Contributed by Fred W. Penney on May 23, 2019
There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many
Luke 12: 32-38
This illustration is about not being afraid for the return of the Master.
When I was a young boy in the Fourth Grade at Yost Elementary School, our teacher, Mrs. Conley, would periodically leave the room and say, “I’ll be back in a few minutes. Just work quietly at
Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
- Thornton Wilder
It was the anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union when he got the call from Moscow. Some of the Russian oil companies had abandoned their wells, left their rigs with the
Contributed by Ken Pell on Jul 18, 2013
FEW WHO BEAR HIS CROSS
In Thomas á Kempis' book, The Imitation of Christ he says,
Jesus has many who love his kingdom in heaven, but few who bear his cross. He has many who desire comfort, but few who desire suffering. He finds many to share his feast, but few his fasting. All desire to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 28, 2012
A wise man once told me to pour a glass of water. He dipped his index finger into the cup, I watched as miniature waves hit the glass only to halt seconds later. The wise man told that regardless of how important the world will ever view me or my accomplishments, history will
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 24, 2012
PERSPECTIVE ON WORRY
When my daughter Abigail was 2 or so she came down with what is now known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Basically, a person’s entire body gets covered in cold sores. The end result is skin scars, loss of vision, and even death. She could not be touched. She was in constant
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2012
BILLY GRAHAM: CAN MONEY BUY HAPPINESS?
Rev. Billy Graham: "The Bible warns that money cannot buy happiness. Money cannot buy true pleasure. Money cannot buy peace of heart. And money cannot buy entrance into the Kingdom of God. If God has given you more than your neighbors around about you,
Contributed by Troy Borst on May 31, 2012
"I WORRY TOO MUCH"
I was perusing the Internet this week and found ExperienceProject.com that has an entire section of the website called "I worry too much." Worry must be one of those universal emotions and conditions that all of us deal with. These are some of the comments left by
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 Sermoncentral on May 13, 2011
A MOTHER'S MARRED HANDS
There was a teenager who didn’t want to be seen in public with her mother, because her mother’s arms were terribly disfigured. One day when her mother took her shopping and reached out her hand, a clerk looked horrified. Later, crying, the girl told her how embarrassed
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 28, 2011
"A little boy is on the beach. On his knees he scoops and packs the sand with plastic shovels into a bright red bucket. Then he upends the bucket on the surface and lifts it. And, to the delight of the little architect, a castle tower is created.
"All afternoon he will work.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2010
A Millionaire Leaves It All
A famous millionaire died of cancer. For weeks he suffered intolerable agony. Although surrounded by every luxury and receiving every possible care, he died as wretchedly as a pauper. There was the usual publicity, flowers, telegrams, an expensive bronze casket and a
Contributed by Davon Huss on Feb 15, 2010
John Tillotson said, "He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 30, 2009
Successful Businessman--Modern Day Rich Fool
John Ortberg tells the story of a successful businessman. He worked 14 hours a day, even on weekends. He thought the 40 hour work week was such a good idea he would often do it twice a week. His goal was to be the best businessman he could be. Even when
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
67% of Baby Boomers believe they will or could run out of money in their
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
51% of baby boomers say they are doing financial planning and their goals are set and on
THE RICH FOOL
Ortberg writes (and I have abridged it and translated it into proper English)
Once upon a time in the Silicon Valley, there lived a very important man.He routinely logged in 12-14 hours a day work and sometimes at weekends. He went to the Harvard School of Management, where he
According an old fable, attributed to Aesop, a dog was carrying a bone as he crossed a bridge. He looked into the water and saw his own reflection. He took this to be another dog and another bone. He desperately wanted the other bone so he dropped the one he had to scare the "other dog." Of course
Contributed by Danny Rogers on Nov 29, 2006
There have been times when we have gone to a high school football/basketball game and the kids asked for some money to buy candy. I gave them $5 and they returned with some candy. I ask for a piece and their answer is “no.” Here is what they don’t realize. First – I could take the candy away and