Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 28, 2004
When we get to heaven, there will be no contest to see who was the most deserving of God’s grace because no one deserves it.
There will only be one contest in heaven. When we look back and see what we were before, when we see the pit from which he rescued us, when we recall how
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 28, 2004
Suppose that one of the local businessmen had purchased a new building and was planning to move all of his stock into the new store.
He placed an ad in the paper offering $100.00 per day to anyone who would come to help him make the move. The first workers were there early on
Contributed by W F on Oct 5, 2004
The African Bishop, Desmond Tutu, was once asked why he became an Anglican rather than joining some other denomination. He replied that in the days of apartheid, when a black person and a white person met while walking on a footpath, the black person was expected to step into the gutter to allow
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 18, 2004
AN INVITATION (AND A REJECTION FORM)
Dearest (your name),
You are cordially invited to come and enjoy the delicious banquet of my salvation. Serving will begin at My House and will continue for eternity. I’d love for you to come and get to know Me personally–and join my Family.
I will never forget the day I watched about 40 khaki-clad men get off an old rattletrap brown bus in Houston, Texas. Some had scars on their faces. I especially remember one man whose arm had been amputated. Some of them looked tough. I remember thinking I would not want to meet some of those guys
Contributed by Richard Wafford on Nov 24, 2004
A.W. Tozer writes, "whoever will listen will hear the speaking heaven. This is definitely not the hour when men take kindly to an exhortation to listen, for listening is not today a part of popular religion. We are at the opposite end of the pole from there. Religion has accepted the monstrous
I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Jan 8, 2005
That’s why I think it is very important in understanding God’s grace to comprehend the difference between three words- used in Scripture. Justice - Mercy & Grace. Justice is deserved punishment. Mercy is exemption from punishment, Grace is favor when punishment is deserved. (Repeat)
The slum district of Manila is already overcrowded, but a gold rush has made it worse. It all started when 15-year-old Alfredo Gallo, who was combing the riverbed that runs through the Philippine capital, found a chunk of gold. His father immediately sold the nugget for about $500 and bought a
Contributed by Ezequiel Alaniz on Jan 10, 2005
Todo lo que tenia que aprender en la vida lo he aprendido de Noé.
1- No vayas a perder el barco súbete a tiempo (prepárate)
2- Recuerda que todos vamos en el mismo barco (no critiques)
3- Planea a tiempo, recuerda que todavía no llovía cundo Noé ya estaba construyendo el arca.
4- Sé un hombre
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jan 17, 2005
“Staring Down the Critic’s Barrel!” Proverbs 9: 7-10 Key verse(s): 8b:“. . . rebuke a wise man and he will love you.”
The Bible tells us that “rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” Love? What happened to getting the emotional revenge that is so satisfying? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jan 23, 2005
Reggie McNeal tells the story of how an electrical generating plant in Texas works: “First, huge shovels dig house-sized scoops of lignite coal. Pulverized and loaded onto railroad boxcars, the coal travels to a generating plant in east Texas, where it is further crushed into powder.
Contributed by Greg Buchner on May 5, 2005
What is this mercy and grace exactly…
This past week I pulled my “Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms” (one of those books I bought in seminary but very rarely open today ) off my library shelf. While I often quote that grace is the “unmerited favor of God,” it was interesting
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
Bill, Jim and Scott were at a convention together and were sharing a large suite on the top of a 75-story skyscraper.
After a long day of meetings, they were shocked to hear that the elevators in their hotel were broken and they would have to climb 75 flights of stairs to get to their
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 25, 2008
I read of a candidate for ordination into the ministry. He was having an interview with the bishop on the day before the ordination service. Feeling his unworthiness he said, "Bishop, if you knew how unworthy I am to be ordained by you, you would never lay hands on me."
The dear bishop replied,
Grace is a force a power that we all need to experience and to tap because it has power:
Grace has the power to transform a life filled with sorrow to a life filled with joy.
Grace has the power to deliver one from them self.
Grace has the power to bring love into a loveless life.
Charles Swindoll has this to say about this gift called grace that came from Jesus: "To show grace is to extend favor or kindness to one who doesn’t deserve it and can never earn it. Receiving God’s acceptance by grace always stands in sharp contrast to earning it on the basis of works. Every time
Max Lucado explains grace this way in his book In The Grip of Grace pages xii-xiii:
Surely God is impressed with my garments, I often thought. Occasionally I strutted into his presence so he could compliment the self-tailored wear. He never spoke. His silence must mean admiration, I convinced
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 3, 2008
Not of Works
Grace, triumphant in the throne,
Scorns a rival, reigns alone;
Come and bow beneath her sway!
Cast your idol works away!
Works of man, when made his plea,
Never shall accepted be;
Fruits of pride (vain-glorious worm!)
Are the best he can perform.
Self, the god his soul
Contributed by Jesse Bennett on Nov 9, 2008
THE GIRL AND THE LIONS
A 12-year-old girl in rural Ethiopia was kidnapped from her family. Her captors yelled at her, beat her, and almost raped her during her seven-day ordeal. They wanted to force her into marriage by selling her to the highest bidder; who knows what kind of situation she