Contributed by Peter Loughman on Dec 21, 2007
A professor of mine from seminary told us this story: When he was a young man, all of 23, he had the opportunity to take a summer tour of Europe as a graduation present, he was from a well to do family. He traveled about Europe by train, boat and sometimes by bicycle. Finally he ended up
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
In 1949, my father had just returned from the war. On every highway you could see soldiers in uniform hitchhiking home to their families. The thrill of the reunion with his family was soon overshadowed by my grandmother’s illness. There was a problem with her kidneys. The doctors told
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
Go to God--he is the source of our goodness on this earth.
Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
This story about Hudson Taylor, a well-known
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
THE BEST GIFT
Bobby was getting cold sitting out in his back yard in the snow. Bobby didn't wear boots; he didn't like them, and anyway he didn't own any. The thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in them, and they did a poor job of keeping out the cold.
Bobby had been in his backyard for
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
Everyone loves to receive gifts at Christmas time. And I am sure that as Christmas approaches, we are wondering what lies behind those wrapped presents. I remember as a child that these four weeks of advent were so difficult. I would go by that tree about 30 million times a day
Barnabas later becomes the disciple who takes St. Paul in tow on the first missionary journey. It is on that journey that Paul discovers his calling to be the apostle to the Gentiles. So Barnabas’s gift, his free will offering of what he owned
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 19, 2009
THE GIFT OF THE SKATES
So how do we recognize His authority in our lives? How do we express our faith and our love to Him? By committing ourselves to His mission. Jesus doesn’t say anything about saving sinners and getting them into heaven. The primary priority of his mission is to preach good
Contributed by Ed Sasnett on Jul 8, 2010
THE GIFTS IN THE FRIES
If you have one or more of the gifts of service, you are critical to the work and glory of God. Do not think lightly of your place in God’s plan.
A man goes to buy a hamburger for lunch. The young lady behind the counter asks, “Do you want fries with that?” The man
A GIFT OF THE WORD
When I was a teenager, my pastor gave me a little pocket New Testament, bound in red leather. And inside, on the flyleaf, he had written a note. And with the note was a Scripture citation: Romans 12:1-2. I couldn’t wait to turn to that passage and read what it said. If you
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 15, 2011
When Gabriel Hurles turned six a couple of years ago (January 2009), he was so focused on eating his birthday cake, that he hardly noticed the giant package in the corner of the room. When another child pointed out the large gift, Gabriel ran over and began to tear off the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 26, 2011
THE EMPTY GIFT
God offers us more than this world does, but most of us never take the time to see it. There was a 15-year old boy named Joey, whose mother died at birth. She was a severe alcoholic, and that had affected his pre-natal development. The result was that he was slightly
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 12, 2011
GIFT OF HONOR
Football practice was over, and Denny was sore from head to toe. Slowly he climbed the graffiti-laden stairway of the aging apartment building. Suddenly, his mother’s chilling screams pierced the cold, still air. He had heard the sound many times before. Still, a sickening knot
GIFT OF PEARLS
A number of years ago, when our oldest was just a little tyke, a Chinese man we knew gave my wife a string of pearls as a gift. Anyway, the pearls he gave her were different from the ones we might find in a jewelry store; they were natural, not cultivated.
Now, the most common
THE GIFT OF A CROSS
Story: Woman Led to Christ through an Act of Kindness
Craig Groeschel, The Christian Atheist (Zondervan, 2011). p. 210
It's amazing what a difference the little things will make. For example, years ago when I was a new believer, I always wore a tiny cross pin on my
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 27, 2012
OWNERSHIP OF THE GIFT
A humanitarian group in Africa, noticing the filthy water, sewage, and disease, built clean water and sewage system for a village. Months later, they visited the village, but it was back to square one with filthy water, sewage and disease. [from Pickthebrain.com]
Contributed by Darren Ethier on Apr 9, 2002
NOT THE GIFT, BUT THE GIVER
A man told a story about the time his son’s sixth birthday was approaching. He had mentioned he wouldn’t mind a party, and as his son usually was very specific about the kind of presents he liked. The dad asked him what he could get him. Bill expected a well-planned
Contributed by Joel Vicente on Oct 12, 2002
THE GRADUATION GIFT
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealers showroom, and knowing that his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 10, 2002
THE EMPTY GIFT
"I was enjoying 1st grade to the fullest until one day in December when the little girl behind me set "it" on her desk. It was the tiniest Christmas present imaginable, less than an inch on each side with white glossy paper tied up with a sliver of red cellophane. Immediately I
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 A. Todd Coget on May 16, 2003
On Christmas morning, the children in a family do not usually all receive the same gifts.
One gets a football, one a puzzle, another receives a doll house, and another a table game.
Yet, although each child does not receive the same gifts as the others, the parents intend the