Thomas a Kempis wrote: Jesus today has many who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who carry his cross; many who yearn for comfort, few who long for distress.
Plenty of people he finds to share his banquet, few to share his fast.
Everyone desires to take part in his rejoicing, but few are
Contributed by Brandon Sirolli on Jun 23, 2017
The Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to two flight attendants called into the cockpit of a small passenger jet. There the captain of the airliner told them the jet would soon crash and they needed to hand out parachutes but do so in an orderly manner so as not to cause problems. The two talked it
Contributed by Tim Smith on May 28, 2015
Matt Mikalatos has identified several Imaginary Jesus’ we hold. There’s TV Jesus, who says: "If you follow me, you will have the life you always wanted. Money! Wealth! Big house! Fancy plane! Unending health!" There’s Hollywood Jesus who is mild and kind and never asks for anything difficult.
Contributed by Larry Turner on Jul 28, 2014
My phone was secure. I had it shoved far down into my pants pocket. There was no way it could fall out; no way could I lose it. I denied it at the time but I saw the signs. They read “Please put any items that you do not want to lose in the bins or lockers before getting on the ride.” I chose to
Nowery states, "The stewardship of resources is a serious business; and God’s will is that we give it serious attention. This demands that we have the right perspective on our resources, and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 30, 2012
HOW TO BE LIKED BY YOUR PEERS
ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2010) — People who pursue happiness through material possessions are liked less by their peers than people who pursue happiness through life experiences, according to a new study...The "take home" message in his most recent study, which
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 18, 2011
THE LAST LETTER OF KAREN WATSON
Our International Mission Board is working on a project called "The Last Letter." It’s actually an old tradition of soldiers and missionaries who as they boarded a ship, wrote their family and friends a letter that they think might be their final
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 6, 2011
FOLLOWING GARIBALDI AND FOLLOWING JESUS
Garibaldi, the great Italian military hero from the 19th century, raised an incredibly committed volunteer army. His appeal for recruits was rather unique as he offered only these terms: "I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor provisions; I offer hunger,
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 26, 2010
Charlemagne’s Final Communication
In 1000 AD, 186 years after the death of Emperor Charlemagne, officials of the Emperor Otto re-opened Charlemagne’s tomb. Before them was an extraordinary sight. In the midst of all the finery buried with him—the gold, the jewels, the priceless treasure—there was
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 5, 2009
1950’s Game, "Going To Jerusalem," Misrepresented the Christian Life
Mark 8:33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter – same word. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (NIV)
Peter’s attitude was not
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 5, 2009
Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save his life a will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. (NIV)
Now, Jesus is not talking about the cost of our salvation here, because that is free! Romans 6:23 says, “The FREE gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 21, 2009
Self-Gratification, NFL Style
Dexter Manly, has two Super Bowl rings, and amassed over 100 sacks during his career-heard voices. They were voices calling him into personal and instant gratification as a star. Clothes, meals, cars and drugs took over his life. In 91 he was banned from the NFL. His
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Mar 28, 2009
The German spiritual writer Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) said this: "Jesus now has many lovers of his heavenly
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
The Christian's Passion
There is a tale of the great English actor Macready. Macready was once asked by a preacher; "What is the difference between you and me?" You see the actor appeared before crowds night after night proclaiming fiction and people listened with delight.
Have you heard people use the phrase: "This is my cross to bear"? They’ll say, "I’ve got an unsaved husband, it’s my cross to bear." Or, "My kids are rebellious, it’s my cross to bear." Or, "My arthritis acts up on me; it’s my cross to bear." A tombstone in a cemetery in Ribbesford, Scotland
COME AND DIE
In The Cost of Discipleship Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:
“The cross is laid on every Christian. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death–we give over our lives to death. The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing
Contributed by James O. Davis on Oct 28, 2003
What someone has called the pleasure explosion has overtaken us so that in the United States alone the pleasure business has been growing at an average rate of 6 billion dollars a year since 1965. Thrills and chills are available on demand. Popular amusement parks offer themes and thrills of all
A young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out he dropped to his knees in prayer. "Lord, I can’t go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."
The Lord replied, "My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open that other door and pick out
Contributed by Aaron Burgess on Nov 20, 2002
An old Christian drama depicts a little boy working in his parent’s carpentry shop in first century Jerusalem. He protests his chore, which is to assist in building a cross. The parents insist that he help because Rome has given them a contract for construction of crosses.
In another scene the
Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Sep 2, 2002
A LIGHT NAMED AL
On the morning of September 11, Jeannie Braca switched on the television to check the weather report, only to hear that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center.
Jeannie’s husband, Al, worked as a corporate bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald. His office was on the 105th