Contributed by Dan Cormie on Oct 25, 2002
Before refrigerators, people used icehouses to preserve their food. Icehouses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the icehouses, and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 23, 2002
U2 singer Bono, in a private meeting in June 2001 on the Hill in Washington, D.C., said, “I believe that the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force. God doesn’t mind if we bang on the door to heaven sometimes, asking him to listen to what we have to say.”
Contributed by Edward Frey on Aug 14, 2001
A few weeks ago I was sad to open the newspaper and read that McKenzie’s Bakery was finally going out of business for good. I was sad to think that we wouldn’t be able to find any more nice King Cakes for Mardi gras. In fact, we had been saving coupons in the hopes of using them in the future.
A dear friend, Donna Smith, once told me, “I never say Amen I always have so much to pray about.” That’s probably good advice; when you’ve got God on
Praying for the sick – well, we’ve got that one down. I recently saw a cartoon where an elderly woman is standing at the church door talking to the pastor. Her remark, as she hands a thick manila folder to him, “My doctor copied my chart,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 20, 2001
GOD'S OTHER NAMES
A mother walked by her young son’s room one night and heard him praying, "Andy, please forgive me for my sins".
This worried the mother; so she asked her son why was he praying to "Andy", not God.
The son responded, "I was praying to God, Andy is his nickname."
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
The fewer the words, the better the prayer. To have prayed well is to have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 20, 2002
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a
Contributed by Donn Heinrich on Feb 11, 2002
W. Graham Scroggie once said, "Pray when you feel like it, pray when you don’t feel like it,
Contributed by Lynn Floyd on Mar 3, 2002
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation has a scene that illustrates what is probably the attitude of many Americans who pray.. Old Aunt Bethany "prays," but in reality, she is reciting the pledge of
Contributed by Jerry Falwell on Mar 7, 2002
The size of your God,
Determines the size of your prayer request.
The size of your prayer
Contributed by Ralf Bergmann on May 4, 2002
Praying for People
A hospital chaplain visited a delightful old lady in the hospital. As he approached her bed he noticed that with the index finger of one hand she was touching, one by one, the fingers of the other, with her eyes closed. When the chaplain spoke to her she opened her eyes and
Contributed by Darren Ethier on May 9, 2002
Dan Rather, CBS anchor, once asked Mother Teresa what she said during her prayers. She answered, "I listen."
So Rather turned the question and asked, "Well then, what does God say?" To that Mother Teresa smiled with confidence and
Contributed by David Yarbrough on May 20, 2002
PRAYER'S BEST POSITION
Three ministers were talking about prayer in general and the appropriate and effective positions for prayer. As they were talking, a telephone repairman was working on the phone system in the background.
One minister shared that he felt the key was in the hands. He
Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 25, 2002
A young boy was observed by a minister in church praying very fervently; but much to the preacher’s surprise, he was also heard to say from time to time: "Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo." So preacher approached the boy after he had apparently finished his prayer and said, "Son, I was very pleased to see you
Contributed by Kenneth Henes on Jun 5, 2002
HAVING A GUIDE
In A Slow and Certain Light, Elizabeth Elliot tells of two adventurers who stopped by to see her, all loaded with equipment for the rain forest east of the Andes. They sought no advice, just a few phrases to converse with the Indians. She writes, "Sometimes we come to God as the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 26, 2002
THE RIGHT PRAYER
In Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," Ivan endures all the horrors of a Soviet prison camp. One day he is praying with his eyes closed when a fellow prisoner notices him and says with ridicule, "Prayers won’t help you get out of here any faster."