Contributed by Anne Benefield on Jan 19, 2009
Finding God in Hardship
A dear friend of mine has been out of regular work for a couple of years. She has found enough temporary work to stay a float, but it has sometimes been a week-to-week challenge to pay the bills.
As we were talking the other day, she said to me, "I am walking through my
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Jul 15, 2008
WHY DOES GOD ALLOW HARDSHIP?
We live in a mixed-up, messed-up world. Sometimes terrible things happen that don't make any sense at all, and we wonder why?
Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the best known singer-songwriters of contemporary Christian music. Over the last 15 or 20 years his songs have
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 19, 2002
God does not lead His children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. But He leads! And amidst the hardship, He is
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 11, 2010
HARDSHIP AND DISCIPLINE
No professional football team that plays its home games in a domed stadium with artificial turf has ever won the Super Bowl.
While a climate-controlled stadium protects players (and fans) from the misery of sleet, snow, mud, heat, and wind, players who brave the
HARDSHIPS FURTHER HIS KINGDOM
Bill Hybels' The Power of a Whisper (p.110-111):
"Don't ever buy into the idea that everything God prompts His followers to do will be uncomplicated or low-cost. Sometimes God asks His children to carry heavy loads, as He did with the apostle Paul. But even--and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 9, 2002
To the hardships of life, the famous poet Robert Frost would say this: "In three words I can sum up everything
“There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot from that situation, create something that is surpassingly good. He did it at the creation. He did it at
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 28, 2009
ALL PART OF GOD’S PLAN
In the opening pages of his autobiography, "An American Life," Ronald Reagan writes, I was raised to believe that God had a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan. My mother - a small woman with auburn hair and a sense of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
Failure was a part of Gods training curriculum for the disciples over one hundred times in the Gospels. It wasnt until Peter had failed
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 16, 2004
A HEART FOCUSED ON GOD
One writer (Warren Wiersbe) wrote a book called Victorious Christian about a woman named Fanny Crosby. Crosby was the author of over 8000 songs including several that we sang today. In fact she wrote so many that she had to write under pseudonymns just so she could get more
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Aug 1, 2003
[The Answer to Death, Citation: Robert Russell, "Resurrection Promises," Preaching Today, Tape No. 151.]
Professional golfer Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33.
He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit.
He wrote, "A genuine feeling of fear
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Dec 13, 2001
GOD AND TRUTH RELIEVE AGONY
Lloyd John Ogilvie, chaplain of the United States Senate, recalls:
Senator Max Cleland, who lost both of his legs and his right hand in Vietnam, came to the Bible study withdrawn and tired. Another senator said, "Max, are you all right?"
"Not really," he said. "I’ve
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 19, 2011
STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN: STILL BLESSING HIS NAME
On May 17, 2008, Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his family suffered a devastating loss. Their five-year-old adopted daughter, Maria Sue, was struck and killed when Chapman's seventeen-year-old son was backing his SUV out of the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 10, 2006
Carlyle had a very devoted wife who sacrificed everything for his sake, but he never gave her a single expression of appreciation for which her heart yearned. She came to regard herself as the most miserable woman in London and evidently died of heart hunger. After her death, Carlyle, reading her
Contributed by Troy Borst on Jan 12, 2006
The words, "Not by sight but by faith" adorn the walls of Billy Blanks training center -- a testament to his faith in Christ to overcome many obstacles. "Faith without works is dead" -- is another
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 10, 2009
CRY WITH THEM
I read about a young boy. Who was sent by his mom to the corner store to buy a loaf of bread. He was gone much longer than it should have taken him. When he finally returned, his mother asked, "Where have you been? I’ve been worried sick about you."
"Well," he answered, "there was
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
A woman told a counselor how her relationship with her husband had gone sour and she couldn’t understand what had happened. As the counselor listened to her story, it became obvious that this relationship all centered around
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
"You cannot run away from weakness. You must somehow fight it or perish; and if that be so,