Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Oct 18, 2000
When the now-famous poet Elizabeth Barrett became the wife of Robert Browning, her parents disowned her because they disapproved of the marriage. Their daughter Elizabeth, however, wrote almost every week, telling them that she loved them and longed for a reconciliation. After 10 years, she
Contributed by James Wilson on Mar 2, 2001
“In 1992, a Los Angeles County parking control officer came upon a brown El Dorado Cadillac illegally parked next to the curb on street-sweeping day.
The officer dutifully wrote out a ticket. Ignoring the man seated at the driver’s wheel, the officer reached inside the open car window and placed
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 26, 2001
That was Lee Risler’s problem according to the Associated Press1. Mr. Risler, a 53-year-old sandal maker, was driving from his high desert home in Lucerne Valley, California to Hermosa Beach to sell his wares at a craft fair, when the accident occurred. For some reason, Risler’s van
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Oct 26, 2001
THE CATCH-22 OF INCOMPETENCE
Most incompetent people don’t know they are incompetent.
In fact, researcher Dr. David A. Dunning of Cornell University reports that people who are incompetent are more confident of their abilities than competent people.
Dunning and his associate Justin Krueger
Contributed by Richard Wilson on Nov 26, 2001
HOW RIGHTEOUS ARE YOU?
Some folks think they are good really good people. Let’s suppose that a person on sins 3 times a day. A sin in the morning, a sin during the day and a sin at night. Sounds like a pretty good person! Let’s think for a moment. If that person is saved at 10 years old
Contributed by Jim Luthy on Dec 12, 2001
Bonhoeffer writes, "If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 20, 2002
Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my
Contributed by Byron Sherman on Jan 24, 2002
A man returns from a foreign holiday and is feeling very ill. He goes to see his doctor, and is immediately rushed to the hospital to undergo tests.
The man wakes up after the tests in a private room at the hospital, shuffles to the door & finds it locked from the outside!/Just then the phone by
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2002
I’m Sarah, I’m sixteen;
Last night I failed.
I prayed for more strength,
So why did I yield?
He said he loved me,
Brought me flowers and all;
Then he took me upstairs
And caused me to fall.
I feel so ashamed,
So dirty inside.
Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Feb 20, 2002
Imagine being near a mountain lake. Sometimes early in the morning when the lake is perfectly calm, the reflection of the mountains is magnificently duplicated and mirrored on the lake’s surface. The interesting thing is that if you were to take on little flat stone and skip it across the surface
Contributed by Ed Wood on May 21, 2002
In a Catholic church a sign was hanging over a shrine which said, "This Shrine is out of order. Do not worship here." That is a parable of what sin does to the Christian. It
Contributed by Paul Fritz on May 27, 2002
Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are rightly
Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Oct 19, 2002
HOW I WANT TO GO
An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his Doctor and his Lawyer, both church members, to come to his home. When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of
Contributed by Jeff Armbrester on Dec 17, 2002
Susanna Wesley told her young son, John, "If you would judge of the lawfulness or the unlawfulness of pleasure, then take this simple rule: Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your
Contributed by Gregg Bitter on Jan 18, 2003
You and I were born into that darkness. Many people don’t believe that. In fact in a Barna poll 74% of Americans said that people were born neither good nor bad (Forward in Christ, Dec. 2002, p. 28). That illustrates how thick the darkness is. We don’t realize how lost and helpless we naturally
"Sin breaks fellowship with God. A little girl committed a certain offense, and when her mother discovered it she began to question her daughter. Immediately the child lost her smile and a cloud darkened her face as she said, "Mother, I do not feel like talking." So it is when our fellowship
Contributed by David Taylor on Apr 23, 2003
Bernard Shaw, the winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize for literature, played the “What If” game before he died. A reporter asked him if he could live his life over, and be any person he has know, or any other person in history, who would he be? Mr. Shaw
Contributed by Chris Hodges on Jul 29, 2003
Regarding sin, one observed:
Man calls it an accident, God calls it an abomination
Man calls it a blunder, God calls it a blindness
Man calls it a defect, God calls it a disease
Man calls it chance, God calls it a choice
Man calls it an error, God calls it enmity
Man calls it fascination, God
Killpatrick reminds us how the Cheap Grace mindset can ruin our lives and drive us away from God.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes
Periodically, organized religion seems to come up with a new absurdity. One of the latest theological fads is that we must make the Gospel relevant. That, my friend, is a lot of baloney. It is not our job to make the Gospel relevant. Our task is to preach the Gospel so people can understand