Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 4, 2004
“Let God Do the Watering!” Mark 4: 1-20: Key verse(s): 11-12 “He told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables so that “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and every hearing but never understanding;
Contributed by Tim Richards on Sep 23, 2004
A number of years ago, Dr. Waltke, a seminary professor, & three pastors, one of which was Charles Swindol toured the mother church of the First Church of Christ Scientist in downtown Boston. The four were unknown to the elderly lady who was going to give them a tour. They didn’t tell her who they
Billy Graham’s hands often go clammy and his knees shake before he preaches. While most would agree that standing in front of a crowd of people is probably not their favorite occupation, this is not a confession one would expect from the man who has preached the Gospel to more people than anyone
Paul told Timothy to do the work of an evangelist. That was not his gift. He had the pastoral gifts of shepherding, teaching, and administration, but he still had to work outside his comfort zone. He may not have been called to be an evangelist or especially empowered for that type of
I love the story of the little boy who told his mother he had determined that he was six feet tall. When she asked how he had arrived at this conclusion, he told her he had used his shoe to measure and that he was six shoes tall. With a loving smile she sweetly told him that his shoe was not twelve
There is a story of a man walking by a lake. As he passed by the swimming area a woman ran up to him in tears. Sir, Sir, My son is drowning could you please save him. In the background you could here the garbles cries for help as a helpless young lad was sinking into death. The man replied “I am
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Feb 28, 2005
So I wrote in my journal, describing the aftermath of the October 1999 cyclone whose 200 mph winds and 30-foot tidal surge devastated the coastal areas of Orissa , India . Originating in the Bay of Bengal , the storm killed an estimated 100,000 people and domestic livestock, mostly by
Contributed by Richard Burkey on May 19, 2005
Author and pastor Calvin Miller says he thinks the most vibrant missionaries he has met are medical doctors serving in lonely outposts of the Arab world. These physicians and nurses are aware that in winning a Muslim to Christ, they condemn their converts to ostracism and persecution—even
Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jul 26, 2005
Donald Miller tells this story in Blue like Jazz: Don had gone to hear a folk singer who ended up telling the story of a friend of his who was a Navy SEAL
The folksinger said his friend was performing a covert operation, freeing hostages from a building in some dark part of the world. His
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Sep 24, 2005
This past Sunday afternoon, after Katrina had already made a mess of South Florida, Gladys and I watched the news as the killer storm made it’s way across the Gulf, with its eye focused on the gulf coast. We, along with many of you and countless millions of others across the country, watched with
Contributed by John Mayes on Nov 1, 2005
I was on my honeymoon in the Bahama’s when a man walked up to me and said, "Would you like to buy some cocaine? You can tell everyone how much you really enjoyed the Bahama’s."
After I said "No!" and got over the shock of that man’s boldness, I wondered how Jesus would have responded if someone
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2005
They tell me the story that long ago there was a small church, in a small town, in a small county, where a small congregation had tried for years to get the biggest “sinner” in town, Sam, to come to church. Sam the sinner would have nothing to do with the church. He wouldn’t even come on Easter or
One day a young man sat on a park bench watching a squirrel in a tree. It was aiming for a limb so far above it that it looked like "a leap of suicide." Suddenly it jumped, missed, and landed on a branch several feet lower down. Immediately, it steadied itself, and got ready to jump again.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2005
Hugh Lattimer once preached before King Henry VIII. Henry was greatly displeased by the boldness in the sermon and ordered Lattimer to preach again on the following Sunday and apologize for the offence he had given. The next Sunday, after reading his text, he thus began his sermon:
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2005
A young man enlisted, and was sent to his regiment. The first night he was in the barracks with about fifteen other young men, who passed the time playing cards and gambling. Before retiring, he fell on his knees and prayed, and they began to curse him and jeer at him and throw boots at him. So it
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 20, 2005
During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of Joseph Stalin. Once, as he censured Stalin in a public meeting, Khrushchev was interrupted by a shout from a heckler in the audience. “You were one of Stalin’s colleagues. Why didn’t
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
Jimmy Long of InterVarsity outlined these nine elements to the Young Leader Network of Leadership Network.
A welcoming environment because people are looking for a place to belong.
A place of intimate community where people find God and each other.
Narrative evangelism that listens to their
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 18, 2006
Euro-Missions Down: As the value of the Euro increases while the U.S. dollar decreases, some mission organizations may be forced to call some missionaries home to raise more money. Many missionaries go to the field with just enough support and when they lose some of that support in an exchange rate
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2006
From Lemons To Lemonade: Target’s decision shut out Salvation Army bell-ringers at its stores this past Christmas may have actually helped the charity. They set a new record at $95.3 million from the ‘04