Contributed by Sermoncentral 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
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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 Jim Kane on Feb 6, 2009
This is the time of year when we attempt to fulfill our New Year's excuses...oops, I mean resolutions. And speaking of resolutions...oops, I mean excuses, I found several good ones this week as I prepared for this morning. I make no excuse for any of them.
This is one
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 Sermoncentral 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 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 Jesse Bennett on Apr 5, 2009
A "joy sucker" is someone who is determined to create either discouragement or hardship on your ministry. "Joy suckers" take on all shapes and sizes, but most often they are negative in their outlook, disappointed with their family, in need of attention or enamored with their own
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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
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 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
We must develop creative use of conflict.
Conflict is neither good nor bad, Conflict is neutral,
it is how we handle conflict that will bring us together or we will
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 20, 2002
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy--will you
Scene from What About Bob at the end of the movie when the Doctor loses it with Bob and does death therapy. the scene is funny about how the Doctor plans on blowing Bob up
Contributed by Bobby Touchton on May 26, 2004
Where are you from? I like to ask that during orientation? It’s one of our questions, the kind that we ask when getting to know someone. We figure it tells a lot about the person. Like when you hear me talk or the way I think and I tell you I’m from North Carolina.
Oh, well, that explains a lot
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 4, 2004
“Bearish Schedule--Bullish Timing!” Galatians 5: 22-24 Key verse(s): 22: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Part of the fun of living are those times and events in our lives that happen spontaneously;