A well-known author once told this story of an account he had with sea gulls: “Several years ago our family visited Niagara Falls. It was spring, and ice was rushing down the river. As I viewed the large blocks of ice flowing toward the falls, I could see that there were dead fish embedded in the
A number of years ago I received a three-year assignment to Okinawa, Japan, as part of my Air Force experience. Hardly anybody I knew had much knowledge of that part of the world, so we really had no idea what to expect. We were in for a number of surprises!
We lived in a motel, basically, for a
Hard to believe, but I may have a collector’s item! In my own house!
Now, before you start sending me “Can I see it?” types of emails, maybe I should explain just what this “collector’s item” really is. Really, it wasn’t that much of a collectible, even from a couple of years ago. It’s only
Glen and Jo Ann live in Orange County, California in a low lying area. It flooded one year and the local newspaper sent a reporter in a boat out to Glen and Jo Ann’s neighborhood. The reporter found Jo Ann, sitting on their roof watching large objects floating by, so he climbed up on the roof to
Moving from one place to another is always a challenge, no matter how many times you’ve gone through this “process”! My wife and I recently made a move and learned a strange, but interesting lesson—one that was valuable for us, too.
As sometimes happens, there is too much stuff and not enough
by A. B. Simpson
Once it was the blessing, Now it is the Lord;
Once it was the feeling, Now it is His Word.
Once His gifts I wanted, Now the Giver own;
Once I sought for healing, Now Himself alone.
Once 'twas painful trying, Now 'tis perfect trust;
Once a half salvation, Now the
Contributed by Stephen Belokur on Feb 12, 2019
Try to imagine this. It is the year 1944 and Germany is at war with England.
Now suppose you have dual citizenship in both Germany and England and you are living in Germany. How will you be treated?
Conversely, suppose you have dual citizenship in both Germany and England and you are living in
What does it mean to be a hero maker? A hero maker is a leader who shifts from being the hero to making others the hero in God's unfolding story. Real hero makers first die to any vision of personal glory. The dying involves a very real transition, one of grief and loss of ever becoming that
Contributed by Alan Perkins on Mar 25, 2018
I’d like to begin this morning with a story. It involves these men [photo of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs]. You probably recognize them: Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. The two men who founded Apple Computer. Right? Well, no, actually that’s not completely accurate. Here is a photo of the original
The Blessed Life is a book written Robert Morris. He talks about a crucial weed that chokes out the truth of God, the teachings of God, the Word in our life – that weed or thorny vine is called mammon – greed – the love of money which supersedes the love of the Lord Jesus. It’s a real weed and it’s
It is amazing how we can focus on things that don’t matter and neglect the most important things in life. We need to learn how to choose our battles better. Leonard Ravenhill said it
RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE HEART
A CHINESE PROVERB: "If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 10, 2012
THE STRESS OF UNCERTAINTY
Daniel Gilbert (a psychologist at Harvard), citing a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, said "that Americans are smiling less and worrying more than they were a year ago, that happiness is down and sadness is up, that we are getting less sleep and smoking more
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 9, 2011
J. OSWALD SANDERS ON LONELINESS
J. Oswald Sanders once pointed out: "The round of pleasure or the amassing of wealth are [often] but vain attempts to escape from the persistent ache. The millionaire is usually a lonely man and the comedian is often more unhappy than his audience."
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 13, 2011
BEHOLDEN TO MONEY
In his book How Much Is Enough? Hungering For God In An Affluent Culture author and Founder of Bread for the World: Arthur Simon writes about Bryce and Ellen, "a couple in their mid-thirties. They have two sons and a daughter, and on Sundays the family attends church more often
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 26, 2011
WHAT WE WATCH AFFECTS OUR BEHAVIOR
Studies are even showing how we are affected by what we watch on television, hear on our radios, or read in books and the paper.
A study recorded in American Psychologist reported that “Psychologists have studied the effect of violent media on aggression for
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 5, 2010
How To Become Better Off Financially
An anonymous wise man once said, “If you want to get better off financially, Quit buying things.” And Henry David Thoreau said “Just about everyone knows how to make money, but very few
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 1, 2010
Phillip Yancey on Expectations and Disappointment
Phillip Yancey had this to say about people’s expectations:
Daniel Boorstin, former librarian of Congress and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, offers this assessment of contemporary culture:
When we pick up our
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 11, 2009
How Not To Get Out of Problems
When the preacher’s car broke down on a country road, he walked to a nearby roadhouse to use the phone. After calling for a tow truck, he spotted his old friend, Frank, drunk and shabbily dressed at the bar. "What happened to you, Frank?" asked the good reverend.
Chuck Swindoll stated in Laugh Again, "Worry about nothing…pray about everything, and rest" (page 203).
He says that the three substitutes