Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 20, 2004
AGAIN – so much of what Jesus teaches is just nuts according to the world… he taught THAT…
• The way up is down
• The way in is out
• The way first is last
• The way of success is service
• The way of attainment is relinquishment
• The way of strength is weakness
• The way of security
Jesus teaches us that we are to go to the deep part of the world to teach
Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Sep 13, 2001
These shepherds were symbolic of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, who would also humbly follow God’s will. Their sheep represent us as believers, in several ways:
- Sheep cannot clean themselves. Some animals such as a cat can do that, but not sheep. Likewise, we as unbelievers were not able
Contributed by Herman Abrahams on Apr 17, 2004
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light and safer
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 22, 2005
The great Alliance preacher and renowned Christian author, A. W. Tozer, makes this observation:
“Before the judgment seat of Christ my service will be judged not by how much I have done but by how much I could have done!... In God’s sight, my giving is measured not by how much I
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 22, 2005
HALF A CLOAK
There is a legend about Martin of Tours who is said to be the first military chaplain. He followed the Roman Army from place to place ministering to the soldiers, and to people in the places they conquered.
One cold winter day he was following the Roman Army into a city. There
. In the summer of 1960 the great musical star Mary Martin was playing the lead role of Maria von Trapp in Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC on Broadway. Lyrist Oscar Hammerstein, II was on his death bed. “One evening just before Mary went on stage, a note was handed to her.
Contributed by Sherm Nichols on Nov 16, 2006
In the spirit of Jeff Foxworthy, the guy who does “You might be a Redneck if…” is this useful list, “You might be selfish if...” So, just listen, and you judge whether or not this sounds like you. If so, you might be selfish.
You might be selfish if…
• You have a genuinely difficult time
Contributed by David Dykes on Mar 31, 2003
Jesus infuriated the Jewish leaders because He claimed to be the “stone which the builders rejected.” This is a reference to the building of Solomon’s Temple. It took 30,000 workmen over seven years to complete the temple. According to I Kings 6 all the stones were quarried far away from the
Contributed by Darryl Bell on Apr 17, 2006
Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 6, 2010
"I Just Want Bread"
There was a beggar who came and sat before a baker. "I want bread," he said.
"How wise you are," the baker assured him. "Bread is what you need. And you have come to the right bakery." So he pulled his cookbook down from his shelf and began to tell the beggar all he knew
THE SHEEP KNOW THE MASTER'S VOICE
"Early one morning, I saw an extraordinary sight not far from Bethlehem. Two shepherds had evidently spent the night with their flocks in a cave. The sheep were all mixed together, and the time had come for the shepherds to go in different directions. One of
VITICULTURE IN THE NEAR EAST
The vine has been cultivated in Pal. from the earliest times. The climate of Pal. is peculiarly adapted to viticulture with the country's bright sunshine and the heavy dew of the late summer nights (Tenney Pg. 882)
The cultivation of the vine
Contributed by William Hooper on Jun 12, 2010
Archelaus, the son of Herod the Great, went to Rome in 4 BC to have his father’s will confirmed, by which he was to be his successor. But a crowd of Jews followed close on his heels with a protest to the emperor: “We don’t want this man to be our king.” They had good reason for hating him:
JESUS. THE TEACHER
Of all the responsibilities and great offices that Jesus filled, His being a teacher rated near the top, if not at the top. When He gave the Sermon on the Mount, He seated Himself and His disciples came to Him: and He opened His mouth and taught them.
Let us think of the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 26, 2011
THE STORY OF CATHERINE LAWES
"Don’t set foot in the prison," people told her, but Catherine Lawes, whose husband was the warden at Sing Sing in 1921, went anyway. The first time there was a prison basketball game, she went, 3 daughters in tow and sat in the bleachers with the inmates.
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 25, 2011
A PEACEMAKING CHURCH
I can tell this story because one neighbor has died and the other neighbor no longer lives across the street from our church. Our neighbors endured the disruption of their lives as we built on to our church. I'm sure that contributed to their lack of patience with us. We put
WE CRAVE THE LIGHT
A few years ago I was sitting in the doctor's office and picked up the Oct. 2001 edition of the National Geographic. It had an amazing article on the "Power of Light". The articles introduction caught my attention:
"Light reveals the world to us. Body and soul crave it.
Back in 1960, my family moved from Ohio to Arizona. The first time we went to the Phoenix Airport, I was impressed by the beautiful orange trees that lined the drive. It was the first time this Ohio boy had ever seen citrus trees. The oranges were big as grapefruits. They looked
Contributed by Kevin Karhoff on Feb 11, 2013
"Many of us are quick to say, ’Yes, I’m a follower of Jesus,’ but I’m not sure we really understand what we are saying. To quote Inigo Montoya, ’I do not think that means