Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 11, 2001
In his book, First Things First, author Stephen Covey write about Viktor Frankl, and Austrian psychologist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. Frankl made a startling discovery about why some survived the horrible conditions and some did not.
"He looked at several factors - health,
Contributed by Ted Sutherland on Mar 26, 2001
A little girl walking in a garden noticed a particularly beautiful flower. She admired its beauty and enjoyed its fragrance. “It’s so pretty!” she exclaimed. As she gazed on it, her eyes followed the stem down to the soil in which it grew. “This flower is too pretty to be planted in such dirt!”
Contributed by Todd Schäve on Jun 27, 2001
“...[The] only thing we have to fear is fear itself...,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his "First Inaugural Address," 4 March 1933.
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror
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
THE CRACKED POT
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the
Contributed by Dan Cormie on Oct 17, 2002
MARRIAGE: A DEFINITION
Marriage is when you agree to spend the rest of your life sleeping in a room that’s too warm, beside
Contributed by Alan Perkins on Oct 28, 2002
[Fiddler on the Roof]
Tevye: "Golde, I have decided to give Perchik permission to become engaged to our daughter, Hodel."
Golde: "What? He’s poor! He has nothing, absolutely nothing!"
Tevye: "He’s a good man, Golde. I like him. And what’s more important, Hodel likes him. Hodel loves him.
Contributed by Davon Huss on Aug 25, 2003
I set beside a tiny crib and watched a baby die, and the parents slowly turned to me and said, “Preacher, tell us why?” And I walked away from the nursery where still born babies lie, and a mother stretches out her empty arms and says, “Preacher, oh preacher, tell me why?” I saw a young girl’s
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jan 2, 2004
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE
Rick Warren’s wife Kay has cancer. [He wrote "The Purpose Driven Life] Rick sends out a letter every week through his web site, and this is what a recent one said:
“So many of you have asked about Kay’s progress in her treatment for cancer, so we wanted to give you an
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Aug 6, 2004
Annie Johnson Flint’s life on earth could never be measured in any degree by comfort and ease; quite the contrary, from childhood her body endured the onslaught of Rheumatoid Arthritis until she could no longer rise from bed. Over the years the affliction took a great toll, leaving her with no
"When a train goes through the tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Jul 16, 2008
David and Becky Guinn have been on my mind this past week. In 1997, the Lord blessed me to go with David on a mission trip to Ukraine. It was a life-changing experience for me. David and Becky deeply love the Lord. They have faithfully served the Lord for years in college ministry, mission work and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
Robert Morgan tells a story that took place on the Sunday after the Titanic sank. It happened in Belfast, where the great ship was built. Naturally, the townspeople were devastated. Men met on the city's streets, grasped each other's hands, burst into tears and parted without speaking
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE PRESIDENCY
In early 1975, Jimmy Carter, the ex-governor of Georgia, began campaigning in Iowa, the site of the first statewide contest in the race for the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination. Carter knew almost no one in the state, and his first piece of business
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
PURPOSE IN YOUR HEART
Wilma was born prematurely. This produced complications that resulted in her contracting double pneumonia (twice) and scarlet fever. But the worst was a bout with polio which left her with a crooked left leg and a foot twisted inward.
Metal leg braces, stares from
Marriage is not a contract; it is a covenant. In a contact, the two parties remain separate (Party of the first part and party of the second part). Like salad dressing, oil and water, shaken up and mixed together, put never really one. Left alone and still, salad dressing will eventually
Contributed by Mark Brunner on May 25, 2005
“God’s Algebra!” Romans 8:9-17 Key verse(s) 16:“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”
One of the unchangeable and mysterious laws of mathematics is that whenever you multiply a positive number by a negative number you will always get a negative number. I
Contributed by Mark Brunner on May 31, 2005
May 31, 2005 “Our Semper Fi Brother!” Matthew 9:18-26 Key verse(s) 22“Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed from that moment.”
Nothing defines endurance better than a Marine. I have known a few Marines in my life; in
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 11, 2005
Those Little Maybe’s! (08.12.05--Character Counts!--Romans 5: 3-4)
A drought tests the metal of a man. It tests his fortitude and his faithfulness. It also tests his resourcefulness and his ingenuity.
I come from a long line of “resourceful” folks who seemed to see in every bleak and forlorn
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Sep 19, 2005
The Full Treatment! (09.21.05--Grace Walks!--Hebrews 10:14)
Recently I had the old corvair restored. I had given the mechanic a list and was confident he would fix everything on it. Most of the items had to do with the structural integrity of the suspension and frame, so I was confident the car