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 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 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 Brian La Croix on Apr 20, 2009
General Oglethorpe once said to John Wesley, "I never forgive, and I never forget."
To which Wesley replied, "Then, Sir, I hope
Contributed by Jim Kane on May 18, 2009
It was a conversation that has stuck with me over the years. I was not a part of the conversation, per se, but I was a part of the audience that listened. I think that it took place in 1986 but I cannot remember. It was, I remember, a Sunday night at the church where I was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2009
FORGIVENESS WORKS IN THE AUSSIE OPEN
Who here is a tennis fanatic? This time of the year is dreadful for sleep; The Australian Open interferes in our life. But the other night something interesting happened.
Jelena Dokic publicly asked for forgiveness, said sorry for being a pain to the
THIS IS FORGIVENESS
I once invited a guest lecturer to speak to a counseling class I was teaching and ask him to specifically discuss the topic forgiveness. He told a powerful story from his own life that day to illustrate his point that we should forgive.
His brother had many struggles,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
I COULDN’T ’NOT’ FORGIVE HIM
Chris Carrier has one of the best testimonies of Christian forgiveness I have ever seen. Chris grew up in Coral Gables, Florida. He was abducted when he was just 10 years old. Chris’ kidnapper was angry with the boy’s family. He burned him with cigarettes, stabbed
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 24, 2009
WHY SHOULD I NOT FORGIVE?
Deweese Eunick (mother of a 6 year old girl, killed by a 12 year old boy who was wrestling with her) The boy, Lionel Tate was being sentenced for life in prison for this murder. The mother said to reporters on ABC, "It’s more that he’s a human being, you know?" she
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 12, 2009
RECONCILIATION: CHANCING ONE’S ARM
A. The oldest Christian site in Ireland is said to be St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. (Slide Of St Patrick’s)
1. It is a beautiful edifice, but it also has a interesting piece of history involving one of its doors– it is known as the "Door of