TEARING DOWN THE NAME OF JESUS
When I was in college at Dallas Baptist University, I drove through Dallas on the way to my classes. I would always see a huge sign of a dynamic church in the area that said, "Lifting Up the Name of Jesus!" It was very impressive.
One day while I was driving
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 8, 2011
WYNTON MARSALIS: SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH
People are preoccupied with their own thoughts and interests. When we show interest and concern for another person’s interest or concern, it meets a deep need. People feel cared for and valued.
Wynton Marsalis is a recognized musician. He is invited to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 11, 2011
WHO WILL DO THE NEED-MEETING?
One preacher told of shopping at the supermarket when a lady came down the aisle heading straight for him. She screeched to a halt within a few feet of him, wagged her finger, and said, "I left your church. I left your church".
So I said, "Well, if it’s my
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 3, 2011
NO PICTURE EXISTS
On a wall near the main entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, is a portrait of a man with this inscription underneath. "James Butler Bonham--no picture of him exists. This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle. It is
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 30, 2010
One of the first conductors born and educated in the United States to receive worldwide acclaim was Leonard Bernstein. He directed the New York Philharmonic, conducted concerts by some of the world's leading orchestras, wrote symphonies, and music for Broadway hits such as West
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2010
GLADSTONE: RISK FOR THE GREATER VICTORY
WILLIAM GLADSTONE, a prime minister of England in the nineteenth century, one night was working late on an important speech he was to give to the House of Commons the next day. At about two o'clock in the morning a woman knocked on his door, asking the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 18, 2010
OVERCOMING EVIL WITH GOOD
Watchman Nee, the Chinese evangelist, tells this true story.
A poor, Christian Chinese farmer had rice fields high in the mountain. Every day he spent hours pumping water into the rice paddies; but when he returned to the fields the next morning, he would find that
The story is told of a man who was shipwrecked and lived most of his adult life alone on an obscure island on which no other human being had ever set foot. After many years of isolation, a ship came his way and a rescue party was sent ashore. He welcomed them, of course, then proceeded to show them
Contributed by Warren Lamb on Nov 11, 2006
It was Christmas Eve, 1910. General William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army in London, England was near the end of his life. His health was poor, and he was going to be unable to attend the Army’s annual convention. Booth had become an invalid, and his eyesight was failing him. No one knew
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2004
I AM THANKFUL...
I am Thankful that we only elect presidents
once every four years.
I am Thankful that teenagers will grow up and
that one day they will have children
that will become teenagers of their own.
I am Thankful that I am not a turkey this week.
I am Thankful that the
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 21, 2004
“Your Bucket is Filled!” Philippians 2: 1-11: Key verse(s): 4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
(Consider Your Neighbor!)
On a recent Saturday, awakening to a beautifully sunrise and cool breezes, I lazed in bed putting tasks upon
Contributed by William Yates on Nov 6, 2003
Japanese sword illustration: It is the Japanese who have created the best swords in the world. To create these fine weapons, ancient Japanese sword makers had to create a sword that was hard enough to retain a sharp edge, but at the same time soft enough not to be brittle. Sword makers who made
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 5, 2003
The selfless love to which God calls you and me produces a deep joy in our hearts. This joy or happiness of the Spirit has three dimensions.
Joy is the assurance of faith that we are acceptable to God and that God’s good providences are working on our behalf. This joy is an inner calm
Contributed by Jim Kane on Mar 24, 2003
Humility, Rick Warren reminds us, is “not thinking less of yourself but
Contributed by Dana Chau on Apr 22, 2002
BY LIFE OR BY DEATH
John Piper, in his book, Future Grace, reprinted a letter by Carl Lundquist, former president of Bethel College and Seminary. In 1988, the doctors told him he had a rare form of cancer called mycosis fungoides, which invaded the skin over his entire body and ended his life
A vicar was retiring after 25 years in the parish. As he came to clear out his bedroom he found a small bowl with 5 eggs and £1,000 pounds in.
Baffled he called his wife and said: Darling, what is this little basket under the bed with five eggs and £1,000 in.
"Oh " she said " I must confess
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 23, 2001
Listen to these words of a taxicab driver: Because I drive the night shift, my cab often becomes a moving confessional. Passengers climb in, sit behind me in total anonymity, & tell me about their lives. I encounter people whose lives amaze me, ennoble me, make me laugh & sometimes weep. But
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2001
Years ago, Leslie Flynn penned a book called, Great Church Fights. In it he chronicled the way people in different churches would go after each other – all in the name of Jesus Christ. A young father heard a commotion out in his backyard, he looked outside and saw his daughter and several