Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 18, 2006
There is the story of a Chinese farmer who was a Christian. He farmed the side of a hill along with a few other farmers. One of the most difficult tasks that the farmer had was to irrigate his crop. He had to carry water from a lake below the hill up to his land. The farmer who owned the land below
Contributed by Davon Huss on Aug 24, 2002
THE COLD WITHIN
Six humans trapped by happenstance in bleak and bitter cold,
Each one possessed a stick of wood, or so the story goes.
Their dying fire in need of logs, the first man held his back,
for on the faces around the fire he noticed one was black.
The next man looking across the way
Years ago, when I was a student pastor, one of my members really caught me off guard. One night after Bible study, she stopped me on the front steps of the church and said, “I want to give you some flowers”. I was puzzled because I did not see any flowers. Of course, she was not talking about
I'VE FALLEN, AND NO ONE WILL HELP ME OUT!
I was watching The West Wing one day and heard this story from Leo McGarrey, the Chief of Staff. I have adapted it for use in a sermon with The Good Samaritan.
A man is walking down the street one day when he falls into a hole. He cries out for
Contributed by Dan Cormie on Oct 25, 2002
Ann Landers had this to say about the letters that she has received over the years. "I’ve learned plenty-including, most meaningfully, what Leo Rosten had in mind when he said, ’Each of us is a little lonely, deep inside, and cries to be understood.’ I have learned how it is with stumbling,
Contributed by Rex S. Wignall on Oct 25, 2002
While lonely people shake their fists at heaven and angrily ask, “God why have You forsaken me? Where are you?” we Christians often forget one central fact about God’s personal experience with loneliness. Charles Swindoll reminds us in his eloquent way:
God knows, my friend and He does care.
Contributed by Andrew Hamilton on Oct 25, 2002
Sabina was an art student who had been raised a Catholic. While at college she decided to explore magic and witchcraft and got involved with a form of mysticism known as Kabala. From there she moved into a hippie community, which embraced those things and many more.
She travelled through various
Contributed by Troy Mason on Nov 1, 2002
While serving as a U.S. Marine in Iwakuni, Japan I had an experience that I thought I would share. The date was Friday, Nov 1st, 2002. Just to set the stage, that means it was a payday Friday compounded by the fact that military promotions occur on the 1st, so there were many Marines of all ranks
PATIENCE MAKES IT HAPPEN
"The history books are full of stories of gifted persons whose talents were overlooked by a procession of people until someone believed in them. To name a few ...
"Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read". Einstein became
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 14, 2002
THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD MUSLIMS
It is difficult to imagine more bleak circumstances; the young mother and her small children, truck packed full of all of their belongings, were in process of moving from rural North Carolina to the mother’s childhood home in Connecticut. Life had taken a tragic
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Dec 9, 2002
The attention of the country was recently focused on a high school football game in McDermott, Ohio. In the final quarter, Dave Frants and Derek Dewit, the rival coaches called a timeout, conferred together, and agreed upon a highly unusual play. On one team was 17-year old Jake Porter, a
Contributed by Aaron Burgess on Dec 27, 2002
One of my favorite preachers is Dave Stone from the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s the preacher in a church that has 17,000 people. Dave has written books and is a popular motivational speaker. He was chosen as an influential leader in his community. But Steve Carr, a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2003
HUGGING THE ENEMY
Barbara Brown Taylor tells the story of her nephew Will’s first birthday party. The family was gathered around for the usual traditions of birthdays, the cake. And the presents. Will let them know how pleased he was by doing his new dance-a slow twirling movement that he had
Contributed by Lynn Floyd on Jan 10, 2003
A church can survive without a huge budget but it can’t
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2003
GIVING AWAY GOODNESS
Mark Tidd of Webster, New York, describes an experience from his college days:
“An old man showed up at the back door of the house we were renting. Opening the door a few cautious inches, we saw his eyes were glassy and his furrowed face glistened with silver stubble. He
There are some people that we might consider to be a freak because of their disfigured appearance. Consider the story of John Merrick who was known more by his disfigured appearance and labeled as the "Elephant man". "John Merrick was born in Leicester, England in 1862. He suffered from a severe
I never will forget hearing the testimony of a pastor whose experience I heard on tape one day in class, when I was in seminary. I do not remember the pastor’s name. But, I can recall most of what he said when he gave the testimony that I am about to share with you. He said, "When I first started
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2003
A number of years ago, Newsweek magazine carried the story of the memorial service held for Hubert Humphrey, former vice-president of the United States. Hundreds of people came from all over the world to say good-bye to their old friend and colleague. But one person who came was
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 27, 2003
[Love from a Kid’s Point of View, Citation: "What Is Love—From a Kid’s Point of View," LightSinger, (accessed 3-14-02)]
What is love, from a kid’s point of view?
"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jun 11, 2003
A certain lady was celebrating her 85th birthday and was asked by a reporter what advice she would have for others. Here's what she said: "Stay busy helping others." Then she was asked what she