Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 20, 2002
God does not lead His children around hardship, but leads them straight through hardship. But He leads! And amidst the hardship, He is nearer
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 12, 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
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
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
Contributed by Rick Crandall on Jul 16, 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
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 10, 2002
To the hardships of life, the famous poet Robert Frost would say this: "In three words I can sum up everything
We need to look at storms and painful scenarios in a different light. Possibly God’s light? Wirt helps us to see through a difference lens in his book Jesus Man of Joy.Sherwood Wirt has this to say about the positive side of pain:
Pain does have this positive value. It will bring to halt our
Contributed by John Miller on Jan 16, 2003
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway , it just wasn’t worth the effort to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his
Contributed by Michael Dugal on Jul 20, 2003
Swindoll quote "So, take heart my friend, God is in full control. Nothing is happening on earth that
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
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
The Japanese introduced a tree to the world that is called a Bonsai tree. It is measured in inches instead of feet as other trees are measured. It is not allowed to reach its full growth potential but instead grows in a stunted miniature form. The reason for it growing in stunted form is that when
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Aug 25, 2005
Cut To Fit! (08.29.05--Sickness!--Hebrews 12:6)
Arthritis is a real drag. As active as you would like to be this day or any, if you are weighted down with joints that are sometimes swollen and often stiff, the day always seems sometime a bit longer, somehow harder to bear.
I’ve been an
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 3, 2005
Fresh Starts! (10.05.05--Beginning Again!--Numbers 20:1)
A number of years ago my wife had an opportunity to spend several days camping at a church camp with several of her friends. They kept the little ones and the family pets with them. The only thing lacking for the time was husbands. It
Contributed by Lisa Delay on Oct 8, 2005
My son Nathan is autistic, so he struggles everyday with many things most of us take for granted. We, as his family, struggle too along with him. Things like speaking, a change in his environment, certain sounds, interruptions in his plans or routine and a host of other things often cause him great
THE CAT WITH LIMITED VISION.
There was a beautiful pedigreed cat that lived in a hugh mansion on a hill. The cat had everything.
The cat was warm in the cold winter, cool in the hot summer. The cat had a choice of food: fresh tuna,
beef, or pork. The cat ate out of silver dishes. The cat drank
When I finally decided to do what God wanted, I realized this first hand. Within the span of one week, my wife and I had several negative things happen in our lives. First, a close family friend died of a massive heart attack. Two days after that, we found out that her grandmother was diagnosed
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Sep 28, 2003
The 200-year-old church was being readied for an anniversary celebration when calamity struck: the bell ringer was called out of town. The sexton immediately advertised for another.
When the replacement arrived, the sexton took him to the steps leading to the bell tower, some 150 feet above them.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 12, 2009
Kentucky Thunderstorm Wipes Out Historic Family Pear Tree
John Claypool tells the story of a thunderstorm years ago that swept through Southern Kentucky at the farm where his ancestors had lived for 6 generations. There was an old pear tree that had been there for about as long as anyone could
Contributed by Pat Cook on Sep 2, 2003
Sir Alexander Mackenzie is a Canadian hero. An early fur trader and explorer, he accomplished a magnificent feat when he led an expedition across Canada from Fort Chippewyan on Lake Athabasca to the Pacific Ocean. His incredible journey was completed in 1793, 11 years before Lewis and Clark began
Contributed by Paul Kuzma on Feb 19, 2002
[Rabbi Harold] Kushner’s book [When Bad Things Happen to Good People] was a best seller not only because it is so well written, but also because it caters to a narcissistic age. For us, any suffering, confusion or tragedy is patently unfair and undeserved because we stopped trusting a God whose