Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 6, 2004
“Do It For Them!” Ephesians 4: 25-32 Key verse(s): 29: “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”
Motivation to do or not do something is a curious thing. There are many factors that influence motivation. We can be motivated by the fear of injury
Contributed by Bruce Emmert on May 29, 2001
One of the most touching moment in the Sydney Olympics was when Eric "The Swimmer" Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea swam in the 100-meter free style qualifying heat. The 22-year-old African had only learned to swim last January, had only practiced in a 20-meter pool without lane markers, and had
Contributed by Ian Biss on Oct 1, 2001
In his book The Youth Builder, Jim Burns talks about the importance of building up young people with affirmation and trust. What he says about criticism applies to every age group: For every critical comment we receive, it takes nine affirming comments to even out the negative effect in our life.
Contributed by David Dewitt on Aug 25, 2002
A man decided to join a monastery and one of the rules of the group was that you were only allowed to speak two words every ten years. At the end of ten years he said, "Bad food!"
Ten more years went by and he said, "Hard bed!"
Finally, on his 30th anniversary with the brothers, he
Contributed by Daniel Devilder on Oct 24, 2006
Revival Prayer Exalts God, because it puts things in perspective: God is high and lifted up—
It’s like flying up in a plane and everything is so small. It’s not that our problems disappear, but we realize from God’s perspective, it is nothing he can’t handle.
I remember how honored and
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 15, 2009
GIVING UP CUSSING
A little boy was sitting sadly on the curb beside his lawn mower, when along came a minister riding a bicycle. The minister noticed that the boy appeared discouraged, so he thought he would try to help.
"Hello there!" said the minister. "How would you like to trade your
Contributed by Davon Huss on Aug 3, 2009
MY OPINION OF HIM
Robert E. Lee was asked what he thought of General Joe Johnston, a fellow officer in the Confederate Army. Lee rated him as being very satisfactory and made glowing comments about him. The person who asked the question seemed perplexed. "General," he said, "I guess you don’t
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 19, 2009
Words of Discouragement from Lucy to Charley Brown
Charley Brown says to Lucy, still dispensing sage wisdom for the pre-inflationary price of five cents, "Nobody likes me, Lucy. Everybody hates my guts. Do you see that plane up there, Lucy? It’s a plane full of people going somewhere else. That’s
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 30, 2009
Spurgeon Shown Grace by Fellow Minister
Charles Spurgeon and Joseph Parker both had churches in London in the 19th century. On one occasion, Parker commented on the poor condition of children admitted to Spurgeon's orphanage. It was reported to Spurgeon however, that Parker had criticized the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 16, 2009
Lyrics of Many Secular Songs Are Detrimental to Character Development
The University of Pittsburgh did a study a couple of years ago where they examined 279 of the top songs on the radio in 2005. They ONLY looked at references to drugs and alcohol but what they found is instructive:
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 25, 2011
THE IMPACT OF PUT-DOWNS ON A MARRIAGE
In order to uncover the processes that destroy unions, marital researchers study couples over the course of years, and even decades, and retrace the star-crossed steps of those who have split up back to their wedding day. What they are discovering is
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Feb 12, 2009
I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN YOU
On Jan. 27, 2009 and I got to go to part of the state evangelism conference in Ruston, LA. Charles Thornton from Texas was one of the preachers. God is using his life in a fantastic way to help reach people in apartment complexes. Their ministry moves CARES Teams into
Contributed by Tim Smith on Sep 25, 2016
In his book, “Leadership Pain: God’s Classroom for Growth,” Sam Chand writes, “Pain isn’t the enemy. The inability or unwillingness to face pain is a far greater danger.” He then tells the story of Dr. Paul Brand who was treating a four year old named Tanya at the national leprosy hospital in
Contributed by Steve Kinnard on Feb 15, 2019
Some time ago, a person I worked with came up to me and said, “if I didn’t know you, I would be terrified to meet you on the street”. If my coworker only knew half of what I’d been, He would never even talk to me. God took the most vile, evil, misguided person in the world and
EXONERATION – complete restoration, offender accepts full responsibility & turns from that wrong & your relationship is healed (DAVID).
FORBEARANCE – only a partial apology, not a full confession; offender is still blaming you partially & not accepting full responsibility. The