Chuck Swindoll in his book Dropping Your Guard has to this to say about the importance of relationships with in the Body of Christ:
Before anyone can ever be convinced of the value of involvement and mutuality, that person must come to terms with the consequences of isolationism. The fact is, we
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Oct 15, 2003
A reporter was interviewing an old man on his 100th birthday. ?What are you most proud of?? he asked.
?Well,? said the man, ?I don?t have an enemy in the world.?
?What a beautiful thought! How inspirational!? said the reporter.
In the 60’s Simon and Garfunkel wrote this
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship;
friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Sep 22, 2004
On Monday, February 6, 1995, according to the Chicago Tribune, a Detroit bus driver finished his shift on the Route 21 bus and headed for the terminal. But somehow he took a wrong turn. He didn’t arrive at the terminal at the scheduled time of 7:19 p.m., and a short time later his supervisors
Robert Frost -- Mending Wall -- Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun, And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where
Contributed by Steve Malone on Oct 7, 2004
“To accept people is to be for them. It is to recognize that it is a very good thing that these people are alive, and to long for the best for them. It does not, of course mean to approve of everything they do. It means to continue to want what is best for their souls no matter what they do.”
Contributed by Dave Mcfadden on Oct 20, 2004
A woman and her husband, the mayor of a large city, were walking along the street one day when a construction worker on a nearby scaffolding leaned over and shouted, "Hello, Peggy." She turned to look and recognized him as being an old boyfriend from high school. She returned his greeting and they
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Nov 11, 2004
“Make a Friend, Find a Friend!” Proverbs 18: 24 Key verse(s): 24: “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
I am reminded of the story of the great patriot John Randolph of Virginia. Known for his intelligence and generosity,
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Apr 11, 2005
“She Bought Me Another Dog”
Pepper Rogers, coach of UCLA’s football team suffered through a poor season back in the 1970’s. He came under intense criticism and pressure from alumni and fans. Things got so bad that he felt as if all his friends were gone. “My dog was my only true friend,” he
Contributed by Larry Jacobs on Jun 30, 2005
My title is taken from the story of the African two horned Rhinoceros.
Across the grassland of East Africa, The Two Horned Rhinoceros lives. They are magnificiant animals of tremendous speed, size and agility. He is the most dangerous and powerful animal on earth. All the rest of the animal
Contributed by Steven Chapman on Jul 6, 2005
It’s a lesson that this familiar song from 20 years ago taught us.
“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got
Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t it be nice to get away?
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name
Contributed by Jim Luthy on Jul 19, 2001
Samuel Johnson, the 18th century poet and essayist, summarized the cause of estrangement this way: "The friendship which is to be practiced or expected by common mortals, must take its rise from mutual
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 6, 2002
The lone Ranger and Tonto were travelling on a train. "Tonto, good
indian friend, loyal companion, would you get me a glass of
water?" Tonto goes off and returns after a few minutes with a
glass of water. "Thanks good indian pal, friend." The Lone Ranger
drinks the water. After a few
Contributed by Brian La Croix on May 15, 2002
How many of you remember the Carole King song, You’ve Got a Friend?
You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am, I’ll come runnin’, to see you again.
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, all you got to do is call, and I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend.
The idea of the
Contributed by Jim Kane on Jan 28, 2003
A recent e-mail asked readers to reflect on the following questions: 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2. Name the last five heisman trophy winners. 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. 5. Name the
Contributed by Gary Kins on Feb 7, 2003
1. The Bear & The Travelers - Aesop
Two travelers were on the road together, when a bear suddenly appeared on the scene. Before he observed them, one made for a tree at the side of the road, and climbed up into the branches and hid there. The other was not so nimble as his companion; and, as he
Contributed by Bruce Landry on Mar 31, 2008
THEY WILL GIVE YOU UP
Donald Grey Barnhouse led the son of a prominent American family to the Lord. He was in the service, but he showed the reality of his conversion by immediately professing Christ before the soldiers of his military company.
The war ended. The day came when one of the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 18, 2006
The Ret Hat Society, made up mostly of women 50 and older who wear a lot of red and purple under the banner of ‘have fun’ and often to raise funds for charities, has more than 300,000 members and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 10, 2006
“May those who love us, love us; and those who don’t love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so
Contributed by Paul Humphrey on Feb 22, 2006
Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end;
Yet days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone,
And I never see my old friend’s face.
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well
As in the days when I rang his