Contributed by John Gullick on Dec 22, 2000
Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a prisoner in Russia.
he was on a program of hard labour and slow salvation.
One day he felt like giving up.
He felt his life could not make a difference.
He sat down on a bench knowing that when he was spotted by a guard he would be ordered back to work when he
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 20, 2001
There he stood, in the midst of the Golden Corral restaurant, with Thousand Island dressing dripping from his hair, over his glasses, down his face, all over his jacket, pants, & shoes. And I’m not talking about a little bit of Thousand Island dressing, I’m talking about 2
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Sep 1, 2001
We live in a strange community, where it is not uncommon to see bumper stickers that say things like, I am Light, or Due to circumstances within our control Armageddon has been cancelled. But the one that really gets me is the one that reads simply, I AM. Thank God, the I AM doesn’t drive a VW
Illustration: There can be union without unity: tie two cats together by their tails and throw them over a clothesline. There you will have union, but certainly
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
Calvin, who saw that the Devil’s chief device was disunity and division and who preached that there should be friendly fellowship for all ministers of Christ, made a similar point in a letter to a trusted colleague:
"Among Christians there ought to be so great a
Contributed by Mark Brunner on May 15, 2005
“The ‘Holy Grail’ of Super Glues!” John 17:1-5 Key verse(s) 4:“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”
It takes a special hand to deal with glue! Some are born to handle the sticky and others not. I am one of the latter lot. While, like most men, I find the
Contributed by Todd Anderson on Dec 8, 2005
“He led them up the steep slope out of the river valley and then slightly to the right apparently by the very same route which they had used that afternoon in coming from the hill of the stone table.
On and on he lead them into dark shadows out into pale moonlight. Getting their feet wet with
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Oct 3, 2005
A teenager noticed this in his own life and sought out his pastor.
A teenager was sitting in the pastor’s office saying,"Sometimes I don’t think I am a Christian. I don’t seem to have the same interest and excitement, or enthusiasm I once did. It isn’t easy for me to remember God, to come to
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 16, 2009
THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
N T Wright, the famous New Testament scholar talks about the task of Christians in the world. He says, "Many say, 'Oh yes, the Holy Spirit came in his place to live in us.' Yes, but for what purpose? The Holy Spirit came to empower us to be God's life in the world.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 17, 2009
Chief Justice of Supreme Court Humble Enough to Stand Next to a Chinese Laundryman
As Christians, we are to trust God the Holy Spirit by being completely humble. Let me share a story which gives us a picture of humility; maybe you will see yourself in this story:
When Charles Evans Hughes was
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 26, 2011
A man was stranded on an island. Alone for a number of years. Finally he was located and some people came ashore to rescue him. Before they took him off the island, he wanted to show them around. He took them to his hut and said "This is the home I built with my own 2 hands."
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 26, 2011
Unity is not simply an intellectual exercise. We can believe the same things, recite the same creeds, belong to the same denomination, but that does not mean we have unity.
In his book Soul Talk, Larry Crabb writes:
"Which is worse? A church program to build community that
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 2, 2008
How many of you have cell phones? Isn’t it amazing how cell phones have become a necessity? It wasn’t that long ago that people still wrote letters! But technology has made it so much easier to communicate. Although – some research has shown that very advanced technologies existed long
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 13, 2009
Nearly 5% of the adult population consists of Protestants who attend non-denominational churches. 13% of all members of U.S. evangelical churches belong to non-denominational congregations. The United Methodist Church
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 7, 2009
WHAT A COINCIDENCE...
A man was out on walk when he saw another man about to throw himself from a bridge into the river. He ran over to save him. "Why do you want to kill yourself?" the man asked. "I’ve nothing to live for."
"Don’t you believe in God?" "Yes I do." "What a coincidence--so do
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 9, 2012
THE DAMAGE OF DISUNITY
Dwight L. Moody once stated, "I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord's people were divided." Notice what Phinehas said: "This day we perceive that the Lord is among us" (Jo 22:31). The Lord's presence was among His people, because they walked in
Contributed by Gaylon Clark on Dec 9, 2013
Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin had every reason as teammates to be friends, but they were not. Incognito harassed and bullied Martin. He called him a racial slur in a voicemail played by every media outlet in the country. He threatened to kill him and his family. Incognito claimed all of this
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 16, 2014
Let me read one of Aesop’s Greek fables; In the forest, there lived four oxen. They were very good friends and always went together to graze in the fields. However, every time they went, a hungry lion tried to attack them. The lion longed for their meat. But they withstood his attack by fighting
Contributed by B H Grace on Dec 17, 2020
Psalms 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 5, 2011
CHURCH AS A SPECTATOR SPORT
A British pastor and author made this observation a few years ago. I think it’s still accurate. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said,
"Men and women no longer...exercise in sport as they used to. Instead, people tend to sit in crowds and just watch other people play. ...And