Contributed by Tony Earl on Nov 23, 2006
One of God’s faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me." In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 18, 2009
Compassion for "Dirty Dog Gentiles"
Mark 7:36-37 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (NIV)
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 7, 2009
Compassion for the Down-and-Out
“I heard (this story) from a friend who works with the down-and-out in Chicago:
A prostitute came to me in wretched straits, homeless, sick, unable to buy food for her two-year-old daughter. Through sobs and tears, she told me she had been renting out her daughter
Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
She was a nurse employed at a residential care home in Western Oklahoma. It was a muggy summer night and many of the residents seemed more restless than usual. One of the patients, an
Contributed by Shine Thomas on Nov 9, 2018
My Pastor in Calcutta, Pr. Mark Buntin came to India in 1954. He started a series of project for the poor in Calcutta. In 1964, the Buntains opened their first school for 200 children. A year later, they began a feeding program, starting with free school lunches of milk and parathas. One day as
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 23, 2004
Finding his newly-appointed pastor standing at his study window in the church weeping as he looked over the inner city’s tragic conditions, a layman sought to console him: "Don’t worry. After you’ve been here a while, you’ll get used to it."
Responded the minister, "Yes, I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 14, 2002
A VACATION OF COMPASSION
In 1958, 35 year old Englishwoman Anita Goulden went on holiday to Peru to visit her brother. Anita was a widowed, single mother who owned two haberdasheries in Manchester, England. She was about to go home by way of the United States when she saw an unbelievable
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
Born over sixty years ago in Yugoslavia, she responded to God’s call on her life while still a teenager. A missionary’s strong challenge to give her life to teaching in India resulted in her appointment to the city of Calcutta.
Some months later she saw a sight
Contributed by Perry Greene on Nov 18, 2011
THE BIBLE IS A COMPASS
Just before the outbreak of the First World War, a small ship named the Endurance set sail from Briton with a crew intent on being the first to cross the South Pole. The ship reached Antarctica, but became ice bound in the Weddle Sea. Soon they had to abandon their ship
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 10, 2012
A STUDY IN COMPASSION
John Darley and Daniel Batson decided to replicate the story of the Good Samaritan with seminary students. A few variables were introduced. The seminarians were interviewed and asked why they wanted to go into ministry. There were a variety of responses, but the vast
Let’s suppose for a moment that it was Friday night and you wanted to go to a movie. You’re running late for the movie because you got home late, and then once you put down the keys, you forgot where you placed them. It was frustrating but you did find them. You finally jump
Contributed by Shine Thomas on Nov 9, 2018
D.L. Moody told the story of his conversion this way: “When I was in Boston I used to attend a Sunday school class, and one day I recollect my teacher came around behind the counter of the shop I was at work in, and put his hand upon my shoulder, and talked to me about Christ and my soul. I had not
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2002
WHAT IS COMPASSION?
"Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.
It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you
Contributed by David Simmons on Feb 22, 2002
CONDEMNATION OR COMPASSION
Tony Campolo tells the story of a New York City pastor who chose to take a funeral that no other minister would take. The man who died was a homosexual who died of AIDS. The minister agreed to do the funeral. When he got to the graveside, he discovered an
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2006
Compassion International and the International Bible Society have launched a 4-year children’s Bible-reading initiative, called Aventuras Biblicas, to effectively present God’s Word to children registered in Compassion’s sponsorship programs in Latin America. More than 100,000 children, ages 5-7,
Contributed by John Shearhart on May 19, 2006
"Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too."
Contributed by Scott Jensen on May 1, 2008
WHERE IS YOUR COMPASS?
Before the days of modern navigational aids, a traveler made the Atlantic crossing in a boat equipped with two compasses. One was fixed to the deck where the man at the wheel could see it. The other compass was fastened up on one of the masts, and often a sailor would be
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 15, 2008
" Compassion is a profound human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In
Contributed by Brian Stevenson on Nov 24, 2006
The Greek origin of the word “compassion” is splangkh-nid’-zom-ahee (Splagchnizomai – Splagchnon means bowels or intestines). German Theologian, Karl Barth gives us a revealing look at to what this Greek word means:
“The term obviously defies adequate translation. What it means is that the
Contributed by Susan Blader on Jan 21, 2007
Captain Jack’s Compass
In the movie, “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” Captain Jack Sparrow has a compass. It is no ordinary compass. Rather than pointing north, it points toward whatever the person holding it wants most. It might be treasure, or a person, or a location. But it only works if