Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jun 19, 2008
Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells about the time he was conducting a prayer meeting when a man gave this testimony: The man said, "I got off at the Pennsylvania depot as a homeless person and for a year I begged on the streets for a living. One day I touched a man on the shoulder and said, 'Mister,
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 David Ibeleme on Jul 8, 2008
It is a form of mediocrity to succeed alone - Rise to the place of excellence where you make or help others to succeed as well.
GOING THE SECOND MILE
A salesman called his wife from a coin-operated phone in a distant city, finished the conversation, said good-bye, and replaced the receiver. As he was walking away, the phone rang. He went back and answered it, expecting to be informed of extra charges. But the
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
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 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 Matthew Rogers on Dec 10, 2001
Charles Paul Conn writes about an actual experience one man had in the Deep South. He says, “When I lived in Atlanta several years ago, I noticed in the Yellow Pages, in the listing of restaurants, and entry for a place called the The Church of God Grill. The peculiar name aroused my curiosity
The Month After Christmas
Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d tasted
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 1, 2002
GET SOME REST!
Our most notorious industrial accidents in recent years—Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, the fatal navigational error of Korean Air Lines 007—all occurred in the middle of the night. When the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian A300 airbus killing all 290 people aboard,
Contributed by Ed Wood on Jun 5, 2002
I heard about an old farmer that had a grandfather clock that went haywire and chimed fourteen times one midnight. He jumped up and said, “Wake up, Nellie, it’s later than it’s ever been before.” I want to tell you folks, it’s later than it’s
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2002
Kim Larence, age 42, is a wife and a mother of three boys. She heads the math department at the private John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. Here is her typical daily schedule. I wonder if it sounds anything like yours.
5:00 a.m. Wake Up
5:15 - 6:50 a.m. Wakes her
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2002
STAYING TOO BUSY
Why do we live such harried, rushed, frantic lives? Why do some of us secretly fear the fact that school is out? How will we ever keep the kids occupied until August?
How did this Happen? Essayist Anna Quindlen suggests some possible reasons.
Perhaps, she suggests,
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 Paul Fritz on Jun 15, 2002
RUNNING THE COUNTRY, RUNNING MY LIFE
During his term as President of the U.S., Lyndon Johnson was somewhat overweight. One day his wife challenged him with this blunt assertion: "You can’t run the country if you can’t run
Contributed by Stephen Rice on Jun 28, 2002
In a magazine article:
Based upon an average 71 year old life span.
You will spend...
23 years sleeping (8 hours a day)
6 years in a car
3 years eating
11 years in leisure activities
2 years getting dressed
17 years working
and... let’s say you come to church sunday morning and evening and
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Oct 18, 2000
A violinist noticed that his playing had a hypnotic effect on his audiences. They sat motionless, as though they were in a trance. He found he had the same effect on his friends’ pets. Dogs and cats would sit spellbound while he played. Wondering if he could cast the same spell over wild beasts, he