Contributed by Chris Surber on Jul 7, 2008
At the heart of judgment is blame and at the heart of blame is a denial of grace. The heart which is filled with judgment says, “I am not worthy of grace and neither are you!” Our ability to forgive others is closely linked to our ability to forgive ourselves because both stem from our
Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Aug 9, 2008
There was a mother that was trying to calm her daughter down and she said, "Now, Sarah, your brother said he was sorry he broke your doll so I hope that you'll forgive him."
"All right, " Sarah said
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 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 to
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Sep 23, 2008
Washing in the Bible
A worship station is set up. There are two but they are the same thing. Water is a powerful cleansing agent and symbol. In the temple, the priests washed their hands and their feet every time they led worship to symbolize their initial baptism when they were set apart for
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Oct 21, 2008
Matthew sprained his ankle playing football. The doctor told him to get off his crutches as soon as possible, because the injury would develop scar tissue if he did not walk on it. If an injury develops scar tissue, later on it can be worse and more painful and you lose mobility.
Peanuts cartoon (Lucy goes up to Charlie Brown with a paper and pen and says, “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame.” Then she goes to Shroeder with the same paper and says, “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame.” Finally she comes to Linus and says, “Here, sign this. It
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2008
Karl Menninger, a famed psychiatrist, once said that if he could convince the patients in psychiatric hospitals that their sins were forgiven, 75 percent of them could walk out the next day!
Source: Today in the Word,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2008
The Good News: We are freed from all things; from which we could not be freed.
In a dream, Martin Luther found himself being attacked by Satan. The devil unrolled a long scroll containing a list of Luther's sins, and held it before him. On reaching the end of the scroll Luther
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 11, 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
Historical Background of Patrick:
Patrick lived in the fifth century, a time of rapid change and transition. In many ways we might say that those times of turbulence and uncertainty were not unlike our own. The Roman Empire was beginning to break up, and Europe was about to
BUECHNER'S UNIQUE LOOK AT FORGIVENESS
Frederick Buechner is a Presbyterian minister and an author, and he has delightful little book called The Alphabet of Grace. It is somewhat like a dictionary of terms that people of faith commonly use, only Mr. Buechner offers some very uncommon reflections
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on May 6, 2010
Back in 1830 George Wilson was convicted of robbing the U.S. Mail and was sentenced to be hanged. President Andrew Jackson issued a pardon for Wilson, but he refused to accept it. The matter went to Chief Justice Marshall, who concluded that Wilson would have to be executed.
"A pardon is a
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 11, 2010
How may we be forgiven? Some people may think they can outrun the judgment. A Spaniard committed a murder at a castle many years ago. He jumped upon a horse and rode wildly into the night. He rode for hours to escape. Finally, exhausted, he lay down to sleep for a couple of hours. When he awoke it
Contributed by John Fallahee on Jun 23, 2010
HEAVEN TO EARTH, EAST TO WEST
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
Two distances are described here: heavens above the earth and
I feel more comfortable when I can see the extent of my obligations. That brings light to the lesson of Peter in Matthew 18.
Peter was concerned about how many times he should forgive his neighbor. Peter knew what the rabbis had to say on the topic. They had read the
Contributed by Ramon Canals on Jun 5, 2009
A few months ago, I was in El Paso holding an evangelistic meeting, and the young people were serving dinner to the mothers being that it was Mother’s Day. I was seating in a chair watching what was going on, and right in front a four-year-old girl pushed a two-year-old
Contributed by Troy Borst on Jun 24, 2009
As I began to think and pray on the passage that we will uncover and talk about today, I started to think about "limits." The most obvious limit I could think of was "speed limit." A speed limit, of course, is the maximum speed allowed on a road for a vehicle. Believe it or not,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 13, 2009
IN WHOSE PRESENCE YOU STAND
On March 22, 1824 an incident took place in Madison County, Indiana, which came to be known as the Fall Creek Massacre. Six white men murdered nine Seneca and Miami Indians and wounded another. Among the nine dead were three women and four children. The six men were
Contributed by Paul Green on Sep 18, 2009
Spurgeon - Throughout the book of Hosea there has been thunder: sometimes a low rumbling, as of a distant tempest, sometimes peal on peal, as of a storm immediately overhead. And now the tempest has gathered all its force. Here it culminates. You expect the bolt of heaven to destroy. But instead
Contributed by on Nov 1, 2009
REMEMBER THE DUCK
A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead. The