Contributed by Kevin Barron on Aug 31, 2018
The shortest sermon I know is only ten words. It was preached by my grandfather to a small, country congregation on the story of the Good Samaritan (Mark 10:35-45). He read the account of an outsider who demonstrates true neighbor love by stopping on the road to care for a bleeding and badly
Contributed by I. G. Spong on Mar 20, 2018
Jesus’ Mock Parade
Imagine for a minute a grand parade. It might be one of those that celebrates military might with tanks and rockets. It might have brass bands, flags waving and marchers goose-stepping in rhythm, with a dictator either clapping from a grandstand or even at the head of the
Contributed by Bruce Lee on Feb 13, 2018
That Sounds Like a Cross to Me
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34
A little boy was playing in the yard. He fell and scraped his elbow. It was bleeding a
Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven being like an indiscriminate sower. This contradicts theories surrounding church growth of targeting certain statistically measurable demographics. There is no such target audience in this parable. The seed of the kingdom
Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
An old axiom says that failure is the stepping stone to success. Are we afraid of failure? The road to success is paved with failures. Before the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) had a successful crop he failed in three areas. We fail in these same areas. We allow the devil to snatch
Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 13, 2017
In Matthew 9:38 Jesus describes driving workers into the field with the urgency of a harvest that cannot wait. Yet, so often our churches have become ho-hum about God's harvest. How can revival come to our land when our churches are so Laodicean in attitude? How can our dying western
Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 8, 2017
I once lived in a town where there were two preachers who were polar opposites. The one was very charismatic and enthusiastic. But, he did not preach the Bible. I asked him one day why he didn't preach the Bible. His answer was that the people could read their Bibles at home. He preached
Contributed by I. G. Spong on May 27, 2017
I began my Christian journey, like most I suppose, with a narrow doctrinal point of view. But, I was curious and did not stay within denominational boundaries. The graduate school of theology that I chose had professors who were from a wide variety of Protestant backgrounds. Professors there tried
Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Feb 6, 2016
What the Church can learn from the Carolina Panthers:
by Burt Williams
1. Leadership matters: The leadership on Offence and Defense this year is stellar and it begins with the primary leaders Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly, they lead the team on the field and have the responsibility to adjust
Contributed by John T Brantley on Dec 22, 2015
When all through the town,
Folks were snuggled comfy and sound.
All my night guests had checked in,
And I was exhausted and tucked in my kin,
When out at the door the I heard a swift rap,
of the door knocker knocking interrupting my nap.
I sprang up from my cot to see what was the
Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jun 15, 2015
Psalm 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear." Have you ever felt an unfamiliar and strange feeling like you should be talking to God? That is simply soul searching. It is actually God reaching out to you. But sin blocks that connection. When you "regard" or "cherish"
Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jun 12, 2015
2 Corinthians 5:6 says "Therefore we are always confident." Confidence is something that comes from believing. Success or failure is often a result of either our confidence or lack thereof. The Apostle Paul was a person of confidence. He wasn’t always right, but he was sure about his experience
Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jun 9, 2015
Acts 17:27 says, "He is not far from each of us." A little boy and his sister were playing outside. The boy said something ugly to his sister. She said, "God hears what you say." The boy said, "No, God didn’t hear me He is to far away." That’s how many people think of God. So, we rely upon our own
Contributed by Roy Fowler on Jan 3, 2015
The book The World’s Worst Predictions lists some of history’s all-time prophetic goofs.
King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution.
An official of the White Star Line, speaking of the firm’s newly built flagship, the Titanic, launched in 1912,
Contributed by Roy Fowler on Dec 19, 2014
The Gold Wrapping Paper - An Inspirational Short Christmas Story
Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he was upset with his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had
Contributed by Roy Fowler on Nov 19, 2014
91% of Americans have turkey for Dinner. And so... I was thinking about Butterball Turkeys for some reason I know not why. Did you know they have an online help page? Well I went to that computer page and I found some of the problems that people have with cooking turkeys. You may be flabbergasted
Contributed by Lee Strawhun on Sep 17, 2014
It was 1985 when Tim Cole was picked out of a lineup for a rape he never committed but would be convicted of and sentenced to serve 25 years. He was near the Texas Tech campus when the rape occurred and as a result was sent to prison because the victim picked the wrong man and the courts sentenced
Contributed by Scott Bradford on Jun 20, 2013
TWO MILES OF DITCH
I was headed home late from a wedding reception and had about a two hour drive when a friend said to me, "Remember that for every mile you drive there are two miles of ditch".
I was in the car before that really sunk in, and then it hit me, for every path we walk, there
Contributed by Steven Angus on May 20, 2013
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
Some of you may be familiar with the name Catherine Marshall. She was a wonderful Christian author who wrote such classics as Christy, which became a television series.
There was an occasion in her life when she felt as if the flame of God’s love had gone out. It
Contributed by Kevin Barron on Dec 30, 2012
Very few things take away the power of someone as much as being ridiculed.
In Von Ryan’s Express by David Westheimer, they do it by burning their clothes. The book is an account of Allied prisoners during World War Two. One of the trials of prison camp is that their Italian guards will not give