"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."
"Powerful prayer is not so much learning how to get what we want from God; it is learning from God how to want what we
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 25, 2009
SLEEPING THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR EXECUTION
In 1555, Nicholas Ridley was burned at the stake because of his witness for Christ. On the night before Ridley’s execution, his brother offered to remain with him in the prison chamber to be of assistance and comfort. Nicholas declined the offer and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 10, 2009
KINGDOM IN MY HEART
Alistair MacLean quotes a story from Tauler, the German mystic:
One day Tauler met a beggar. "God give you a good day, my friend." he said. The beggar answered, "I thank God I never had a bad one."
Then Tauler said, "God give you a happy life, my friend." "I thank
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,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
Forgetfulness: a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their
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
Contributed by James Wilson on Mar 2, 2001
For thirteen extraordinary days in October of 1962, the world stood on the brink of an unthinkable catastrophe. Across the globe, people anxiously awaited the outcome of a harrowing political, diplomatic and military confrontation that threatened to end in an apocalyptic nuclear exchange between
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
From the book: Stories for the Heart (p. 246, Catherine Marshall)
There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between
Contributed by Donn Heinrich on Feb 11, 2002
W. Graham Scroggie once said, "Pray when you feel like it, pray when you don’t feel like it,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 24, 2002
I sat down and looked through some magazines this past week. I discovered that if I want to feel right, I need to get a NordicTrack. I don’t have a NordicTrack, just a membership down at the gym, so I suddenly realized that I didn’t feel as healthy as I thought I did.
I then read that if I
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,
‘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 Jeff Simms on Jul 22, 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 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
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 Timothy Smith on Aug 2, 2004
Rick Warren says, "Worry is the warning light that God is really not first in my life at this particular moment." Because worry says that God is not big enough to handle my troubles. Jesus says in Mt. 6:33: "Set your heart first on God’s kingdom and His goodness.." And He
Psychologist teach us that there are two mental laws that contribute heavily to our mental state of being. In other words, whether we’re happy or sad.
1: The Law of Concentration.
2: The Law of Substitution.
The Law of Concentration states that whatever we dwell upon grows in our
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 16, 2004
A HEART FOCUSED ON GOD
One writer (Warren Wiersbe) wrote a book called Victorious Christian about a woman named Fanny Crosby. Crosby was the author of over 8000 songs including several that we sang today. In fact she wrote so many that she had to write under pseudonymns just so she could get