Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 19, 2020
It’s that time of the year when the conversation around the dinner table in the Parsonage has to do with naughty or nice.
I must admit it's not my favorite conversation because what is naughty, and what is nice? That all depends on who you're talking to. The Gracious Mistress of the
THE KEEPER OF THE SPRINGS by Peter Marshall
Once upon a time, a certain town grew up at the foot of a mountain range. It was sheltered in the lee of the protecting heights, so that the wind that shuddered at the doors and flung handfuls of sleet against the window panes was a wind whose fury was
Contributed by James Snyder on Jul 18, 2020
I am not very agile when it comes to finances. Do not get me wrong, I know how to spend money; it is just that I do not know how to save money. Somewhere I lost my little piggy bank.
One of my father's favorite quotes was, "A penny saved is a penny earned." It never made sense to me,
Contributed by Nicki Imperato on Jan 21, 2020
There once was a little boy named Michael who grew up in a kingdom far away, in a time long ago. Michael was a poor child who had been abandoned by his parents. To make money he would work as a farmer for anyone who would give him a place to live and food to eat. Michael lived in a place that had
How many of you remember bluing solution? Way back in the early to mid ‘60’s, Mom and Grandma would never finish a load of wash (laundry, if you prefer!) without adding some bluing when they did the whites. Now, I never understood why they did this but one of the two explained it kind of like this:
Contributed by Todd Catteau on Nov 5, 2019
Recently I have been preaching sermons on topics submitted by the members of the church. I thought that was a good idea until someone requested I preach from Genesis 38. It’s not your typical children’s bedtime Bible story. It’s more on the lines of a scandalous storyline for a daytime soap
Contributed by Stephen Belokur on Feb 12, 2019
Try to imagine this. It is the year 1944 and Germany is at war with England.
Now suppose you have dual citizenship in both Germany and England and you are living in Germany. How will you be treated?
Conversely, suppose you have dual citizenship in both Germany and England and you are living in
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 15, 2012
FORGIVE AND FORGET
There's a wonderful story about the cardinal of the Philippines, named, oddly enough, Cardinal Sin. When Cardinal Sin was a bishop, a young woman in his parish claimed that she had visions of Jesus. Bishop Sin was given the task of determining if these visions were authentic.
Contributed by Tim White on Feb 1, 2012
NOLAN RYAN DIDN'T CHANGE ME
In 1991, Ryan, our son, age 6 at the time, played Challenger Baseball, a modified version of the game for disabled children. At the end of the season, each child received an official Challenger baseball for his or her participation.
We asked Ryan what he wanted to
Before writing, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," before becoming a leader of the Reformation, before his 95 Theses, Martin Luther was a Catholic priest. One thing that did not change for him was a passionate conviction that Christians must repent and confess their sins.
Contributed by David Tack on Nov 24, 2011
"The atonement in Jesus Christ’s blood is perfect; there isn’t anything that can be added to it. It is spotless, impeccable, flawless. It is perfect as God is perfect."
Ref: Tozer, A.W. The Radical
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 4, 2011
Every year a great throng of people make pilgrimage to the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico, a site where supposedly the Virgin Mary once stood...however unlikely that is. They go there hoping to get her attention, and to get her to intervene for them with her son Jesus. They
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 19, 2011
ONE RASCAL AMONG HONEST MEN
A king visited a slave ship, and there was a slave galley where they chain men to the oars and they row and a man beats the drum and another man has a lash to make them row. And they would take the prisoners of the state and put them to use, pulling on the oars.
Contributed by Ken Pell on Feb 10, 2011
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
So is your sin and guilt getting the better of you?
Well, now "There’s an app for that." CBS News reports (February 9, 2011) a new application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch called the "Confession Booth app. All you do is confess to your iPhone! It sells for
Contributed by Todd Pugh on Jan 14, 2008
A couple years ago, I took a tour of a cave near Raystown. The guide taught us an interesting fact about this. A person who lives in total darkness for just a few months will become
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 27, 2006
Church Tech: 9 out of 10 Protestant pastors have Internet access, and about half of all Protestant churches maintain a church Web site, according to a recent Ellison Research study. While 90% of ministers are online, only a third of those use a content filter on their church office computer. 88%
Contributed by Bob Hunter on Feb 24, 2005
My heart was touched this week by some breaking news from the musical world of heavy metal. The headline reads: Korn guitarist leaving to follow Jesus.
"Popular heavy metal band, Korn, has parted ways with guitarist and founding member, Brian, "Head" Welch who has chosen Jesus Christ as his
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 26, 2004
TRIUMPH FROM TRAGEDY
Sometimes tragedy kind of sneaks up on you. It comes at you like termites at an old wood-frame house. It eats away for years, then one day the rafters of the house give way before you ever realized what was happening. Sometimes tragedy simply hits you full-body and knocks
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jun 2, 2004
“Even A Snake Has a Heart!”
1 John 1: 1-10 Key verse(s): 9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
We recently endured the effects of a fairly major windstorm here at Beech Springs. It happened as we were out of
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