After the wedding, the little ringbearer asked his father, “How many women can the groom marry?”
“One,” his father said. “Why do you ask?”
“Because the pastor said he could marry sixteen,” the boy said, puzzled.
“How’d you come up with that?” his father asked.
“Easy,” the little boy
Introduction: “God is no respecter of persons!” How many times have we heard that during an invitation? It’s sad, but this is another verse that’s been misapplied over the years.
Text: Acts 10:34, KJV: 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of
Contributed by James Snyder on Nov 25, 2023
What would Thanksgiving be without a turkey? I read somewhere that over 45 million turkeys are purchased during the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m unsure if that’s correct, but I believe it comes close to the mark.
Thanksgiving is always my favorite time because the focus of Thanksgiving is food.
I was raised in the church. My dad pastored 65 years. I graduated college and was married. We returned home for Christmas. We all gathered around the tree. I remembered my speedometer and God’s goodness. My wife and mom handed out the presents. Each family member had several gifts. In the
A Christian woman went into the local pet shop to buy a parrot for company. She selected a beautiful bird, but the pet store owner said he didn't think that she'd be happy with this particular parrot because he had belonged to a salty old sailor who used very bad language.
Contributed by Todd Catteau on Nov 20, 2023
You would think giving thanks would come easily and naturally but, for me and I suppose others, it often times doesn’t. So, with the season of Thanksgiving upon us I thought I’d write this little guide for my benefit and hopefully for yours.
Give thanks for the good things
This is the easy one.
A man of faith is on top of a roof during a great flood in the South. Another man comes by in a boat and says, "Get in, get in, the water is rising!"
The man of faith replied, "No, sir. I have faith in God and I know that He will answer my prayer and give me a miracle." So,
At 16, a mission to Honduras with my father was an eye-opening experience that left an incredible mark on my soul. I found myself in the foreign land, surrounded by poverty and heart wrenching realities that I had never encountered before.
One particular night, our bus pulled into a dimly lit
Two men were walking through a field one day when they spotted an angry old bull who wanted them out of his pasture. Instantly, they darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit and it was soon apparent that they wouldn't make it.
Terrified, one man shouted to
In Budapest, a man goes to the rabbi and complains, "Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one small apartment. What can I do?"
The rabbi answers, "Take your goat into the apartment with you." The man is totally upset when he hears this, but the rabbi insists.
Thomas Constable points out that there are 6 different kinds of preaching described in the New Testament:
(1) kerugma, which means proclamation of the clear facts of the Christian message.
(2) didache or teaching. This was explanation and interpretation of the facts-the "so what?"
Pentecost was a reversal of the judgment at the Tower of Babel when God confused man’s language (Gen. 11:1-9). God’s judgment at Babel scattered the people, but God’s blessings at Pentecost united the believers in the Spirit.
At Babel, the people were unable to understand each other, but at
"If God were to take the Holy Spirit out of this world, much of what we’re doing in our churches would go right on and nobody would ever know the difference!"
"I do not believe in a repetition of Pentecost......but I do believe in a
David Platt in his book Radical has a chapter entitled "Beginning at the End of Ourselves -- The Importance of Relying on God's Power (Subsection entitled - “Dependent on Ourselves or Desperate for His Spirit”)
Platt went on to say, "This is where I am most convicted as a pastor. I
How important is Genesis 1:1? Henry Morris explains that "this one verse refutes all of man’s false philosophies concerning the origin and meaning of the world:
? It refutes atheism, because the universe was created by God.
? It refutes pantheism, for God is transcendent to that which He
There was an older man in my church in Texas who came to me with tears in his eyes after a sermon I preached on tithing. He said, "Pastor, thank you for telling our people the truth about how God can bless you when you are obedient to His Word."
He wiped a tear and said, "Pastor, I
When I was a young boy, I started mowing yards to make money so I could buy hundreds and hundreds of baseball cards! When I made my first money, my mother reminded me of what God says in the Bible about tithing. "Now, son, the word tithe means one-tenth. God asks us to bring 1 out of every
When I was pastoring in Texas, something strange happened one Christmas that I will never stop laughing about. Because it was a Christmas holiday, we were at home with our family taking a break from our normal ministry schedule. We did not go to the church campus for the weekend.
But, while we
Jesus Compared to Melchizedek (Hebrews 7)
11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order
Contributed by James Snyder on Nov 10, 2023
Sitting in my office working on some projects, I was suddenly surrounded by a familiar aroma. This surprised me because I had no idea what was happening.
That aroma was familiar, but I couldn't identify it.
I’m like that most of the time. My nose doesn't work quite like The Gracious