Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 28, 2012
A TRUE CHURCH FAMILY
Fred Sigle, preaching minister at Garfield Christian Church in Indianapolis tells about Mark Knutson. On August 28, 1993, he was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. When diagnosed, he was already in the late stages and was only given a short time to
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jun 2, 2014
While many people hunger for family closeness, we often miss the opportunities that stand immediately before us.
Tammy Harris of Roanoke, Virginia, began searching for her biological mother when she turned 21. A year of searching proved fruitless. Tammy did not realize, however, that her
Contributed by Greg Cooper on Jul 15, 2002
Minister, Funny: THE CHAIN LETTER
The chairman of the Church Board received the following chain letter in the mail:
"This chain letter is meant to bring you happiness. Unlike other chain letters, it does not cost money.
"Sit down and make a list of five other churches that are tired of their
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 10, 2006
Only 1 out of 3 church leaders models Christian discipleship to their church family. (Foster Letter
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 9, 2006
The Dallas Morning News reports that the average church family gives only 2.5% of their income. (Foster letter
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2006
Researchers report only 10% of children in churched families get involved in discussions about Christian faith. (Foster
Contributed by Tim Hohm on Oct 17, 2003
According to the experts, over a million more Americans slipped into
poverty last year. The numbers nationwide grew from 11.7% to 12.3%.
These figures represent real human beings. All of us need to be extra
Contributed by Larry Wilson on Jul 30, 2010
THE MEASURE OF GOD'S WORD
The Word of God is the measure of our lives. Imagine different teams of men building a house with everyone measuring by their foot, not tape measure. The carpentry, flooring, coverings, windows and doors would be a mess. It simply would not come together. That's why we
Contributed by Charles Salmon on Sep 12, 2006
ILUS.: At one point in my early ministry, I was in the hospital emergency room with a Church family when a young man was brought in after a train wreck. His family refused to allow transfusions because or religious belief. He died while a court order was being pursued.
Our staff recently started a new ministry to our church family by offering "gluten-free" bread for the Lord's Supper. It has been very successful and our staff has received a lot of affirmation because of this ministry. However, we didn't start off very well.......thanks to the Senior Pastor!
Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 8, 2001
Back in 1989 the missionary: Gene Dulin wrote:
A Romanian Christian told me of a communist government restriction on baptisms. One restraint was that proselytizing - baptizing someone from a non-church family - was forbidden.
Another law required that the names of all who were to be baptized
Contributed by Don Hawks on Jul 31, 2002
In the news last week was the story of the rescue of the 9 miners from the PA coal mine. A large part of their survival was their encouragement of one another. One of the miners said, “We decided we were all going to live together or die together.”
Your words of encourgament are like the leaven
Beulah Church in Lawrence County, Illinois, was a country Church I served for over four years beginning in 1980. Beulah has never had a financial crisis one reason being the fact that nearly all the Church family tithe. Another reason is that they are missionary minded people. They support I
I remember a Youth Minister saying years ago "My problem is not motivating people; My problem is people DE-motivating me!" From years in ministry I have learned the hard way that People will disappoint you. People will oppose you. People will see themselves in competition with you. Sometimes in
Contributed by Dana Chau on Jul 1, 2003
Sometime ago Time Magazine ran an article that reported on the benefits of religion and the church, and some of the observations included:
1. Heart-surgery patients who draw comfort from their religious faith have a significantly higher survival rate than those who do not.
2. The blood pressure
Contributed by Herman Abrahams on Oct 10, 2004
Just a couple weeks ago, a sweet lady in our church family stood before the congregation to share her story. She had been raised in a sound Christian home and had received proper instruction as well as all the comforts a modest home could provide. Although she acknowledged that she was loved by her
THEY WON’T LET ME IN, EITHER!
Years ago in the Deep South, a Baptist church was struggling over whether or not to allow a black gentleman to join their church. He had been their janitor for years and decided he wanted to be part of the church family. A special vote of the congregation was
Contributed by Bradley Kellum on Sep 2, 2009
WORRIED ABOUT EPAPHRODITUS
I remember a few years ago when we commissioned the team from our church to travel to Lousiana to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And I remember getting word that one of our members had cut herself badly on the leg. And I remember the concern I felt and
Contributed by Jorge Acevedo on Feb 23, 2010
GIFTEDNESS: THE TOILET STORY
Recently I had a toilet leak, so I ventured to fix it. I had never removed a toilet from the floor or seen what lies underneath that beast. But my friend Sheila (who owns a plumbing business) gave me some tips and direction, and I reluctantly went at it. I was also
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
It makes me think of a young couple who had life going along just like they’d Dreamed. They were happily married with 2 good jobs and 2 healthy little children. Then --- unexpectedly of course --- they had a major Pit Stop. The mom had a serious car wreck. She ended up with a severely broken leg