To Mama and Jesus,
You and He,
You gave me life and He extended it.
You saved me from the cold and He from sin.
You taught me hope and He defended it.
From you I once was born . . . from Him again.
You let me skip in fields that He had made.
He bid me bless the loaves you baked for me.
ANDREW MURRAY: "God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life that
Contributed by Robert Joseph on Jun 1, 2013
THE "GROUP-THINK" IMPULSE
Stand up for the truth. Romans 12:2 says, "...Do not be conformed to this world..." [NKJV]
People today show a stong tendency to adjust their opinions to match those of the group. This goes a long way towards explaining why only a fraction of the educated
Contributed by John Sattler on Feb 18, 2013
SINS ARE HABITS
I’m reading a book right now called "The Power of Habit" (http://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/) about how so much of our daily life is lived by habit. We have to. Our brain needs habits in order for us to be able to function. Just about everything we do is habitual.
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Jan 23, 2013
CIRRHOSIS OF THE GIVER
The disease cirrhosis of the giver was discovered in A.D. 34 by the husband-wife team of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1–11). It is an acute condition that renders the patient’s hands immobile when he is called on to move them in the direction of his wallet or her purse,
Contributed by Hal Seed on Nov 9, 2012
KAMAU: A MISSIONARY TO KENYA
I have a friend named Francis Kamau. Francis felt led to plant a church in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. Francis decided to plant his church in a part of the city packed with bars and brothels.
I preached for Francis a few years ago. And as we were leaving his
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 13, 2012
HOW TO EAT A CESSNA AIRPLANE
Michel Lotito was an extraordinary man. This elegant Frenchman had a love for food and a fondness for eating unusual objects like bicycles, shopping carts and televisions. His odd appetite earned him the nickname Monsieur Mangetout (Mr Eat Everything).
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 17, 2012
A SALESMAN MEETS THE INVENTOR
In 1969, in a science lab in New Jersey, Canadian physicist Willard Boyle and his colleagues invented the concept of an electronic eye. Using their knowledge of mathematics and the behavior of light, they provided the science behind digital cameras known as a
Contributed by Tim White on Mar 22, 2012
THE WORLD'S ACCENT
When I was a boy, my Arkansas cousins moved to California for two years. When they moved back, they talked funny. Just living in California for two years influenced how they said "You guys" and how often they said it. I prefer "Y'all" to "You guys" any day. My cousins promised
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 29, 2011
USING OUR ABILITY
S. D. Gordon said, "We have nothing to do with how much ability we’ve got, or how little, but with what we do with what we have. The man with great talent is apt to be puffed up, and the man with little (talent) to belittle the little. Poor fools! God gives it, much or little.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 16, 2011
AMERICANS: FLABBY FAITH
A dozen or so years ago, a Romanian pastor came to visit the church I belonged to. He had gotten to know my pastor, John Vawter, who had been involved in a Bible-smuggling ministry when the Iron Curtain was still up. John asked him what he thought of our country, and of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011
J. C. RYLE ON ZEAL
Recently I found a book by Bishop J.C. Ryle, the first bishop of Liverpool, England on the subject of zeal. He wrote:
"Zeal is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His glory in the world in every possible way. A zealous man is preeminently a man
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 7, 2011
WHEN DO WE WORSHIP
Author Douglas J. Moo: "Worship is not merely, or even mainly, what we do on Sunday morning. Worship is a 24/7 matter. We worship God when we give ourselves to him in service. We worship God when we show love to others, when we do our jobs faithfully and with integrity, when
Contributed by Ty Tamasaka on Jul 26, 2011
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU
The other week, Laura and I were watching the Animal Planet. On the show we were watching was a dog that was rescued from a neglectful family. The poor animal had a big chain collar embedded into its neck. It had been a long time since the large animal had
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 16, 2011
LONELINESS AND BELONGING
Chip Ingram notes: "In his landmark book Bowling Alone, Robert Putman makes the case that loneliness is America’s new epidemic. People are searching for a place to belong. In the 1970s, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to leave a job that paid well and go off into the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 14, 2011
BILL HYBELS: WHY PEOPLE ARE LONELY
Why do we have a sense of loneliness today? Bill Hybels explains it this way:
"It is a "me-first” mind-set. This mind-set says indulge yourself, fulfill your desires, satiate your appetites, pursue pleasure, take off all restraints. As much as we might want
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 21, 2011
KEEPING THE LAST NOTE
When little Elena was diagnosed with the rare and terminal form of pediatric brain cancer in 2006, her parents were told she had just 135 days to live. The distraught couple vowed to make each moment special for Elena and her sister Gracie, then four.
"We wanted to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2011
GEORGE BARNA ON LEADERSHIP
"Leadership is the ability to put the plans into practice, and to accomplish the specified objectives through the skilful management of people, time, and tangible resources. A good leader is one who is able to motivate people; one who is capable of making good
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 21, 2011
The colonel who served as inspector general in a particular base paid close attention to how personnel wore their uniforms. On one occasion he spotted a junior airman with a violation. "Airman," he bellowed, "what do you do when a shirt pocket is unbuttoned?"
The startled airman replied, "Button
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 30, 2010
COOKIE INGREDIENTS AND KIDS
One time a preacher had a minute with the children before the sermon. He called them up front and he spoke about the ingredients required to make up a church, using a chocolate chip cookie as an example. He explained to the children that, as with a cookie requiring