Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 6, 2013
JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THE MANDAEANS
One religion exists to this day that reveres John as their main prophet:
The Mandaeans were originally native speakers of Mandaic, a Semitic language that evolved from Eastern Middle Aramaic, before switching to colloquial Iraqi Arabic and Modern Persian.
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jun 1, 2010
He was nicknamed “THE CROCODILE HUNTER”, and he was a unique man with a smile as wide as fun itself and Australian to the core. You couldn’t help but remember STEVE IRWIN! He and his wife Terri owned and operated Australia Zoo in a little place called Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Jun 4, 2010
My sister and her husband Pete are on a holiday working their way through OUTBACK PLACES in Australia. Unfortunately they can't travel on the dirt roads at the moment because of an unexpected rainy season. They have to stick to the highways because if they get off the track they will sink in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
THE LIGHT OF HOPE
As Craig T. Kocher in his commentary on our text states, "Christian hope is fundamentally different from optimism. Christian hope locks its steely eyes on the devastation of the world around it, and readily acknowledges that things may not get better. Christian hope does not
Contributed by Larry Turner on Dec 3, 2015
How’s this for a Christmas card this year. On the front a beautiful winter scene. On the inside a nice thought.
“The fire of the Holy Spirit,
That should be your desire.
To follow and obey him,
For the Gospel, be a crier.
So if Jesus comes back this year,
May you not be found a
Like John the Baptist, Charles Spurgeon, a Baptist minister, also preached fire and brimstone sermons. For that, he was greatly criticized in the newspapers. Articles appeared regularly disapproving of his methods, his motives, his mannerisms, and his messages. He was made to look like a villain
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 28, 2011
ERWIN MCMANUS AND HIS "JOHN THE BAPTIST"
As we begin today I would like to read a true account of an experience that pastor, speaker, and author, Erwin McManus had in the early years of his ministry. Listen to what he says...
"I got a message through the urban grapevine that I was dead. It
Contributed by Dale Harlow on Dec 17, 2007
John the Baptist lived a simple life, even by their standards. In Luke 3 he gives us an important teaching that tends to get eliminated in our society. Luke 3:11
John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.”
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"Birthdays are mentioned only twice in the Bible. On the first one, Pharaohs birthday, he had his chief baker beheaded. On King
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 15, 2005
“Wash me!” was the anguished prayer of King David.
“Wash!” was the message of John the Baptist.
“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me,” said the towel-draped Jesus to Peter.
Without our being washed clean, we
Contributed by David Parks on Jan 30, 2003
A PERFECT PREACHER
After hundreds of years, a model preacher has been found to suit everyone. He preaches exactly 20 minutes and then sits down. He condemns sin but never hurts anyone.
He works from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. In every type of work from preaching to custodial service. He makes $60.00
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Apr 13, 2011
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
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2009
HOW TO MAKE SOMEONE A SOUL-WINNER
General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once told his students, "If I had my choice, I wouldn’t send you to school, I’d send you to Hell for five minutes, and you’d come back real soul
Contributed by on Jul 20, 2007
Charles Spurgeon, The Prince of Preachers, said: “It is the preacher’s principle business… to cry, “Behold the lamb of God.” For this reason was John (the Baptist) born and came into the world… his chief errand was to herald the Messiah, the Son of God. What we have said of
WINNING ON THE WRONG HORSE
In Kentucky there were two farmers who owned racing stables – and these men were great rivals. One spring, both of them entered a horse in a local steeplechase. One of the farmers hired a professional jockey, thinking that this might just give him an edge.
Contributed by David Fox on Nov 10, 2001
“Baptism” – Comes from the Greek word
- “Baptismo” which means to immerse or dunk.
Baptismo is a word which was used to describe:
a) Sinking ships as they sank water would fill
the inside of ship.
b) Another usage describes a garment being
immersed into dye… the dye
Steve Atkerson states this about Water Baptism: The OT is replete with examples of ceremonial cleansings accomplished through the use of water (Nu 19:11-21; 31:21-24). Thus, the Jews were not surprised that John the Baptist used water graphically to portray repentance and forgiveness of sins (Mk
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 22, 2008
Noah’s message from the steps going up to the Ark was not, “Something good is going to happen to you!”
Amos was not confronted by the high priest of Israel for proclaiming, “Confession is possession!”
Jeremiah was not put into the pit for preaching, “I’m O.K.; you’re O.K.!”
Daniel was not
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 29, 2004
BEFORE THE REVIEW BOARD
John the Baptist was a truly strange fellow.
I can imagine his performance review from the board of clergy examiners.
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Dear John ben Zechariah:
The board of examiners completed their visit and frankly were concerned about several matters
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 10, 2002
We Have Orders To Go
The attitude of John the Baptist may have been that of a missionary in Africa who was once asked if he really liked what he was doing. His response was shocking. "Do I like this work?" he said. "No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonable refined sensibilities. We