Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 26, 2011
THE EXAMPLE OF BETHANY HAMILTON
That word for "commit" is actually a banking term. It means to deposit something for safekeeping. Well, that's what we're to do with our lives when we go through times of suffering. Deposit your life in God's bank (so to speak) for safe-keeping. Trust Him to
Contributed by John Knight on May 2, 2002
Pastor Doug Forsberg, an associate at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene recently spoke of an experience he had while pastoring a small church in Florida. It involved a member of his church, an older gentleman by the name of Benny. Now Benny was about ninety-nine to one hundred years old and he
Contributed by Bret Toman on Jul 22, 2009
Little Bethany was as cute as a bug's ear. The only child and the only grandchild, she was the center of attention. Discipline was not the strong suit of these new parents. They would feed her in the middle of the night, even though she was old enough to sleep through the night, because they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
In his book The Renew Mind (Bethany House, 1981), Larry Christiansen tells a story that is a perfect illustration for our sermon text for today. I’d like for you to imagine that you live in a run down apartment. As I describe this, I actually picture in my mind my apartment in St. Paul I shared
LOOKING THROUGH CLEAN WINDOWS
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
'That laundry is not very clean', she said. 'She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs
Contributed by Lynn Floyd on Mar 3, 2002
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has a scene that illustrates what is probably the attitude of many Americans who pray.. Old Aunt Bethany "prays," but in reality, she is reciting the pledge of
* SOUL SURFER: FULFILL GOD'S DESTINY
Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith in Jesus
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jul 7, 2010
The same church members who yell like Comanche Indians at the ball game on Saturday sit like wooden Indians in church on Sunday.
Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries, published by
Contributed by David Parks on Aug 15, 2002
An older minister recently told me he spent the first fifteen years of his ministry answering the question “Did God create the heavens and the earth?” only to realize the people were really asking, “Why did God create me?”
Fenton, G. 1999. Your ministry’s next chapter. The pastor’s
Contributed by Clark Tanner on Oct 8, 2010
Jesus’ love is not a pampering love; it is a perfecting love. It is not a love motivated by man’s will, but by the Father’s plan.
Why did Jesus delay going to Bethany? Why does He ever seem to delay in answering any prayer? Why does He seem to delay His coming on the clouds of
Contributed by Chuck Gohn on Jun 10, 2011
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
"Walking on Water" Sermonspice video about Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), also quote from Pastor TL Lewis Bethel Baptist Missionary Church, Pratt City Alabama who quoted the following after his church was destroyed from Tornado:
"I can't tell you that I don't hurt over
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 18, 2005
A LOOK AT THE PARADE
The parade route begins near the twin towns of Bethpage and Bethany, less than two miles from Jerusalem and winds into the Holy City. The Grand Marshal is an unlikely hero – a rustic from a blue-collar town up north, the son of a woodworker. In keeping with his “common man”
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
A Catholic sister, Sister Chris Schenk, was shocked when she took theology classes several years ago (1994) that taught Mary Magdalene, “a woman who had been one of Jesus’ most courageous apostles had been turned into a prostitute.” Then Schenk learned there were efforts to restore the reputation
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 22, 2003
The triumphal entry has about it an aura of ambivalence, and as I read all the accounts together, what stands out to me now is the slapstick nature of the affair. I imagine a Roman officer galloping up to check on the disturbance. He has attended processions in Rome, where they do it right. The
Contributed by Don Hawks on Dec 2, 2003
WHAT GOD CAN DO WITH YOUR LIFE
In the recent movie, "About Schmidt" 66-year-old Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has retired from his job as an insurance actuary. He is miserable, and after his wife (June Squibb) suddenly dies, he is also lost. He travels the country in his RV hoping to stop his
Contributed by Dean Morgan on Feb 18, 2005
Twas The Night Before Jesus Came
Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Contributed by Pat Cook on Jul 22, 2005
In the summer after my 1st year of Bible college, I hung around a lot with 2 girls. One of them I knew from Bethany, Christina, and the other was her cousin Jody. They worked for a lady who lived a few minutes away from me, so we hung out a lot that summer.
Jody’s dad had been a game warden,
GEORGE MUELLER’S ORPHANAGE
Things looked bleak for the children in George Mueller’s orphanage at Ashley Downs in England. It was time for breakfast and there was no food. A small girl whose father was a close friend of Mueller was visiting in the home. Mueller took her hand and said, "Come and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 29, 2002
In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. According to Leon Jaroff in Time, the satellite’s primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and beam data to earth about Jupiter’s magnetic field, radiation belts, and atmosphere.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 5, 2009
1950’s Game, "Going To Jerusalem," Misrepresented the Christian Life
Mark 8:33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter – same word. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (NIV)
Peter’s attitude was not