Contributed by Martin Kim on Oct 25, 2004
In a book called Living God’s Love, author Douglas Cooper says, “the average person is programmed from birth to love only conditionally. Consequently, we grow up feeling that we have to earn any love we get. Earn it by our good behavior, by agreeing to let
Contributed by Mark Hiehle on Feb 6, 2008
Before a clear clarion call from God is realized, the whisper of a dream or
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask; yet they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 24, 2001
A few years ago my mom began feeding the birds on a regular basis in our backyard. At first, some of the birds were greedy. They weren’t sure if there would be enough food to go around. The starlings were especially mean, which doesn’t surprise anyone familiar with birds. They would attack the
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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 Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2008
Eight in ten Americans have no doubt God exists. Prayer is an important part of their lives, and they believe "we will all be called before
Contributed by Tim Spear on Dec 4, 2012
Joseph reminds us that the call of God isn’t always easy or conventional, but it is always right – and God will give us the courage to follow if we’re willing to obey.
The Holy Father reminds us of the words of St. Cyril: we "call upon God in his mercy to send his Holy Spirit upon the offerings before us, to transform the bread into the body of Christ and the wine into the blood of
Contributed by James O. Davis on Nov 2, 2003
More than one hundred and thirty years ago, God called a man named John Williams to go to the South Pacific Island of Aramonda as a missionary. John Williams, and his friend Mr. Harris, set sail one day to take the Gospel message to a cannibalistic tribe that had never heard about Jesus Christ as
Contributed by Jason Patrick on Nov 24, 2001
One of England’s finest preachers was C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892). Frequently during his ministry he was plunged into severe depression, due in part to gout but also for other reasons. In a biography of the "prince of preachers", Arnold Dallimore wrote, "What he suffered in those times of darkness we
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Apr 13, 2004
I read the story of a Louisiana farmer who tied a mallard duck to a stake by a pond with tame ducks. But later on, when the mallard duck heard the call of the wild ducks flying over, he tore up the stake and flew off.
Many are like the tame ducks, there interest, their love is here below. But
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 2, 2008
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
As a bowler that carried a 200 average I understand what Paul was saying.
Many bowlers start throwing the ball for the pins, they will do very poorly. Some have learned to throw the ball to the arrows and
GEORGE SWEETING ON FOLLOWSHIP
George Sweeting notes, "The word 'follow' is a strenuous word. It is the same word used to describe Paul's fierce pursuit and persecution of the early Christians prior to his conversion. This same word is used by Paul when he speaks of pressing,
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on May 25, 2005
A custom of the natives in New Guinea is told. At certain times they have rituals, songs, and dances. They work themselves up into a frenzy and the ritual culminates in what are called “the murder songs,” in which they shout before God the names of the people they wish to kill. When the natives
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 17, 2009
PETER MARSHALL’S CALLING
In her book, A Man Called Peter, Catherine Marshall tells how her late preacher-husband felt a sense of destiny a sense of call in his life.
One dark night, Peter, then a young man, decided to take a shortcut across the Scottish moors. He knew there was a deep
Contributed by Dan Cormie on Oct 24, 2003
I worked in a hog-slaughtering factory for a year when I first came to plant this church. The boss’s adult son used to walk around wearing a white hat and barking orders at everyone but none of the workers respected him the way they did his dad. They knew he was just a pretender. If
Contributed by Ken Kersten on Jan 22, 2004
In his book, The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancy talks about Norm Evans, a former Miami Dolphin lineman who wrote a book called, “On God’s Squad.” He said of Jesus, “I guarantee you Christ would be the toughest guy who ever played the game…if he were alive today I would picture him as a six foot,
Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Nov 29, 2007
ii. Robert Barrantes is a pastor in San Jose, Costa Rica. When he first felt the call of God to plant a church he knew it would be a challenge. God called him to begin a church in one of the toughest parts of San Jose. He came up against severe opposition from the drug peddlers, pimps and bar
Contributed by Ray Mckendry on Feb 4, 2008
Are you part of “the called?”
Frances Ross, our neighbour, was home early on Wednesday afternoon and she called to me from her balcony to offer me some of her garden vegetables.
This gave me quite a start…
For an instant, since all I heard was my name in a female voice, I thought the feminists
Contributed by Don Jones on Feb 22, 2008
Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God. The deeper his apprehension of the majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his