Contributed by Mark Eberly on Jun 26, 2008
GIVE YOURSELF RIGHT NOW
Those in recovery groups talk about seeing what he or she can “pack into the stream of life.” Many addicts and alcoholics initially think of themselves as pretty good people who just need to cut back drinking. If they have problems, they happen because of other people.
Contributed by C Vincent on Feb 14, 2009
Survey by Premier Radio yesterday says, "Most people would rather have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 27, 2009
WHO REALLY CARES?
A couple years ago, a Syracuse University professor named Arthur C. Brooks wrote a book called "Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism." He was not particularly excited about the outcome of the study he’d done (he’d been raised a liberal) but
Foundation of Guilt
Years back when I was a Youth Minister, we did a lot of Youth Musicals. Some of them had funny skits that took a kind of "tongue-in-cheek" look at how churches worked. They had that kind of "ha-ha...ouch!" effect. I remember one featured a church that had this slogan:
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2009
Too many times, we are more concerned with what we get out of giving than what we are trying to give in the first place.
A father was sitting in his chair one night reading the paper. All of a sudden, he realized it was his young daughter’s birthday, and he had forgotten to get
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
THE GIVING TREE
Once or twice in a lifetime you hear a story that leaves an indelible mark on your heart and mind. Such is Shel Silverstein’s story, "The Giving Tree."
"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." And so begins the story of a tree’s being happy because she is able to
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
NO HANDS BUT YOURS
In the courtyard of a quaint little church in a French village was standing a beautiful marble statue of Jesus with his hands outstretched. One day during the war, a bomb struck close to the statue and severely damaged it. After the battle was over, the citizens of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 10, 2009
PICK OUT THREE HYMNS
I heard about this pastor. He was raising money for a new sanctuary. He told his congregation one Sunday morning "If anybody will give $1000, you can pick out three hymns."
A little old lady in the back raised up her hand and said "Pastor, I’ll do it." He was so excited.
Contributed by Jim Heidebrecht on Oct 10, 2009
IN ORDER TO GIVE SOMETHING, YOU MUST LET GO!
VISUAL ILLUSTRATION: (I had a church member come to the front and pretended to give him my Bible, but wouldn’t let go of it, so I never really gave it to him. You have to let go of something in order
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 10, 2010
Hudson Taylor Learns About Giving
One wonderful testimony of faith from church history is that of Hudson Taylor, the first missionary to the interior of China (in the mid-1800s). He was a great evangelist because he learn “to move man, through God, by prayer alone.”
To prepare for the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 23, 2011
THE DURER BROTHERS: NO ONE MAKES IT ALONE
Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children. Eighteen!
In order merely to keep food on the table for this big family, the father and head of the household, a goldsmith by profession, worked
Contributed by Adrian Rogers on Jul 19, 2011
LOVE AS A TOKEN
Woodrow Wilson was on a train. He was in Billings, Montana. He was making whistle stops. He was the President of the United States. He was on that last coach. He was on that platform there out behind. You have seen pictures of them. His wife was next to him. There were important
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 19, 2011
Yesterday Marylu and I went to the Ko-ko-mah encampment as we do every year. We love the smell of campfires cooking food, crafts and arts done in an 1800's style, the music, the costumes, the re-enactments.
When parking car, I thanked the attendant and said, "This must be a pretty
Contributed by Jeff Morrison on Mar 30, 2012
THE HUNGER GAMES: LAYING DOWN YOUR LIFE
In the movie, "The Hunger Games," 16 year old Katness is faced with a dramatic choice when her 12 year old sister is chosen by lottery to fight for their district. She knows her sister is small and frail, and that she would not last in the life or death
Contributed by William Yates on Jun 12, 2002
Sara Hughes Illustration: The Women’s’ Ice Skating Competition in the 2002 Winter Olympics was supposed to be a clash of the Titans for the gold with U.S. skater Michelle Kwan pitted against Irina Slutskaya. Sara Hughes, a 16-year-old fourth place contender, however, stunned the world when she took
Contributed by Steven Dow on Jul 9, 2002
Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the Roman aqueduct a Segovia, in his native Spain. It was built in 109 A.D. For eighteen hundred years, it carried cool water from the mountains to the hot and thirsty city. Nearly sixty generations of men drank from its flow.
Then came another
Contributed by Don Hawks on Jul 31, 2002
‘If God intended man to live on bread, why didn’t he create a bread tree?’ And the answer, in effect, is that God could have created a tree that produced crusty loaves of bread, but he prefers to offer us a grain and invite us to buy a field and plant the seed. He prefers that we till the soil
Contributed by Tony Klinedinst on Aug 14, 2002
If you compare the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, you will surely see great differences. The Dead Sea is so full of minerals and deposits all life is completely snuffed out. No fish, plants or anything else. However, the Sea of Galilee is thriving with life. What is the difference? There are