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 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 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
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
Consider the following exchange…
“That’s easy for you to say; you’ve never been through what I’m dealing with!”
“Yes, I think you’re right. Certainly, I do not know just how you feel. In fact, no one has ever experienced the exact same thing you are going through. No one ever will. No one, of
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 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 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 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 Anne Benefield on Feb 4, 2009
WHAT DOES GOD'S VOICE SOUND LIKE?
Erwin McManus, a pastor in Los Angeles, tells a great story about recognizing God's voice.
My son, Aaron, was five or six when he began asking me, "What does God's voice sound like?" I didn't know how to answer.
A few years later, Aaron went off to his
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 Owen Bourgaize on Oct 18, 2000
A man’s car was held up by a broken down car in front of him. He just sat there and sounded the horn while the woman driver in front was desperately trying to start her car. He sounded the horn even more impatiently and the lady walked round to his car and said sweetly, "Why don’t we change places?
Contributed by Rich Young on Jan 17, 2001
(IL) Sometimes we’re like the couple who were with some friends and the
subject of marriage counseling came up. Mary said, “Oh, Tom and I
will never need counseling. We have a great relationship. He was