Something goes wrong in just about every wedding. Most of the time it seems funny (…at least later on.) I’ve officiated at a lot of weddings, but there’s one I’ll never forget. It was not anyone associated with our church, but this couple wanted to use our old sanctuary, and I agreed to marry
Contributed by Tim Smith on Oct 21, 2012
J Vernon McGee told the story of the days before the Civil War in a city in the south. At the center of town, there is a commotion as a crowd gathers for a public auction to watch the proceedings. In the crowd is an uncouth, foulmouthed, loud, boisterous man who is the meanest, cruelest, most
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 13, 2010
In an issue of the AARP Bulletin, readers were asked to respond to the question: What’s your strategy for coping with stress? The answers ranged from "Eat a chocolate chip cookie" to "Have a stiff drink."
But Don Betz of Oakdale, Minnesota, offered his own unique solution.
Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jul 2, 2011
Ray Bakke, the Executive Director of International Urban Associates, tells a great story from World War II.
An airman named MacDonald and a Scottish chaplain bailed out behind German lines, were captured and put into a prison camp, with MacDonald in the American barracks and the
Contributed by Davon Huss on Sep 5, 2011
It all began on Sunday, December 11, 2005, when a fisherman spotted a 50-ton humpback whale tangled up in crab trap lines off the coast in northern California. His call for help was answered by a group of Coast Guard divers and whale experts.
The rescue operation was both difficult
Contributed by Perry Greene on Oct 5, 2011
FREEING THE QUAIL
At a Farmer’s Market, there was a covey of quail walking around a pole. They had strings attached to their legs and walked in circles hour after hour. A customer purchased the birds and then cut the strings off their legs, giving them their freedom. Yet, in spite of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 3, 2003
Salvation is a "Free Gift" from God.
Although "Free" it does not mean everyone has it.
If the local harware store was handing out free snow shovels today, does that mean you have one, no.
You have to go to the hardware store and ask for one of those free snow shovels, and then when it is in your
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Oct 26, 2003
In the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, we are introduced to a frightening creature named Gollum. He lives in the area known as Middle Earth and goes about with a croaking throat muttering. At one time he possessed the ring of power and it corrupted him with its evil.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2008
A man said to his pastor: “I am a miserable sinner and there is no help available for me. I have prayed to God, I have tried to be good and I have tried to do the right thing at the right time, but I always seem to fail.”
The pastor asked him: “Do you believe in the life, the death,
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Jul 19, 2010
FREE PIZZA - TEN DOLLARS
Way back in the day when Katie and I were dating, I got this phone call from her. She was very excited. She had just purchased a discount coupon book for discounts on various restaurants in town, for only $25.00. If you are familiar with the Entertainment Coupon Book,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 4, 2011
THE STRESS-FREE LIFE OF THE BEDOUINS
The Bedouin shepherd lives in shabby box tents that dot the hillsides throughout Israel. When compared to our lives saturated with modern conveniences it seems as though they live a very difficult life. However, an interesting fact is that their average life
Contributed by Brad Henry on Sep 6, 2011
FREE GAS: GOD KNEW
Yesterday we had an "event" at church. We were told to come with comfortable clothes and that was all the direction we received. When we got to church, the pastor said, "OK folks, today we are going to the gas station up the street. We are going to give $25.00 of gas to 150
Contributed by Johnny Palmer on Dec 7, 2011
THE FREE-FOOD TREE
One year, a tree on the campus of Green Acres Elementary School, near Santa Cruz, California, bore strange fruit—mostly sandwiches, but sometimes a cookie, a cupcake, an apple or an orange.
It came into full bearing from a seed planted by teachers Sophie Farrar and Sandra
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Feb 19, 2012
ONLY IN OBEDIENCE ARE WE FREE
In his book "Run with the Horses," Eugene Peterson tells how he saw a family of birds teaching their young to fly. Three young swallows were perched on a dead branch that stretched out over a lake. One adult swallow got alongside the chicks and started shoving them
FREE TO BE YOUR SLAVE
Elisabeth Elliot wrote a beautiful prayer, in "A Lamp for My Feet":
"Lord, break the chains that hold me to myself; free me to be Your happy slave – that is, to be the happy foot washer of anyone today who needs his feet washed, his supper cooked, his faults overlooked,
Our staff recently started a new ministry to our church family by offering "gluten-free" bread for the Lord's Supper. It has been very successful and our staff has received a lot of affirmation because of this ministry. However, we didn't start off very well.......thanks to the Senior Pastor!
Contributed by Richard Tow on Jul 18, 2017
Joseph Cooke was a missionary to Thailand a generation ago. He illustrated grace this way. Picture a happily married couple in which both husband and wife are all that either could ever wish the other to be. The husband always respects his wife’s feelings, always treasures her individuality, is
Contributed by Brian Mavis on May 31, 2001
Salvation is free, ... but discipleship will cost you your life.
Contributed by Ray Mckendry on Aug 28, 2001
Illustration: Free From Worry
Donald Trump, the famous businessman, has many millions of
dollars. What a friend to have, eh? There is a story about
Trump’s generosity with a stranger. It is said that Trump’s
limousine broke down on the Garden State Parkway. An
unemployed car mechanic stopped