Contributed by Darryl Bell on Apr 17, 2006
Roger Rose tells this story: When he was a boy more than 60 years ago, his young brother was fatally injured in a tragic accident. A dirt road ran alongside their house, and only on rare occasions would there be a car on it. But one day as his brother was crossing on his bike, a car came roaring
Contributed by Darryl Bell on Apr 17, 2006
A.M. Hunter says, “’Remembering,’ in the biblical idiom, is not to entertain a pallid idea of a past event in one’s mind, but to make the event present again so that it controls the will and becomes potent in our lives for good or ill” (quoted in David Garland, The NIV Application Commentary: Mark,
Contributed by Brian Atwood on Aug 26, 2006
As we observe communion today I’m reminded of Abbigail Johnson. I was just talking to her about baptism since, as many of you know, she just received Christ. What you may not know is that Abby was born prematurely ten years ago and needed a blood transfusion. Premature babies often don’t have
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 29, 2007
One traditional question Jewish children ask their father as part of the Passover dinner is "Ma Nishtana ha lei la haze," "Why is this NIGHT different than any other NIGHT." Dad then recounts the story of the Exodus.
Comedian George Burns, who was Jewish, tells this joke:
During one of my
"According to medieval legend, before King Arthur sent his knights on errantry to right wrongs and befriend the helpless, he would call them together at his round table, where each knight could see the face of the his king and the faces of his fellows. Shall the followers of the King of Kings do
SUSTAINING FELLOWSHIP- COMMUNION MEDITATION
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who was an enemy of the Nazis because he refused to go along with their state idea of a church that practiced the anti-semitism of the Nazis. In fact, he was a hunted man who upheld authentic
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 10, 2002
THE CROSS AT GROUND ZERO
I’m an excavation laborer, and a member of union local 731. Pick-and-shovel work is my trade. I live in New Jersey, but I’m a New York City native, Brooklyn born and bred. After the Towers collapsed, my city was hurting. When I heard they needed guys like me for
Contributed by Matthew Rogers on Sep 10, 2002
SAVED FROM OUR RUBBLE OF SIN- COMMUNION MEDITATION
The September 11, 2002 issues of TIME magazine has a touching article about 31-year old Genelle Guzman. Genelle was the last of just four people caught in the debris of the Twin Towers to be found alive.
After the planes hit the World
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 28, 2002
HISTORICALLY PROFOUND MORAL UNDERSTANDING
Dallas Willard writes: "What Jesus had to say about human good and evil was of sufficient depth, power, and justification to dominate European culture and its offshoots for two millennia. Nobody even has an idea of what 'Europe'
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 3, 2002
MORTALLY WOUNDED- COMMUNION MEDITATION
"On the 19th of November 1967, in the vicinity of Dak To, Viet Nam Chaplain Charlie Waters was moving with one of the companies of his Battalion when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged and the casualties mounted, Chaplain
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 15, 2002
I WILL TELL YOUR NAME- COMMUNION MEDITATION
Roland Allen tells about a veteran missionary who came up to him one day after he had delivered his sermon. The missionary introduced himself and said, "I was a medical missionary for many years in India. And I served in a region where there was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 18, 2002
SQUANTO: A PICTURE OF FORGIVENESS--COMMUNION MEDITATION
In 1605, Squanto, a Native American from the village of Patuxet and a member of the Pokanokit Wampanoag nation traveled to England with an explorer named John Weymouth. He experienced high adventure and learned some English.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 24, 2002
AND WHAT WAS THIS ALL ABOUT, ANYWAY? --COMMUNION MEDITATION
“Peace on Earth, good will toward men?”
Not in the shopping malls in America. Christmas, it seems, is bringing out the worst in some people. “No matter how fast you go, it’s not fast enough for some people,” said Dee Stripp, a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2003
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE ARE BASICALLY GOOD--Communion Meditation
Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, wrote a very insightful column about goodness. He writes:
"No issue has a greater influence on determining your social and political views than whether you
Contributed by Scott Chambers on Jan 29, 2003
In 1968 an elderly man was walking down the street during the Hippy Movement. A young man was burning a flag, stomping on it and cursing it. The elderly man was frail and sick but he still walked up to the young man and said, “Boy, I don’t want no trouble with you and I’m too frail to beat you
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 2, 2003
THE MAN WHO’D DIE FOR HER-- COMMUNION MEDITATION
On the southern border of the empire of Cyrus, there lived a great chieftain named Cagular who tore to shreds and completely defeated the various detachments of Cyrus’ army sent to subdue him. Finally the emperor, amassing his whole army, marched
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 10, 2003
OUR SALVATION “LORICA”—COMMUNION MEDIATION
A lorica was an ancient piece of armor that acted like a breastplate to shield its wearer from physical danger. But to the Celts of early Ireland, a lorica was also an oral chant that the pagan Druid magicians believed invoked magical powers of
Contributed by Ronald Keller on Apr 6, 2003
We live by faith: But the symbols of bread and wine give us some insight into the life and sufferings of Jesus. He gave his all to give us all eternal life.(Illustration: This past week, I have had opportunity to have two lunches with fellow pastors, John and Juan. About two years ago, one of
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 2, 2003
WHY DO YOU DO THAT?
I’m thinking of a small-town church in upstate New York.
They’d had a rector in that church for over thirty-five years.
He was loved by the church and the community.
After he retired, he was replaced by a young priest.
It was his first church; he had a great desire to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 5, 2003
I remember as a child, my brother, sister and I used to ‘play house’ outside. Dad had built us a playhouse and we spent many days out there. Like most kids who would play house always had to make something to eat – right?
So there we would go. Gotta have a little water to mix in with that dirt –