Contributed by Tad Mills on Jan 26, 2004
A bar is the closest thing to a church the world has.
The TV Show “Cheers” was set in the friendliest bar you’ve ever seen.
Sam was like the pastor
The bartenders like were the deacons
Waitresses were like the greeters and ushers
It’s almost like a counterfeit church.
Contributed by Douglas Vincent on Jan 27, 2004
In an exhibit hall in Cannes Hundreds of Picasso’s paintings were in chronological display from what he had painted as an adolescent all the way up to his experiments as an 85 year old master. During the exhibit one lady approached Picasso and told him, “She did not understand, his beginning works
Contributed by Daniel Jeffers on Feb 4, 2004
The story is told of a beautiful dressed woman, her arm bared to the elbow, searching in the mud and slime of the gutter for something. A crowd gathered and then a policeman came.
“What’s the matter, lady? What are you hunting for?” the officer asked.
“I lost my ring,” answered the woman,
Contributed by Michael Thomas on Feb 10, 2004
Many here have heard of a man named Bobby Knight. He’s a famous college basketball coach. Bobby Knight is given to what commentaries on the Old Testament refer to as "ebullitions of wrath." Maybe you’ve seen some of Bobby’s ebullitions on display in television news clips: Coach Knight hurling a
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Feb 14, 2004
Until a few years ago, there were no laws about child safety seats and automobile restraint systems. Tragically, many young children were not safely belted in their seats, and they died in car accidents. Today, though, laws prohibit children from riding in a car without a child seat facing the
There’s a story about a young child who lay in hospital dying of cancer, withering away to
nothing. Her family was devastated. Friends came, from church, from work...and tried to offer
solace. They tried but could only come up with unhelpful little sayings that didn’t begin to touch
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 16, 2004
My first assignment 35 years ago was to an inner city parish in Wshington,D.C. Money was stolen from my room; the garage mechanic said my gas tank may have been sabotaged, destroying my engine; one weekend we had 34 windows broken in the school. When a new pastor was sent,the parish held a party
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Mar 28, 2004
One of my favorite comics is Peanuts. One winter evening Linus sticks his head out the door and calls to his sister Lucy, “Mom said to tell you it’s time to come in.” Standing next to her snowman Lucy says, “Rats.” As she turns to go in she says, “Goodnight friend, I’ll see you in the morning.”
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Mar 28, 2004
Your brain makes up only about 2% of your body weight, but it uses about 25% of the oxygen within your blood. Why does your brain require one fourth of your body’s need for oxygen? Because it is always active. In addition to controlling the function of your body, the brain cells and nerve fibers
Contributed by Stephen Ring on Apr 9, 2004
An Eight year old wrote about love and true love.
Love is when Daddy reads me a bedtime story.
True love is
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 22, 2004
My friend,who was living at the time in Israel had a white dove come to nest in the eves of his house which both he and his wife considered to be significent in that they thought it might be God’s seal of aproval on their new home.
After some little time my friend asked his wife if she had noticed
Contributed by Jon Daniels on May 23, 2004
Sitting at a railroad crossing, waiting for a freight train to pass through town, one can see lots of interesting graffiti. Some of it can be quite artistic. Some of it expresses anger or rage; some expresses a person’s love for another; some expresses gang affiliation. Some of it is lewd, while
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 17, 2004
1. Former President George H. W. Bush told mourners at Ronald Reagan’s funeral on Friday that the 40th U.S. president taught him kindness, courage and the power of humor during their years together at the White House. “As his vice president for eight years, I learned more from Ronald Reagan than
Contributed by Troy Borst on Aug 10, 2004
ILLUSTRATION... “How to Smell Like God” by Steven James. Cincinnati: Standard, 2002. Pgs 4-5.
In his book for teens, “How to smell like God,” Steven James says, “When I first met Tanya, I knew she was different. Part of it was the way she acted. The way she smiled. The way she looked at you.
“The early Latin writer, Tertullian of Carthage, declared that the one thing that converted him to Christianity was not the arguments they gave him, because he could find a counterpoint for every argument they would present. “But they demonstrated something I didn’t have. The thing that
Contributed by Mary Lewis on Aug 24, 2004
At my ordination service, my friend Pastor Don Bradley gave the ordination sermon. In it, he urged me to “Remember Dorothy.” It’s all right, I didn’t know what he was talking about either.
He told us a story about a woman who was in nursing school. One day the Prof. came in and said those 7 words
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 24, 2004
“A Sword and a Tear!” 2 Timothy 2: 22-26: Key verse(s): 24-25a “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of
Contributed by Davon Huss on Sep 21, 2004
C. A little girl, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, the preacher’s sermon this morning confused me.” The mother said, “Oh! Why is that?” The girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?” “Yes, that’s true,” the Mother replied.
Contributed by Tim Richards on Sep 23, 2004
When you think of kindness, chances are that one of the first names that comes to mind is Mister Rogers. A year or two before Fred Roger’s death someone in Philadelphia where he lived stole his car. The news media got ahold of the story and before long all the local TV stations were broadcasting
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jul 14, 2005
Two Ships in the Night! (07.18.05--Pride--Numbers 22:29)
There’s a time to be right and a time to be righteous. That’s what the old farmer told me as I hefted the last hay bale into the loft.
I had just had an encounter with a bully at school and I was feeling both peeked and embattled at