“An anonymous soul has expressed it well:
Love is the spark that kindles the fires of compassion.
Compassion is the fire that flames the candle of service.
Service is the candle that ignites the torch of hope. Hope is the torch that lights the beacon of faith.
Faith is the beacon that
“The early Latin writer, Tertullian of Carthage, declared that the one thing that converted him to Christianity was not the arguments they gave him, because he could find a counterpoint for every argument they would present. “But they demonstrated something I didn’t have. The thing that
Contributed by Joel Santos on Sep 24, 2004
When cartoonist Charles Schulz dined in the home of a friend, the host remarked that he needed something to setoff his dinner jacket. He disappeared and returned a few minutes with a heavy chain from which a medallion hung, and across the face of the medallion were the letters "love". Schultz
A child given command not to touch a hot stove. That command comes from a loving parent who is concerned for the child. The commandments of God come from a loving, heavenly Father who
Contributed by Pat Cook on May 16, 2005
I love the song, “Give” by the Christian group Third Day. The words are very simple. “You said all that follow You may find comfort and pain, blessings in hard times. Were I to leave, where else would I go? The words of life and of truth You hold. And all I want is love – I confess to this. I will
Contributed by Larry Jacobs on Jul 7, 2005
C.H. Spurgeon told the story of the preacher who was walking in the country side and stopped by a farm house for a drink of water. The old farmer who lived there went out to talk to the preacher. As they were talking the preacher noticed that the barn had a weather vane on it that was spinning
Contributed by Clyde Grimes on Dec 28, 2002
Rodney Pickett makes this observation, “Love is the identifying mark of Christianity. In a world of hate, envy, and anger, love sticks out like a healthy thumb. When anyone walks away from an encounter
Contributed by Lynn Floyd on Jan 10, 2003
A church can survive without a huge budget but it can’t
I remember one of the last Sunday’s that Alan Vail was in church. He sat in his wheelchair, stooped over, head bowed, his body racked with Parkinson’s. Speech was difficult, he’d lost most of his ability to control the movement of his arms and legs. I sat across from him, and as we sang a song
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2004
This is not an original with me. I heard it in a sermon over twenty years ago given by Bro. Paul Holderfield.
Johnny was not a very popular boy at school, in fact you might say he wasn’t liked at all. It was not anything in particular, well you know the type (maybe even been one of these
"The intensive care waiting room is a different world. No one is a stranger. They help one another. They grieve with one another and shed tears of joy together. There is no distinction of race or class. Vanity and pretense vanish. Everything focuses on the next doctor’s report or the
Contributed by Pat Cook on Jun 21, 2003
Picture this: The nation enters WW2, and a son receives notification that he has been drafted into the armed forces. The son ships out, leaving his loving parents behind. He also leaves behind his most prized possession, a 1930 Ford Model A coupe. Will the father of this lad will simply allow that
Contributed by Mike Leiter on Sep 2, 2003
Love makes obedience a thing of joy!
To do the will of one we like to please
Is never hardship, though it tax our strength;
Each privilege of service love will seize!
Love makes us loyal, glad to do or go,
And eager to defend a name or cause;
Love takes the drudgery from common work,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 8, 2006
"Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life. Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire; it can withstand anything rather than a feeble flame; but when the surrounding atmosphere is frigid or lukewarm, it
Contributed by Vinnie Cappetta on Mar 12, 2006
I wanted to buy a dust mop head for our new church facility, but I didn’t have a measuring tool to figure out what size I needed. So, I used my shoes and hand to measure. The dust mop head was two of my shoes and four fingers. When I went to the world wide web to order, I couldn’t find a dust
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 8, 2006
Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274), Italian
-John Piper wrote a paper--written years ago (1995)--on how Christian leaders should avoid sexual sin. Piper lists ten potential pitfalls and proposes ten protections against them:
• PITFALL: Falling in love with the present world.
PROTECTION: Think long and hard about the deadly poison of
Contributed by Davon Huss on Aug 24, 2002
Oswald Chambers confessed, “If I work for God because I know it brings me the good opinion of those whose good opinion I wish to have, I am a Pharisee. If I love Jesus Christ, I will
Contributed by Andrew Hamilton on Sep 29, 2002
John Piper summed up our problem well with his statement, ‘The weakness of our hunger for God is not because he is unsavoury, but because
Contributed by Ed Wood on Jun 6, 2002
There was a great theologian who came to the USA from England and was being interviewed by a group of seminary students. The question was asked, “What is the most profound thought that ever occupied your mind.” The answer was, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.”
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