IN LATE WINTER DURING THE FIFTY-NINTH YEAR of his life, John Donne braved the weather and rough roads of the English countryside to keep his final preaching engagement before the king in London. He had spent most of that winter, what would be his last, battling “consumption,” and on several
Contributed by Davon Huss on Nov 16, 2014
Herbert Washington, whom co-workers at Significant Plastics Inc. say was unduly concerned with the rapture and the second coming of Christ, suffered a serious heart attack when co-workers pretended they’d been caught away without him. "We didn’t mean to scare him to death," said one woman. "He’s
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2013
THREE WAYS OUT
Sir Harry Lauder was a British entertainer who proved highly popular throughout the English speaking world both before, during and after World War One.
During World War One Lauder worked tirelessly to organize and recruit performers for shows given to troops serving abroad.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 7, 2012
THE HAPPINESS OF HEAVEN
In 1871 Fr. J. Boudreau wrote a short story entitled "The Happiness of Heaven." It's a story about a kindhearted king who is hunting in the forest when he discovers a blind, poor orphan boy living there. The king takes the blind orphan to his palace and adopts him as his
Contributed by Ken Pell on Jun 5, 2011
HOPE IS A SOURCE OF LIFE
Hope prays for God’s "will to be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10) and then seeks to be God’s agent of change!
One writer says: "Biblical and Christian hope does not mean living in the clouds, dreaming of a better life. It is not merely a projection of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 10, 2010
The Compassion of Jesus Makes a Funeral a Celebration
When I was in the 5th grade and we lived above the funeral home in Pawnee, there was no street celebration, no brass band or snare drum or festive umbrellas but the funeral for Rev Sonious’ wife was something to behold. Just months before she
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 4, 2010
Why Be Buried With a Fork in Your Hand
There was a woman who had been told she only had 3 months to live. Her doctor recommended that she start making preparations to die. And so, she contacted her Pastor to talk about her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at her funeral,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 21, 2010
THE MASTER IS THERE; THAT'S ENOUGH
A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."
Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."
"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009
Pastor Prays Honestly After Loss of Son
O The Beauty of Honest prayer (I think God prefers angry honesty vs. flowery fakeness)
Heard a story this week of a pastor who lost his precious little son in a tragic accident. Told how he drove the freeways of Los Angeles in the grief of that loss.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 1, 2009
Hymn Story: Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Thomas Dorsey
Thomas Dorsey was a black jazz musician from Atlanta who was known in the early 1920’s for the suggestive lyrics he combined with original music. Then God touched his life and in 1926 he gave up the suggestive music and began to write
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
CHRISTIANS DIE BETTER
On May 28, 1914 a ship called the Express of Ireland hit another ship and began to sink quickly. As the ship began to sink in the cold Atlantic Ocean it was discovered that there were not enough life belts on board for all the passengers. On that ship were 130 Salvation
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Apr 28, 2008
TONY EVANS ON GETTING UN-STUCK
Tony Evans, a popular black preacher from down in Texas, spoke of being on an elevator in a high-rise building. He said he’d never been particularly comfortable on such elevators. There was something about riding up and down in a little box several hundred feet off
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
MISSIONARY Gregory Fisher writes: "What will he say when he shouts?" The question took me by surprise. I had already found that West African Bible College students can ask some of the most penetrating questions about minute details of Scripture.
"Reverend, I Thess. 4:16 says that Christ will
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
The best memory is that which forgets nothing but injuries. Write kindness in marble
Contributed by A. David Hart on Feb 20, 2007
I love working in my yard. In fact my neighbors think that I take yard work all too seriously.
I’ll cut my grass and make sure that it is cut in a certain pattern. I make sure that my lines are straight from the lawnmower wheels and my flowers have to be just right.
But one day disaster struct.
Contributed by Mark Brunner on May 11, 2005
“Making The Best of The ‘Best’!” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 Key verse(s) 15:“According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.”
“I did my best, really!” With tear-streaked
Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jun 8, 2003
The Rev. and Mrs. R. Porteous were taken prisoners by Chinese
communist bandits in 1931, and led to a lonely spot on top of a hill where
they were to be executed. The leader said, “This is the place.” The
executioner took a long knife from its holder and raised it above the necks of
I am a soldier in the army of my God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is my commanding officer.
The Holy Bible is my code of conduct, Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare.
I have been taught by the Holy Spirit--
trained by experience, tried by adversity and tested by fire.
I am a
Contributed by Timothy Peck on Feb 1, 2001
THEY'VE ALL BEEN WRONG
Looking back at how Christians have viewed Christ’s second coming in the past, we find many people obsessed with figuring out all the details and making predictions.
Here is a quote: "The last days are upon us. Weigh carefully the times. Look for him who is
Contributed by Gregory Dawson on Jan 13, 2001
A man named Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychologist, discovered this great truth in the midst of a Jewish concentration camp during WW II. While seeking to survive the horror of this imprisonment Frankl began observing his fellow prisoners in the hope of discovering what coping mechanism would help