Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 7, 2006
You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other.
John Adams (1735–1826), U.S. statesman, president. Letter, July 15, 1813, to Thomas Jefferson.
Contributed by John Visser on Feb 20, 2006
The story is told of a young man who had just started his new job in the produce department of a grocery store, when a woman came up to him asking to buy a half head of lettuce.
As politely as he could, the young man said that “In this store, we don’t sell half heads of lettuce, we sell whole
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 21, 2006
"In a revealing poll, almost all (97 percent) who rate their communication with their partner as excellent are happily married, compared to only 56 percent who rate their communication as poor. The poll concluded, ’In an era of increasingly fragile marriages, a couple’s ability to communicate is
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 30, 2006
My friend wanted a boat more than anything. His wife kept refusing, but he bought one anyway. "I’ll tell you what," he told her, "In the spirit of compromise, why don’t you name the boat?"
Being a good sport, she accepted. When her husband went to the dock for his maiden
Contributed by Todd Schäve on Jun 27, 2001
A handy tool for coming up with an acceptable solution is S.O.D.A.S.:
S-ituation (Define or agree on what the problem is that you will work on in a gentle and respectful manner).
O-ptions (Brainstorm together or come up with as many solutions as possible, for you never know what may
Contributed by Todd Leupold on Mar 2, 2009
HAVING YOUR "RIGHTS"
Dr. Ironside tells a story from his childhood we should all remember:
"Many years ago as a little fellow I attended a meeting in Toronto where some difficulty had come up between brethren and they did as the apostle suggests. My dear mother took me along . . . and I well
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 16, 2009
Napoleon said that in every battle there [is] a period of ten or fifteen minutes which decides the issue of the conflict. Certainly in the battle of life there are moments and hours which, so far as we can tell, determine our history: hours when the spirit in which we lived, the step
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 7, 2009
BACK TO REALITY
The story is told of three men who began talking one day about their wives. The first man said, "When we got married, I told my wife in no uncertain terms that from now on she would have to do all the cooking. Well, the first day after I told her, I saw nothing. The second day I
She was just fifteen. Tears filled her eyes and quivers moved her lips. Quickly she placed her hands over her ears. The shouting from her mother exploded her emotions and her restraint. And, suddenly, she screamed, “SHUT UP! JUST SHUT UP!”
From all accounts, he stood above the
There are many who say the full expression of our emotions remains the only safe way to ensure our own emotional and mental well-being. Take, for example, the following case:
The situation: Mom and Dad had divorced. Their sixth grade daughter longed to see her Daddy. When she did, he was
Contributed by Mark Schaeufele on Oct 15, 2009
MIRACLE IN CONFLICT
"Thankfully, God gives us a miracle like Jericho from time to time, but far more often, he asks us to strap on our swords, pick up our shields, and courageously enter the battle...When this happens we see a miracle there too--the miracle of men and women staying
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jan 25, 2010
Difficult People Are Like Tools
Some difficult people are like the tools in your tool shed:
A. Measuring tape: These people always let us know that we don’t quite measure up. These perfectionists feel compelled to set the standards for everyone else. In short, they judge by their own
Contributed by Ed Sasnett on Jun 8, 2010
A LETTER FOR JOE
Joseph Parker was a popular preacher in London, England in the late 1800's. He was the pastor of the large City Temple. One Sunday as he was going to the pulpit a woman in the balcony tossed a piece of paper on the platform before him. He picked it up and read it. It
Contributed by Larry Wilson on Jul 30, 2010
Ezra accepted the plan. He immediately swore in the leading priests and Levites as the committee to investigate the matter and see to it that the law was obeyed. But instead of participating immediately in the investigation, he withdrew into one of the rooms of the temple to
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Feb 8, 2009
CLEANING UP OUR WOUNDS
Moira, Stephen and I love watching ‘Casualty’ on BBC1. We were catching up on an old episode this week, so please turn away if you’re squeamish! (But I won’t show you my scars!) A lady had an open wound in her foot. As the nurse rolled back her thick socks to reveal the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 28, 2008
LIFE IS NOT LIKE A VCR
Tim Brown, professor of preaching at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan tells a story about one of his former students who was also named Tim.
The former student was a successful young man who called one day to tell the professor that he was sick and in
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 1, 2008
Peace isn't just a truce. General McArthur said "A truce just says you don’t shoot for awhile. Peace comes when the truth is known, the issue is settled, & the parties embrace each other."
Peacemakers don’t just try to stop conflict. They’re doing something far more meaningful, something healing
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Apr 22, 2008
WAIT THREE DAYS
On that beautiful Easter Monday morning I noticed the old flower lady sitting in her usual place inside a small archway. At her feet, corsages and boutonnieres were parading on top of a spread-open newspaper. The flower lady was smiling, her wrinkled old face alive with some
Contributed by Timothy Darling on Jul 17, 2008
The famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin faced a conflict after returning from the moon. He spiraled into a deep depression that ultimately resulted in him being hospitalized, medicated and put through a battery of psychiatric treatments. Ignorant of the depth of his own disability, once the medicine
Contributed by Timothy Craver on Aug 11, 2008
DON'T SPLIT OVER COFFEE
Chuck Swindoll, in his book The Grace Awakening, writes of a church that had a vibrant ministry and was having a powerful impact on their community. But then, a disagreement began to form. While it seemed small and insignificant at first, it grew and grew until the