Contributed by Dean O'bryan on Aug 25, 2008
The Apathy Club
Did you hear about the college students who wanted to form a new organization on their campus? They called it the "Apathy Club"? Their "Apathy Club" wasn't going to be like any other student group. Where most organizations have a purpose or goal -- or some common interest to
Contributed by Dean O'bryan on Aug 25, 2008
Kierkegaard's Complacent Duck
There was a Danish philosopher named Kierkegaard whose writings are weighty and tough to read. But that deep thinker one time told a simple parable that describes how easy it is to slide into complacency.
According to his parable, one Spring, a duck was flying
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 22, 2008
A woman decided the time had come to talk to her bright four-year-old son, Benji, about receiving Christ. "Benji," she asked quietly, "would you like to have Jesus in your heart?" Benji rolled his blue eyes
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Nov 22, 2008
Joseph Sung a Romanian Pastor who was tortured and beaten under Communist rule for 25 years. The communists despised his Christianity. After the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe Joseph became a spiritual leader in Romania until his death in 1998.
An American Pastor asked Joseph what he
Contributed by Neal Gracey on Dec 13, 2008
Studdert Kennedy tells of an explorer who brought back a chameleon which his household affectionately named Billy the Lizard. The explorer left Billy in the charge of his butler, who showed him to his many friends and associates. When the explorer returned, he asked how
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jan 5, 2009
RICK WARREN AND COLOSSIANS 3:2
Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life book earned $9 million in first quarter of its release. Rick told God he didn’t need the money, it wasn’t about the money. What did he do? He searched the Bible. Here’s his answer to his interview with David Kuo of Beliefnet.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 7, 2009
Isaac Watts was a genius. At four years of age, he had learned Latin, at nine Greek, at 11 French, and at 13 years old, Hebrew. His poetic re-working of the Psalms was magnificent.
Unfortunately for poor Isaac, he was not a looker. His one chance at love came and went with a
I heard the story of a young man who told his pastor that the Lord had called him into the ministry. And for several months he was busy in the work of the Lord, serving in the pulpit, leading Bible studies, going to prayer meeting, and so on. But then all of a sudden, he stopped coming to church.
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Feb 19, 2009
LOYALTY TO GOD OR OURSELVES?
When I was in seminary, I had some conversations with some fellow students, with a good mentor and friend Ron Mabry, with a Dr. Stafford and the credentialing team in Indiana. Through these interactions God was speaking to me and asking me where my loyalties to lie?
Contributed by Chris Gowen on Dec 29, 2009
DEVOUT VS. RIGHTEOUS
A person might be devout, but not necessarily righteous. During the Christmas season of 2009 a Nigerian terrorist attempted to blow up a plane in Detroit, Michigan. His attempts failed. He was devoted to his
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 12, 2010
"A great commitment to the great commandment and the Great Commission will create a great church."
(Source: Aubrey Malphurs, Developing A
A CALL TO DIE
The story is told of the military legend Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia (336-323) and conqueror of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Babylonia, and Persia, almost all of the known world.
One day on the warpath, Alexander and small company of soldiers approached a strongly
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Nov 9, 2010
NO ROADS REQUIRED
David Livingstone charted great paths for mission in Africa. One time a missionary society wrote him a letter saying, "We have some people who would like to join you. Do you have some easy access roads to get where you are?"
Dr. Livingstone wrote back, "If you have men who
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 4, 2009
CHOOSE ONE CHAIR
"When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song," tenor Luciano Pavarotti relates. "He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as a pupil. I also enrolled in a teachers
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jun 20, 2009
A VOW TO CHERISH
In the movie A Vow to Cherish a husband struggles with his wife’s Alzheimer's. The most difficult thing is the fact that she doesn’t know him and he is a complete stranger to her. He kneels in front of her and pledges he will love her till the day they die. He recites the vows
Contributed by Scott Berry on Aug 14, 2009
MARRIAGE AND DISCIPLESHIP: LOVE IN ACTION
If a groom said ‘I wanna scrap that ‘forsake all others bit’, I’ll have a few affairs but it’ll be ok – I’ll come home to you most nights’ - its not acceptable.
Marriage is not about emotion or what you get from the other – its a commitment, a
COMMITMENT OR CONVENIENT?
Deacon Wives author Diana Davis writes about Angie and her commitment.
Let’s take a look at Angie. She loves her church and is committed to its ministry. She considers herself to be a faithful worshipper. If you take a careful look, however, you’ll find a few
Contributed by Nathan Ingram on Nov 30, 2009
SEND ME ANYWHERE, ONLY GO WITH ME
David Livingstone was a pioneer missionary to Africa. His wife died early in their ministry, and he faced stiff opposition to his ministry from his Scottish brethren. He ministered half blind, and walked over 29,000 miles.
Listen to these words from his