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  • Contributed by Tim Smith on Sep 25, 2016

    In his book, “Leadership Pain: God’s Classroom for Growth,” Sam Chand writes, “Pain isn’t the enemy. The inability or unwillingness to face pain is a far greater danger.” He then tells the story of Dr. Paul Brand who was treating a four year old named Tanya at the national leprosy hospital in ...read more

  • Busted Knuckles

    Contributed by Jack Kale on May 10, 2016

    Busted Knuckles The blades needed replacement on the old red Murray riding mower we use at the camp. I purchased two 21” blades from Lowes and got around to replacing them this past weekend for the first mow of the year. I hoisted the front end of that insanely heavy grass cutter and secured ...read more

  • Bitter And Resentful

    Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014

    "Bitterness is like taking poison, and waiting for the other person to die." - Malachy McCourt I once knew a woman whose heart had been broken by disappointing relationships. She became very sarcastic towards the opposite sex and could often be overheard making disparaging remarks about them. It ...read more

  • Gossip: Opie's Newspaper

    Contributed by Davon Huss on May 7, 2014

    "Opie's Newspaper" is an episode on the Andy Griffith Show. Opie's friend, Howie, received a small printing press as a gift, and the boys decide to go into the newspaper business. They work hard and produce an initial issue of what they call the Mayberry Sun. The boys soon find that business is ...read more

  • The Power Of Forgiveness  PRO

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 20, 2014
    based on 13 ratings

    THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS An African woman gave her heart to Christ. Her husband was the chief of a Zulu tribe. When she told him what she had done, the chief beat her brutally. As she was lying in the floor bleeding, the man mocked her and said, “Now, what can your Jesus do for ...read more

  • The Umpire's Revenge  PRO

    Contributed by Josh Hunt on Mar 6, 2013
    based on 8 ratings

    THE UMPIRE'S REVENGE Forgiveness begins when we give up the quest to get even. This is difficult, because getting even is the natural obsession of the wounded soul. Stories about getting even always capture our attention. It wouldn’t surprise me if revenge is the theme of as many as half the ...read more

  • Sins Are Habits

    Contributed by John Sattler on Feb 18, 2013
    based on 2 ratings

    SINS ARE HABITS I’m reading a book right now called "The Power of Habit" (http://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/) about how so much of our daily life is lived by habit. We have to. Our brain needs habits in order for us to be able to function. Just about everything we do is habitual. ...read more

  • Critics

    Contributed by David Simpson on Jan 18, 2013

    If there is one glaring fault in my ministry, it has been to allow others to blur my vision and that of the church. To take away any enthusiasm and joy. No matter what you do in life, you are going to have critics. The only people who don’t hear criticism are the ones not doing ...read more

  • Anger Vs. Annoyance  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 3, 2012
    based on 8 ratings

    ANGER VS. ANNOYANCE A young girl who was writing a paper for school came to her father and asked, "Dad, what is the difference between anger and annoyance?" The father replied, "It is mostly a matter of degree. Let me show you what I mean." With that the father went to the telephone and ...read more

  • True Unity

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 26, 2011
    based on 3 ratings

    TRUE UNITY Unity is not simply an intellectual exercise. We can believe the same things, recite the same creeds, belong to the same denomination, but that does not mean we have unity. In his book Soul Talk, Larry Crabb writes: "Which is worse? A church program to build community that ...read more

  • The Stolen Baby Jesus Syndrome  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 20, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    THE STOLEN BABY JESUS SYNDROME A few years back, Wellington, FL had their baby Jesus stolen two years running. This was a wealthy community and their Jesus was worth around $1800. The third time around they put a GPS inside and traced the thief to her home. But the baby Jesus doesn’t have to ...read more

  • The Impact Of Put-Downs On A Marriage

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 25, 2011

    THE IMPACT OF PUT-DOWNS ON A MARRIAGE In order to uncover the processes that destroy unions, marital researchers study couples over the course of years, and even decades, and retrace the star-crossed steps of those who have split up back to their wedding day. What they are discovering is ...read more

  • Bitterness Kills  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 28, 2010
    based on 2 ratings

    BITTERNESS KILLS Bitterness has been medically linked to glandular problems, high blood pressure, cardiac disorders, ulcers, and even insanity. One leading psychiatrist wrote, "90% of all people in insane asylums could be released immediately if they would learn how to forgive, or how to be ...read more

  • The Prison Of ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2010

    The Prison of Bitterness Because we live in a world full of people that don’t know grace. It’s foreign to them. They don’t know it. And if they don’t hear about it and experience it from the body of Christ, they will never know it. I first learned of this story from Max Lucado. Each week Kevin ...read more

  • Lyrics Of Many Secular Songs Are Detrimental To ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2009

    Lyrics of Many Secular Songs Are Detrimental to Character Development The University of Pittsburgh did a study a couple of years ago where they examined 279 of the top songs on the radio in 2005. They ONLY looked at references to drugs and alcohol but what they found is instructive: • Gangster ...read more

  • Man Learns To Forgive His ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 14, 2009

    Man Learns to Forgive His Enemy The apostle Paul said, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). We don’t serve in order to merit God’s forgiveness. We serve because we have already received God’s forgiveness. And our service ...read more

  • Spurgeon Shown Grace By Fellow Minister

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 30, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    Spurgeon Shown Grace by Fellow Minister Charles Spurgeon and Joseph Parker both had churches in London in the 19th century. On one occasion, Parker commented on the poor condition of children admitted to Spurgeon's orphanage. It was reported to Spurgeon however, that Parker had criticized the ...read more

  • Dale Carnegie In Yellowstone  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    DALE CARNEGIE IN YELLOWSTONE Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. This command is again repeated by Paul to the Colossians in 3:13, 13Bear with each other and forgive... The alternative to forgiveness is bitterness ...read more

  • Addicted To Unkind ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 19, 2009

    Addicted to Unkind Words Joseph Telushkin, author of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal, lectures throughout our country on the powerful and often negative impact of words. He often asks those in his audience if they can go 24 hours without saying any unkind words about or to another person. ...read more

  • Words Of Discouragement From Lucy To Charley ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 19, 2009

    Words of Discouragement from Lucy to Charley Brown Charley Brown says to Lucy, still dispensing sage wisdom for the pre-inflationary price of five cents, "Nobody likes me, Lucy. Everybody hates my guts. Do you see that plane up there, Lucy? It’s a plane full of people going somewhere else. That’s ...read more