Contributed by Bruce Landry on Dec 18, 2006
Clovis Chappell, a minister from a century back, used to tell the story of two paddleboats. They left Memphis about the same time, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. As they traveled side by side, sailors from one vessel made a few remarks about the snail’s pace of the
Contributed by Jim Kane on Jun 6, 2002
Families are wonderful. Families are challenging. I am reminded of this every time I see my favorite Cosby Show episode in which Cliff, the father played by Bill Cosby, and Theo, the son played by Malcolm Jamal-Warner, have a chat about Theo’s desire to live like a “regular” person rather than
Contributed by Richard Goble on Nov 4, 2007
The Tater Family
Some families make church their home. Others find other uses for the church. Take the notorious Tater family, for example. Perhaps you’ve met some of them.
· The chief of the clan is old Dick Tater, who insists on running everything in church.
· His brother Ro Tater keeps
Contributed by Tim Smith on Dec 10, 2008
NOT A GUEST, BUT FAMILY
Ellen Porter tells the story of Mitsuyo, a Japanese exchange student coming to live with her family. Her father had written and warned Ellen that Mitsuyo was a willful child, but she saw no signs of that at all. She dressed the same each day, was silent while eating at
Contributed by Aldo Rivellino on Apr 13, 2009
LIFE IN THE FAMILY
After four years of marriage and no offspring to show for it, my wife and I (mostly my wife) decided that we would like to adopt a child. Not long after the tedious process of filling out papers, being investigated for any criminal activity, going to interviews to authenticate
Now you know why I say, "The family takes a lot of work!" A healthy family will go through several stages that require perseverance and a good work ethic.
Stage One -- The family begins at the, "I do"s and a couple is birthed. Now comes the dying to self.
Stage Two -- The
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Apr 26, 2010
BORN INTO THE FAMILY
Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, in Leading on Empty, writes of his daughter, adopted when only three days old. The apple of his eye, Abby, compromised her faith and morality, making choices that expelled her from college, and for two years was searching for her identity, struggling
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 21, 2010
If you think your family has problems, consider the marriage mayhem created when 76-year-old Bill Baker of London recently wed Edna Harvey. She happened to be his granddaughter’s husband’s mother.
That’s where the confusion began, according to Baker’s granddaughter, Lynn. "My
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 27, 2010
Quote: Robert Orben:
Who can ever forget Winston Churchill’s immortal words: "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, We shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 27, 2011
THE CENTER OF A FAMILY
Gary Ezzo says that one of the problems with families today is that the husband and wife join hands to form a family circle and then a child comes along and they place the child in the center with the husband and wife still forming the circle. But now everything revolves
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Oct 21, 2011
THE SERMON ON FAMILY
A young minister, with very small children, preached to his congregation on the theme, "10 ways to raise good and godly children."
Some years later, with his children entering their teens, he returned to his theme, but the same sermon was entitled:
"10 suggestions for
Leo Tolstoy opened his novel, Anna Karenina with this line:
"Happy families," he said, "are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but, of course,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 14, 2013
RENT A FAMILY...?
I read a recent article about how people in Japan are so busy that older people can now rent a family. Here’s the quote: "In Japan, you can rent a family. Elderly Japanese who are isolated from their children by the frantic pace of modern life can rent a 'family' for lunch and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2006
· 80% of Americans agree it is better for children if their parents are married, but 55% also agree that “love is what makes a family.”
· 49% of Americans agree that married people are happier than unmarried people.
· 97% of Americans in traditional families and 88% in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
A FOREVER FAMILY
Author Keith Miller tells of an outgoing 40-year-old woman who was part of a sharing group he led. Here is her story:
"When I was a tiny little girl, my parents died and I was put in an orphanage. I was not pretty at all and no one seemed to want me. But I longed to be
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Oct 13, 2005
A family in my church run a family farm, and they don’t have health insurance. The wife began having heart problems, and had to be hospitalized as well as several trips to the emergency room. The medical bills totalled as much as their yearly income. However, they paid their tithe, and paid the
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
Focus on the Family compiled the following conclusions of the effectiveness of 25 years of addressing the search of intimacy with "safe sex" ideology. (From Fresh Illustrations)
Ten percent of all 15 to 19 year-old females become pregnant each year. ("Kids Having Kids," A Robin Hood Foundation
“Grandpa walked into the family room and found his little grandson, Jeffy, standing up in his playpen, crying.
“He looked so pitiful, standing there in his little baseball T-shirt and diaper. His face was red and tear-stained from crying. When Jeffy saw his grandpa, his face lit up in a way that
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Nov 29, 2001
THE BEST PREACHER IN THE FAMILY
G. Campbell Morgan, a profound British preacher whose four sons all became pastors, influenced millions with his preaching, teaching and writing.
One day, when his young son Howard finished preached, a reporter asked him, "Since you have five Pastors in your
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 19, 2000
In a recent issue of Focus On The Family Magazine, Dianne Matthews remembered when she was a young girl in 1st grade the little girl behind her had brought a beautiful tiny Christmas gift to school and placed it on her desk. It was wrapped in white glossy paper and tied up with a sliver of red