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
When my grandchildren were young, introduced them to my dog, Chuey. They were not well received by the old Chow. The dog would stalk around and shoot dirty looks when the kids were present. He finally got used to them and now pays them no attention.
The other day, we were all in the back yard.
Contributed by Matt Neace on Sep 23, 2018
In their song The Sound of Silence, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sing the words, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and the tenement halls and whispered in the sounds of silence." But their friendship has come to replicate the sound of silence.
Paul Simon gave his final
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 Jack Kale on May 10, 2016
The blades needed replacement on the old red Murray riding mower we use at the camp. I purchased two 21” blades from Lowes and got around to replacing them this past weekend for the first mow of the year. I hoisted the front end of that insanely heavy grass cutter and secured
Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014
"Bitterness is like taking poison, and waiting for the other person to die." - Malachy McCourt
I once knew a woman whose heart had been broken by disappointing relationships. She became very sarcastic towards the opposite sex and could often be overheard making disparaging remarks about
Remember the good ole’ definition of the word TEAM?
Contributed by Davon Huss on May 7, 2014
"Opie's Newspaper" is an episode on the Andy Griffith Show. Opie's friend, Howie, received a small printing press as a gift, and the boys decide to go into the newspaper business. They work hard and produce an initial issue of what they call the Mayberry Sun. The boys soon find that business is
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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 Josh Hunt on Mar 6, 2013
THE UMPIRE'S REVENGE
Forgiveness begins when we give up the quest to get even. This is difficult, because getting even is the natural obsession of the wounded soul. Stories about getting even always capture our attention. It wouldn’t surprise me if revenge is the theme of as many as half the
Contributed by John Sattler on Feb 18, 2013
SINS ARE HABITS
I’m reading a book right now called "The Power of Habit" (http://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/) about how so much of our daily life is lived by habit. We have to. Our brain needs habits in order for us to be able to function. Just about everything we do is habitual.
Contributed by David Simpson on Jan 18, 2013
If there is one glaring fault in my ministry, it has been to allow others
to blur my vision and that of the church. To take away any enthusiasm and joy. No matter what you do in life, you are going to have critics. The only people who don’t hear criticism are the ones not doing
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 15, 2012
PLAYING IN THE DIRT
If you see a baby playing in the dirt, the baby may be dirty but you pretty much don’t make a big deal about it because it’s understood that babies play in dirt. Babies try to eat dirt. Babies scrub themselves in dirt. Dirt is a toy to a baby. But if you see a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 15, 2012
DOWNWARD TRENDS IN U.S. CHRISTIANITY
In George Barna's new book on U.S. Christians called Futurecast, he tracks annual changes from 1991 to 2011 and shows that all the major trend lines of religious belief and behavior ran downward except two: More people claim they have accepted Jesus as their
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 11, 2012
WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE ARE YOU?
It is said that for many years Monterey, a California coast town, was a pelican’s paradise. As the fishermen cleaned their fish, they flung the innards to the pelicans. The birds grew fat, lazy, and contented. Eventually, however the innards were utilized, and there
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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 Sermoncentral on May 3, 2012
ANGER VS. ANNOYANCE
A young girl who was writing a paper for school came to her father and asked, "Dad, what is the difference between anger and annoyance?"
The father replied, "It is mostly a matter of degree. Let me show you what I mean." With that the father went to the telephone and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 7, 2011
STATISTICS ON LONELINESS
This week I read an article by Medical News Today about the health effects of loneliness. Quoting the article, it states that "there is evidence that the risk of developing and dying from heart disease can depend on the strength of one's social network of friends and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 5, 2011
DANIEL WEBSTER'S GREATEST THOUGHT
At one time, Daniel Webster was considered the greatest of all living Americans. He was outstanding as a statesman, lawyer, orator, and leader of men.
Twenty-five national leaders attended a select banquet in his honor. One man at the banquet asked Mr.
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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