Contributed by James Snyder on Feb 20, 2021
If there's anybody that can be conned, it's Yours Truly. It's not so much that I'm stupid; I'm just naïve. I believe when somebody says something, they mean exactly what they say.
So, if you can't swindle me, you might as well hang it up and get a real job. I must
Contributed by Paul Barreca on Dec 24, 2011
We live in a word of excuses. Here are some complied by the Readers Digest that have been offered for not showing up for work:
"I dreamed I was fired, so I didn't want to get out of bed."
"I was up all night arguing with God."
"A raccoon stole my work shoe off my
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 18, 2011
THE BLAME GAME
Wayne Dyer writes: "All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you...You may succeed in making another feel guilty of something by blaming him; you won't succeed in changing whatever it
Contributed by Paul Barreca on Jun 11, 2011
GOD'S PREPARING YOU FOR GREAT THINGS
SOME believe that they have been unfairly treated by circumstances in life.
Consider my high school friend. At the age of 19, he found himself as the leader of a camping trip with a group of young teens. One of those teens drowned in a lake about an
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 30, 2011
COVERING YOUR OWN SIN
"Adam, where are you?" God cried as a now sin-tainted Adam and Eve vainly attempted to hide from Him. Adam had a plan: The fig leaves-an easy quick fix, a cover-up. They represent man fixing his sin on his own terms, the quick and easy way. Grab some leaves, cover it
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 11, 2009
From Obscurity to Importance Because of an Event
Prior to June of 1815 hardly anyone in the world had heard of a small village in Belgium. It was in fact so small that it was scarcely found on any map. But after June 18, 1815 that microscopic village became infinitely important because of what
Contributed by Donny Granberry on Sep 23, 2008
Your Chains Are Gone
You will never be a visionary if you cannot see your future. I had a Lab when we were pastored before, and I kept her on a chain. In a few days she had worn the ground to dirt all the way to the end of her chain. She would take off and stop at the dirt just before the
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Nov 20, 2004
TRUST IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR.
Susie is one of the most trustworthy people I know; I trust her with my life. Imagine she is in a long line at the bank. The individual behind her is holding $1,000 cash with a completed deposit ticket. This person is obviously anxious and in a hurry, so Susie
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 28, 2004
“A More Powerful Medication!” Genesis 3: 6-19 Key verse(s): 8b: “... and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”
I am an asthmatic. Asthmatics often have problems breathing because they are hyper-sensitive to the environment around them. When a foreign substance is
Contributed by Bill Sullivan on Aug 12, 2004
Opening illustration with marshmallows: invite three or four from congregation who really like marshmallows - give each one a marshmallow.
Ask them to hold it, wait until you’ve walked all the way around the auditorium. If they can wait until you’ve walked all the way around the auditorium,
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Jan 7, 2004
I once heard the story about a wealthy man who had no need for pocket change, yet he still took the time to bend over and pick up lost pennies and other coins. Whenever the man found a coin he would stop look at it in his hand, then after standing quietly for a moment, he would then put the coin
Sammy’s Big Catch - Sammy was a young boy who lived in the Deep South. His summer days were filled when times of walking through the woods, playing with friends, and fishing in the pond down the road. Fishing was by far his favorite thing to do. Just about every day during his summer vacation,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 1, 2001
Chuck Swindoll in his book, Improving Your Serve, gives a memorable illustration:
Let’s pretend that you work for me. In fact, you are my executive assistant in a company that is growing rapidly. I’m the owner and I’m interested in expanding overseas. To pull this off, I make plans to