Contributed by Jim Butcher on Oct 16, 2018
I am really struck by the lyrics of Lauren Daigle’s recent song “Rescue.” The singer is speaking from God’s perspective and says:
“I hear the whisper underneath your breath
I hear you whisper, you have nothing left
I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
Contributed by Jim Butcher on Oct 16, 2018
C.S. Lewis died in 1963, but a comment in one of his writings speaks directly to the current opioid crisis. Lewis wrote:
“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its
Contributed by Matthew Redder on Sep 21, 2018
The story of Augustine's conversion is an inspiring and amazing one. In my opinion it is a miraculous account of God grabbing the attention of Augustine and speaking directly into his heart through the power of a perfectly timed scripture.
This could be a great illustration about the power of
Contributed by Daniel King on Jul 25, 2018
Main Idea: When Jesus died on the cross, He took the punishment we deserve.
Key Verses: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through
Pelagius. He was a British Monk who lived in the 4th century. He taught that Adam was created good and everything God creates is good. He went on to say that all human beings could be sinless, an never do an evil action if they chose. Nothing that some men have lived without sin. Adam’s sin,
Contributed by Keith Foskey on Apr 16, 2014
Paul Washer is a powerful preacher and evangelist. He once had a seminary student send him a message. He was afraid that he was too bad to enter the ministry. He sent him a message that simply said, "I think I am too wicked to be in the ministry." And Paul Washer wrote him back and said, "You are
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 26, 2010
Missionary Explains Gospel to a Devoted Hindu
Faith in Jesus is the means to appropriate God’s justification. Since Jesus Christ has finished the salvation of humanity, man’s response is to rely on that finished work. Reliance on Jesus for salvation is putting our total trust in Him.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 20, 2009
Grace Never Loses Its Value
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.”
He proceeded to crumple the
Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Sep 2, 2009
Theologian Louis Berkhof wrote, "Justification is a judicial act of God, in which He declares on the basis of righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ that all claims of the law are satisfied
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 27, 2009
HE DIED FOR ME
During the U.S. Civil War, conscription was not absolute. The drafted man could always hire a substitute if he could afford it. Starting in 1862, the U.S. government allowed this escape from military service on the theory that, so long as each name drawn from the wheel produced a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2009
"CHURCHED" VS. "UNCHURCHED" DOESN’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY
New Ellison research on U.S. adult attendance at worship services found the traditional definitions of "churched" (attend services monthly or more often) — and "un-churched" (do not typically attend frequently enough to be considered
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2008
99% IS NOT ENOUGH
Back in the 90’s a California research firm considered the advertising slogan for a popular soap that was 99.4% pure. And they asked themselves the question: “What if everything in the world operated at 99% efficiency?” They discovered:
- drinking water would be unsafe one
Contributed by Robbie Parsons on Oct 3, 2006
I was at a local amusement park with my 3 year old daughter recently. She begged me to win her a Spongebob Squarepants toy at one of the side games where you knock over bottles with bean bags. Being a sucker for my little girl, I plunked down my money for three beanbags. I threw the first
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 22, 2004
Many people in our culture today don’t know what the cross means, or what Christians believe about it. A study was conducted about five years ago of people in Australia, Germany, India, Japan, England and the U.S. to find how much they recognized certain symbols. Ninety-two percent could identify
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 28, 2004
THE REAL DEAL?
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young accountant who was fresh out of school, "What starting salary were you thinking about?" The Accountant said, "In the neighborhood of 100,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."
Contributed by Richard Wilson on Nov 26, 2001
HOW RIGHTEOUS ARE YOU?
Some folks think they are good really good people. Let’s suppose that a person on sins 3 times a day. A sin in the morning, a sin during the day and a sin at night. Sounds like a pretty good person! Let’s think for a moment. If that person is saved at 10 years old