Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
N. Mandela “Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and then hoping it
In his Alpha Talk “What About the Church,” Nicky Gumbel tells this story about John Wimber, the founding pastor of the Anaheim Vineyard Christian Fellowship and the Worldwide Vineyard Movement: “John Wimber was once approached by a member of his congregation who had met somebody in great need.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 31, 2008
DO THEY KNOW YOU LOVE THEM?
On a cold winter evening a man suffered a heart attack and after being admitted to the hospital, the man asked the nurse to call his daughter. He explained, "You see, I live alone and she is the only family I have." The nurse went to phone the daughter. The daughter
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Jul 3, 2008
Colin Byrne Smith of Australia told of a missionary who called on a tribe of cannibals. Taking his life in his hands, he crossed the inlet in a small boat, and when confronted by the tribe, meekly endured every insult.
Long afterwards, when he had succeeded in converting many and
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jul 27, 2008
BAG OF CANDY
A young boy was arrested and brought before the judge for taking a bag of candy from the shelf of a local store. The owner of the store pressed charges because he wanted the boy to learn a lesson.
After a lecture from the judge, the judge asked the young boy if he had anything
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jul 27, 2008
A CLEAN SLATE
A little boy was told by his mother not to play near a certain pond. One day the temptation was too much, and, venturing too close, he fell into the water. He was very conscious of his wrongdoing, and most uncomfortable. So he wrote on his school slate: "Dear Mother, I am sorry
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
Each week Kevin Tunell was required to mail a dollar to a family he'd rather forget. They sued him for $1.5 million but settled for just $936, to be paid a dollar at a time. The family expected the payment each Friday so Tunell would not forget what happened on the first
There's great power in our hands. It's the power to forgive a jerk-bully, a jerk-cheater, a jerk-thief. It’s powerful because it's unexpected. Jerks expect us to cry, run, or take revenge. The last thing they expect is forgiveness. That's why it's so disarming. Forgive them
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Sep 17, 2008
Robert C. Tuttle told this:
Some years ago, after a vigorous brotherly and sisterly disagreement, our three children retired only to be aroused at two o'clock in the morning by a terrific thunderstorm. Hearing an unusual noise upstairs I called in to find out
Contributed by Jim Kane on Sep 27, 2008
Redemption and Restoration in Real Life
I conclude this morning with a story about what happened since a tragic event that took place 9 months ago around Christmas time at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. I share it because I think it makes a point about moving beyond the 'Who, Them?' To
Contributed by John Petty on Jan 18, 2008
FORGIVENESS: NO UGLY PICTURES
I was approached by the station manager of a local television station in Pensacola, Fl to contribute a 50-second devotional for his program transition period. I was reluctant to agree, since I struggled to limit my sermons to even 30 minutes. But feeling impressed
Contributed by Bob Gillchrest on Dec 8, 2008
Did you read about the Pope's passing forgiveness on John Lennon’s famous statement when the Beatles were climbing the ladder of popularity and success in the 60s? He forgave John for claiming that one day the Beatles would be more popular and famous than Jesus Christ. Well, the Pope may have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 11, 2008
FATHER FORGIVE THEM
There was once a man who was born in a little town back east. He grew up and took on the family business. The only earthly father he had ever known died sometime in his teen years and as the oldest son he took on the responsibility of caring for his mother.
He had a good
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2008
Dwight L. Moody, the 19th century American evangelist, once said, "Forgiveness is not to say, 'I will forgive, but not forget.' It is not to bury the hatchet with the handle sticking out of the ground, so you can grasp it the minute
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 31, 2008
UNLOCK YOUR ANTLERS
In an old monastery in Germany, I'm told you can see two racks of ancient deer antlers permanently interlocked. Apparently the animals had been fighting fiercely, and their horns became so tangled that they could not be disengaged. As a result, both of them died of hunger.
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Jan 22, 2009
Steve Watt: Forgiving the Dangerous Fugitive
Wyoming state trooper Steve Watt was shot during a traffic stop and left to die. For years, he struggled with hatred toward his shooter, Mark Farnham. But Steve took the risk, and now Steve and Mark are friends.
Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 9, 2009
REDEMPTIVE LOVE CHANGES PEOPLE
John Ed Mathison, former pastor of Frazier Memorial UMC, tells the story of Tommy Waite, an African-American man serving time in jail and converted through Frazier’s Prison Ministry. They didn’t stop there though. They discipled him and even helped him to get his
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Mar 30, 2009
"The time for reconciliation, just as the time for salvation, is always now. Tomorrow is often too late. We are not to allow bitterness, anger, hatred, or any other sin to keep us separated from other people,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
FORGIVENESS ON A KID’S FIRST JOB
Forgiveness was the most important lesson best-selling author Tony Hillerman learned as a kid on his first job. His story goes...
"I was 14 when Mr. Ingram knocked on our farmhouse door in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma (pop. 38). The old sharecropper lived about a