Contributed by John Gullick on Oct 22, 2015
Let me tell you a story - it is a modification of a story I wrote a few years ago and I simply want to draw out that each person invested what God had invested in them.
It is called the Ballerina.
Once upon a time there was an orphan ballerina - how she loved to dance.
She was the most elegant
I love the story about the Lutheran pastor who always started each service off with the phrase, "The Lord be with you." The people would then respond, "and also with you.”
However, one Sunday the sound system wasn’t working very well. The pastor stepped up to the pulpit and said, "There’s
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 18, 2012
USING THE RESOURCES YOU HAVE
At 12:55 pm the mayday call crackled through the speakers at the Flight Service Station on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. The desperate pilot of a Piper A22, a small single-engine plane, was reporting that he had run out of fuel and was preparing to ditch the aircraft in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 11, 2009
Two Sons and What They Did With Their Marbles
Once upon a time, a mother gave each of her sons two dollars and took them to a toy store to buy the beautiful, shiny marbles they had been asking for. The older son quickly figured out how many marbles he could get with his two dollars, chose the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 8, 2009
Rights vs. Responsibilities, Owners vs. Stewards
While scouting locations for a popular TV series, an advance team came upon the perfect site for an action scene—an impressive house with a beautiful, large, lush, green lawn. The script called for the cars to be spinning out of control and crashing
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2009
TEMPTATION AND SIN: STEVE’S STORY
A young man was in a parking lot just shortly after being saved and he found a pack of cigarettes lying unopened on the ground near his car. His first thought was to keep them and smoke them as he had always done, but he felt prompted to do something different.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
This leads us to a simple but important principle: Our faithfulness in the little things will determine how faithful we will be with bigger things.
There is a story about a huge bank where one of the employees was up for a significant promotion. He lost that promotion one day
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
The late great Presbyterian clergyman and Christian author, Rev. James Russell Miller (1840 - 1912), once wrote:
"Too many people are not faithful in little things. They are not to be absolutely depended upon. They do not always keep their promises. They break engagements. They fail to pay their
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
IN THE 1980’S AND EARLY 1990’S, NIKE CORPORATION MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY MARKETING THE PHRASE “I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE.”
1. SPORTS AND NON-SPORTS FANS ALIKE NEW THAT “MIKE” WAS MICHAEL JORDAN, THE BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR FOR THE CHICAGO BULLS.
2. CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA DREAMED OF BEING THE NEXT
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 2, 2008
Bumper sticker - Tithe if you love Jesus, any idiot can honk!
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jan 18, 2006
The story goes that when the company founded by Andrew Carnegie was taken over by the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1901 it acquired as one of its obligations a contract to pay the top Carnegie executive, Charles M. Schwab, the then unheard of minimum sum of $1,000,000. J.P. Morgan of U.S. Steel was
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 25, 2005
Only A Risk Away! (08.26.05--Under Pressure!--Judges 6:25-30)
Is it worth Risking? It used to be that life was a matter of “this I will risk” but “this I will not.” Risk was something that was weighed on a daily basis. It was a part of life. You picked one thing over another because you had
Contributed by David Flowers on May 4, 2005
“Carpe Diem.” Seize the day. Make the most of every opportunity. Seize – the day. Notice the phrase is not “with utmost care and caution, after you have worked out the cost/benefit analysis and determined that there is no logical reason why all systems should not be go, and have assured
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Apr 6, 2005
“Sheila-ism?” Matthew 25:14-30 Key verse(s) 24:“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.’”
Taking the safest route is something that my father always
Contributed by Joel Vicente on Feb 14, 2005
Leighton Farrell was the minister of Highland Park Church in Dallas for many years. He tells of a man in the church who once made a covenant with a former pastor to tithe ten percent of their income every year. They were both young and neither of them had much money. But things changed. The layman
Let’s play ‘Let’s Pretend’. Let’s pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I’m the owner and I’m interested in expanding overseas. To pull this off, I make plans to travel abroad and stay there until a new branch office gets
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 David Dykes on Apr 10, 2003
Fifteen years ago, I was serving as pastor in Alabama and our church was in a capital stewardship campaign to raise money to build a new building. There was one particular lady in our church who was a widow. Her husband had left her a lot of money, and she had a lot more than she really needed. She