Contributed by Mark Eberly on Aug 3, 2009
Jesus confronts all those misconceptions and says you can pray, this is how you do it (“Our Father”), and God does hear you. God is not out to punish you or play tricks on you by giving you poison when you need and ask for food. You don’t have to jump through all these man-made hoops. Ask, seek,
Contributed by Dana Chau on Apr 8, 2002
Many people have a great deal of misconceptions about prayer. God is not a celestial vending machine that gives what we ask, when we put money in the offering box. God is not a heavenly genie who grants us three wishes when we rub Him in the
Contributed by C Vincent on Feb 13, 2009
Go through the optical illusions: (slides 1-6)
The eyes can be deceiving. The brain may tell us one thing while our eyes see another.
Dog: How do we respond? (7)
Most of us warm to animals.
Children begging: How do we respond? (8)
The sight of children may cause us to think more deeply
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Jul 13, 2009
A former archbishop of Canterbury arrived in New York. A journalist asked him, “Will you be visiting any of our nightclubs whilst you are here?” The archbishop mischievously replied, “Are there any night clubs here?” Next day a newspaper headline read: “Archbishop’s first question on arriving in
Contributed by Tyler Edwards on Sep 22, 2009
A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Italy on a Mission trip to work with some local missionaries and help them get their church developed. It was a great trip we got to go to Rome which I was really excited about. On our way back we had an 18 hour layover in Munich. So rather than
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 11, 2009
“They are who we thought they were.”
How many have heard the apparently new cliché: "They are who we thought they were"
“Normally quiet Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green first uttered this trademarked phrase during a swear-filled, post-game tirade in 2006. When he was asked what he thought
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Dec 17, 2009
When I was a kid, I remember my Mum coming to me and blaming me for something I had not done. Mostly when she came to me with punishment I deserved it, but not this time. She was so sure that I was the culprit. In the end there was nothing I could say or do to convince her that I had not committed
Contributed by Thomas Cash on Dec 17, 2009
Listen to part of the June 2006 editorial of Christianity Today, written when The Da Vinci Code was being released in theaters:
“The tendency to grasp at excuses for not making a commitment to (God) was illustrated by National Public Radio commentator Peter Manseau. He compared the Gospel of
Sometimes we come against things that violates our core principles and we may not be able to speak up or stand up for what we know we should. But with the conviction and power of faith, we stand up for our beliefs and consequently do the right thing. Doing the right is powered by faith! The bible
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 27, 2010
THE RULES OF CRICKET
* You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
* Each man that's in the side that's in - goes out,
* And when he's out - he comes in - and the next man goes in until he's - out.
* When they are all out,
* The side that's out comes in - and the side that's
Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 12, 2010
MACBETH SINS FOR FALSE AMBITION
Macbeth is a striking example of an ambitious man desiring and then using any means to acquire some power beyond his possession. The tragedy tells us that this faithful soldier, fresh from the wars in Norway, is met by spirits who greet him as Thane of Glamis,
Bill Hybel’s in His book “Making Life Work” states this about this kind of mindset – he words it this way:
1. “Some way, some day my life will improve. Some way, someday I’ll drift into more satisfying circumstances. Some way, some day what I want will come to be. Built on the fantasy that
Contributed by Timothy Jones on Jan 13, 2003
JOKE: A guy named Pete gets a job as a switchman with the railroad, and he had weeks of training. Finally the day came, and the supervisor takes him into the switch booth to test his readiness. The following conversation takes place:
Supervisor: "Imagine you were sitting here alone and you
Contributed by David Dykes on Mar 31, 2003
There is a difference between reconciliation and forgiveness. In the cross, Jesus provided for the forgiveness of everyone. But not everyone will be reconciled with Him–because they won’t seek to be reconciled with Him. Dietrich Bonhoeffer forgave his Nazi guards, but he was never reconciled with
Contributed by Jeff Simms on Jun 23, 2003
Consider what would happen in some cases if we settled for 99% correct:
We would have no phone service for 15 minutes each day
1.7 million pieces of first class mail would be lost each day.
35.000 newborn babies dropped by doctors and nurses each year.
200,000 people would
Contributed by Mary Lewis on Aug 3, 2003
I read a story this week about a woman who was the only English teacher in a small rural school. She described what she called “the mixed pleasure of teaching my own three sons.” They begged her not to call on them in class, use them as examples, or tell any family stories— rules to which their mom
Contributed by Bruce Landry on Oct 21, 2003
YOU MAY BE A SUPERFICIAL CHRISTIAN OR RELIGIONIST IF...
10. You show up to church only for you to be blessed...
9. You only come to church on Sunday...
8. You only talk like a Christian on Sunday...
7. You only act like a Christian on Sunday...
6. You only come to Church on Special
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Nov 15, 2003
It seems there was a pretzel stand out front of an office building in New York. One day, a man came out of the building, plunked down a quarter, and then went on his way without taking a pretzel. This happened every day for three weeks. Finally, the old lady running the stand spoke up: "Sir, excuse
Contributed by Esteban Ulloa on Dec 17, 2003
Una mujer estaba esperando su conexión con el siguiente vuelo una noche en un aeropuerto, con muchas horas por delante. Se acercó a un puesto de venta y compró un libro y un paquete de galletas, luego buscó un lugar donde sentarse. Estaba concentrada en su libro, hasta que se dio cuenta de que un
Contributed by Don Hawks on Feb 3, 2004
When I was attending Bluefield College as a young man many years ago I was talking to a pastor of an Independent Baptist church—someone I had known for several years in my hometown. The college had just started allowing dancing on campus about the time I started attending there. The Pastor I