God’s love is like a bridge that makes reconciliation possible. If you take away the bridge, the separation remains. George Herbert said, “He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass.” (T. T. Crabtree. Ed. The Zondervan 2001 Pastor’s Annual. Howard S. Kalb. “Forgiveness.”
Contributed by Paul Decker on May 19, 2004
Jeremy Bassett’s 5-year-old niece, Olivia, and her best friend, Claire, were participating in a nativity play at school. Claire was playing Mary, and Olivia was an angel.
Before the show, a young boy was going around the dressing room repeating, "I’m a sheep, what are you?" Each child responded
Contributed by Alan Perkins on May 9, 2001
You’re probably familiar with the book "Moby Dick". Even if you’ve never read it, you know the story: Captain Ahab goes in search of a great while whale, and is finally killed when the whale attacks and destroys his ship. But you probably didn’t know that this scene in Herman Melville’s novel was
Contributed by Michael Luke on Nov 3, 2001
Back during the days before automobiles, two preachers met in a certain town.
The first asked the second how he was doing. “Furious!” replied the second.
“Someone has stolen my bicycle and I think it’s one of my church members! I
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 9, 2012
MASSIVE PILEUP AHEAD
In the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix, Juan Manuel Fangio was approaching a dangerous bend for the second time. As he rounded the bend, Fangio noticed that something was wrong. The faces of the spectators were all turned away from him. "If they are not looking at me," Fangio
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 28, 2012
PICKING AND CHOOSING
An extremely nervous patient came to his dentist for root canal surgery. He was brought into the examining room and made comfortable in the reclining dental chair. The dentist then injected a numbing agent around the patient's tooth, and left the room for a few minutes while
Contributed by Robert Harmon on Oct 4, 2014
How would you like to have the NFL as your moral compass? Last week, we were hammered by reports about Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson and how the NFL was responding (or not responding) to the allegations of abuse. Tabloids, Social Media, and ESPN have been overloaded with their stories and many
Contributed by Larry Turner on Nov 12, 2014
A businessman was traveling on a plane for the first time. He had always been terrified of flying but his next appointment required him to do so. The flight was going well when suddenly the plane shuddered. The pilot came over the intercom and announced that the engines on the right side had
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 20, 2010
MARK TWAIN ON HEAVEN AND HELL
Mark Twain gave some interesting quotes during his lifetime. One such amusing statement was, "Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company."
He along with others, do not realize how horrible hell will be. We do not hear much about hell these days from the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 13, 2010
CAUGHT IN THE BARN
During one of his political campaigns, a delegation called on Theodore Roosevelt at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The President met them with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up. "Ah, gentlemen," he said, "come down to the barn and we will talk while I do some work."
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 19, 2011
THE DEBBIE HATERS' CLUB
Bill White, of Paramount, California, talks about his friend, Greg, who recently put together a mini high school reunion when he went back home to Indiana to visit his parents. He hadn't seen many of his classmates in over 17 years; but when they got together, they had a
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 18, 2011
THE ANGER OF KING HENRY II
King Henry II of England, back in around 1200, had a lot of power. He put an end to a long and bloody civil war, and ruled both England and a large chunk of France for many years. He was so famous that a movie was made about him, about 25 yrs ago, starring Richard
Contributed by Charles Jones on Sep 3, 2011
JESUS IS COMING TO DINNER
One of the greatest compliments an individual can pay to another is to invite him/her home to dinner.
The Church reminds the world today that Jesus is coming again and the world should get its house in order, for the master of the universe is coming to dine in the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 7, 2011
FIRE IN THE HOLE
Centralia was a small mining town in the eastern part of Pennsylvania with about 1000 residents making their income off of the coal dug just underneath the crust. The town had existed the same way for over a century when pre-Civil War settlers moved out to dig up the anthracite
Contributed by Dan Thompkins on Jan 11, 2008
WHAT ARE WE VOTING FOR?
A parishioner had dozed off to sleep during the morning service.
“Will all who want to go to heaven, please stand?” the pastor asked.” – All stood, except the sleeping parishioner.
After they sat, the pastor continued, “Well, will all who want to go to the other
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Apr 10, 2008
TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR SPOUSES
I. Thou shalt not wrap thy husband’s sandwiches in magazine articles about a man’s responsibility to love his wife.
II. Thou shalt not leave Scripture verses about submission taped to they wife’s hairdryer.
III. If thou teachest Sunday School, thou
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Feb 1, 2005
“Running Home to Mama!” Matthew 5:25-26 Key verse(s): 25:“‘Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking your to court.’”
There is a point of departure where disagreement becomes conflict. It’s that point of departure that is most critical in the process of making friends or
Contributed by Michael Luke on Apr 4, 2005
HOW SICK I REALLY WAS
A wealthy businessman lay on his deathbed. His preacher came to visit and talked about God’s healing power and prayed for his parishioner. When the preacher was done, the businessman said, "Preacher, if God heals me, I’ll give the church a million dollars." Miraculously,
Contributed by Michael Luke on Apr 4, 2005
Ps. 15:4 describes a righteous person as one “who keeps his oath even when it hurts.” The brilliant Christian scholar and writer C. S. Lewis took that truth seriously. His biography tells of the suffering he endured because he kept a promise he had made to a buddy during World War I.
Blaise Pascal observed that human life is nothing but perpetual delusion; human relationships are based on mutual deception.
Martin Buber wrote of the uncanny game of hide and seek we play - in which the soul seeks to hide from itself.
Thomas Merton - our minds are deformed with a contempt for