Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 18, 2004
PRUNING WITH A PURPOSE
I have a lilac tree in my back yard – beautiful white flowers. Well I decided it needed a little bit of pruning, so I got out some cutters and – well, the truth is I hacked it up. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it had overgrown my clothes-line and needed to be
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
Conversation is a game played with pruning shears in which each player cuts off his
Every branch that bears fruit must be pruned to bear much more fruit. I have a tomato plant that has been living for over two years now. Every winter the cold weather and heavy breeze kill more than half of the vines and leafs. If I don't prune the dead, it will spread and kill the whole plant.
Contributed by Davon Huss on Oct 9, 2015
During the Great Depression a good man lost his job, exhausted his savings, and forfeited his home. His grief was multiplied by the sudden death of his young wife. The only thing he had left was his faith. One day as he combed the neighborhood looking for work he stopped to watch as men did
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 25, 2014
My pet finch Coffee runs into a serious problem once in a while. Her claws grow so long she loses the ability to control them. They get stuck in the nest and she can’t get them out. Once we found her nearly dead, hanging for hours upside down with one claw ensnared in her wicker home. Carol rescued
Contributed by Tim Smith on Oct 8, 2011
POURING OUT LIKE SWEAT
Several years ago, Gatorade had an ad with Michael Jordan where he was covered in orange drops of sweat. The image says clearly that Michael Jordan is so full of Gatorade that it is literally pouring out of him like sweat.
That’s an appropriate image of the Holy Spirit
Contributed by Don Hawks on Aug 20, 2004
One communion Sunday, the communion steward prepared communion with a twist. When it came time to uncover the elements the grape juice looked darker than usual. The pastor thought nothing of it and began to serve the communion. Promptly upon receiving the cup, each recipient’s face had a
Contributed by James Pless on May 29, 2006
9222. Jonathan Appleseed
One of the men we might thank for spreading the apple tree in America was Jonathan Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. Many people think Johnny was merely a legendary figure, but he lived, indeed. Born in Massachusetts around 1775, Chapman set out alone into the
Contributed by David Dewitt on Apr 1, 2001
In Hampton Court near London, there is a grapevine under glass; it is about 1,000 years old and has but one root which is at least two feet thick. Some of the branches are 200 feet long. Because of skillful cutting and pruning, the vine produces several tons of grapes each year. Even though some
Contributed by Glenn Hickey on Jun 9, 2003
Woodson Armes was pastor of Polytechnic Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas during my seminary years. At a seminary chapel service he told this story from his growing up as a teenager in rural Texas.
“As a teenager growing up I really gave my parents a lot of grief. On one particular occasion I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 2, 2009
Orchard Experts Wound Fruit Trees To Bear More Fruit
In verse 8 Jesus teaches us that the proof of discipleship is spiritual fruitfulness (Mt. 7:20). “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
The branch produces what the life coursing through
Contributed by Clyde Grimes on Jan 3, 2003
Louis Evans tells a story that I’m sure many can relate to. At one of the homes in which he lived, he had a problem with a persistent weed that “grew rapidly and pushed it ugly stalk and leaves right in front of [his] bedroom window.” He tried chopping it down several times hoping to discourage
Contributed by Guy Mcgraw on Jan 21, 2008
Our world has plenty of knowledge and education, but not much wisdom.
Wisdom can often be learned from the fairly uneducated. Take children for instance.
Patrick, age 10 “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”
Michael, age 14 “When your dad is mad and asks you, ‘Do I look stupid?’ don’t answer
VITICULTURE IN THE NEAR EAST
The vine has been cultivated in Pal. from the earliest times. The climate of Pal. is peculiarly adapted to viticulture with the country's bright sunshine and the heavy dew of the late summer nights (Tenney Pg. 882)
The cultivation of the vine
Contributed by Pat Cook on May 16, 2005
The Bible is full of real and imperfect people. Noah was a drunk; Abraham was too old and a liar; Sarah laughed at God’s promises; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly. Joseph was abused; Moses had a stuttering problem and a short fuse; Miriam was a gossip; Gideon was afraid;
Contributed by Rick Stacy on Dec 16, 2002
THE WISDOM OF BABES
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Out of the mouth of babes?” Certainly you have. It comes from the simple truth that sometimes it takes a child to reveal lasting wisdom. It seems foolish but it isn’t!
· Patrick, age 10, said, “Never trust a dog to watch
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
THE MOUTH OF BABES
Have you ever heard the phrase, "Out of the mouth of babes?" Certainly you have. It comes from the simple truth that sometimes it takes a child to reveal lasting wisdom. It seems foolish but it isn’t! For example:
Patrick, age 10, said, "Never trust a dog to watch your
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Aug 26, 2010
A Beautiful Prayer
“I asked God to take away my pain. God said, ‘No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.’
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, ‘No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.’
I asked God to grant me patience. God said, ‘No.
Contributed by Ronald Keller on Nov 24, 2003
“Some time ago I saw a travelogue on television concerning a group of explorers who were searching in Africa for a vanishing tribe. In the course of their travels they came across some natives who for centuries had made their home on the banks of this one particular river. This in itself did not
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Nov 6, 2001
I came across a paragraph by an 85 year old woman that I think is a classic. Here is what she wrote, "If you live to be 75 years old you will live over 657,000 hours." Did you know that? That’s almost 2/3rds of a million hours that you’re going to live. That’s too much to be anxious about all