After the Dallas Cowboys had won the Super Bowl, Tom Landry made this observation. "The overwhelming emotion--in a few days, among the players on the Dallas Cowboys football team--was how empty that goal was. There must be something
Contributed by Tim Richards on Dec 7, 2004
Those who don’t attend church are four times more likely to commit suicide than those who attend frequently. In fact, lack of church attendance correlates more strongly with suicide rates than any other risk
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Dec 28, 2004
A number of years ago researchers performed an experiment to see the affect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water, and found that within an hour they had all drowned. The other rats were
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jan 7, 2005
“Do You Have A Portable God?” Numbers 10: 11-21 Key verse(s): 21:“Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived.”
Think about this! The only time that you will be through with change in this life is when your life is through. Life in
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Dec 22, 2000
ILL. Dennis said, "I don’t think I’ve ever experienced greater culture shock than what I experienced at the very first Thai village we visited. This was a village which the missionaries had not yet reached with the good news of Jesus. The people were still living with all their superstitions &
Contributed by James Chandler on Apr 3, 2003
Lab Rats, Light, and Hope
A group of graduate students did a very bizarre experiment. They took lab rats and put them in a tank of water and placed the tank in a totally dark room. They went into the joining room and monitored them with video equipment. The rats swam for almost six hours before
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Apr 20, 2003
Conference after conference is held to discuss the destruction of the Earth’s environment and to solve the poverty of two thirds of the world’s population but very little gets done when the talking is over. Isn’t it essentially a problem of selfishness, greed and exploitation? Desmond Tutu, the
Contributed by Michael Dugal on Jul 20, 2003
Psa 91 – engineer unit (1943-45)Their chaplain encouraged them to carry a copy of this Psalm with them as they went into battle. During two years and over 20 intense battles, the unit expereinced no deaths. During Operation
Contributed by Bobby Mcdaniel on Sep 7, 2003
As Vice President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev’s widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2003
THE WINE OF JOY
To the Jewish people wine symbolized joy. The Jewish rabbis had a saying, ‘Without wine there is no joy.” At the wedding in Cana their joy had run out!
This statement by the mother of Jesus goes beyond liquid refreshment at a wedding. It is symbolic of our lives. It is a
Many of you will recall Lt. General Sir William Dobbie (Dobbie of Malta) who was Governor General of Malta during the Second World War – at a time when the defence of Malta was at its darkest hour.
The Italian forces had overwhelming superiority, both in numbers and firepower. Yet Malta never
Contributed by Troy Borst on Dec 11, 2003
INTRODUCTION... A Duke University Study
A group at Duke University did a study on “peace of mind.” Factors found to contribute
greatly to emotional and mental stability are:
1. The absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness.
2. Not living in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2004
I have been married to the same lovely woman for over 25 years. That’s 25 years of eating together, laughing together, crying together, holding hands, sleeping together in a queen sized bed.
A couple of weeks ago she left one Saturday afternoon to spend a Mother-Daughter week in Puerto Valarta,
Contributed by Kerry Tilley on Feb 15, 2004
If you want to be distressed, look within.
If you want to be defeated, look back.
If you want to be distracted, look around.
If you want to be dismayed, look ahead.
If you want to be delivered, look to Christ.
If you want to be delighted, look
Contributed by Tony Searles on Feb 23, 2004
In the early 1800s in Manchester, England, and unhappy and depressed middle-aged man, while traveling, visited a physician who had been recommended to him?
"What's the nature of your ailment?" the physician asked. The sad-faced man told the physician that he was suffering from a hopeless illness.
Just before World War II in the town of Itasca, Texas, a school fire took the lives of 263 children. There was scarcely a family in town that was not touched by this horrifying tragedy. After the war, the town built a new school, which featured what was called "the finest sprinkler system in the
A true story: A retired couple was alarmed by the threat of nuclear war so they undertook a serious study of all the inhabited places on the globe. Their goal was to determine where in the world would be the place to be least likely affected by a war, a place of ultimate security.
SECURITY IN THE ROCK
The rock badger hides in the crags in the rock. They are greyish in colour and blends well with the rocks. When a predator comes to attack, they will run into a hole, the crag in the rock. The vulture or eagle must sweep down on them before they get into the rocks.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006
Neal Alexander, Publisher and President of United Methodist Publishing House/Abingdon says, "What is clear is that the yearning and need for spiritual resources is growing. Contemporary life doesn’t make religious experience irrelevant, it makes it indispensable. The further segmentation of our
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
Social researcher icon, Daniel Yankelovich, is quoted Forbes, “The culture of affluence is fading now. It’s being replace by a new interest in the spiritual side of life. Its yearning that has nothing to do with church and sectarianism, but with a search for why the so-called material good life