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  • What God Can Do For Us  PRO

    Contributed by K. Edward Skidmore on Apr 22, 2008
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    WHAT GOD CAN DO FOR US A young pastor in another church told about an experience he had with a family who tended to be the "Easter and Christmas" variety of church attendees. A young woman in the family became critically ill. The prognosis was bad. In fact, doctors expected she might die more

  • The Weak Will Shame The Wise

    Contributed by Paul Dietz on Jun 19, 2008
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    THE WEAK WILL SHAME THE WISE We have to come to the realization that life is much more than brokenness. According to God’s word, we are vessels of honor which contain the power and glory of the Christ. I, too, have had a problem with such thinking throughout the years. How can I, a vessel of more

  • Bad Storms Of Life - Great Reasons To Pray

    Contributed by Rick Crandall on Jul 16, 2008
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    Bad Storms of Life - Great Reasons to Pray *The scariest airplane flight I have ever been on was in 1982. I worked for the Air Force back then and was going to Korea for a contract negation with Korean Airlines. *When we were way out over the Pacific Ocean, we hit some bad weather. And I mean more

  • Feelings Of Injustice Increases Heart Risk

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 21, 2008

    FEELINGS OF INJUSTICE INCREASES HEART RISK A new study found that people who thought they were treated unfairly were more likely to suffer a heart attack or chest pain. Those who thought they had experienced the worst injustice were 55% more likely to experience a coronary event than people who more

  • I Lost My Boat, But I Preserved My Life

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008

    I LOST MY BOAT, BUT I PRESERVED MY LIFE An American (Ken Barnes), safely headed toward land after three days adrift, said a driving storm off the tip of South America snapped his masts and rolled his yacht, shattering his dream to make a nonstop, round-the-world voyage. "I lost my boat, but I more

  • Calvin Of Calvin And Hobbs Cartoon Fame Gets ...

    Contributed by Rick Bezanson on Jul 29, 2008

    Calvin of Calvin and Hobbs cartoon fame gets dressed in his special clothes for school. He goes to school. He sits on some bubble gum, gets beat up by a bully, fails a test at school and gets rained on the way home. At bedtime he more

  • So Personal  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 31, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    SO PERSONAL The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982. In the first 15 years, 54,000 items were left at the Wall. It still takes almost an hour every night, [and much longer on Memorial Day,] to collect all the mementos-a teddy bear, a photo of a soldier's grandchild, a letter from a more

  • Don't Trust Feelings  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 31, 2008
    based on 39 ratings

    DON'T TRUST FEELINGS I read of a helicopter pilot who flew from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific told this story. He said, "I was flying the helicopter back to the ship when a blinding fog rolled in. Flying at a low altitude, I knew that a single mistake would plunge my crew and me into the more

  • Asking Why

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008

    ASKING WHY In his Good Friday sermon for 2005, Dr. Richard Lischer asked these questions: -"Have you ever been tempted? So was (Jesus). Thus your temptations have been redeemed in His. -Have you ever been hated? So was He. You have a place in Him. -Have you ever been lonely, afraid, without a more

  • Fly Like An Eagle

    Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Aug 13, 2008
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    FLY LIKE AN EAGLE A nature lover was once walking through the countryside when he came upon a farm. He walked up to the fence and looked into the barnyard. He saw lots of chickens and geese and other farm animals wandering and scratching about. Then he noticed one bird that didn’t fit. He looked more

  • Chippee The Parakeet

    Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Oct 8, 2008

    Chippee the Parakeet One of my favorite stories is about Chippie the parakeet. Chippie was a happy little bird, content every day to sit on his perch, swinging and singing to his little heart’s content. One day Chippie’s owner took the initiative to clean out his cage. She took off the more

  • Timothy J. Keller, Pastor Of Redeemer ...

    Contributed by Todd Leupold on Nov 3, 2008

    Timothy J. Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, remarks: "...when Jesus weeps, we see that he doesn't believe that the ministry of truth (telling people how they should believe and turn to God) or the ministry of fixing things is enough, does he? He also is a proponent of the more

  • Belief In The Resurrection  PRO

    Contributed by Todd Leupold on Nov 3, 2008
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    J. Vernon McGee once pointed out: "Martha believed in a resurrection. But listen, it makes less demand upon faith to believe that in a future day we shall receive glorified bodies than it does to rest now on the assuracne that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. It is more

  • Ingrid Trobisch, Reflecting On The Death Of Her ...

    Contributed by Todd Leupold on Nov 3, 2008

    Ingrid Trobisch, reflecting on the death of her husband, Walter – a godly man whose writings have ministers to millions – wrote in an article for Partnership magazine (Sept-Oct. 1985): "It took me many years to learn that no man on this earth can satisfy the deepest longings of a woman's heart. more

  • The Hamster

    Contributed by Art Good on Nov 6, 2008

    THE HAMSTER Most of us are more like the story I heard about a hamster and its owner. Each morning Sam hit the wheel, stopping only to snatch a bite to eat. He was driven by some ingrained belief that all his efforts were getting him somewhere. Trudge, trudge, trudge, nibble, nibble, more

  • The Fire

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2008

    Illustration: The Fire H. A. Ironside told the story of pioneers who were making their way across one of the central states to a distant place that had been opened up for homesteading. They traveled in covered wagons drawn by oxen, and progress was necessarily slow. One day they were horrified to more

  • A Reality Check On How We Sabotage Ourselves: Do ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2008

    -A reality check on how we sabotage ourselves: Do you at times, long for days gone by where you did certain activities that do now do not do. This is our unredeemed flesh working on a mind that is not renewed by the word of God. We need to immediately cast out these unhelpful distractions, more

  • The Will Of God

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2008

    George W. Truett said: "To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge! To do the will of God is the greatest achievement!" –(quoted in "Toolkit," Cell Church, Winter, 1996, p. more

  • In The Ultimate Obedience Depicted In 1 Peter 4:1 ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2008

    In the ultimate obedience depicted in 1 Peter 4:1 Believers who have died have ceased from sin will have entered into an eternal condition of holy perfection, free from all sin’s influences and effects (cf. 1 Cor. 15:42–43; 2 Cor. 5:1; Rev. 21:4; 22:14–15). Poem: Safely Home I am home in more

  • When 53-Year-Old Danny Anderson Was Feeding His ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2008

    When 53-year-old Danny Anderson was feeding his horses Monday night, a 5-foot rattler slithered onto his central Washington property. Anderson and his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, pinned the snake with an irrigation pipe and cut off its head with a shovel. A few more strikes to the head left it more