Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 5, 2003
A little old lady was amazed at how nice the young man was next door. Every day he would help her gather things from her car or help her in her yard. One day, the old lady finally ask the young man, "Son, how did you become such a fine young man?"
The young man replied, "Well, when
Contributed by Dean Kennedy on Aug 25, 2002
Why Go To Church
A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I’ve gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one
Contributed by Emil Boniog on Dec 9, 2003
• The story is told about President James A. Garfield’s first Sunday in Washington after his inauguration. A member of the cabinet insisted that a cabinet meeting be called at 10 a.m. the following day, which was Sunday, to handle a matter of grave importance.
President Garfield said that he had
“A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is ready to shake hands.
The Pastor grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside and said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!"
My friend replied, "I’m already in
Contributed by Mark Clarke on Sep 5, 2007
After studying about John Patton on line I discovered that his steadfastness & success can be traced back to his home life where he lived with ten brothers & sisters in a 3-room cottage under the love & care of his mother and the faithful leadership of his father. Let him tell you in his own
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Sep 18, 2007
Illus.: “Bat Infestation”
Three pastors got together for coffee one day and found all their churches had bat-infestation problems. “I got so mad,” said one, “I took a shotgun and fired at them. I missed and it made holes in the ceiling. The trustees are still upset with me.”
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 1, 2008
WORSHIP AS MOTIVATION
Several years ago, while serving in Northport, I attended a University of Alabama football game. As we were nearing the stadium a group of young men caught my attention. There were four of them walking toward the stadium. They were Alabama fans. The four young men were
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 25, 2009
In the city of Mashed, Pastor Soodman, a Muslim convert was hung for his faith in Christ. His assistant took over the leadership of the church. The assistant was arrested and released, but each week was interrogated by the authorities. The pressure was intense, and his wife feared he might break.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 25, 2009
HOPE IN PERSECUTION
Hope is a strange thing. It will give you confidence in the bleakest of times. But hope is not any good unless you have your hope in someone that will not let you down. There are a lot of things that we hope for, and a lot of things that we wish for. The hope I am talking about
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 27, 2009
I was talking with the guys installing my satellite. Knowing that I was a preacher, one asked, "Can you be saved and not go to church?" I said, "Sure, the same way that you can be a soldier and not be in the
A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.
The Pastor said to him, “You need to join the Army of the Lord!”
My friend replied, “I’m already in the Army
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 16, 2009
THE MESSAGE NEVER GOT DELIVERED
George Sweeting, in his book, The No-Guilt Guide for Witnessing, tells of a man by the name of John Currier who in 1949 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later he was transferred and paroled to work on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 7, 2009
PITCHERS NEED THEIR TEAM
Behold, a team went forth to play a game of baseball.
Just as the umpire was saying, "Batter up," the catcher for the home team arrived and took his place behind the plate. The center fielder didn’t show up at all but sent his regrets. The third baseman likewise failed to
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 13, 2009
RECLAIMING CHURCH DROPOUTS
70% of young adults will leave the church between ages 18 and 22, yet LifeWay Research has found 39% of them will return if gently nudged by their parents or other family members.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 5, 2010
SHOULD CHRISTIANS ATTEND CHURCH?
An old question: "Can I be a Christian without joining the church or attending worship?"
Answer: "Yes, it is possible. But it is something like being:
a. A student who will not go to school;
b. A soldier who will not join the army;
c. A citizen who does not pay
Contributed by John Perry on Feb 7, 2010
Keep Your Fire Hot
A pastor went to visit a man who had been absent from church for some time. When the pastor arrived at the house of his wayward parishioner he found him sitting by a fire of glowing coals. The man fully expected his pastor to rebuke him for his tardy attendance at services. But
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 20, 2010
WHEN MY HAT IS HERE...
So, it’s not true that you can be just as good a Christian without going to church. You can’t simply say "Well, I’m there in Spirit… but I don’t have to be there in body."
It’s kind of like the true story of an incident that took place at a University. This university had a
Contributed by Ken Pell on Aug 5, 2013
In his book, “Imagine Your Life Without Fear” Max Lucado gives some significant insight when he says,
"Questions can make hermits out of us, driving us into hiding. Yet the cave has no answers. Christ distributes courage through community; he dissipates doubts through fellowship. He never deposits
Contributed by John Bright on May 24, 2021
A woman was pulling her offering out of her purse when a TV remote control fell out and hit the floor of the sanctuary. The usher picked it up and asked if she always carried it with her?
"No," she replied. "My husband would not come to church
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 3, 2009
BASEMENT PEOPLE VS. BALCONY PEOPLE
Keith Miller, in his book Passionate People, which he co-authored with Bruce Larson, describes two kinds of people -- "basement people" and "balcony people."
"Basement people" are the discouragers in our lives. They may be people from our past, or present, but