EVERYTHING WORTH HAVING HAS PAIN
"In everything worth having, even in every pleasure, there is a point of pain or tedium that must be survived, so that the pleasure may revive and endure: the joy of reading Virgil comes after the bore of learning him; the glow of the sea-bather comes after the
G.K. Chesterton said "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 14, 2009
CHARLES OAKLEY ON TENACITY
Charles Oakley, forward for the New York Knicks and an NBA All-Star, has a reputation for being one of basketball’s best rebounders. It’s his toughness, however, that has probably contributed the most to his outstanding sports career.
While other professional
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Nov 16, 2009
A SPIRITUAL RHYTHM
Developing a rhythm in your spiritual life means organizing your life around times of stopping to remember God. What is important is not the length of time but that you regularly stop to refocus on God. It could be five minutes or forty minutes. It could be your break time.
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Nov 16, 2009
60 FOR 60
I have a suggestion: Try 60 for 60. Say that with me, "60 for 60." For sixty days, set your watch or whatever device to softly chime at the top of the hour, and let that be a reminder to say a quick prayer. It might even give you the chance to tell others what you are doing. Every
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 30, 2009
GRATITUDE AND SACRIFICE
Since the Son of God has died for me, then the least I can do is live for Him. "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me," said the great British athlete C. T. Studd, "then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him."
(Source: Norman Grubb, C.
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jan 11, 2010
M. Scott Peck, in The Road Less Travelled wrote that he spent much of 9th summer on his bike. About a mile from house was a road with a very steep hill that ended with sharp turn at the bottom. One morning he was riding down the hill and felt the gathering speed to be ecstatic! Applying brakes and
Contributed by Hugh Laing on Jan 19, 2010
HOW SPIRITUAL ARE YOU
Tell me how much time you spend alone with God...I will tell you how spiritual you are..and I mean really alone.
Not how many meetings you go to...not how many gifts or talents you have...not how many sermons you preach...not how many records you’ve recorded or
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2010
Tending Your Garden
Suppose 2 women were planting a vegetable garden. On the same day, they prepared the earth and planted their seeds. One then neglected her garden and waited for her vegetables to grow.
The other woman worked in her garden regularly. She put cages around the young tomato
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Feb 23, 2010
DRUDGE FIRST, GENIUS LATER
When Polish pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski played before Queen Victoria, he won her enthusiastic approval. "Mr. Paderewski," she exclaimed, "you are a genius."
Paderewski shook his head. "Perhaps, Your Majesty, but before that I
PRAYER AND CHOPPING VEGETABLES
Jan and I were watching a cooking show the other day -- Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa, I think it was -- and I commented on how Ina chops vegetables. In this instance, she was chopping parsley, and she held the knife in one hand while resting her other hand on top
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Let me read it to you in closing:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And - sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could.
To where it bent in the undergrowth,
Then I took the other, as just as
TRAINING IN GODLINESS
Our daughter-in-law has participated at times in triathlon competitions. The triathlon is an endurance event in which you swim a certain distance, ride your bike a certain distance, and finally, and without resting, run a certain distance. It is a very demanding test of
Contributed by Rolando Delgado on Sep 22, 2010
CARTA DE SATÁNAS
Te vi ayer cuando comenzabas tus tareas diarias. Te levantaste sin ni siquiera orar a tu "Dios". En todo el día no hiciste nada de oración; de hecho, ni recordaste bendecir tus alimentos. Eres muy desagradecido con tu Dios, y eso me gusta de ti. También
Contributed by Robert Joseph on Oct 13, 2010
FORGETTING THE THINGS OF EARTH
In January of 1997, astronaut John Blaha returned to earth after spending the previous four months aboard the Russian Space Station, Mir.
Besides conducting various experiments, his mission was to help scientists understand the effects of long term
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 13, 2010
A WALK WORTHY OF THE TITLE
Cal Ripken Jr. is the Iron Man of baseball. On September 6, 1995, he broke the record held by Lou Gehrig of 2,130 consecutive games played. Of course, there were days when that consecutive streak was in danger. In a June 1993 game Ripken was involved in a
God does not see as man sees. He placed high premium on broken things. He prefers to deal and bless only things and people that are broken. However, when compared to man, the gap is huge. Man prefers things that are not broken and places value on such. Once anything is broken,
Contributed by Davon Huss on Apr 25, 2011
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 4, 2011
DAVID TRUEBLOOD ON DISCIPLINE
David Trueblood: "The one who wants to be an accomplished athlete must discipline his body by regular exercise and a strict diet. Otherwise, he or she will not be free to excel on the playing field or the tracks. The athlete who fails to train rigorously denies
Contributed by Mark Adams on Aug 13, 2011
I want to tell you about a weird thing that used to happen a lot to sailors during the 1600s. Vessels were getting more sea worthy, and adventures were taking people farther and farther from home. You might be on the same ship with the same people, with the same person cooking for