Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 8, 2013
SPURGEON ON EXPERIENCING FULLNESS IN HEAVEN
The renowned 19th-century English preacher C. H. Spurgeon told this story about King Cyrus, the man who conquered Babylon and freed the Jews from captivity:
A visitor who was admiring Cyrus' gardens said it gave him much pleasure. "Ah," said Cyrus,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 21, 2012
WORSHIP AT A GARBAGE DUMP
Imagine a town built atop an active landfill. That is "Garbage City" in Cairo, Egypt, longtime home to an impoverished, marginalized community of Coptic Christians for whom life is only going to get harder.
The so-called Zabbaleen have been the trash collectors of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 5, 2012
I grew up in Wellington, Kansas which is a small farm town of about 8,000 people located 30 miles south of Wichita, Kansas. Wellington’s big claim to fame is being the Wheat Capitol of the World. The farmers of my home town produce more wheat per capita than anywhere else in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 28, 2012
THE PRAYER OF GRANDMA JONES
I'd like to tell you the story about an old lady that everybody called "Grandma Jones." She had a close relationship with Jesus. And she knew that Jesus wanted her to be a soul-winner. She wanted to lead others to Christ.
However, Grandma Jones was pretty much
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 26, 2012
YOU COULD ALL HAVE ONE IF YOU WANTED
In Gipsy Smith's book The Beauty of Jesus, Gipsy Smith told about Peter Apples, a man (during the Civil War) who went into the enemy's territory. Peter Apples did not know much about being a good soldier. He just knew that when his superior officer said,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011
GOD PICKS THE UNLOVABLE ONES
Anne Lamott described a time when a fellow church member told about adopting her son through an organization called A.S.K. -- Adopt Special Kids.
Part of the adoption process included filling out a questionnaire checking "yes" or "no" for one's willingness to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011
In February 27 2009 article from the website “Slate” titled, “Why American churchgoers like to shop around” also caught my attention. That article cited statistics from a Barna Group survey that revealed that one in seven adults changes churches each year, and another one
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 26, 2011
A MINOR DETAIL, A MAJOR DISTRACTION
Anything that hinders the worship of God incites the anger of God, and should be abandoned immediately.
"It was a majestic evening. On Friday, October 18th, 1991, the world-class Chicago Symphony presented the final concert in its year-long celebration of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 9, 2011
GIVING IT BACK ONE MORE TIME
Years ago the Crown Prince of India gave to Queen Victoria the most precious thing he had. He was a child prince and he gave to the Queen of England, the "coroner diamond". The coroner diamond is perhaps the most famous diamond of all history. Do you know how big it
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 7, 2009
LOVING THE OUTCASTS
One of the more remarkable movements of modern times is Alcoholics Anonymous or AA, a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they might solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Although it
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 23, 2009
HANS THE TAILOR
Consider the story of Hans the tailor. Because of his reputation, an influential entrepreneur visiting the city ordered a tailor-made suit. But when he came to pick up his suit, the customer found that one sleeve twisted that way and the other this way; one shoulder bulged out
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 14, 2009
LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING
Girolamo Savonarola was one of the great preachers of the fifteenth century. He preached in the great cathedral of Florence, Italy, which contained a magnificent marble statue of Mary. One day he noticed an elderly woman praying before this statue and then realized it was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH
When Lawrence of Arabia was in Paris with some of his Arab friends after World War I, he took them to see the sights of the city. His friends showed little interest in the Louvre, the Arch of Triumph, or Napoleon’s tomb. The thing that really interested them was the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 13, 2009
THE STORY OF ISAAC WATTS
A young boy complained to his father that most of the church hymns were boring and old-fashioned, with tiresome words that meant little to his generation. His father challenged him with these words: "If you think you can write better hymns, why don’t you?"
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2009
JOY TO THE WORLD
Sadly, our period in history is not, by any means, the first to argue, fight or shoot at one another over our opinions about what does and does not make a worthy song of worship. Nor is ours the first in which there were scores of people in the congregations who sang the words
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
WITHOUT ONE PLEA
Charlotte Elliott was a sickly English woman who had developed a long history of refusing to do things she was asked to do because of her illness. Her brother, who was a pastor, had been particularly persistent in trying to get her out of herself, trying to get her involved in
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Apr 28, 2008
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO PRAY
I heard a story of a ship that was sinking in the middle of a storm, and the captain called out to the crew and said, "Does anyone here know how to pray?"
One man stepped forward and said, "Yes sir, I know how to pray."
The captain said, "Wonderful, you pray
Contributed by John Tung on Mar 28, 2007
“The fallacy of misplaced concreteness” is a concept developed by Alfred North Whitehead, a philosopher who specialized in mathematics. And an example of what this says is that in a 2-dimensional world, giving the x and y axis location of a point is sufficient to precisely locate that point. But
Contributed by Doug Lyon on Dec 11, 2006
Charles Fuller was a radio Bible teacher years ago. He once announced that he would be speaking the following Sunday on the topic of “Heaven.” During that week, he received a letter from an elderly gentleman who was very ill—on his deathbed. The man wrote: “Next Sunday you are to talk about
Contributed by John Mayes on Nov 1, 2005
I was on my honeymoon in the Bahama’s when a man walked up to me and said, "Would you like to buy some cocaine? You can tell everyone how much you really enjoyed the Bahama’s."
After I said "No!" and got over the shock of that man’s boldness, I wondered how Jesus would have responded if someone