Contributed by Brian Mavis on Oct 30, 2000
“We have drugs for people with diseases like leprosy. But these drugs do not treat the main problem, the disease of being unwanted. That’s what my sisters hope to provide. The sick and poor suffer even more from rejection than
- A barber in a small town was busy cutting hair one day when the local cop walked in to get a haircut. And the barber was feeling a bit generous that day, so he said to the cop... "Since you do such a good job protecting us, and watching over us... today’s haircut is free." The cop said he
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 18, 2000
There’s a verse of a poem that’s stayed in my memory for years - "O God, that bread should be so dear, and flesh and blood should be so cheap." ... John Wesley used to say that
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
A couple of weeks ago I was listening as my Dad talked about what it is like to live on a fixed income, now that he is retired. "Fixed income," I said, "I’d love for my income
Contributed by Victor Yap on Jan 25, 2001
An Online survey revealed that, while the average donation to beggars was less than 30 cents, the average daily donation to a panhandler is $56, ranging from a low $15 to $100 per day, or a surprising $30,000
Contributed by Richard Jones on Nov 1, 2000
A group of well-intentioned people met to discuss ways and means of helping a friend who had been down on his luck recently. Knowing him to be an extremely proud person, who would not accept money, they decided to arrange a bogus raffle. They told him that they would all draw numbered slips of
- Did you know that the first modern-day lottery was started in 1963 in the state of New Hampshire. And now there are 37 states who have lotteries, including Illinois. And in 1997, statewide lotteries suckered $16 Billion dollars from Americans.
- Did you know that the state of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2001
I saw a Peanuts cartoon. Charlie Brown and Linus are inside all bundled up and Snoopy’s out in the cold shivering in front of his empty dog dish. Charlie and Linus are having a discussion on how sad it is that Snoopy is hungry and cold. "He’s cold and hungry. We ought to do
Contributed by George Rennau on Feb 21, 2001
One winters night in 1935. LaGuardia - - the mayor of New York city showed up at a night court in the poorest ward in the city.
He dismissed the judge and took over the bench.
That night a tattered old women was brought before him for stealing a loaf of bread.
She defended herself by saying “my
Contributed by Dennis Clark on Feb 23, 2001
(Heard during a sermon at Bible conference at Camp Zion in Myrtle MS) A woman came to the alter bitterly weeping and confessed to her pastor,"Preacher, I ain’t been
Contributed by Scott Carson on Mar 29, 2001
A man on vacation was strolling along outside his hotel in Acapulco, enjoying the sunny Mexican weather. Suddenly, he was attracted by the screams of a woman kneeling in front of a child. The man knew enough Spanish to determine that the boy had swallowed a coin. Seizing the child by the heels, the
Contributed by Robert Rust on Mar 30, 2001
I heard a story the other day about a hobo who walked up to the front door of a big farmhouse, and knocked on the door until the owner answered. The hobo said, “Sir, could I please have something to eat ? I haven’t had a meal in days.” The well-to-do owner of the house said,
Contributed by Ted Sutherland on Apr 3, 2001
From Reader’s Digest:
It’s time to pay my income tax
And, brother, that’s no joke.
For after paying IRS
I find that I R broke!
—Jerry Henderson in Lubbock, Texas, Avalanche-Journal
As April 15 draweth nigh,
My spirits start to droop.
A poor, downtrodden slave
Contributed by Brian Mavis on Apr 10, 2001
TOP 10 SIGNS YOU ARE BROKE
10. American Express calls and says: "Leave home without it!"
9. You’re formulating a plan to rob the food bank.
8. Long distance companies don’t call you to switch.
7. You rob Peter...and then rob Paul.
6. You finally clean your house, hoping to find
Contributed by Davon Huss on Apr 30, 2001
Mother Teresa visited Australia. A new recruit to the Franciscan order in Australia was assigned to be her guide and “gofer” during her stay. “Thrilled and excited at the prospect of being so close to this woman, he dreamed of how much he would learn from her and what they would
Contributed by Tim Gibson on May 18, 2001
In the Congo, poor people who have nothing to give when the Church offering is taken will dip their hand in the offering plate to symbolize the giving of themselves. There’s also a story of a little crippled girl with a crutch who came to church and saw everyone place their offerings in the
Contributed by Dana Chau on Aug 30, 2001
My favorite Bible teacher, Steve Brown, really understands the problem of "Prosperity Theology," the belief that God wants us to be wealthy, healthy and happy all the time. He says, "I just can’t see how things could be so good for the followers of a religion [speaking of Christianity] whose
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 20, 2001
There once was a man who very adamantly believed in living by faith. He believed that, so long as he prayed in Jesus’ name, believing in faith that God would provide his need, he would receive whatever he asked for. One day he stood up in church and declared that from that day forward, he was
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Dec 3, 2001
One family habitually prayed, "Come Lord Jesus be our guest and let this food to us be blessed. Amen" One day the smallest boy in the family looked up at his Dad and said, "Dad, every evening we ask Jesus to come and be our guest, but He never comes. His Father said, "We can only wait for Him to