Contributed by Darian Hybl on Aug 21, 2013
Recently I read an article that convicted me of my ‘blind spots’ where I have not wanted to ‘cross the road’ or enter deeper into relationship. Alex Early penned an article entitled, “A Pastor Walked into a Gay Bar And…” At first I avoided the article because I thought this article was more a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 5, 2012
THE PERIL OF NO BURDEN
Shortly after coming to Christ, Sadhu Sundar, a Hindu convert to Christ, felt called to become a missionary to India. Late one afternoon Sadhu was traveling on foot through the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk. It was bitterly cold and the wind felt like sharp blades slicing
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 10, 2012
A STUDY IN COMPASSION
John Darley and Daniel Batson decided to replicate the story of the Good Samaritan with seminary students. A few variables were introduced. The seminarians were interviewed and asked why they wanted to go into ministry. There were a variety of responses, but the vast
THE "REGARD FOR OTHERS" ETHIC
John Sommerville currently teaches history at the University of Florida. He has been carrying out an exercise with his students for years. He challenges his students with the following thought experiment.
Imagine that you see a little old lady coming down the
EVE: THE WORLD'S FIRST MOTHER
7 Advantages of Being 1st
1. No "in-laws!"
2. No one to be compared to (Eve never heard, "Johnny's mother...")
3. No bad culture or influences to fight against
4. No birthdays (of your own) to celebrate (perpetually 29 and holding!)
5. You hold
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 22, 2011
Just a few years ago, an astonishing thing happened in New York City. A construction worker named Wesley Autrey was standing on a subway platform with his two young daughters waiting on a train. Suddenly another man on the platform, apparently suffering from a seizure, stumbled
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 17, 2011
Dear Abby once wrote in her column about a lifeguard who was being charged with the death of a teenager. The lifeguard was working at a large pool with two or three others each with a specific area to cover. He was approached by a group of teenagers excitedly telling him of someone who was lying at
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 17, 2011
CARRY THEIR BURDEN
A pastor gathered a group of people from his church to train them to witness. After some minimal training, he sent the group out into the neighborhood.
When they returned to share their experiences, one young man said he had tried to tell an older gentleman about the love
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 26, 2010
Car Trouble Opens an Opportunity to be a Good Samaritan
This was written by a Metro Denver Hospice Physician:
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd., and the car started to choke and splutter and die. I barely managed to coast, cruising, into a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 26, 2010
Medical Volunteer Transforms Life of Man Previously Thought To Be In A Vegetative State
The simple point to what God is reminding us of is, “The Extra Mile” can change a life and win a soul to Jesus. To me that makes the pain of going the extra mile a pleasure.
I listened to an interview on
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 8, 2009
Grateful Allen, An Outsider
We all know about the good Samaritan, but how many of us have heard of the grateful Samaritan? We are going to meet him today, but firstly I want to tell you about my friend Allen. Allen was quite different from most people. To have called him unconventional would have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2009
College Students Fail to be Good Samaritans
Real compassion looks beyond the faults of people to see the pain beneath it all and to see the hunger in people’s hearts.
In research done by Darley and Batson at Princeton in 1973, a group of theology students was told that they were to go across
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
TOUCHING THE UNTOUCHABLE
I have served as a volunteer Chaplain for the Havelock Police Dept for many years. Still, I will never forget my first night out with them. I was completely green and had no idea how to act. I was trying to follow the lead of the other officers. We were called to the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2009
A man from China who was converted to Christ told this story:
A man fell into a dark, slimy pit. He tried to climb out of the pit, but he couldn’t. Confucius came along, saw the man and said, "Poor fellow, had he listened to me, he never would have gotten there," and he went on. Buddha came
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 Dale Pilgrim on Jul 1, 2007
To “love your neighbor as yourself” is best described in Matthew 7:12 - "Do for others what you would like them to do for you.” In other words to love God supremely and to love other people purely is the Bible in a nutshell. It is the beginning and end of life the way God intended it to be lived.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
“I WANT YOU TO WALK”
-Arthur Gordon (A Touch of Wonder) relates a story that graphically describes the impact that one life can have on another. The man Gordon spoke of had been stricken with polio at the age of three and his parents had abandoned him in the Depression era.
Taken in by a foster
Contributed by Bruce Willis on Dec 29, 2006
Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of “The Ugly Duckling” illustrates the truth that what you know and believe to be truth determines your behavior. Although hatched in the same nest as the other eggs, this “duckling” looked different. He was big and ugly, not soft and yellow like the other
Contributed by Dan Brown on Nov 27, 2006
Select Stats on Change:
In the 1950’s:
-a car cost $1,220
-College Tuition- $525
-round of golf @ Pebble Beach $2
-Coke, Hershey bar, coffe- $0.05
-Annual Salary for a teacher $2,640
It took the radio 40 years to reach 50 million domestic users.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 2, 2005
THE PRESSURE FOR PERFECTION
A British website had some interesting results from a survey of mothers.
The survey showed that 91% of mothers constantly feel under the spotlight because of pressure to be the perfect mom.
They blame that pressure on the media, the Government, schools and