As Dwight Edwards writes, Paul's "chains were not clamped on by an oppressive Roman government, but by the hand of a loving, faithful Father Who was working it all to Paul's ultimate good and His glory. And so Paul was able to avoid bitterness toward the Roman authorities, for he did
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 15, 2020
My wife makes an amazing pot roast dinner. She takes raw meat, along with raw sliced white and sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and onions and throws them into the slow cooker. Six or seven hours later the aroma fills the house, and the first taste is a delight. It is always to my
When this coronavirus Is over and life returns to normal, may we never, ever take for granted again.....
* A handshake or a kind word from a stranger
* A hug from a friend
* Worshipping with other believers in a crowded church service
* A boring night at home
* Full shelves at the grocery
I read a story about a shipwreck.
When the sole survivor reached a small, uninhabited island, he prayed for God to rescue him, but help didn't come. Eventually he built a hut out of driftwood for protection from the elements. One day he returned from scavenging for food and found his hut in
I do not know if Louis Braille was a believer, but his life is an example of a sovereign God causing all things to work together for good - In the French Academy of Science there is a rather plain, old shoemaker's awl on display. The story behind the awl is quite extraordinary. To look at it,
Many times we really don’t know what we should specifically pray for. We are not omniscient. We don’t know everything, nor can we see into the future. So we don’t know whether the things we’re asking for will turn out good or bad for us.
An old story illustrates: A Chinese gentleman lived on the
1. We suffer because we live in a fallen world (Romans 8:26-30).
2. We suffer because we have an enemy who stalks us (I Peter 5:8-9).
3. We suffer because of our own wrong decisions (Psalm 51).
4. We may suffer because of God’s
Contributed by Charlie Roberts on May 12, 2019
Not because me, but because of You!
Illus. From Guideposts, “Miracles of Healing”
There was a woman and her son Mark that went shopping in a large department store one day. On their way down to the main floor her son hopped on the escalator. She then followed. Suddenly her son Mark screamed like
Contributed by Tony Abram on Mar 28, 2019
20 Beautiful One-liners you can use.
1. Give God what's right - not what's left.
2. Man's way leads to a hopeless end - God's way leads to an endless hope.
3. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
4. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
5. Are you
THE MIRACLE WHEN THE EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS WERE BEHEADED
The month of February marks the one year anniversary of the 21 Coptic Christians who were martyred on a beach in Libya in North Africa, by Islamic State terrorists. Bishop Demetrios, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 25, 2014
My pet finch Coffee runs into a serious problem once in a while. Her claws grow so long she loses the ability to control them. They get stuck in the nest and she can’t get them out. Once we found her nearly dead, hanging for hours upside down with one claw ensnared in her wicker home. Carol rescued
Contributed by Trae Durden on Nov 11, 2014
“To delay or fail to make decisions may be more sinful than to make wrong decisions out of faith
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 7, 2013
IS THERE HOPE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF EVANGELICALS?
Russell Moore recounts a conversation with the evangelical theologian Carl Henry. As Moore and some of his friends were lamenting the miserable shape of the church, they asked Dr. Henry if he saw any hope in the coming generation of
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Nov 13, 2012
PRAYER AND THE MOTORCYCLE
There was a woman at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter.
She returned to her car to find that she had locked the keys inside the car
Contributed by David Tack on Oct 26, 2012
JESUS IS UNCHANGING
"But nothing about our Lord Jesus Christ has changed down to this very hour. His love has not changed. It hasn’t cooled off, and it needs no increase because He has already loved us with infinite love and there is no way that infinitude can be increased."
Ref: Tozer, A.W.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 5, 2012
A WOMAN, HER ATTACKER, AND THE BIBLE
Earlier this year, a North Carolina woman read the Bible to her attacker for an hour and a half after he slashed her throat before the man apologized and left.
Lindsay Wood, 32, of Shelby, N.C., had just arrived home from Bible study on Wednesday. Wood asked
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 27, 2012
NOTHING BUT SLAG
I read a story told by Russell Conwell about a young man who lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania years ago. It just so happened that he inherited an iron furnace after his grandfather and father had passed away. He was a young man who had inherited a passel of wealth and as many have
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 11, 2012
GOD IS FOR US
Keith Hartsell of Wheaton, Illinois, was driving around with a friend of his in California, when he noticed that his friend's cell phone was locked with an unusual password -- pro nobis. Keith asked him what pro nobis meant and why he chose that for a password. Keith's friend told
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 7, 2012
BILLY GRAHAM'S ARENA DREAMS
Billy Graham, in his book "Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well" (pp. 2-3, Thomas Nelson) writes:
I have remained a baseball fan, not necessarily of one team over another but of the game itself--the teamwork, the strategy, and the challenge of defeating
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 28, 2011
GOD REDEEMS A CHILD'S DEATH
These are bad things God allows in order to reveal Himself and accomplish some larger good that supersedes or overcomes the bad.
Imagine the following scenario: Three little boys walk into a large electrical compound in Okinawa when the workmen momentarily walks to