Contributed by Chip Monck on Mar 1, 2005
After dying, there were three friends, Robert, Sam and Tim who woke up outside of heaven. And St. Peter says that before any can enter, they have to pass through a muddy bog. All those who pass through this muddy bog sink in proportion to the amount of unconfessed sins they had when they died.
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.”
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
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 Sean Smuts on Jan 29, 2003
"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Feb 8, 2003
[From Apostles and Prophets: The Foundation of the Church, by C. Peter Wagner, 2000, Regal Books, Ventura California, pp. 25]
In my book Churchquake! I say:
Of all the radical changes in the New Apostolic Reformation, I regard one of them as the most radical of all.
It is so important that I
Contributed by Ron Crow on Mar 7, 2003
A school teacher who was bypassed for a promotion went to her administrator and complained, “I have twenty years of experience, and you promoted someone who had only been teaching five years.” The administrator replied, “No, you don’t have twenty years of experience. You have one year of experience
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Mar 15, 2003
A young American engineer was sent to Ireland by his company to work in a new electronics plant. It was a two-year assignment that he had accepted because it would enable him to earn enough to marry his long-time girlfriend. She had a job near her home in Tennessee, and their plan was to pool their
Lisa Marino has a personal fitness coach who gives her advice and encouragement. But she’s never seen him. As a participant in a program called, “Life Practice,” Lisa begins each day by sending a report of her diet, exercise, sleep, and stress to an Internet web site. Later she receives an e-mail
1. 20/20 once showed an experiment on self-control with children. They were told that they could have a single treat, such as a cookie, right now. However, if they would wait while the reporter ran an errand, they could have two cookies. Some preschoolers grabbed the cookie immediately; others were
On the Lighter side: The Wisdom of Cowboys:
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ’n puttin’ it back in.
If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and
then to make sure it’s
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 29, 2004
Sanctification is a mysterious word to many. We know it is part of the work that
God is doing in our lives and that involves being cleansed from sin.
I like to illustrate sanctification with a cast iron skillet. A lot of modern day skillets
and frying pans are coated with
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Apr 21, 2004
If you want to be good at playing an instrument, it takes dedication, commitment, and countless hours of practice. An admirer once approached a great pianist and said, “I’d give my life
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
Gallup reports 82% of Americans want to be more spiritual, up 24% since ’95. (Foster Letter
Contributed by Mark Hensley on Aug 8, 2002
A man by the name of Von Neumann was a brilliant mathematician. He also had an incredible memory, His feats of memory are described by Herman Goldstine:
As far as I could tell, Von Neumann was able on once reading a book or article to quote it back verbatim; moreover he could do it years later