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  • Gollum And The Ring

    Contributed by Davon Huss on Feb 14, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    GOLLUM AND THE RING Many of us are familiar with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We cannot help but remember the character named Gollum. He was a hideous, pathetic creature who was possessed by the power of the ring. In fact, the ring was the reason for his hideous appearance. His obsession more

  • Crucified With Christ

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 10, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    Crucified With Christ "The Christian's Passion" Jesus said, "If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23). We have just passed Easter--celebrating what Christ did for us on Calvary and the victory He won over sin and death. The Bible more

  • Cross Bearing  PRO

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 10, 2008
    based on 8 ratings

    Cross Bearing "The Christian's Passion" There is a powerful question that is too often avoided by preachers and church attendees alike, "Who took the rough edges off the Cross?" Modern day Christianity and the world have generally turned the cross into a nice piece of harmless jewelry, all shiny more

  • Risks And Expectations

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 14, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    RISKS AND EXPECTATIONS Sohio, the Alaskan subsidiary of Standard Oil of Ohio, drilled a well in the Beaufort Sea in 1983, hoping to tap a geological formation holding several billion barrels of oil. Instead, they hit water, and $120 million went a glimmering. The oil companies know the risk. They more

  • We Must First Embrace Our Own Old Identity, As ...

    Contributed by Bruce Willis on Dec 19, 2006
    based on 2 ratings

    We must first embrace our own old identity, as Jesus said, “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself . . . “ We must embrace it and deny it, then by faith accept our spiritual identity in Jesus Christ. The analogy is given, for purposes of illustrating, of a fifteen year old, unmarried more

  • The Following Ad Once Appeared In A London ...  PRO

    Contributed by David Yarbrough on Nov 11, 2001
    based on 50 ratings

    The following ad once appeared in a London newspaper: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful." The ad was signed by Sir Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer. Amazingly, the ad drew thousands of more

  • Is It Worth The Price?  PRO

    Contributed by Dana Chau on Sep 30, 2002
    based on 21 ratings

    IS IT WORTH THE PRICE? Paul J. Meyer wrote in Unlocking Your Legacy: "Cost and self-sacrifice do not make something hard. Nobody feels sorry for the athlete who wins an Olympic medal, even though the person paid an incredible price through grueling effort behind the scenes, denying himself or more

  • God Is Not An Editor

    Contributed by David Tack on Oct 16, 2012

    GOD IS NOT AN EDITOR "God is looking for common ordinary people like you and me who are willing to let Him use as He sees fit. He wants to write our story, He doesn’t want to be our editor. But, we want to write the story and then we call God in as our editor. When the story gets messy then we more

  • Many Of Us Are Quick To Say, 'yes, I'm A ...

    Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Feb 10, 2013

    "Many of us are quick to say, ’Yes, I’m a follower of Jesus,’ but I’m not sure we really understand what we are saying. To quote Inigo Montoya, ’I do not think that means more

  • Jesus Was Never Interested In Having Fans. ...  PRO

    Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Feb 10, 2013
    based on 12 ratings

    "Jesus was never interested in having fans. When he defines what kind of relationship he wants, "Enthusiastic Admirer" isn’t an option. My concern is that many of our churches in America have gone from being sanctuaries to becoming stadiums. And every week all the fans come to the stadium where more

  • No Salvation Without Surrender  PRO

    Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Feb 17, 2013
    based on 8 ratings

    NO SALVATION WITHOUT SURRENDER So in case some left it out or forgot to mention it when they explained what it meant to be a Christian, let me be clear: There is no forgiveness without repentance. There is no salvation without surrender. There is no life more

  • No Believing Without Following

    Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Mar 11, 2013

    John 3:16 and Luke 9:23 have to go together in order for there to be an accurate understanding of the gospel’s invitation. John 3:16 emphasizes believing. Luke 9:23 focuses on following. Those two things must necessarily go together. There is no believing more

  • Kyle Idleman On Carrying Your Cross

    Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Mar 17, 2013

    There is no comfortable way to carry a cross; I don’t care how you position it. I often talk to people who are convinced that some suffering or pain in their lives is an indication that they must not be following Jesus. After all, if they are following Jesus, the Son of God, doesn’t it follow more

  • The Hobbit: Denying Yourself  PRO

    Contributed by Ken Pell on Jun 14, 2013
    based on 3 ratings

    The Hobbit: Denying Yourself In the movie “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” there is a scene where the Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit who is accompanying 13 dwarves on a mission, unexpectedly disappears and seems to have abandoned the dwarves during a crucial battle. They were losing. Bilbo does more

  • Daddy Has All Of Me

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 28, 2014

    DADDY HAS ALL OF ME! Alan Redpath had two daughters who loved to swarm him as soon as he came home at night. As he came in the door one evening, his little girls ran to be the first to hug Daddy. One grabbed his leg and hugged him with all of her might. He snatched the other daughter up in his more

  • Great Verses For Following Jesus

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 15, 2020

    FOLLOWING JESUS. Beside each passage of Scripture, write down what you think that verse is saying about following Jesus in the coming year. Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Philippians more

  • Carry Your Cross

    Contributed by Anitha Jabastion on Aug 3, 2020
    based on 1 rating

    A story is told about a boy who desperately wanted to meet Christ. He was praying hard about it. One day, the Lord told him to walk up the mountain carrying his cross. He took his cross and began his journey. In some time, he began to feel the heaviness of the cross. He cut out a small portion of more

  • Holding Others Up

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 3, 2021

    One of the best leaders and models in discipleship was Dawson Trotman, who died after helping to rescue two drowning girls. Says Chuck Swindoll: “When Dawson Trotman passed away, he probably left a legacy of discipleship on this earth that will never be matched except perhaps in the life of Jesus more

  • Stop Offering A Comfortable Christian Message

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 3, 2021

    Most evangelistic appeals today pitch the gospel as the way to have an abundant life. “Jesus came to offer you abundant life. Trust in Him and He will give you peace, joy, and a truly happy life.” While all of those claims are true if properly defined, what the salesman hasn’t told the potential more

  • Proud People Vs Broken People

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Nov 19, 2022

    Proud people focus on the failures of others. Broken people are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need. Proud people have a critical, fault-finding spirit; they look at everyone else’s faults with a microscope but their own with a telescope. Broken people are compassionate; they can more