A. He’s Closer Than You Think. Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning GOD!” That is a wow statement. God began us, created us. In the days of creation he waited until the last thing to create was mankind. God created Adam and Eve and it was like these two chairs right next to each other. But then Eve
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 31, 2008
STOP LOOKING FOR REASONS, REST ON THE PROMISES
Pastor and author Warren Wiersbe draws our attention to the 51 references of the writer (psalmist) to himself – his interests, desires, feelings, questions and plans. Wiersbe advises that a healthy antidote to depression is to stop looking at self
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Apr 17, 2008
WHAT GOD CAN DO
A young boy traveling by airplane to visit his grandparents sat beside a man who happened to be a seminary professor. The boy was reading a Sunday school take-home paper when the professor thought he would have some fun with the lad. "Young man," said the professor, "If you can
Contributed by Dj Castilleja on May 5, 2008
LEADING YOU HOME
In the movie "Apollo 13," astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) is interviewed by a reporter prior to launch. He asks if Lovell has ever been in a tight situation.
Lovell responds that once, as a Navy pilot in a wartime situation, his plane's instrument panel had been
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on May 21, 2008
Author Robert Fulghum tells this story of one of his professors, a wise man whose name was Alexander Papaderos:
At the last session on the last morning of a two week seminar on Greek culture, Dr. Papaderos turned and made the ritual gesture: "Are there any questions?"
Contributed by Rick Pendleton on May 23, 2008
Most of you have never heard of Lawrence Hanratty, who was named the "Unluckiest Man In New York City." (Profiled in the Los Angeles Times)
He was nearly electrocuted to death in a construction site accident in 1984. For weeks he lay in a coma, with his lawyers fighting for his liability claim,
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 9, 2008
There are three huge gates that lead into the Cathedral of Milan. Over one gate there is an inscription in marble (under a beautiful flower bouquet) that says, "The things that please are temporary." Over the second gate, there is a cross with this inscription: "The things that disturb us are
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 19, 2000
A Jewish banker gives this witness of the power of God through Christ to change lives. He says, "A few years ago I was sent to a place in Puerto Rico to make some studies for the bank. It was the worst, the dirties city imaginable Two years later I returned and it was completely changed.
Contributed by John Gullick on Dec 22, 2000
Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a prisoner in Russia.
he was on a program of hard labour and slow salvation.
One day he felt like giving up.
He felt his life could not make a difference.
He sat down on a bench knowing that when he was spotted by a guard he would be ordered back to work when he
Contributed by Rob Ross on Jan 14, 2001
When Alexander the Great set out on his campaigns, he divided all his possessions among his friends. Someone said "But you are keeping nothing for yourself ." "O yes, I am." He said "I have kept my hopes." William Barclay wrote "A person can endure
Contributed by Jeeva Sam on Mar 20, 2001
Wayne Hilliker tells this true story about the Jewish women in concentration camps during the Second World War having to work to build roads: their wheelbarrows were their aprons; their shovels were their fingernails; on cardboard shoes they went out on frozen ground and worked all day; only
Contributed by Norman Lawrence on Mar 25, 2001
Among the prisoners in Kushner’s POW camp was a tough young marine, 24 years old, who had already survived two years of prison-camp life in relatively good health. Part of the reason for this was the camp commander had promised to release the man if he cooperated. Since this had been done before
Contributed by Bruce Emmert on May 7, 2001
On a scale of 1 to 10, how optimistic are you about your future? In that great mid-life crisis movie, City Slickers, Billy Crystal’s character Mitch attends career day at his son’s grade school. Mitch is anything but optimistic. His son had told everyone that his dad was a submarine captain, but
From the book: Stories for the Heart (p. 246, Catherine Marshall)
There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between
WHEN THINKING ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF WAR, CARL VON CLAUSEWITZ, IN HIS EPIC BOOK "ON WAR" WROTE, "WAR…IS AN ACT OF VIOLENCE
Contributed by Davon Huss on Oct 16, 2001
G. Dr. Robert Page- World peace will come only when all mankind turns wholeheartedly to God in complete humility and voluntary unconditional
Contributed by Ian Biss on Oct 16, 2001
Illustration of woman on phone. The telephone rings, and the young mother answers. "Honey, it’s mom. I called because I know that you’re busy with the three children, and I want to give you some help. I’m going to stop by to clean the house, take care of the baby, and prepare dinner for when the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
BITTER OR BETTER
Dr. Jim Moore, pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Houston wrote a book entitled "You Can Grow Bitter or You Can Grow Better". He writes that he got the idea for the title from a young woman who once came to him in a most tragic moment in her life.
She had tears in her eyes and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
Dan Rather: Coming home 9/11, I Read the Bible.
The CBS anchor talks to Texas Monthly magazine about
covering the terror attacks:
That first day, I got home at five-fifteen in the morning.
I know from past experience that you can’t just have a
glass of milk