Contributed by James Snyder on May 30, 2020
Dr. James L. Snyder
I must admit that I do gravel a lot in thinking about my thoughts. It has been a habit of mine down through the years. Thinking is what really makes life worth living, or so I believe.
My father had a saying whenever he saw me staring off into the distance, “A penny for your
We all want our lives to matter, and we believe they only matter if they are noticed by someone. I wonder if this desire for a witness isn't what fuels a lot of blogs, Facebook, and especially Twitter. We want someone, anyone, to take notice … to care about us … to watch us and by their
In his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eugene Peterson recounts the story of the fourth century church father Gregory of Nyssa whose brother Basil had arranged for him to be made bishop of Cappadocia.
"Gregory objected," Peterson writes.
"He didn't want to be stuck
Robert J. Morgan in PREACHER’S SOURCEBOOK OF CREATIVE SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS tells of the story…
Seems there was an enemy that had a beautiful princess trapped in his palace tower. The strong, handsome knight loved his princess so much and he wanted to do a surprise attack and free his princess
Contributed by Davon Huss on Feb 26, 2013
WHERE GOD IS
A man offered a little boy, who was returning from a Bible class, a dollar if he would show him where God is. The little boy responded, "Mister,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 1, 2012
THE WONDER OF THE HUMAN HEART
Consider the power of your heart. It averages beating about eighty times a minute and the average cardiac output is about six liters of blood every minute. The next time you are in Walmart, go to the aisle where all the two liter drinks are and consider that every
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 22, 2012
NEW MOMS: AN AMAZING DESIGN FEATURE
After a woman gives birth, when she is holding her baby, her core body temperature will raise by as much as 2 degrees in order to help keep the baby warm. Research has shown that even tiny premature babies can be kept warm with skin to skin contact with their
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 23, 2011
GOD KNOWS WHERE WE ARE
Ken Gaub wrote about an experience he had back in the 1990s:
"Do you believe that God not only loves you, but knows where you are and what you’re doing every minute of the day? I certainly do after an amazing experience I had several years ago.
"At the time I was
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 16, 2011
PRAYER AND PRESIDENT LINCOLN
A clergyman from New York, during a call on President Lincoln at the White House, said: "I have not come to ask any favors of you, Mr. President; I have only come to say that the loyal people of the North are sustaining you and will continue to do so. We are giving
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 4, 2009
CREATED BY GOD
A little girl was visiting over at grandpa's house. She crawls up into his lap and says "Grandpa, did God make you?"
He says "Oh, yes, my dear, God created me a long time ago."
She says "Did God make me, too?"
He says "Oh, yes, my dear, God created you a little while
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 13, 2009
June 16, 2006--Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor, by Ted Harvey, assistant minority leader, Colorado House
She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence.
I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 13, 2009
MENTAL HEALTH RISK IN ABORTION
The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Britain, looking at several recent studies, have confirmed that having an abortion can lead to mental illness in women. Depression, regret, irreconcilable grief and mental anguish are
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
“I Know Your Face”
Quite recently a very dear friend suffered the heartbreaking miscarriage of a child. She was devastated by this loss of life and it got me thinking about my own miscarriage some 23 years ago of our first child and how distraught I was. My husband, Terry, and I were not
Contributed by David Parks on Sep 18, 2006
The Amazing Providence of God
In the late 1800’s a member of Britain’s Parliament went to Scotland to make a speech. He got off the train in Edinburgh, and then took a carriage south toward his destination. Unfortunately, the carriage became stuck in deep mud. A local farm boy came to the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 1, 2004
As hopeless as her situation must have seemed, she was persistent. The language of verse three (present tense verb) indicated that every day she begged him for help.
“The language leaves open the possibility of confrontation everywhere, not just in the court. She pleaded
Contributed by David Haun on Dec 21, 2003
My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me,
I may not choose the colors, He knows what they should be.
For He can view the pattern upon the upper side,
While I can see it only on this, the under side.
"Sometimes He weaveth sorrow, which seems strange to
I have a very good friend who recently shared with me that on one occasion she, out of sincere concern over sin and desire to be what God wanted her to be, she prayed, "God, show me the sin in my life. Show me what I really am."
She said that in a couple of weeks she began to pray, "Lord, I’ve
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Nov 10, 2002
John Donne was an English cleric and poet of exceeding intellect who lived his adult life in the early 1600’s. King James I appointed him the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. But in 1623 he became ill and felt he was dying of the plague, which was taking so many lives at that time. While
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Aug 28, 2001
Roger Simms, hitchhiking his way home, would never forget the date—May 7. His heavy suitcase made Roger tired. He was anxious to take off his army uniform once and for all. Flashing the hitchhiking sigh to the oncoming car, he lost hope when he saw it was a black,
Contributed by David Yarbrough on Apr 30, 2001
NEVER MIND, GOD
A man was putting a tin roof on his barn when all of a sudden he slipped and began to slide down the roof. He cried out to God to save him. No sooner had he got the words out of his mouth, a nail caught his pants and stopped him. When he stopped, he said, “Never mind, God. I