Many of you may have experienced this but I have from my two nephews and my time in youth ministry that there are times when you are having the worst days and then a child will run up to you and give you a hug or say I love you and everything goes away. Why, why is it that a hug can help erase the
Contributed by Dennis Fite on Nov 27, 2014
I once heard Dr. Robert Jeffress express his advice to those not ’feeling’ thankful.
"I have found that it is a lot easier to act yourself into a feeling than it is to feel yourself into an action."
From his wise statement I have surmised that the very act of giving thanks or expressing
Contributed by Lee Strawhun on Sep 17, 2014
It was 1985 when Tim Cole was picked out of a lineup for a rape he never committed but would be convicted of and sentenced to serve 25 years. He was near the Texas Tech campus when the rape occurred and as a result was sent to prison because the victim picked the wrong man and the courts sentenced
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2012
WHEN PRAYER ISN’T ALL YOU NEED
Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat, 1987, Word Books Publisher, p. 63.
In my late twenties, a bunch of my friends and I decided to sail around the world. I have to admit, though, at the time I was a bit worried. I hadn’t even sailed before. I was uneasy and anxious. So I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 28, 2012
"GOD, YOU'RE IN MY WAY."
A California pastor, Kyle Idleman, talks about his last move in his book, Not a Fan. In that move, he saved the heaviest piece of furniture for last -- the desk from his office. And as he was pushing and pulling the desk with all his might, his four-year-old son came
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Feb 23, 2012
FOR BLESSINGS ALREADY RECEIVED
"Returning thanks for blessings already received increases our faith and enables us to approach God with new boldness and new assurance. Doubtless the reason so many have so little faith when they pray is because they take so little time to meditate upon and thank
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2011
FACE YOUR FEARS, DON'T RUN FROM THEM
A few years ago, a canoeing friend of mine and I went to a talk one evening at the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Center. I could hardly wait to hear the couple that was to speak. It was Verlen and Valerie Kruger. They had recently completed a 21,000
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 20, 2011
VANCE HAVNER ON WORRY
Vance Havner: Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere!
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2011
FALLING AFTER DARK
There is a story told about a construction worker. This construction worker was employed on a high-rise building project, which required him and others to work after dark. He was busy on the edge of one of the walls which was many stories high, when he suddenly lost his
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 13, 2010
HANGING ONTO THE "BOMB"
For four hours he held the cylinder, waiting for rescue or an immediate death. After digging up what appeared to be an unexploded WWI bomb, David Page held on to it, afraid that letting go would detonate the device.
While holding the bomb, the terrified 40-year-old
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 13, 2010
GOD WORKS IN TRANQUILITY
Fuss and feverishness, anxiety, intensity, intolerance, instability, pessimism and wobble, and every kind of hurry and worry--these, even on the highest levels, are signs of the self-made and self-acting soul; the spiritual parvenu. The saints are never like that. They
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 21, 2010
"I SIMPLY CAME TO GIVE..."
In the middle of President Lincoln’s Presidency, an elderly lady made an appointment to see him. As she entered his office, he inquired, "How can I be of service to you, Madam?"
The lady answered, "Mr. President, I know you are a very busy man, and I have not come
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 26, 2009
Dale Carnegie’s Solution to Worry--Prayer
We can forget about what tomorrow brings - we can quit worrying - because if we love Almighty God and have faith in Him, everything will work out for our good! Down through the centuries, many who have tried Him have found that to be true!
"An untapped aspect of powerful prayer is not so much learning how to get what I want from God; it is rather learning from God how to want what I get."
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 26, 2007
Years ago, there was a great preacher in our brotherhood named Owen Crouch. He was a man who had been highly regarded, but he now was retired on limited income. So he was delighted when some businessmen approached him who said wanted him to be part of their company. Because of his sterling
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Dec 20, 2004
One day 2 men were talking as they saw a woman walking down the road. One of the men said, “That’s Mrs. Jones. She always has something good to say about everyone.” The other man decided to test her, so when she got close he hollered, “Mrs. Jones, what do you think about the devil?” She thought
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 10, 2004
According to the Bureau of Standards in Washington, a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet is composed of less that one glass of water. That amount of water is divided into about 60 billion tiny droplets. Yet when those minute particles settle over a city or the countryside,
Contributed by Mary Lewis on Jun 11, 2004
Alexander M. Sanders, Jr., is the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. When his daughter Zoe graduated from the Univ. of South Carolina in 1992, he told this story that happened what she was just three years old.
Sanders came home from work one day to find his home – and especially
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 24, 2003
There’s a story about a child psychologist who wanted to observe how different children respond to negative circumstances.
They got a room and filled it with horse manure. Putting the pessimistic child in there, they observed how he responded.
Predictably, he whined and cried, and despaired
Contributed by Bobby Mcdaniel on Sep 21, 2003
Alan Redpath once formed a "mutual encouragement" fellowship at a time of stress in one of his pastorates. The members subscribed to a simple formula applied before speaking of any person or subject that was perhaps controversial.
· T - Is it true?
· H - Is it helpful?
· I - Is it