Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 5, 2002
ULTIMATE LOVE, COMPLETE HUMILITY
Only one act of pure love, unsullied by any taint of ulterior motive, has ever been performed in the history of the world, namely the self-giving of God in Christ on the cross for undeserving sinners. That is why, if we are looking for a definition of love, we
ON A RATHER INSIGNIFICANT SPHERE
A senior angel is showing a very young angel around the splendors of the universe. They view whirling galaxies and blazing suns, and then flit across the infinite distances of space until at last they enter one particular galaxy of 500 billion stars.
As the two
F. B. Meyer once said, “I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character, the easier we could reach them. I now find that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other. It is not a question of
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 4, 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 Sermon Central on Nov 15, 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 space available
Contributed by Kyle Meador on Jan 1, 2001
Again, there’s a great deal of Internet research and revisionist thinking going on about these characters in the Christmas story. Some of have suggested that things would have been considerably different if these wise men had actually instead been wise women. And things sure would have been
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 31, 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
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 22, 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 Troy Borst on May 30, 2001
ILLUSTRATION… Discipleship Journal, 11-12/92
A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:
5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness
5. (Tie) Sexual lust
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 that
Contributed by William Yates on Nov 5, 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
MY DESIRE, TO BE LIKE JESUS;
MY DESIRE, TO BE LIKE HIM.
HIS SPIRIT FILL ME,
HIS LOVE O’ERWHELM ME,
IN DEED AND WORD,
TO BE LIKE HIM.”
--Lillian Plankenhorn, 1946
Is that your heart’s prayer? How can one ever be like Jesus? The secret to being
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 20, 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 the
Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jul 21, 2003
In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, "We have been the receipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prospertiy; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have
Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 17, 2000
This is a true story, about a German artist named Albrecht Durer and one of his famous drawings, "The Praying Hands."
Durer’s Father was a goldsmith and apprenticed him in his early years to learn the family trade, but Durer loved painting and really wanted to be a painter. So his father
His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of
college. He is intelligent. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright.
He became a Christian while attending college. Across the street from the
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Feb 9, 2005
“A Path We Feared to See!” Philippians 2:5-11 Key verse(s): 8:“‘And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even the death of the cross.”
We love so many things in this life! Yet, there is one thing so worth loving that is seldom afforded even the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 16, 2006
that man was
made like God before,
But that God should
Contributed by Bruce Willis on Dec 17, 2006
I read the story of a twenty-six year old school teacher who had never been married. She said that when she was a little girl her parents had divorced and her mother had gone to live in a far away state while she had stayed with her father who was a physician. She said, “I spent my whole life
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 11, 2007
"Mistakes of the tongue have destroyed more people, ruined more marriages, and cost more businessmen their jobs and