Contributed by Davon Huss on Jul 4, 2005
Alexis de Tocqueville- Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is
Murren helps us to see a clear picture of a healthy and a healing church by reminding us what the Bible says we as the Body of Christ should be doing:
The Believers are devoted to one another and give preference to one another (Romans 12:10).
They love one another (Romans 13:8).
Contributed by Larry Jacobs on Jul 18, 2005
PERHAPS YOU ARE LIKE CHARLEY BROWN:
In a peanuts comic strip showed a conversation between Lucy and Charlie Brown. Lucy said that life is like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they are going; some place it so they can see where they have been; and some place it so
Contributed by Larry Jacobs on Jul 18, 2005
ILLUS: John Bisagno former Pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church tells the story of his coming there to candidate for the position of pastor many years ago. He said that as he entered the auditorium it was dimly lit, with just a few people huddled together. They were singing some old slow
Mark Buchanan’s shares an illustration from Leadership magazine in its Fall 2004 edition on pages 52, 53:
General Maximus comes to Rome dirty and shackled. This is not the way it’s suppose to be. Where’s Rome’s legendary pageantry to greet one of her heroes-the heraldry, the burnished armor, the
Contributed by John Raulerson on Oct 12, 2005
(Charles W. Colson, The Body, 1992, Word Publishing, p. 70.)
Yet membership in a confessing body is fundamental to the faithful Christian life. Failure to do so defies the explicit warning not to forsake "our assembling together." His understanding of this prompted Martin Luther to say, "Apart
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 Butch Vernon on Nov 6, 2005
Irwin McManus in his awesome book ‘The Barbarian Way’ speaks of rhinos and their limitations. ‘But my favorite of all is the group designation for rhinos. You see, rhinos can run thirty miles an hour, which is pretty fast when you consider how much weight they’re pulling. They’re actually faster
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Nov 15, 2005
A number of years ago Norman Cousins wrote an editorial in the Saturday Review in which he reported a conversation he had on a trip in India. He was talking with a Hindu priest named Satis Prasad. The man said he wanted to come to our country to work as a missionary among the Americans. Cousins
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2005
They tell me the story that long ago there was a small church, in a small town, in a small county, where a small congregation had tried for years to get the biggest “sinner” in town, Sam, to come to church. Sam the sinner would have nothing to do with the church. He wouldn’t even come on Easter or
Contributed by James Vilgos on Nov 18, 2005
Church is a Hospital for sinners:
A Some are content with placebos, fake medicines that you think are healing you so you feel good. Things that get you excited like music, a joke in the sermon, an emotional speaker things that they receive as entertainment and you think that is the Holy
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2005
A survey was made of 4000 laymen in 114 evangelical churches across the U. S. They were asked, “Do you feel the preaching on Sunday relates to what’s going on in your life?” Over 83% saw virtually no connection between what they heard on Sunday morning and what they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 15, 2005
The good news is that science now agrees: Religion really is a good thing. Consider the following, reported in Time magazine’s cover story for June 24:
1. Heart-surgery patients who draw comfort from their religious faith have a significantly higher survival rate than those who do not.
The church is not:
* An ark for the saving of a select few.
* A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores of heaven.
* A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy holders except the payment of a small annual premium.
* A social set, welcoming certain people and
Contributed by Jim Kane on Dec 14, 2004
“You were made for a mission. God is at work in the world and he wants you to join him. This assignment is called your mission…is both shared and specific. One part of it is a responsibility you share with every other Christian, and the other
PUSHING THE ROCK
I have been pondering a story of a weak sickly man. The man was so sick and he could not afford going to town to the doctor. The man lived in the deep back woods in an old log cabin, his condition seemed to grow worse.
Out in front of his cabin was a hugh boulder. The rock
Humor Illustration: CHRISTIAN FOOTBALL!!
Quarterback Sneak - Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.
Draw Play - What many children do with the bulletin during worship.
Half-time - The period between Sunday school and worship when many choose to leave.
Benchwarmer - Those who
TUG OF WAR
We play tug of war. The team that is able to pull the other team over their side wins. Each member must pull with his or her strength and body weight. We are all different - some stronger, some weaker; some fat some thin; but all must put their strength and weight in. It doesn’t
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 David Smith on Apr 21, 2005
A guy called David Randolph spoke about a time when he was in Milan in Italy, and was watching a circus parade moving through the streets. Suddenly one of the elephants veered off and marched into a church. The church doors were large, and were open because of the summer heat. So the elephant