It’s like this child in an orphanage.
A man and his wife visited an orphanage where they hoped to adopt a child. In an interview with the boy they wanted, they told him in glowing terms about the many things they could give him – good food, good toys, and nice clothing.
To their amazement,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
When Bishop Philip Brooks, author of "O, Little Town of Bethlehem," was seriously ill, he requested no friends come to see him. But when an acquaintance of his named Robert Ingersoll, a famous anti-Christian propagandist, came to see him he allowed him to come in right away.
"IF I DIDN'T LOVE THEM..."
A man visited a home where there were five children. He was supposed to be a kind of "godfather" to them and was trying to get involved with them on their level. He asked one of the little girls about her doll collection: "Which one is your favorite?"
Contributed by Jim Kane on May 18, 2009
Children have a great deal to say about love, don’t they?
We adults have had the experience of “falling in love” and for most, if not all of us, it was a wonderful and overwhelmingly emotional experience. But, not to 7 year old Glenn.
He says, "If falling in love is anything like learning how
"What makes a good church?
If all the…
…Lazy folks get up
…sleepy folks wake up
…Discouraged folks cheer up
…Gossiping folks shut up
…Dishonest folks fess up
…Estranged folks make up
…Depressed folks look up
…Disgusted folks sweeten up
…Lukewarm folks fire up
…Sanctified folks show
Contributed by Engleburg Toney on Jan 18, 2010
Dr. Martin Luther King penned in his book The Strength of Love,
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jan 31, 2010
A shy Welshman went and slipped a love letter under his neighbor lady’s door each week for 40 years. Because of an argument they had years before, she continued to refuse to speak to him. Finally, after 2,184 love letters – with no response of any kind – the now 74 year old man went and knocked on
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jan 31, 2010
There was a tyrannical husband who demanded that his wife conform to rigid standards of his own choosing. She was to do certain things for him as wife, mother, and homemaker. In time she came to hate him as much as she hated his list of rules. He died and in time she came to love another man whom
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Apr 30, 2010
HE STILL LOVES US
There is a strange power in the consciousness of being loved.
It is said that one of the most distinguished statesmen of the times of the American Revolution was once a hopeless drunkard. He had been engaged to a beautiful girl, but his indulgence had compelled her to break
Contributed by John Perry on Jul 28, 2010
THE IMPORTANT-LOOKING LAWYER
A young lawyer was setting himself up in his first private practice. As he sat in his office, which was basically bare except for his desk with a telephone on it and a book case filled with important-looking legal books, he wondered how long it would be before he got
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 4, 2010
HIS LAST THOUGHTS WERE OF HIS CHILDREN
A Union sergeant was killed on the first day of fighting in Gettysburg. He was just one of more than 3,000 Union soldiers who died in the three-day conflict. When his body was found later that week, lying in a secluded spot in Gettysburg, he was holding a
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 Sermoncentral on Mar 8, 2011
A SECOND CHANCE
Some years ago, two teenagers with a long history of crime and misbehavior robbed a YMCA on the lowest East Side of New York City. On the way out they saw a young man at the telephone switchboard. They were frightened and assumed that the man must be calling the police. They held
HOLINESS AND HAPPINESS
Quote taken from an article "9 Points for Preaching on the Problem of Evil" by Norman L. Geisler, a distinguished professor of apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California:
"The stark truth is that God is more interested in our holiness than in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 2, 2011
WHO MADE ME?
I love the story of the boy sitting on his father's lap as they were looking into a mirror. The boy said to his dad, "Dad, who made me?"
He said, "God made you, son."
He said, "Dad, who made you?"
He said, "God made me, son."
He said, "Dad, who made granddad?"
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 1, 2011
HANNAH AND MICHAEL: FINDING WHAT WAS LOST
Let me tell you what happened to Ted Forbes back in 1984.
While walking down a street in Chicago...Ted found a wallet. Being an honest Christian man he wanted to return it to its owner. So he opened it to look for identification. The wallet contained
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 12, 2011
GETTING YOUR HANDS DIRTY: GRANDMA'S APRON
There are all sorts of "questionably clean" things that spread love and give meaning to our lives. Does anyone this morning remember a grandma or great-grandma swathed in a big all-enveloping apron? Not some perky little decorative thing worn on
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 6, 2011
ATTITUDE NOT APTITUDE
Jesus' message here is that everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. Dave Stone says that "service is the language of grace."
One day a couple of church members were out distributing loaves of bread in a low-income housing complex. They came to an apartment
Contributed by Tim Hinrichs on Jan 24, 2012
I WANT TO BE PRETTY
"I want to be pretty." This is the title of a popular tv program that was airing when we lived in Poland. It was a reality tv show in which in every episode you follow the changes of two women who are the heroes of the program. Each of these women work with a team of
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 7, 2012
Al was my father-in-law. He was an uncomplicated man, easy to like. He was a natural athlete and avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. When he had a daughter (his first grandchild; my wife has no siblings) we didn’t realize how excited Al was about the prospect of taking her to the Great