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  • Christian Growth Like A Garden

    Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Nov 3, 2009
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    CHRISTIAN GROWTH LIKE A GARDEN I’ve spent some time lately in the veggie garden; I enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden growing. The beans quietly stretching up through the soil, the tomato plant as it battles against the spring cold with its occasional dash of yellow that may grow into a ...read more

  • A Lot Of Christians Have A Tendency To Think That ...

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Dec 9, 2009
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    A lot of Christians have a tendency to think that --- even though it was God’s Grace and Mercy that saved us --- now that we are saved, it’s all up to us to get on with the business of struggling to “live the Christian life” on our own power. We rev up our own dedication, will power, grit, and ...read more

  • Tending Your ...

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jan 9, 2010
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    TENDING YOUR GARDEN Suppose 2 women were planting a vegetable garden. On the same day, they prepared the earth and planted their seeds. One then neglected her garden and waited for her vegetables to grow. The other woman worked in her garden regularly. She put cages around the young tomato ...read more

  • Focus On Christ

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 6, 2010
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    FOCUS ON CHRIST This bit of strange news was released by the Associated Press this past week: RIVERTON, Wyo. -- Officials say a magnifying glass set on a stand in a sunny room started a small blaze in a Wyoming home. UPS worker Buddy Armstrong was delivering a package to 84-year-old Thomas ...read more

  • Getting The Fruit For Yourself  PRO

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 6, 2010
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    Getting the Fruit for Yourself A family was driving to Tampa, Florida. As far as the eye could see, orange trees were loaded with fruit. When we stopped for breakfast, I ordered orange juice with my eggs. "I’m sorry," the waitress said. "I can’t bring you orange juice. Our machine is broken." We ...read more

  • The Love Of Christ Enables Believers  PRO

    Contributed by Sermon Central on May 31, 2010
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    THE LOVE OF CHRIST ENABLES BELIEVERS I like the way one pastor put it years ago (1986) when he became overwhelmed with all the "ideals" he was collecting from church growth seminars and books. He said, "Quite frankly, I'm sick to death of ideals. I have so many ideals and I've been so frustrated ...read more

  • Dead Church

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Oct 14, 2010
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    DEAD CHURCH William James of Harvard once said, "There were some people for whom religion was a dull habit, while to others, it was acute fever." By appearances it was a Church of an acute fever. But by assessment it was a Church of a dull habit. The impressive prayers that were prayed went no ...read more

  • Richard Foster: To Pray Is To Change

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 19, 2011
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    RICHARD FOSTER: TO PRAY IS TO CHANGE Richard Foster, in his book Celebration of Discipline, says, "To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The closer we come to ...read more

  • When A Christian Grows

    Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Apr 13, 2011
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    WHEN A CHRISTIAN GROWS Dr. Bonar once remarked that he could tell when a Christian was growing. In proportion to his growth in grace he would elevate his Master, talk less of what he was doing, and become smaller and smaller in his own esteem, until, like the morning star, he faded away before ...read more

  • The Treasury Of Bible Illustration Notes This: ...

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Jul 14, 2007
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    The Treasury of Bible Illustration notes this: The First and Hardest Lesson - “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” says Robert Fulgham’s popular essay and book. In truth, one of life’s most important and hardest lessons comes to us long before kindergarten. This lesson is painful ...read more

  • C S Lewis Said Perceptively: "A Christian Isn't ...  PRO

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Nov 10, 2007
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    C S Lewis said perceptively: “A Christian isn’t one who never goes wrong, but one who is enabled to repent and begin over again after each ...read more

  • 1 Cor. 3:1-9 Paul Opens Up Our Chapter Slamming ...

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Jun 2, 2008
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    1 Cor. 3:1-9 Paul opens up our chapter slamming the spiritual condition of many in this church. He tells them that they are not spiritually mature, but that they are acting like mere babies. He tells them he has to address them for what they are worldly, i.e. carnal – fleshly or immature! Not ...read more

  • I See It But I Can't Get There

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 31, 2008
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    I SEE IT BUT I CAN'T GET THERE A man named Floyd Collins, in 1925, was exploring near Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and got stuck fifty-five feet from the surface. Icy water was dripping in his face. The rescuers came in and diverted the water, and they talked with him, they calmed him down, but they ...read more

  • Metamorphosis  PRO

    Contributed by Paul Dietz on Aug 16, 2008
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    METAMORPHOSIS I can recall how taken back I was, in my fourth grade science class, when I first became aware of this almost magical phenomena of an ugly, old caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly. Of course at that age I had a very hard time understanding the whole biological time-clock ...read more

  • Metamorphosis

    Contributed by Paul Dietz on Aug 16, 2008
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    Metamorphosis In a world filled with sweet scents and blue sky, Lives the gentle, uplifting butterfly, Whose metamorphosis has this truth to teach: Our aspirations are within our reach. For this fluttering flyer of soaring worth Was at one time a creature that crawled the earth. When she ...read more

  • If I Only Had Five More Years...

    Contributed by Curtis Rowe on Aug 17, 2008
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    "IF I ONLY HAD FIVE MORE YEARS..." The work of Japanese painter Hokusai spanned many years before his death in 1849 at age 89. But toward the end of his life, the artist dismissed as nothing all the work he had done before age 50. It was only after he reached 70 that he felt he was turning out ...read more

  • In 'a Guide To Spiritual Success', There Was A ...

    Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Aug 25, 2008
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    In 'A Guide to Spiritual Success', there was a chapter devoted to the importance of the local church. In it, Tony Evans said this, "Our relationship to the corporate body of Christians is crucial ...read more

  • Base Camps  PRO

    Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 2, 2008
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    BASE CAMPS When people are climbing Mount Everest, there are at least four camps that people stop at on the way up. They have to stop because of the physical limitations of their bodies. They need time to rest. They need time to acclimatized to the atmosphere. They need time to be prepared to ...read more

  • I Know

    Contributed by Dennis Selfridge on Sep 5, 2008
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    I Know I know He is the beginning, so why do I worry about the end. I know He is the creator, so why do I wonder who will destroy. I know He has forgiven me, so why can't I forgive myself. I know He is a healer, so why do I speak of sickness. I know He can do all things, so why do I ...read more

  • Don't Quit Skating

    Contributed by Donny Granberry on Sep 23, 2008
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    Don't Quit Skating I heard the story of a boy trying to learn how to ice-skate. He had fallen so many times that his face was cut, and the blood and tears ran together. Out of sympathy, a man skated over to the boy, picked him up and said, "Son, why don't you quit before you kill ...read more