Contributed by Richard Tow on Jul 25, 2017
Years ago a young girl entered a little Presbyterian Church out of curiosity. There she heard the gospel for the first time and was converted. She later heard God’s call on her life to go to China as a missionary. She was the only daughter of a multi-millionaire. She was socially prominent and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
NOT A VOICE, BUT A LIFE
The late great Presbyterian clergyman and hymnist, Rev. Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858 - 1901) once wrote:
"Christianity is not a voice in the wilderness but a life in the world. It is not an idea in the air but feet on the ground, going [Almighty] God's way. It is
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 24, 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 Jim Kane on May 18, 2009
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for
ANNIE THE BISHOP
The resident "bishop" in our house is Annie the wonder-dog. At one point she was a 65-pound running machine. At age 92 (in dog years) her spine has so much arthritis she needs twice the normal human dose of prednisone just to walk. She is not healthy; she cannot do what she
WE DON'T NEED A MAP; WE NEED THE GUIDE
In A Slow and Certain Light, Elizabeth Elliot tells of two adventurers who stopped by to see her, all loaded with equipment for the rainforest East of the Andes. It was the first time they are trekking the forest but they sought no advice, just a few
Jonathan Edwards states:
"If any think it is a more perfect definition of the Will to say that it is that by which the soul either chooses or refuses, I am content with it; though I think it enough to say, it is that by which the soul chooses: for in every act of will whatsoever, the mind
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 15, 2009
In my time with the children a few weeks ago I spoke with them about road signs. As I prepared this message, I thought about how we have become a nation of signs: Some of them are helpful and some are not. Some signs cause us to pause and ask, “What were they thinking?”
Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Jan 16, 2010
The world says, “If it feels good, do it!” and “The ends justify the means.” As a result, we have to be extra alert. It reminds me of God’s message to Sardis in the Book of Revelation. God kept having to tell them to be alert and that must have poured salt into their wounds. You see Sardis was a
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Feb 16, 2010
DON'T JUST KNOW SCRIPTURE--LET IT CHANGE YOU
A father shared an experience he and his wife had with their young children. They began as a family to memorize Scripture, one verse a week. They kept the verses on cards in the middle of the table, and discussed their meanings when they recited the.
Contributed by Jesse Roncales on Mar 5, 2010
"Under the Old order it was simply impossible to do the will of God, and if that old order still dominates men’s lives, to do his will remains an impossibility. But those whose life is controlled by the Spirit, those who follow His promptings, do the will of God from the heart. Their own spirit,
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Mar 9, 2010
I understand the UPHEAVAL OF MOVING to a different city. Packing endless boxes of books, dismantling beds and throwing out all the junk we have accumulated over time - big job. Then watching a huge truck back into our driveway, and take it all away. We have done all that many
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Mar 9, 2010
Robert Smith wrote in "Doctrine That Dances":
"When I meditated on the word 'Guidance,' I kept seeing 'dance' at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Apr 14, 2010
FAILURE TO DISEMBARK
There was an important business executive who boarded the New Orleans to Washington train. He had a very important business engagement and he needed to be awakened in order to get off the train in Atlanta about five o'clock in the morning. Since he was a heavy sleeper he
Contributed by Chris Kelly on Sep 29, 2010
HEARING THE CRICKETS
An American Indian left the reservation to visit downtown New York. Walking down a busy street with his friend, he suddenly stopped and said, "I hear a cricket".
His friend said, "You're crazy! There's no way you could hear a cricket in all this noise!" The Indian
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 12, 2010
"Get your direction before you try for distance."
-— The Bible Friend (Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations)
"When a man does not know what harbor he is headed for, no wind
WHAT DID SHE SAY?
There were once two men, Pete and Joe out sailing in a boat. A fierce storm blew up. Torrents of rain splashed down. The waves were rocking them. They desperately the rigging this way and that trying to keep the boat upright.
"It's at times like this" shouted Pete
Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Jan 28, 2011
MASTER AND COMMANDER: HOLD FAST
You may have seen that Russell Crowe film, Master and Commander, Now there’s a battle scene in it, (pp) where one of the old salts just prior to boarding the enemy ship puts his knuckles out in front of him and the young midshipmen looking on is greatly
YOU THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER?
A young boy complained to his father that most of the church hymns were boring to him. They were far too behind the times, tiresome tunes and meaningless words. He kept talking about it, for many weeks.
One day his father put an end to the discussion by saying,