Contributed by Timothy Darling on Aug 10, 2008
The Olympic Scandal of '67
In the year AD 67 the Olympics were held and six events were won by a quite prestigious competitor. The events were:
Heralds (a trumpet blowing competition - the winners were then enlisted to announce the athletes)
Tethripon (four horse chariot)
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Sep 12, 2008
Is God Waiting for You?
Koinonia is the Greek phrase which describes this spiritual intimacy that is born through having the true knowledge of who God is in a personal way.
I must confess, I am the one who made the choice not to experience Koinonia for all those years in my spiritual way with
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME
One day, a man hired an experienced guide to lead him on a hike into the Swiss Alps. After many hours, they came to a high and remote mountain pass. To the man’s dismay, he saw the path had almost been washed out. What could he do? To the left was a sheer rock cliff, to his
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 29, 2009
FAITH ISN'T COMFORTABLE
"You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings. God gives us the promises in a quiet hour; God seals our covenants with great and gracious words, then He steps back and waits to see how much we believe; then He lets the tempter come, and the test seems to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
A VISION CHANGES EVERYTHING
Donald S. Whitney in his book, "Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life" has said: "Discipline without direction is drudgery."
He gives an example of a six-year-old boy named Kevin sitting one afternoon at guitar lessons. Outside are the other boys laughing
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
KNOWLEDGE AND DISCIPLINE WIN THE GAME
Did you watch the Illinois vs. Arizona basketball game of the 2005 NCAA tournament in March 2005? Illinois was losing by fifteen points with only 2:50 seconds left. The coach had a meeting with the players to pump them up to continue to contend for the
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
In a Peanuts comic strip, there was a conversation between Lucy and Charlie Brown. Lucy said that life is like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they are going; some place it so they can see where they have been; and some place it so they can
Contributed by Richard Mcnair on Oct 27, 2004
Think about people who find themselves in religious ruts. They discover a number of things about themselves. They will find that they are getting older but not getting any holier. Time is their enemy, not their friend. The time they trusted and looked to is betraying them, for they often said to
Contributed by David Elvery on Nov 14, 2004
An artist was once asked to put on canvas what he considered to be the picture best symbolizing a decaying and dying church. After several months, he returned and reported that he had finished the task. The hour finally arrived when the painting was to be unveiled and Several people standing around
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Dec 19, 2004
When I was in business it was the accepted practice, for employees to have an annual appraisal. It can be painful, but let’s face it, no-one like to be told that they’re less than perfect! I think believers in Jesus need it more often than once a year, even if it’s only a self-appraisal. In
Contributed by Chip Monck on Mar 1, 2005
Richard Foster writes in his book A Celebration of Discipline, “In a culture where the landscape is dotted with shrines to the Golden Arches and an assortment of Pizza Temples, fasting seems out of place, out of step with the times. In fact, fasting has been in general disrepute both in and
There is a fairy tale story about a rich merchant, loaded with riches but unhappy. He asked around, "How can I find happiness?" A wise man tells him, "Look for a happy man, and ask him to sell you his shirt."
The merchant searched for a long time until at last he found a
Contributed by Mark Green on Aug 4, 2005
“It has been said that no great work in literature or science was ever wrought by a person who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often long alone with God.”
LISTEN TO THE WORD OF GOD
I witnessed something similar to this on an airplane once. I kept hearing outbursts of laughter. The flight was turbulent and bumpy, hardly a reason for humour. But some fellow behind me was cracking up. No one else, just him.
Finally I turned to see what was so
Contributed by David Dewitt on Sep 19, 2005
A few weeks ago I was watching a program about the history of armor. It was a fascinating show that detailed the various types of armor from the ancient to the modern. The program documented the various techniques that were used in creating the armor.
There are different kinds of armor for
Contributed by Robert Rose on Sep 27, 2005
Ok, you pull into your driveway. You have had a long day at work, and all that is on your mind right now is, you want to veg out in your favorite chair and take in some tube. When you pull into your drive way you notice ice on your driveway. As you carefully enter the house you notice that your
Contributed by Terry Cavanaugh on Nov 12, 2005
Sarah was an active three-year old- underscore active! She was always busy and always in a hurry because at three years of age, she already realized that there are so many exciting things to do and see and experience in this incredible world God has given us.
Sarah interrupted her playtime just
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
Gallup reports 82% of Americans want to be more spiritual, up 24% since ’95. (Foster Letter