Contributed by David Dykes on Apr 10, 2003
Fifteen years ago, I was serving as pastor in Alabama and our church was in a capital stewardship campaign to raise money to build a new building. There was one particular lady in our church who was a widow. Her husband had left her a lot of money, and she had a lot more than she really needed. She
Contributed by Joel Vicente on Feb 14, 2005
Leighton Farrell was the minister of Highland Park Church in Dallas for many years. He tells of a man in the church who once made a covenant with a former pastor to tithe ten percent of their income every year. They were both young and neither of them had much money. But things changed. The layman
"Although Douglas MacArthur graduated from West Point at the top of his class, he continued to prepare himself for service to his country. He studied every military textbook he could get his hands on. He visited battlefields and personally reviewed the tactics which the victors and the losers
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 8, 2011
$3.00 WORTH OF GOD, PLEASE
Tim Hansel in his book "When I Relax I feel Guilty," writes some insights of what most people want from God.
"I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 28, 2009
The late great Presbyterian clergyman and Christian author, Rev. James Russell Miller (1840 - 1912), once wrote:
"Too many people are not faithful in little things. They are not to be absolutely depended upon. They do not always keep their promises. They break engagements. They fail to pay their
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 10, 2009
This leads us to a simple but important principle: Our faithfulness in the little things will determine how faithful we will be with bigger things.
There is a story about a huge bank where one of the employees was up for a significant promotion. He lost that promotion one day
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 2, 2008
Bumper sticker - Tithe if you love Jesus, any idiot can honk!
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 10, 2008
IN THE 1980’S AND EARLY 1990’S, NIKE CORPORATION MADE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY MARKETING THE PHRASE “I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE.”
1. SPORTS AND NON-SPORTS FANS ALIKE NEW THAT “MIKE” WAS MICHAEL JORDAN, THE BASKETBALL SUPERSTAR FOR THE CHICAGO BULLS.
2. CHILDREN ACROSS AMERICA DREAMED OF BEING THE NEXT
"Fill your lamps with the oil of Christ's love so that when it is the darkest-midnight-you might hold your lamp brightly before
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 8, 2009
TEMPTATION AND SIN: STEVE’S STORY
A young man was in a parking lot just shortly after being saved and he found a pack of cigarettes lying unopened on the ground near his car. His first thought was to keep them and smoke them as he had always done, but he felt prompted to do something different.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 8, 2009
Rights vs. Responsibilities, Owners vs. Stewards
While scouting locations for a popular TV series, an advance team came upon the perfect site for an action scene—an impressive house with a beautiful, large, lush, green lawn. The script called for the cars to be spinning out of control and crashing
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 11, 2009
Two Sons and What They Did With Their Marbles
Once upon a time, a mother gave each of her sons two dollars and took them to a toy store to buy the beautiful, shiny marbles they had been asking for. The older son quickly figured out how many marbles he could get with his two dollars, chose the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 23, 2011
WAITING VS. WATCHING FOR HIM
The Lord told us not only to wait for him but to watch for him, and he has pronounced a special blessing on those who watch. The difference between waiting and watching is illustrated in a story told of a Scotch fishing village.
After days at sea, the skipper of a
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 24, 2011
DON'T FIND US LACKING!
Mexican jails are not known for their tidiness or orderliness. Shortly after having taken office, the then President of Mexico, Luis Echeverria, decided to do something about this. Without giving any advance notice, he chose to visit the jails at midnight. He found guards
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 24, 2011
THE DANGER OF SPIRITUAL PROCRASTINATION
There is a fable which tells of three apprentice devils who were coming to this earth to finish their apprenticeship. They were talking to Satan, the chief of the devils, about their plans to tempt and to ruin men. The first said, "I will tell them that
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Apr 6, 2005
“Sheila-ism?” Matthew 25:14-30 Key verse(s) 24:“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.’”
Taking the safest route is something that my father always
Contributed by David Flowers on May 4, 2005
“Carpe Diem.” Seize the day. Make the most of every opportunity. Seize – the day. Notice the phrase is not “with utmost care and caution, after you have worked out the cost/benefit analysis and determined that there is no logical reason why all systems should not be go, and have assured
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 25, 2005
Only A Risk Away! (08.26.05--Under Pressure!--Judges 6:25-30)
Is it worth Risking? It used to be that life was a matter of “this I will risk” but “this I will not.” Risk was something that was weighed on a daily basis. It was a part of life. You picked one thing over another because you had