Contributed by Tim Smith on Aug 13, 2017
John Baker was too short and too slight to be a runner for his high school track team but he loved to run. His best friend was tall and lanky and had the perfect build to be a runner but wanted nothing to do with the sport. So John went to the track coach to convince him to let John on the team
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 19, 2015
Around here in Boston, Patriots Day is famously known for “The Boston Marathon” in which runners from all over the world participate. I watched with keen interest as the gun shot went off for the 116th Boston Marathon. Upmost in every ones mind was the question “Who will get the grand prize worth
"Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a great number of intelligent
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2011
WINNING IN LOSING
Both teams that play in the Super Bowl think they will win, so both teams have special t-shirts and hats designed that declare them the victors. It costs about $2 million to have the apparel made--which means for the losing team, $2 million goes to waste, right? Wrong.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 16, 2011
I was surprised to learn that if you had a museum that contained the world’s stolen art, it would be one of the biggest in the world. It would contain 174 Rembrandt’s, 43 Van Gogh’s, over 500 Picassos, and works by Renoir and da Vinci. You may remember that a few years back someone
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 14, 2011
THE CREW OF LIFE-SAVERS
Nantucket, Massachusetts is located next to important shipping lanes running along the East Coast. Toward the end of the 1800s sailing ships were in their heyday. Nantucket Island saw hundreds of vessels passing by each day—all navigating without the advantages of modern
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2010
Surprise Reward at the End of Bill Broadhurst’s Marathon
In July 1981, Bill Broadhurst entered the Omaha, Nebraska, Pepsi 10k. Broadhurst is slowed by a brain aneurysm he suffered 10 years earlier, which left him partially paralyzed on the left side. He made it his goal to finish the 10k despite
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009
College Football’s Biggest Loss
It was the most brutally devastating rout in the history of College Football. On a dark and dreary Saturday in 1916… 1 look at the 2 teams showed the trouble that was ahead… On one side towered Georgia Tech’s Yellow Jackets… The local papers described them as
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 19, 2009
Building a Relationship with God (Running the Race)
It was the summer before my Senior year at Jamestown College. I had taken up riding my bike several times a week and had gotten up to riding 10-20 miles in a single go. Needless to say… I was feeling pretty good about myself. So when school
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 27, 2009
An airline pilot flying over the southeastern U.S. called the local tower and said, "We are passing over at 35,000--give us a time check."
The tower said, "What airline are you?"
"What difference does it make? I just want the time." replied the pilot.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
NFL OK’S SUPERBOWL PARTIES AT CHURCHES
Churches can now host Super Bowl parties without opposition from the National Football League. The League will not object to live showings of the Super Bowl by a religious organization on a routine and customary basis. The League will implement this policy
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2008
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
The year Pete Rose was about to break Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in spring training, he was being interviewed. One reporter blurted out, "Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How many at-bats do you think you'll need to get the 78 hits?" Without
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Jul 24, 2007
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events.
The race is run over a grueling course covering 26 miles, 385 yards. In order to run in that prestigious race, you must have either won a sanctioned marathon elsewhere,
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Apr 26, 2005
“First The Stones; Then The Mountain!” 1 Corinthians 9:24-28 Key verse(s) 6:“Therefore I do not run as a man aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.”
One thing I have learned is that one of the primary reasons for accepting defeat too soon is that some of us, myself included, tend
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Jan 25, 2005
For eighteen fruitful years, Dr. H.A. Ironside pastored the Moody Church in Chicago. When he got ready to take the offering, he would often say, "We ask God’s people to give generously. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, we do not ask you to
Contributed by Brad Beaman on Jul 14, 2004
We can become distracted and look away from the goal of becoming like Christ. If you saw the movie Chariots of Fire, then maybe you remember the great runner Abraham. He had won so many races. His coach held up such discipline. But he finally lost one of the races
Contributed by David Gant on Feb 28, 2004
One Sunday morning an old cowboy entered a church just before services were to begin. Although the old man and his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a denim shirt and boots that were very worn and ragged. In his hand he carried a worn out old hat and an equally worn out bible.
Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 22, 2003
In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, "We have been the receipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prospertiy; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have
Contributed by Gregg Bitter on Mar 10, 2003
Marathon runners often reach the point where they wonder whether they can keep going. They hit the wall. They doubt they can finish the race. Their muscles burn with pain; their strength is gone. They feel defeated.
As we run our Christian lives, we can reach that point too. Faced with our sin,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 4, 2002
HE WAS HEALED
Tony Campolo tells a story about being in a church in Oregon where he was asked to pray for a man who had cancer. Campolo prayed boldly for the man’s healing.
That next week he got a telephone call from the man’s wife. She said, "You prayed for my husband. He had cancer."