Contributed by Eric Ferguson on May 7, 2008
The cheerful girl with bouncy curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. "Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?"
Her mother checked the back of the little foil box and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 21, 2008
A man goes to a diner every day for lunch. He always orders the soup du jour. One day the manager asks him how he liked his meal. The man replies, "It was good, but you could give a little more bread."
So the next day the manager tells the waitress to give him four slices of bread. "How was your
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
THE PROBLEM OF LIVING FOR TIME
By the time it’s all over, Tom Brady’s will be the fourth face on the Mount Rushmore of New England sports, right up there with Larry Byrd, Bobby Orr and Ted Williams. He is what they were: single-minded, blessed with the ability to lift a team, a cutthroat
Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 2, 2010
LOOKING FOR PAC MAN FULFILLMENT
I was in the 5th grade, sitting tortured in a classroom, couldn’t wait for the dumb day to be over because at home ... I had waiting for me ... Pac Man on my Atari 2600. The day before I had plunked down $40 to have this game for myself. That was like 1982 - so
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Apr 26, 2010
ENDORSEMENT FROM THE MASTER
I remember a story about a young violinist. He spent years crafting his musical talent. His teacher was a master violinist. On one of his performances at a great concert hall, the young protege performed his best ever instrumental. His sound was sharp, the tone crisp.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 1, 2003
Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!” If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was there telling the employee
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Apr 23, 2003
As a two and three-year old I used to gather all my stuffed animals together and stand up on box and begin to “preach” to them. My Mom called me her “little preacher boy.” As a child God put within my imagination the dream of being a preacher.
As a teenager I began to pursue my divine-daring
Contributed by Jim Luthy on Apr 28, 2003
The best-selling book among all Christian books right now is The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Warren begins his book with these words…
“It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on May 7, 2003
In the movie, Chicken Run, dozens of chickens are held captive in the prisoner-of-war-like camp at Tweedy Farms. Ginger is the chicken mastermind who keeps devising new plans to help her fellow chickens escape. Ginger knows that when a chicken’s egg production is down they will face the chopping
Contributed by Mary Lewis on Aug 3, 2003
In his medical practice, Dr. Richard Swenson sees a steady stream of hurting people coming into his office. He claims that a majority of them suffer from a chronic ailment which has reached epidemic levels in our country.
Do you know what it is? SARS, maybe? Or AIDS?
The disease Dr. Swenson is
A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway. I told him right off that he was crazy. He was a city type. You could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked.
He said he was driving by and
Contributed by Scott Sharpes on Aug 27, 2003
In the movie “City Slickers,” Billy Crystal plays a confused, dissatisfied thirty-something character with a vague sense that life is passing him by. Jack Palance- ancient, leathery, wise to the ways of the world (“a saddlebag with eyes”) – asks Crystal if he would like to know the secret of
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Sep 1, 2003
In his classic devotional book titled The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, English Puritan pastor and author Richard Baxter (1615-1691) wrote:
Why are not our hearts continually set on heaven? Why dwell we not there in constant comtemplation…Bend thy soul to study eternity, busy thyself about the life
Contributed by Richard Tow on Nov 17, 2003
Am I True to Myself? by Edgar Guest
I have to live with myself, and so
I want to be fit for myself to know
I want to be able, as days go by,
Always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand, with the setting sun,
And hate myself for things I have done.
I don’t want to
Isn’t it amazing that it took an atheist, Bertrand Russell, to remind us of this insight? Russell said: “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.”4
4. Rick Warren. The
Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 8, 2003
H. Rick Warren in His Book “The Purpose Driven Life” says, “Philosophy is an important subject and has its uses, but when it comes to determining the purpose of life, even the wisest philosophers are just guessing. Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy professor at Northwestern Illinios University, once
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 29, 2003
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER
(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)- by Erma Bombeck
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 25, 2002
PLEASE DON’T RETIRE
We’ve got a dangerous practice in America called "retirement." It’s a blessing in some ways, but it’s also dangerous because it implies that your productivity stops when you get to be 62 or 65. It’s dangerous in the church because people look forward to retiring so they can
Contributed by Stephan Brown on Aug 26, 2002
I recently made a trip to Ellis Island in New York. Ellis Island was once the biggest immigration processing center in the U.S. It processed thousands of immigrants a day. All of these immigrants left their homelands through much difficulty to come to “the land of promise.” They
It is said that Albert Scweitzer once stated, "I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve".