Contributed by Paul Steen on Dec 9, 2017
Some years ago, while our family was vacationing in the high Sierras, we decided to visit a small county fair near the town of Quincy. There weren't many people there that morning. In fact, we were about the only ones visiting the carnival rides. So when I climbed into the Tilt-O-Wheel with my
Contributed by Bala Samson on Jul 29, 2013
Romans 16:19 "...but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil."
A group of monkeys decided to go on a fast one day. "Before we begin, I think we should keep the food ready with which we'll break the fast," said the monkey chief. The monkeys nodded their
Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Sep 21, 2012
The Parable of Water
There are a lot of things I could compare when it comes to living in the world, sexual sin, the lust we have for objects that are shiny; but, I’ve decided that I’m not going to. I’ve decided to discuss two different liquids. One of them is water and the other is Coca Cola.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2011
THE GRADUAL ROAD TO HELL
In C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters, we read the story of an older demon counseling a younger demon. At one point in the book, we read these words:
"You will say that these are very small sins, and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 3, 2011
ARE YOU SEAWORTHY?
In his book, Life before Death, Ian Leitch, a Scottish preacher, talks about three luxury ocean liners, the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth, and the QE2. He says, "When they built [these ocean liners], they did not test them in dry dock. They didn’t leave them in dry dock and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 23, 2010
WOMAN STEALS FROM CHURCH AND BLAMES SATAN
In March 2009, a 62-year old woman was charged with stealing more than $73,000 from her church in the state of Washington. When the detectives interrogated her, she told them: "Satan had a big part in the theft." It sounds like she was saying that the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 28, 2010
Burmese Parable About a Banyan Tree Seed
Don’t pitch your tents near sin or soon you will be living in it. I have heard stories of people who have been hooked by a variety of addictions. They almost always start by just an ‘innocent’ act that did not seem like much at the time. Gamblers who
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 16, 2009
The poisonous snakebite of sin
Recently, the news has carried stories about how that snakes formerly kept as pets have been released and found new habitat. The Everglades is overrun with such snakes. In an effort to prevent the problem from escalating, the authorities are removing snakes from
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
“But each one is tempted when by his own evil desire he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1: 14, 15)
Before you can win a war you must know your enemy, understand
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
Heart of Temptation
“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God… does [not] tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 6, 2004
THE SHOCK OF SIN
In a book called All Thumbs Guide to VCR’s which is a repair guide for amateurs, author Gene Williams begins with a warning. He writes: “Getting a jolt form the incoming 120 volts ac (120 Vac) is more that just unpleasant; it can be fatal. Studies have shown that it takes very
THE SEVEN STEPS OF TEMPTATION:
· Tempted – The thought of evil NOT A SIN YET!!!
· Drawn away – strong imagination
· Lust – self gratification and desire
· Entice – weakening of the will
· Lust conceived – yielding to that desire / carrying out the thought.
· Sin – committing the act missing
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 28, 2002
HISTORICALLY PROFOUND MORAL UNDERSTANDING
Dallas Willard writes: "What Jesus had to say about human good and evil was of sufficient depth, power, and justification to dominate European culture and its offshoots for two millennia. Nobody even has an idea of what 'Europe'
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 15, 2002
Rent-a-Kid" starring Leslie Nielson. The opening segment shows a dream sequence. Little Molly is an orphan who just gets adopted. Her new family is extremely wealthy and has everything a child could want materialistically speaking. They even have their own merry-go-round in the house. The new
In the Greek original of the New Testament the word often translated sincere means `judged in the sunlight’; and the English word is derived from the Latin--- `sine cera’, which means `without wax’.
In the days when art flourished in ancient Greece, it was the common
Contributed by Jeff Kolk on Aug 4, 2001
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey So he invited all his neighbors to
Contributed by Mark Hiehle on Jul 10, 2001
There is almost nothing like it in the world. To see the eyes and expression on a little boy’s face the very first time he experiences it. Little boys dream about it. Old men still tell about it with great excitement and enthusiasm. Nothing else compares to the thrill of fighting to bring in
Contributed by Troy Borst on May 31, 2001
ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust
Contributed by Steven Chapman on Mar 26, 2001
Think how many temptations you and I face in an ordinary day. Staying in bed late - the temptation to laziness. Growling at the breakfast table - the temptation to unkindness. Arguing over who should change the baby this time - the temptation to selfishness. Starting work 10 minutes late - the