Contributed by Karl Eckhoff on Feb 12, 2004
A recent front-page story in the Wall Street Journal (January 6, 2004) reported U.S. Marines being trained for duty in Iraq are getting drilled in people skills as well as heavy weaponry. They are receiving instruction about staying respectful as well as about staying alive.
Marines are still
Contributed by Jeff Simms on Aug 11, 2004
Rick Warren has said in his book “Purpose Driven Life” that there are 2 main problems when thinking about spiritual gifts. One is called “gift-envy”. This means that we compares our abilities and gifts to others. In doing that, we might feel tempted to feel jealous of others or feel dissatisfied
Contributed by Martin Kim on Nov 22, 2004
Rick Warren said, “God gave me a gift, not for me but for you, and God gave you a gift, not for you but for me. If you don’t use your gift, you’re
Contributed by Martin Kim on Nov 22, 2004
Let me illustrate how gifts work together in a church. At our potluck last Sabbath, suppose someone dropped a plate full of Kim Chee on the new floor in the gym. This is how people with different gifts would respond.
Gift of prophecy - That’s what happens when you’re not careful.
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Nov 29, 2004
“Baby Steps!” Numbers 33: 1-49 Key verse(s): 2a: “At the Lord’s command Moses recorded the stages in their journey . . .”
I opened up the paper the other day and there staring me right in the face was a “huge success.” The newspaper was focusing on people who had made it; you know, those who
Like John the Baptist, Charles Spurgeon, a Baptist minister, also preached fire and brimstone sermons. For that, he was greatly criticized in the newspapers. Articles appeared regularly disapproving of his methods, his motives, his mannerisms, and his messages. He was made to look like a villain
In a few short days, you will be busy doing something you have looked forward to for a long time; no, not graduate, not get out of school, and not leave home. You will be opening up graduation gifts. If you are like most graduates, you will receive many gifts; some monetary, some material, such as
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Apr 6, 2005
March of 1981, President Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr. , and was hospitalized for several weeks. Although Reagan was the nation’s chief executive, his hospitalization had little impact on the nation’s activity. Government continued. On the other hand, suppose the garbage collectors in this
Contributed by Richard Burkey on Jun 7, 2005
J. I. Packer wrote, “The church is not to be like a bus, where passengers sit quietly and let someone else do the driving, but
Contributed by David Thompson on Jul 30, 2005
Those of you who have sat close to me know that I can’t carry a tune, my tones are off. It makes my mind wander and probably yours too, if you sit very close to me.
I have to remind myself that it’s not the sound that comes from my lips, it’s
Contributed by Todd Catteau on Oct 26, 2005
I golf. Get golf catalogues. Know that better equipment I could golf better. Might be true, but not with God. God can use what you have and make it effective. To possess the
Contributed by Robert Fox on Dec 20, 2005
The gifts of service are sometimes considered "second-rate." compared with gifts like "evangelism."
Without faithful Christians exercising their gift of service, the gifts of evangelism are powerless. It is quite true that people don’t “care how much you know until they know how much you
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Jan 31, 2006
“God has placed in our trust a measure of time, a unique set of talents, and sufficient resources to carry out His will for each of our lives. Our task as faithful stewards is to manage those
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 20, 2002
Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in the
At one time, there was a young man who was a friend to many with musical abilities and talents. It was unfortunate that he was not musically talented as they were. You would think the story ended there, but it did not. This young man had a talent that was somewhat hidden from his peers and even
Contributed by Andrew Chan on Mar 22, 2002
Bill Wilson pastors an inner city church in New York City. His mission field is a very violent place. He himself has been stabbed twice as he ministered to the people of the community surrounding the church. Once a Puerto Rican woman became involved in the church and was led to Christ. After her
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 24, 2002
Transformed by an Elevator
A family from a remote area was making their first visit to a big city.
They checked in to a grand hotel and stood in amazement at the impressive sight.
Leaving the reception desk they came to the elevator entrance.
They’d never seen an elevator before, and just
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jun 23, 2002
He Was A Stranger and I Took him In
The story is told of a Kansan who owned a general store. He was a
well-intending man who made a habit of offering a verse of Scripture
whenever anyone purchased something from him. The group of people who sat
around the store in this rural area enjoyed the
Contributed by Bruce Emmert on Jul 11, 2002
FULFILLING MY TASK
“[Most people] act as if they were simply dropped down in creation and have to entertain [them] selves until [they] die. But we [Christians] were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was. Each of us has a mission in life.
Jesus prays to his Father for his followers,
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Sep 27, 2002
Bob Russell who preaches in Louisville was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania and he tells the story of his first youth minister who was a city-boy. Now his youth group was made up mostly of kids from the farm so they didn’t think they would have much in common with this city slicker and so weren’t