John R. Scott gives a modern example of one who suffered for the gospel observing that…
"Few men of this century have understood better the inevitability of suffering than Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He seems never to have wavered in his Christian antagonism to the Nazi regime, although it meant for
Cross without the Spirit, you dry-up (Psa 106:15),
Spirit without the Cross, you puff-up (2 Cor 12:7)
How true is this trustworthy saying…more we know God clearly, more we would love Him dearly and more we love Him
Cross without the Holy Spirit, you dry-up,
Holy Spirit without the Cross, you puff up.
WISHING FOR PASCAL'S BRAIN
Biblical Education is the process by which Godly character is formed, strength of clear conscious and sound mind is amplified, and understanding is sharpened, as a result of which one can walk in divine wisdom.
Someone once approached Blaise Pascal, the famous
Contributed by Paul Barreca on Jan 6, 2013
In today's world of Smart Phones, tablets and instant Internet access, there are many things that we can "know." If someone asks the questions, "how long is the Verrazano Bridge," a nimble person with a 4 G connection and an Iphone can ask Siri, "How long is the Verrazano
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 4, 2011
AIMING AT THE RIGHT TARGET
Some of our deeds are of great value, especially those done in dependence upon God for His glory and honor. Some of our deeds are worthless. They accomplish nothing of eternal value and will be quickly forgotten after we are gone.
Matt Emmons had the gold medal in
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 19, 2011
I CAN'T REMEMBER
An elderly man moved into a retirement community. It wasn't long until he had made a number of friends among the other residents. There was one lady he was especially attracted to and she was attracted to him, also. They spent a lot of time together. Finally one evening he
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 5, 2011
COME SWEET DEATH
The picture is indelibly etched on my memory, I'm sure because at the time the incident seemed so bizarre, so peculiar. The scene was an elementary school talent show; all of us had been groomed and polished and persuaded that we had some talent or another to display before our
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 1, 2010
Trivial Pursuit Board Game
- Created 1979 is a game in which progress is determined by a player’s ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions
- The object of the game was to answer a correct question in each of 6 categories such as Geography, Sports and Leisure, History,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 28, 2009
Fanny Crosby Gained Spiritual Insight from Blindness
Fanny Crosby was only six weeks old when she developed a minor eye inflammation. It was a simple thing to treat even in 1820, the year she was born. All the doctor had to do was apply some poultices to her eyes with a little medication. Only
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 26, 2009
JOY AND PRAYER IN SUFFERING
The fact that God chooses to love the unworthy should move us to loud praise frequently.
Margaret Sangster Phippen wrote that in the mid-1950’s her father, British minister W.E. Sangster, began to notice some uneasiness in his throat and a dragging in his leg. When
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 27, 2009
I CAN’T SEE HIM, SO I’LL LOOK AT YOU
A three-year-old was on the heels of her mother everywhere she walked around the house. Time and time again she’d trip over her small son. She suggested her son play with his toys, but he said he was okay and said, "I’d rather be here with you." Then he
Contributed by Jay Winters on Jan 10, 2008
For many of us, our New Years resolutions seem to resemble carbon dating – where we can establish the date of our resolution by how many “half lives” it has had. Here are some examples:
2003: I will read at least 10 books a year.
2004: I will read 5 books a year.
2005: I will finish Portals of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 17, 2006
When Lincoln’s body was brought from Washington to Illinois, it passed through Albany and it was carried through the street. They say a black woman stood upon the curb and lifted her little son as far as she could reach above the heads of the crowd and was heard to say to him, "Take a long look,
Contributed by Steve Miller on Feb 12, 2006
The following letter appeared in the Ann Lander’s newspaper column a few years ago. It is a great image of what marital love is like.
"Dear Ann Landers: I’m going to tell you about a love story that I witness every time I go to the nursing home to see my husband
Contributed by Rob Willis on Sep 13, 2005
When Jesus comes back, He will have a name that only He knows (Rev. 19:12). This is reveals to us that all there is to know about Jesus has not been revealed. The more we get to know Him, the more we realize there is more to get to know. This title - an unknown title - reveals His lack of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 22, 2004
REMEMBERING MY PURPOSE
The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and costly tombs ever built, but there is something fascinating about its beginnings.
In 1629, when the favorite wife of Indian ruler Shah Jahan died, he ordered that a magnificent tomb be built as a memorial to her. The shah
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 3, 2002
NO PLACE FOR PAIN
In his sermon on dealing with trials, Nashville pastor Byron Yawn points out: "For most, especially American Christians, even the remotest suggestion that there could be value in our suffering is viewed as uncaring and insensitive. We have been conditioned by our culture to
Contributed by Dana Chau on Mar 22, 2002
The student of a great philosopher entered the house of ill-repute. The teacher came to the door and asked him to come out. The student refused because he was ashamed. The teacher replied, "There is no shame in leaving the house of ill-repute, but there is great shame in staying."