Contributed by Pat Herlitz on Jul 24, 2001
“Slowly, through all the universe the temple of God is being built. And whenever, in any place, a soul by freewilled obedience, catches the fire of God’s likeness, it is set
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 16, 2002
The Church Has Never Been On Fire Before
By Dan Adkins
One Night At Almost Midnight, We Heard Tile Sirens Roar
Everybody In The Neighborhood Was Looking Out Their Door
Then In Bathrobes And Curlers, They Gathered Round To See
The Church Was Going Up In Flames, It Burned ’Til Way Past
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on May 30, 2002
Imagine that we are putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle. In turn we each put pieces into place; slowly the beauty of the picture begins to take shape. As we continue putting the puzzle together we talk about what it would be like to be a part of the scene before us. As the final pieces are
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 26, 2002
The poet William Blake wrote a poem about Pentecost. Part of the poem says:
Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen.
Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named.
Unless the Heart catch fire, God will
Contributed by Jim Kane on Sep 3, 2002
I think that it safe to say that sometimes we have the same kind of feelings about the church like Goldilocks had about the bears’ home. On the one hand, we love the church and can’t live without her. On the other hand, we find sermons boring, the music either too old or too new, the people too
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 10, 2002
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"
L. Ron Hubbard quoted in Reader’s Digest
Contributed by Gary Bordelon on Sep 21, 2002
Lyle Schaller in speaking about the challenges of the church said - "The biggest challenge for the church at the opening of the twenty-first century is to develop a solution to the discontinuity and fragmentation
Randy Brantley, of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Evangelism Dept, said that a "code blue" needs to be issued for reaching today’s teenagers. Pointing out that "code blue is the hospital term for a life-or-death emergency, Brantley notes: "Suicide has increased 120 percent among kids ages 10
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Jan 28, 2003
· In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10. The satellite’s primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph it and its moons, and beam data it collected about this giant planet back to earth. Scientists regarded this as a bold plan, because up until then no satellites had
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Feb 13, 2003
[Koinonia—Part 2 (February 14), from Celebrate! Daily Devotions for the Spirit-Filled Life, Edited by Jack Hayford, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1992]
Besides a mutual sharing of resources implied in the word koinonia, there is also an implication of “public-ness.” If we are to walk in
Contributed by Jeff Hughes on Feb 17, 2003
His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire
four years of college. He is brilliant, kind of esoteric, and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college. Across the street from the
The chief executive of a large and successful chain of stores made a striking statement about the future of his company. He said that a hundred years from now it would be either greatly changed or nonexistent. The same can be said about any church. If a church fails to change with the times it will
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Jan 12, 2004
1. For 16 years, John Kovac was a “tenant of a tunnel.” John and a few others lived underground in an abandoned railroad tunnel in New York City. When Amtrak bought the tunnel and prepared to reopen it, John was forced to look for a place to live above ground.
According to The New York Times,
Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Jan 16, 2004
RON DUNN: The world does not fear the church, it barely tolerates it. It considers the church no longer a player in the world affairs and only an observer.
The church is a quaint old relic of the past that lends a certain charm to a
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jan 30, 2004
Jesus stressed the positive effect we can have on others when He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 RSV).
But if sin dims our testimony so that our “light” is no longer visible,
Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 5, 2004
In my studies this week I came across these words from a book in my office called, The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey.
As my class in Chicago read the Gospels and watched movies about Jesus’ life, we noticed a striking pattern: the more unsavory the characters, the more at ease they
Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 5, 2004
“When the church stops looking out for the little guys or caring for the bottom heap or specializing in the forgotten, the freaks, and the
Contributed by Jim Mazzulla on Apr 6, 2004
My concern (though not voiced often enough by Christians) is this that we need the physical
Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 15, 2004
Dick Alexander, Raw
It’s a word I never liked
Raw carrots are too hard
Raw oysters too slimy
Raw humor is too dirty
Raw skin is too painful
In fact raw applied to anything human sounds painful
But we live in a world of raw human need
It’s all around us
Do you ever wonder how many