Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 10, 2009
THE GOLD STANDARD
Leland was able to standardize Cadillac parts to precision standards. The development of these standards had such a profound impact that a member of the British Parliament, a wealthy lord named Sir Thomas Dewar, gave the company an award for standardization of parts. Having
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
Have you ever heard of Meliorism? Here is what one person said about it. "I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist. I am a Meliorist. Meliorism cancels out optimism as being too bright, too airy; and rejects pessimism as being too dull, too heavy. Take life as it is, says the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
RALPH’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE
John Matters and I visited Ralph Drennan Thursday. You know, since he came back from WWII, Ralph has run a business of re-binding books. He’s in his 90’s now, so Ralph has cut his hours back a little. He still gets work sent to him from all across the US, because there
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 13, 2009
GOD JUST NEEDS A VOICE
John Stott, a well-known British pastor and theologian, was invited to preach at the University of Sydney in Australia; but after he got there, he lost his voice. He describes his experience as follows:
"What can you do with a missionary who has no voice? We had come
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 4, 2010
THE OLD TREE
There is an old proverb about the leader of a city who would take daily walks to gain peace of mind and inspiration from nature. One day, the burdens of his position had his mind more disturbed than normal, and the old man found himself walking much further than usual. Eventually he
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 27, 2010
History of the ship MV Doulos
When built for the White Star Line in 1912 the Titanic was the marvel of her age. At nearly 883 feet in length, Titanic was longer than the tallest structures on Earth at the time. Over 1800 people left England on the “unsinkable ship”, but only 675 arrived. After
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 5, 2010
WHO'S YOUR DADDY?
"A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning they were eating breakfast in a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white haired man moving from
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2010
THE CULTURE OF COMPLAINT
In 1991, Robert Hughes, an art critic, wrote a book called The Culture of Complaint. His thesis is that we live in a culture in which we perceive ourselves as being entitled to having all our wants and desires fulfilled. When that doesn't happen, we become "victims," we
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 12, 2010
PURPOSE IN LIFE
Many years before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, he was a store-keeper in Salem, Illinois. Abe had a rifle displayed in his store that was one of the most beautiful rifles ever made. The barrel was made from the finest steel, the stock from the best walnut wood; and a
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jan 20, 2011
WE ARE NOT JUST ANTS
Broadway play: Spider Man
Green Goblin has Spider Man in his grip as they fight atop the Chrysler Building in NYC. It is hundreds of feet to the ground. The Goblin says to Spider Man, "Look down there Spider Man. What do you see? Look at all those people. They look
In 1502, in Florence, Italy there was a large block of marble given to a church in Santa Maria, the church immediately hired who they thought was a professional to sculpt this enormously huge piece of rock. The man was a professional and soon after commencing this great task
Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 17, 2011
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A WINNER
You want to know how bad it was to be a New Orleans Saints. Derland Moore, the Saints nose tackle from 1973 to 1985, once was asked what it was like to be a Saint, and said: "We were the league's doormats. When I went out and people would ask me if I played for the
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Apr 13, 2011
WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
Many years before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, he was a store-keeper in Salem, Illinois. Abe had a rifle displayed in his store that was one of the most beautiful rifles ever made. The barrel was made from the finest steel, the stock from the best walnut wood; and
Contributed by Chuck Sligh on Jun 14, 2011
A PURPOSE FOR SHEEP
Sad to say, millions of people wander through life with no earthly idea what they’re here for.
One of the abiding fascinations of my wife here in Germany are sheep. About once a year, a shepherd brings a flock of sheep near our village, and my wife goes out and makes as
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jun 22, 2011
WE GET OUR PURPOSE FROM HIM
I have three watches. They had no meaning until I bought them; they get their meaning from me. I assign each one its meaning and value. I put this watch on a shelf as a showpiece; it's my show watch. This watch I wear for informal occasions and when working in the
THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY
I remember a sermon – years ago, in fact I think I may have preached it during my time here as an intern – where my opening illustration was the difference between the way my father chopped wood and the way I chopped it. You may remember the scene – me as a skinny 18
GOD'S WHISPERS ARE OURS TO HEAR
Bill Hybels' book: The Power of the Whisper:
"Throughout history God has spoken. For millennia, he has forged his children’s faith by promising parted waters, empowering unlikely leaders, declaring world-changing prophecies-and imparting last-minute sermons to
Contributed by Larry Wilson on Sep 17, 2011
In Enterprise, Alabama, you will see one of the most unusual monuments ever built. It is a monument to honor the boll weevil, the little insect that nearly destroyed the cotton on which the town's economy depended.
Why a monument to so destructive an insect? Because before
Contributed by Brad Henry on Sep 29, 2011
GIVING BRINGS HOPE AND PURPOSE
I have a friend that called me last night. I have known him for many years and he has been struggling with uncertainty like most folks in his business. He was also questioning, "Is this what the Lord wants me to do?"
Well, he just came back from a trip where he
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 9, 2012
YOU HAVE VALUE
I have a here a $20 bill -- how much is it worth? (WHO WANTS IT?)
What if I tear it?
What if I crumple it up?
What if I throw it on the floor and stomp on it?
Because it's still a $20 bill.
It has intrinsic value that makes it worth $20.
But WHY is it worth $20?