Contributed by Scott Jensen on Feb 5, 2012
WHAT'S THE DEMAND?
The magazine, Christianity Today, reported in its April 4, 1986 issue of a tool company that manufactured drill bits. Faced with financial losses, company executives gathered to discuss the problem: a declining demand for drill bits. The CEO challenged his men: "How can we
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 4, 2010
Corrie Ten Boom on Prayer
It was Corrie Ten Boom who asked, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tyre?” I am afraid for too many of us it is the spare tyre, the source we look to only when our journey has ground to a halt, but really, it ought to be our steering wheel, and Jesus teaches us
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 24, 2009
Repentance of Chuck Norris
I was reading about a martial arts fighter. He came forward at a Billy Graham crusade and accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 12 years old. But he never really committed his life to serving Christ. He went on to become the karate middleweight champion of the world
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 24, 2009
Charlie Brown Learns The Hard Way that Lucy Didn’t Repent
Repenting means changing our minds about who God is. Secondly: repenting means changing our minds about the way we live our lives. If God is all powerful and all caring and all loving, then it’s in my best interests to live a life that’s
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 28, 2009
ISOLATION, LONELINESS MORE DIFFICULT THAN PAIN
William H. Willimon, in his commentary on our text, shared the following story from his childhood. "A little girl in my second grade class got the dreaded disease of polio. Our teacher described to us the possible complications of her disease. She
Contributed by Stephen Evoy on Jan 4, 2008
“Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’ As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake—for they
Contributed by Doug Henry on Dec 28, 2006
The rule of thumb in my household is that we don’t start getting ready for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I like to take my holidays one at a time. I am not holding anything against those who have been ready for months, but you may have a problem. You may be addicted to Christmas which can
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jan 4, 2006
A man named Russell Edward Herman left trillions of dollars to thousands of people he’d never met. What was the catch? Russell Edward Herman didn’t have trillions of dollars. He was just a simple, poor carpenter. While the wild, wild will of the late Russell Herman never paid off for his
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 8, 2005
Attended By Angels! (08.10.05--Character Counts!--Mark 1: 12-13)
Why am I tempted so much? Sometimes it just gets to be a real burden just coping with the day-to-day temptations that never seem to go away. “If God really loves me, why am I tempted so much?”
A number of years ago the Douglas
Contributed by Troy Mason on Mar 4, 2005
I have served as a volunteer Chaplain for the Havelock Police Dept for many years. Still, I will never forget my first night out with them. I was completely green and had no idea how to act. I was trying to follow the lead of the other officers. We were called to the parking lot of a store in
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Sep 8, 2004
It is said that Andrew Bonar, a great man of prayer, had three rules: (1) Not to speak to any man before speaking to Jesus; (2) Not to do anything with his hands until he had been on his knees; (3) Not to read the papers until he had read
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 10, 2004
“Work With It!” Romans 12: 1-8: Key verse(s): 6 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”
“All things being equal!” Where that may be the rallying cry of today’s philosophical democratically-driven culture, it wasn’t the impetus for justice in the Brunner household as I was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 17, 2004
Christian humorist and Minister Dennis Swanberg says one of his favorite stories happened to him on Easter Sunday in Saginaw, Texas, several years ago. The church was packed for Easter services. The high school basketball coach was in the middle of giving his testimony when water started dripping
Contributed by Gary Huckaby on Aug 24, 2003
One Sunday evening years ago, I left my home to go to our evening services at the Church where I was then Pastor. Only myself, and my little eight year old son was there. No one showed up that Sunday evening, as the weather was quite stormy. We waited until about 7:20 and told my boy that we might
Contributed by Pat Cook on Aug 4, 2003
There’s a story of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, who was deeply immersed in meditation during a church service, and he failed to kneel at the appropriate moment. His enemies hurried to the bishop and demanded that Dante be punished for his sacrilege. Dante defended himself by saying, “If those
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 27, 2003
There is a story about a man who was walking down the street.
He passed a used-book store, and in the window he saw a book with the title, "How to Hug."
He was taken by the title and, being of a somewhat romantic nature, went in to buy the book.
To his chagrin, he discovered that it was the
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Apr 3, 2003
[Courageous Fishers of Men, Citation: Eugene A Maddox, Interlachen, Florida; source: The Perfect Storm]
The movie, The Perfect Storm, well described the dangers of the fishing industry through the eyes of the crew of the fishing boat, the Andrea Gail.
Out of their need to bring home an excellent
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jul 13, 2002
I once talked to a man about becoming a Christian who tried to convince me that he “wasn’t really a bad person." He didn’t think he had really sinned all that much.
Sensing that he was trying to avoid accepting his sinfulness I gave him this illustration:
I told him to imagine I had invited
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Feb 14, 2002
A HEALING FOOL
The Gospels depict Jesus as having spent a surprising amount of time healing people…
It is significant also that the Greek verb "sozo" was used in Jesus’ day to mean both to save and to heal, and "soter" could signify either savior or physician.
Ever since the time of
Contributed by Joel Pankow on Mar 1, 2001
notice Satan’s version of grace - it had an IF clause attached to it. [[This reminds me of the many ploys out there today - get 400 dollars of free merchandise - IF you sign up for MSN for three years. No money down - no interest for 12 months - you can own a new car NOW! But all you have