Contributed by Chris Surber on Jun 21, 2008
My first staff position in a church was as the Associate Pastor of The Kirk Community Church in Dunedin, Florida. I normally arrived at church early but on this particular morning my wife and I had arrived just a few minutes before the worship service was to begin. As my wife Christina unbuckled
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 14, 2009
THE CHURCH'S IDENTITY AND PURPOSE
In his book, The Family of God, Batsell Barrett Baxter says the following:
"There are some who think of the church as an organization like other organizations. It is true that the church is an organization, but it is not primarily an organization. Rather, it is
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, Mr.
Contributed by John Perry on Feb 8, 2010
Wm Barclay once said, "Jesus did not say you are the light of the church. He said
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Oct 24, 2005
Cowboy Joe was had just come back from going to church for the first time, and was in the bunkhouse telling the other cowhands about his experience.
He said, “When I got there, I parked my pick-me-up in the corral. Charlie, a worldly cowboy said, “That would be the parking lot, Joe.”
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
Contributed by Donny Granberry on Oct 16, 2009
THE HOLY HUDDLE
The job of the church is not to impact the church, but our job is to impact the world.
It’s like a huddle in a football game. 70,000 people don’t pay $75.00 a ticket to watch the Texans huddle. What if you went to a Texans game and for two and a half hours you watched 11 men
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 28, 2009
I was talking with the guys installing my satellite. Knowing that I was a preacher, one asked, "Can you be saved and not go to church?" I said, "Sure, the same way that you can be a soldier and not be in the
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 19, 2005
A fellow stopped at a gas station and, after filling the tank on his car, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and he watched a couple of men working along the roadside.
One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man
Contributed by John Boquist on Jul 19, 2008
I WANT IT ALL
Some time ago, our daughter had just turned 15½ and received her learner’s permit. Once she did that, I actually handed her the keys to my car and let her in the driver’s seat. Suppose she had said something like, “Now that I have the keys, I’m going to drive the way I want to.
Did any of you see a film that came out in the 90s - "The Adams Family". There's a creature named "it" that is a hand that runs around on its own [mime it]. St Paul tells us the church is the body of Christ. We are all parts of a body interconnected with each other. But if we try to be
Contributed by Lynn Floyd on Jul 29, 2003
“The church is like Noah’s ark: The stench inside would be unbearable if it weren’t for the storm outside. It’s true—sometimes we stink and the world is stormy. But as imperfect as we are on this side of heaven, the miracle is that God in fact chooses to
Contributed by Emil Boniog on Dec 10, 2003
• Did you ever hear of a man named Donald Wyman? You may have, but it’s been some years ago when he made the national news. Donald Wyman is from Pennsylvania and he was out in the woods, cutting trees and a tree fell on his leg, pinning him under it. Wyman laid there for an hour screaming for help.
Contributed by Sheila Crowe on Sep 25, 2002
A poem - “You see God” (From twentieth Century Christian) You see God it is like this: We could attend church more faithfully if your day came at some other time. You have chosen a day that comes at the end of a hard week, and we’re all tired out. No only that, but it’s the day following
Have you heard the story of Jim Smith and Ron Jones?
Jim went to church one Sunday morning.
He heard the organist miss a note, and he made a face.
He saw a teen talking when everyone else was praying.
He felt sure that the usher was watching to see how much money he put in the offering plate,
A deacon sent in his apologies for the Sunday morning service, claiming that he was ill with flu. One of the members, however, said he had seen the deacon on his way to a ball game. After the service, the minister went to visit the deacon, "Brother," he said, "I have information that you were not
The late Roland Q. Leavell in his book, Evangelism: Christ’s Imperative Commission, stated that of all the reported Church members:
15 per cent cannot be found,
20 per cent never pray,
25 per cent never read the Bible,
30 per cent never attend Church services,
40 per cent never
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Sep 19, 2003
Writer and speaker Lewis Smedes says:
Yes, somewhere people still make and keep promises.
They choose not to quit when the going gets rough because they promised once to see it through.
They stick to lost causes.
They hold on to a love grown cold.
They stay with people who have become pains in
Contributed by Martin Kim on Oct 5, 2004
Win Arn, a leading church consultant conducted a survey:
He surveyed members of nearly a thousand churches asking the question, “Why does the church exit?? The results? Of the church members surveyed, 89 percent said, “The church’s purpose is to take care of my family’s and my needs.? For many,
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Apr 20, 2007
Rick Warren in “Purpose Driven Church” –“With every new generation the rules change a little. If we always do what we’ve always