they say the kingdom is both now and not yet. There is a
Larry Lea, who used to serve as a pastor in Rockwall, Texas, has a course on the Lord’s Prayer. When he teaches people how to pray this petition -- “Your kingdom come” -- he asks them to draw an imaginary circle around themselves and not to emerge from that circle until all their priorities are in
Contributed by Chris Surber on Apr 22, 2010
A few nights ago my 2 year old son Ephram was very sleepy and ready for bed. Though his bed is the bottom bunk he decided that he was going to climb up the latter to Sebastian’s top bunk. Normally he is very able to climb to the top but in his half awake state he got his foot tangled in the
Contributed by Ken Pell on Jun 7, 2010
The "Oath of Allegiance" taken by all who choose to become naturalized citizens of the United States follows. Immediately after saying the oath one's citizenship is in effect.
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any
Contributed by Ken Pell on Jul 27, 2010
The devil’s counterfeit initially looks like the real thing. But its fake.
• A counterfeit faith stops when man’s capacity ends – a Biblical faith begins where man stops.
• A counterfeit faith depends of appearance, coercion, and deception – a Biblical faith depends on the reliability of
Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Aug 11, 2010
I heard a story about a couple who went on holiday, they had been away a couple of weeks and when they arrived home, after picking up a litre of that watery green top milk from the dairy, and getting their mail from their neighbors place. They went into their home to find they had been burgled.
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 13, 2010
BACH: THE GLORY OF GOD
Johann Sebastian Bach said, "All music should have no other end and aim than the glory of God and the soul's refreshment; where this is not remembered there is no real music but only a devilish hub-bub."
He headed his compositions: "J. J." "Jesus Juva" which means
PROTECTING THE KING
Several years ago, as I was traveling through Memphis,
TN. I passed by the magnificent mansion, once owned
by Elvis Presley. I noticed that at the gates to the
entrance onto the property, there was a guard house.
It was once occupied to assure that no one could harm
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jan 31, 2011
THE BEATITUDES: AN INSTRUMENT PANEL
On July 16, 1999, John F. Kennedy, Jr. was killed when the Piper Saratoga light aircraft he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. His wife, Carolyn Bessette, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, were
When I was small, I used to play a game with my friends called musical chairs. Do you remember it? The object of the game was to be in possession of a chair when the music stopped. All through life it often seems we’re caught up in this game.
There are different kinds of chairs
THE JOB'S TOO SMALL
There was a missionary in China whose talents and abilities were so outstanding that one of the American companies tried to hire him. They offered him an attractive job with a salary to match, but he turned it down. He told them that God had sent him to China as a
IT WAS THERE ALL ALONG
I remember a time when I had misplaced my good pen and I was looking for it everywhere. I looked in drawers. I looked under things, behind things and in things. I looked on the floor, but it was nowhere. And then I found it. I was holding it in my mouth the whole time.
THE JOY OF CITIZENSHIP
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said: "As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long."
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2011
ARE YOU PLANTING THE RIGHT SEED?
Some time ago "Reader’s Digest" told the story about a company who mailed out some special advertising business post cards with a mustard seed glued to it with the following caption that went something like this: "If you have faith as small as this mustard seed
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Nov 25, 2001
James Dobson said, "When I went to my old high school in Texas I found my tennis trophies thrown away in the trash heap to make room for new ones in the trophy case. It made me realize that all human accomplishments are really nothing but trash that will not stand the test of time. It made me
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Nov 29, 2001
Have you noticed that the more mature believers have a greater capacity to see hidden blessings in hardships and difficult subjects? Norm Cousins, a teacher at the Univeristy of Calif. Medical School in Los Angeles, noticed an amazing irony in his younger students’ perceptions. It seems that
Contributed by Greg Yount on Nov 30, 2001
Vance Havener said, “You have not really learned a commandment until you have obeyed it....
The church suffers today from
Contributed by Greg Yount on Nov 30, 2001
Bible teacher A.T. Pierson tells about a new convert to Christ who had a strange dream in which
he was trapped down a very deep well in the night. He looked up and saw a single star shining far above
him, and it seemed to let down lines of silver light that took hold upon him and lifted him up.
Contributed by Terry Rolen on Dec 11, 2001
I read the story this week, of a woman who was shamed and brought closer to God by someone the world would over look.
“We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and