Contributed by James Snyder on Mar 20, 2021
Dr. James L. Snyder
I am a student of smileology and have been just about all my life. If you can't smile at something, it's not worth thinking about.
Of course, certain things in life are serious, but not that many. Too many people take everything seriously and ruin their life. These are
Contributed by Tim Smith on Aug 13, 2017
Lucinda Norman writes of her experience Christmas shopping at the mall. People had been pushing, elbowing and cutting in front of her all day. During a 10 minute extra 10% off special, one woman grabbed a lace table cloth from her hands, looked her in the eye and said, “Mine!” She yanked it back
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
I love the story about the Lutheran pastor who always started each service off with the phrase, "The Lord be with you." The people would then respond, "and also with you.”
However, one Sunday the sound system wasn’t working very well. The pastor stepped up to the pulpit and said, "There’s
QUOTATIONS ON TRUTH
Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself (Augustine).
Genuine spiritual knowledge lies not in wonderful and mysterious thoughts but in actual spiritual experience through union of the believer's life with truth. When a truth is unfolded by God it
Contributed by Sermon Central 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 Sermon Central on Nov 30, 2009
Jonathan Edwards on Freedom of the Will
“If any think it is a more perfect definition of the Will to say that it is that by which the soul either chooses or refuses, I am content with it; though I think it enough to say, it is that by which the soul chooses: for in every act of will whatsoever,
"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 Brian Harvison on Apr 5, 2008
We often lose our joy
Well I brought some joy with me this morning
Joy detergent, Almond Joy, Joystick
What happens when you run out of Joy?
You have an empty bottle, all you have left is Almond, and you video game doesn’t work.
Life just isn’t as good when you run out of joy
Maybe you are
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
Forgetfulness: a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their
Contributed by Sermon Central 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 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
‘Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, humbly implore his protection and favor…” (1st
Contributed by Dana Chau on Dec 23, 2002
God promised peace to those whom His favor rests. Let me close with the words from a hymn that Annie Johnson Flint wrote: "What God Hath Promised"
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Contributed by Brian Mavis on Jun 21, 2001
~ Astronaut: "Nearer My God, To Thee"
~ Baker: "I Need Thee Every Hour"
~ Barber: "A Parting Hymn We Sing"
~ Baseball Batter: "Seek Thee First"
~ Builder: "How Firm A Foundation" and "The Church’s One Foundation"
~ Canoeist: "Flow, River, Flow"
~ Carpenter: "The Nail
Contributed by John Roy on Jan 29, 2001
Too often our gratitude is dependent upon the circumstances of life. A beautiful hymn was written by Martin Rinkart during the thirty-year war to help us look beyond our circumstances and see the hand of God. Rinkart was a pastor in Saxony, Germany as the turbulent years of the war dragged on. For
IT DEPENDS WHOSE HANDS IT’S IN
A basketball in my hands is worth about $19
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is
worth about $33 million
It depends whose hands it’s in
A baseball in my hands is worth about $6
A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Jan 7, 2001
The story is told of a little boy sitting on his front steps with his face cradled in his hands, looking so forlorn. His dad came home just then & asked him what was wrong. The little boy looked up & said, "Well,