AT WHAT AGE SHOULD A PASTOR RETIRE? TEN DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS
There are a lot of Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but they aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I
My car was due for an oil change so I drove it to the same place where I had gone for several years. After all, they knew me and I trusted them and I’ve never had a problem. A few minutes later, the car was tasting some fresh oil and I was good to go for a while!
Except—something happened in the
A man continually "rededicated" his life and always prayed the same prayer, "Lord, take the cobwebs out of my life. Oh, Lord.....take the cobwebs out of my life!"
His pastor had heard this prayer more times than he cared to remember and was tired of hearing it. Finally, when
Contributed by Steve Kinnard on Feb 15, 2019
Get that monkey off your Back (Heb.12:1)
Intro: Inter the area carrying a stuffed animal monkey on you shoulder act like it gets heavier every step
GET THAT MONKEY OFF YOUR BACK
The Monkey --little baby monkey--then chimp -the gorilla
Christians are always struggling, one minute they are running on
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 17, 2012
MICHAEL JORDAN: PERSEVERE
In the fall of 1978, fifteen-year-old Michael Jordan tried out for the varsity basketball team at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. The sophomore was 5 feet 11 inches and with his skills, the coach told him that he was not good enough, and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 15, 2012
RUNNING WITH A STOPWATCH
Long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi of Finland was an Olympic champion, winning twelve medals (nine of them gold) in the 1920, 1924, and 1928 Games. Nurmi was famous not only for his achievements, but also for running with a stopwatch in his hand to check his performance.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 7, 2012
STEERING YOUR SHIP IN A STORM
An old seaman once said, "During the fiercest storms the only way a ship can survive is to keep its nose pointed straight into the wind. If you try to turn to the left or the right, the ship may capsize. If you try to run from the wind, the waves can surge over the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 18, 2012
WASHINGTON MONUMENT SETBACKS
In the pursuit of our dreams, there are often setbacks along the way.
In 1836, the fledgling Washington National Monument Society announced that they had chosen Robert Mills' plans for the construction of a monument to our nation's first president. Mills had
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 21, 2011
BEWARE OF ATTACHMENTS
Felipe Massa of Brazil should have won the Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore in September 2008. But as he drove off from a refueling stop while in the lead, the fuel hose was still attached. By the time his team removed the hose, he had lost so much time that he finished
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 28, 2011
HIT BY A ROCK
Corrective suffering is tribulation or affliction God allows in our lives to chasten us for unforsaken sin in order to turn us back to Him.
In the city of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the broken end of a high voltage wire was lying on the pavement, along which the engineer was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2011
WE ALL HAVE TO RUN
First of all, let’s establish one immutable fact--we all have to run; we have no choice. An intelligence far above our own; and the circumstances which have been placed upon us, dictate that we all must run just to survive.
Out on the grassy plains of the African Savannah
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 12, 2010
NOT SUCCESS BUT FAITHFULNESS
Jordan was a man of unusual abilities and commitment. He had two Ph.D.s, one in agriculture and the other in Greek and Hebrew. He was so gifted he could have chosen to do anything he wanted. He chose to serve the poor. In the 1940s, he founded a farm in Americus,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 26, 2010
DON'T JUST HANG ON...HANG IN
Decades ago, Oswald Chambers wrote about spiritual perseverance, defining it as... not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated. The Bible is full of examples of men and women who didn't
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2010
Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Sin
We tend to think of sin as we see it in rags and in the gutters of life. We look at a drunkard, poor fellow, and we say, there is sin. But that is not the essence of sin. To have a real picture and a true understanding of sin, you must look at some great saint, some
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
Wilma Rudolph, Stricken as a Child with Polio, Achieves Olympic Gold
Wilma didn’t get much of a head start in life. A bout with polio left her left leg crooked and her foot twisted inward so she had to wear leg braces. After seven years of painful therapy, she could walk without her braces. At age
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
A POW’s Will to Live--French Surgeon Removes His Own Appendix
When the French surrendered to General Giap and the Vietnamese at Dien Phen Phu, the long line of survivors were led on foot toward Hanoi. A French army surgeon among the prisoners realized that his appendix was in trouble. What would
Contributed by Kerry O'neill on Feb 2, 2010
I was invited to compete in the Howard Wood Relays while running track in high school. It was time for the 110 meter high hurdles. I had set my blocks and the starter called "Runners, come to your marks."
I was so nervous and decided to look to my left and right to see that I was lined up like
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2010
How To Build A Ladder To Your Dreams
Years ago a young African-American child was growing up in Cleveland, in a home which he later described as "materially poor but spiritually rich." One day a famous athlete, Charlie Paddock, came to his school to speak to the students. At the time Paddock was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2010
Alzheimer’s Patient Recalls The Old Rugged Cross
In his book, Reaching the Invisible God, author Philip Yancey tells the story about his wife, Janet, who leads a weekly “Christian Circle” at a local nursing home. An Alzheimer’s patient named Betsy faithfully attends, led there by a staff worker,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 10, 2009
Renoir on Suffering: The Beauty Remains, The Pain Passes
Our greatest battles are not won on the mountain tops of life but during the tough times while we are in the valleys.
Among the famous painters of the French impressionist school, Henri Matisse and August Renoir were the closest friends.