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 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 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 Bill Johnson on May 13, 2004
There are churches that have parking problems and others that don’t. Some churches have kids running around making a lot of noise, and some churches tend to be very quiet. Some churches usually have more expenses than money, and then there are other’s who don’t need to spend much money because not
Contributed by Kenneth Henes on Jun 23, 2004
Dr. Harry Ironside used to tell about a group of believers who thought only of "fellowship." They had little concern for reaching the lost or for defending the faith against its enemies. In front of their meeting place they hung a sign: JESUS ONLY. But the wind blew away some of
As I read Erwin McManus’ book on the church entitled An Unstoppable Force, I have to say I was hit hard by a statement near the beginning, where he said: “The indictment that we must receive is that the Christian faith as we express it is no longer seen as a viable spiritual option. Masses gave
Contributed by Warren Curry on Sep 21, 2004
Have you ever been to a church where you didn’t feel welcome? You went in and looked around the foyer area and no one greets you. You proceed through the doors into the sanctuary and find yourself a seat in the back row and begin to prepare yourself for the worship time. People come filing in
On February 15 of this year, the Exploits River overflowed its banks and flooded the town of Badger, Newfoundland. The temperature quickly dropped to –30C, -22F, and encased much of the town, twisting and buckling walls and foundations. All of the town’s 906 residents were evacuated. And many