Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 14, 2001
Some of us get so used to the adrenaline rush of handling crises that we become dependent on it for a sense of excitement and energy. How does urgency feel? Stressful? Pressured? Tense? Exhausting? Sure. But let’s be honest. It’s also sometimes exhilarating. We feel useful. We feel
Contributed by Wayne Major on Oct 14, 2001
THE SPIRIT WITHIN US
I was driving one day when I saw a hitchhiker by the side of the road, loaded down with a couple of large carrying bags. Now, I make it a practice normally not to pick up hitchhikers, which may in itself be a refusal to hear the cry of those needy of transportation. But in
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 6, 2002
WHAT IS YOUR GOD?
"Whatever you love most, serve most, seek out most, give to the most, worship the most, and care about the most is your god.
Your “god” can be your career, your bank account, the way you look, a particular position or degree, influence, power, or physical pleasure.
Contributed by Ed Wood on Feb 18, 2003
One day, a teacher was teaching her young class the story of Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. She carefully explained how Mary and Martha had hurried to clean the house and cook a special meal. Then she paused and asked, “What would you do if Jesus was going to visit
Contributed by W F on Sep 27, 2004
A newspaper held a competition to find out how people would describe friendship. The winning answer was, “A friend is someone who’s walking in when everyone else is walking out.”
You and I have a friend that will do that, a friend who will stick closer than a brother. Jesus said,
“Surely I am
Contributed by Robert Garrett on Apr 11, 2005
There was a woman who was going through some very difficult and trying circumstances. She was experiencing major distress in her marriage, her job was very unfulfilling and was causing her heartache. She became so distraught over her circumstances that she felt like just giving up. She felt
Contributed by Ken Kersten on Apr 18, 2005
John Ortberg pinpoints this in his article, Taking Care of Busyness. He says, "For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 12, 2005
The story is told about the baptism of King Aengus by St. Patrick in the middle of the fifth century. Sometime during the rite, St. Patrick leaned on his sharp-pointed staff and inadvertently stabbed the king’s foot. After the baptism was over, St. Patrick looked down at all the blood, realized
Contributed by Mark Bauer on Aug 1, 2007
Be rich toward God.
Grandparents are often accused of spoiling the grandchildren
The children see grandpa sitting on the floor
playing with his toddler grandchildren.
The son or daughter is shocked and jealous:
"Dad, I’m surprised.
You never got down on the floor and played with
One morning a farmer told his wife that he was going out to pluck the ripe fruits from his field. He got off to an early start so he could warm up the truck. He needed more petrol, so he went to the store to get it. On the way to the store he noticed the pigs weren’t fed. So he
Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Oct 15, 2008
This past week I read about a first-grade teacher who was having a difficult day. It had rained that entire day and the children couldn’t go out for recess, so they got more and more restless and hyperactive as the day wore on. The teacher couldn’t wait for the bell to ring at 3
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 26, 2009
WHEN TO RELAX AND WHEN TO STRUGGLE
Author Sam Keen, in his provocative little book called Apology for Wonder, tells us the lesson he learned as young boy swimming in the Indian River inlet on the Delaware coast. Keen says that swimming there was very tricky, because the outgoing waters from the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 31, 2009
FRENZIED PACE OF LIFE
A lot of these same gods are still worshipped in America today, aren't they? Our culture also seems to bow down to the idol of busyness. In her book called, "Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families," Ann Kroeker writes this: "America, the land of the
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 9, 2012
GREED: THE CAT AND THE VASE
A man wanders into a small antique shop in San Francisco. Mostly it's cluttered with knickknacks and junk. On the floor, however, he notices what looks like an ancient Chinese vase. On closer inspection it turns out to be a priceless relic from the Ming dynasty whose
Contributed by David Tack on Oct 17, 2012
THE LORD'S PRIORITIES
"The Lord’s priorities are not the same as ours. Jesus isn’t as concerned about our lace tablecloths and clean kitchens as we are. He’s concerned with the state of our heart. He’s more interested in the time we spend at his feet, reflecting on his words and resting in
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 3, 2013
In the book, Overload, by Dr. Richard Swenson, he discusses one of the main reasons our lives have too much anxiety and stress. He says that most of us are just plain overloaded. Think about it. (1) We are overloaded with commitments. We don’t know how to say no. And as a result we
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 20, 2014
THE POWER OF SNOWFLAKES
We can learn great lessons of unity and its power simply by observing the nature. For example a single snow flake that looks beautiful and innocent. If it remains on its own it can easily fly away or quickly melt away. On it's own it does no harm and poses no threat to
Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Apr 11, 2022
I have a dog named Simba. I named him Simba because he is the color of a lion and he has the personality of a lion.
One afternoon, we were really tired and I decided to take a quick nap with Simba.
Simba has a certain place on the bed beside me where he always lays. I had laid something on the