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  • 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 Sermoncentral 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

  • Too Close To Where I Got In

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
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    TOO CLOSE TO WHERE I GOT IN Vance Havner said it this way: "Too many of us today are shaky about what we believe, BUT NOT SHAKEN BY WHAT WE BELIEVE." Our faith doesn’t shake us or have a hold on us. A little boy fell out of his bed. When his mama asked him what happened, he said, "I don’t ...read more

  • Watching From The Bleachers

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Jan 21, 2009
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    Cymbala shares in his book, "Fresh Power": "But just as there are people who watch from the bleachers and never know the challenge of competing on the court, we have millions of churchgoers who sit in pews every week without ever entering the game. They sacrifice nothing, strain toward no ...read more

  • Emotional Growth Needs...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 26, 2009
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    EMOTIONAL GROWTH NEEDS... Just as a flower cannot grow unless it has soil, air, water, light, and a secure place to grow, researchers have leaned that people can’t grow emotionally unless five basic ingredients are present: 1. Meaningful touch. 2. A spoken message. 3. The attachment of ...read more

  • We Can Transform Our Lives--Even When It Is No ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 26, 2009
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    We can transform our lives--even when it is no longer possible to receive our parents' blessing. (Source: John Trent and Gary Smalley, "The Blessing". From a ...read more

  • Boat People

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 26, 2009
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    BOAT PEOPLE There are three kinds of people -- rowboat people, sailboat people, and steamboat people. Rowboat people need to be pushed or shoved along. Sailboat people move when a favorable wind is blowing. Steamboat people move continuously, through calm or storm. They are masters of ...read more

  • Kaiser Medical Has A Slogan Called, "Thrive": ...

    Contributed by Charles Wallis on Feb 3, 2009
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    Kaiser Medical has a slogan called, "Thrive": They are promoting health as more than just getting by, but living well. Knowing God is not just about getting by, or even getting to heaven. There must be more! His Spirit ...read more

  • Prayer And Growth  PRO

    Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Sep 13, 2009
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    PRAYER AND GROWTH There is a type of bamboo in Asia which grows to amazing heights and at amazing speeds - sometimes as much as 20 metres in six weeks! However, before that growth spurt, the seed lies in the dark beneath the ground for up to 5 years. Those farmers who make a profitable living ...read more

  • Christian Maturity: It's In The Details

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 16, 2009
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    CHRISTIAN MATURITY: IT'S IN THE DETAILS Ted Williams, who died in 2002 was arguably the best hitter baseball has ever known. He was the last baseball player to hit better than .400 in a season. Upon his death, George Will said in his column "There is no joy in Red Sox Nation, a.k.a. New England, ...read more

  • Courage: Breaking The Barrier

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 19, 2009
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    COURAGE: BREAKING THE BARRIER Seek courage and strength to move out of your comfort zone. You will need it. Even the smallest of changes even if they are for the best disrupts our relational systems. Without courage, without trusted companions, and with strength, growth and maturity will never ...read more

  • 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

  • Christian Walk Compared To Learning How To Pitch ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 14, 2009
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    Christian Walk Compared to Learning How to Pitch Horseshoes When I married into Charlotte’s family I married into a really close family that liked to spend a lot of time together. Almost every Sunday was spent at Charlotte’s Mom and Dad’s house. There were football or baseball games to watch or ...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