Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 2, 2009
The Talmud records a similar parable by Rabbi Johanan b. Zakkai - b. Shabbat 153a* [It is like] a king who invited his servants to a feast and did not appoint them a time. The wise among them adorned themselves and sat down by the door of the palace, for they said: Is anything lacking in a palace?
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 16, 2009
Unexpected guests were on the way, and my mother, an impeccable housekeeper, rushed around straightening up. She put my father and brother to work cleaning the guest bathroom. Later, when she went to inspect it, she was surprised that the once-cluttered room had been tidied up so quickly. Then she
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 15, 2009
Have you seen the insurance commercial on TV that shows a talking pot hole? “Did I do that? Let me call someone for you! Oh, I don’t have a cellphone.” The talking pothole just causes problems and does nothing to fix them. People have built all sorts of roads: roads of commerce and conquest.
Contributed by Thomas Cash on Mar 1, 2010
Did you know part of the United States was occupied by the enemy during World War II? Some of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands were held by Japanese troops. To supply the war effort, the United States government hastily built the Alaska Highway through the Canadian Rockies. Some years after the war ended,
Contributed by Mark Pierce on May 26, 2010
Have you ever been in a parade? It’s a fun thing to do. When I was a boy scout I was in several parades. Today I want to talk about one of the most famous parades in history - Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
A parade takes some preparation. Every year we love to watch the tournament
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Nov 23, 2010
PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE
I once read how, in the spring of 1981, a young man was flown into desolate northern Alaska to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra. He took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.
As the months passed, the words
ARRANGING YOUR DEPARTURE
A young man works as a photographer for a magazine. In 1981 he was flown into an Alaskan wilderness to photograph the natural beauty and some rare flowers. He had everything prepared - photo equipment, 500 rolls of film, and several days of provisions. He kept a diary
Contributed by John Perry on Jan 1, 2011
MAKE SURE THE CAPTAIN IS ON BOARD
A young naval officer was undergoing his first sea training on board a naval ship. His responsibility was to safely steer the ship away from the wharf and set it on course for a voyage out to sea. He carefully went through all the procedures of disembarking the
John Tillotson said, "He who provides for this life, but does not take care for eternity, is wise
PLAN YOUR LIFE
A famous British writer George Bernard Shaw once visited a sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein at his studio. The visitor noticed a huge block of stone standing in one corner and asked what it was for. "I don’t know yet. I’m still making plans."
Shaw was astounded. "You mean you plan your
Contributed by Timothy Darling on Oct 26, 2008
When our ship was in dry dock, I was assigned a watch in the barracks one night. I don’t remember what the problem was, I usually did not have this problem, but that night I was very sleepy. Since it was my own barracks I was roaming, I slipped into my room and lay down ... just for a moment. About
Contributed by Scott Jensen on Nov 12, 2008
My wife and I have invested in some exercise equipment through the years. We’ve bought a stationary bike, an exercise ball, a weight set and even an Abs-machine. But, most of these items never met their intended goal. Our tone didn’t improve like we intended and we didn’t get stronger.
Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Nov 21, 2008
A. One day, a grandfather went fishing on a small lake. Pushing his boat away from the dock, he jumped in and managed to get a way out before dropping anchor. His grandson and son came down to the dock and noticed that grandpa was just sitting in the boat with his head propped on both hands, not
Contributed by Chris Surber on Jan 29, 2009
PREP YOUR HEART
My wife and I have had a painter in the house this week creating a very colorful and fun bedroom for our two youngest sons. The painter is a man who cares deeply about his craft. In conversation with him this week, I have learned a great deal more about the nature of painting
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
Christ’s return is a done deal!
In the May 1984 National Geographic color photos and drawings showed the swift and terrible destruction that wiped out the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79. The explosion of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden; the residents were killed while in their
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Aug 24, 2009
One evening a burglar finally decided to make his move. He had been casing a house for weeks and determined that tonight he was going to break into a particular house where he was sure that the owners had left for vacation. Slyly and with extreme stealth he headed to the window. He had already
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Aug 24, 2009
Micaela played t-ball. Many of you know about the t-ball experience. One of the kids asked me if Micaela’s team was good. I chuckled because from what I see no t-ball team is “good.” They are there to learn some basics and have fun.
The biggest struggle that the coaches face is not kids who can’t
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
Illustration: General Robert E. Lee was a devout follower of Jesus Christ. Although he was raised in the south where prejudice was a daily way of life, Lee seldom practiced it or revealed it in his life. Although his family owned slaves at one juncture, the slaves were always treated with respect
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 1, 2008
WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?
Long ago, in a kingdom far, far away, a rich king hired a "fool" to entertain him and make him laugh when he was sad. He gave the fool a golden scepter and told him that when he met a greater fool than he, to pass the golden scepter to that person.
Years passed and