Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 19, 2003
PLUNGING TO MURKY EARTH
A family was out vacationing at the lake one summer. Dad had been puttering out by the boat house. Two of his sons, a 12-year old and a 3-year old were down playing along the dock. The 12 year old was supposed to be watching his little brother, but he got distracted. The
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Oct 19, 2003
In C. S. Lewis’ book Till We Have Faces one of the characters is struggling with the ugliness she sees within her and says, “I would set out boldly each morning to be just and calm and wise in all my thoughts and acts; but before they had finished dressing me I would find that I was back in some
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Oct 19, 2003
Did you see the move Shallow Hal? It is a movie about an unattractive, really shallow middle-aged man named Hal Larsen who judges women on how “hot” they are. But then one day, Hal gets stuck on a stalled elevator with a motivational guru who helps him overcome his shallowness by hypnotizing him
Contributed by John Gullick on Oct 21, 2003
I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 30, 2003
NO MATTER WHAT
A number of years ago, there was a newspaper account of a speech given by the president of a well-known university to a group of influential businessmen and civic leaders. The president told of a recent experience which he, his audience, and the newspaper reporter found humorous.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 10, 2003
ADDING TO THE LIST- COMMUNION MEDITATION
If you’ve ever seen the movie “Schindlers List,” you might remember a clandestine wedding that takes place one night in the barracks. The marriage is between 24-year old Joseph Bau, prisoner number 69082, and Rebecca Tannenbaum, the manicurist of Amon
In Charlotte Brontë’s classic book Jane Eyre, Jane is an orphan being raised by a wealthy, but cruel, aunt named Mrs. Reed. Her aunt decides to send her to Lowood School which is run by Mr. Brocklehurst — a man who is even more cruel and hypocritical than her aunt. After her arrival, Mr.
Contributed by Brian La Croix on Jul 30, 2004
Not only does He clear the debt, not only does He give us a fresh start with Him, but He makes us one of His children.
Can you imagine what would happen if you were going financially bankrupt, and you went to one of your creditors and said, “Here’s what I want you to do: I want you to clear my
Contributed by Gregory Fisher on Jul 1, 2004
Zanzibar is an old city in East Africa. A city with an unfortunate past. It is filled with ornate architecture, and it is the home of the Swahili Institute, the official guardians of the Kiswahili language. But, for nearly 300 years it was the home of something else. It was the home of one of
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Sep 4, 2004
Some time ago I read about an instant cake mix that was a big flop. The instructions said that all you had to do was add water and bake and you had your cake. The company couldn’t understand why it didn’t sell -- until their research discovered that the buying public felt uneasy about a mix that
Contributed by Warren Curry on Sep 22, 2004
A businessman owned a warehouse that had sat empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and trash was everywhere inside the building.
The businessman showed a prospective buyer the property and took great pains to say that he would replace the broken
The noted author, John Killinger, tells a powerful story about a man who is
all-alone in a hotel room in Canada. The man is in a state of deep depression. He is so depressed that he can’t even bring himself to go downstairs to the restaurant to eat. He is a powerful man usually the chairman of a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 18, 2004
AN INVITATION (AND A REJECTION FORM)
Dearest (your name),
You are cordially invited to come and enjoy the delicious banquet of my salvation. Serving will begin at My House and will continue for eternity. I’d love for you to come and get to know Me personally–and join my Family.
A farmer got saved and on the side of his barn he had a big sign which read "chew mail pouch." He realized it had to go. So he painted it white and then big letters which read "JESUS SAVES!" But in a few months the rain began to wash the cheap paint off and the "chew
Contributed by Richard Mcnair on Nov 4, 2004
>> Many churches years ago had mourners benches. Charles Allen in his book God’s Psychiatry said “Today we want God’s blessing without the pain of God’s purging. we want sermons on how to win friends, how to have peace of mind, how to forget our fears. But we
Contributed by Gene Gregory on Nov 8, 2004
This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to ride with 2 deputies in the Oviedo area. That night, I rode with a deputy as he patrolled his area and one of the things we did was drive around behind many of the stores and shopping centers to make sure there were no problems there. Of the patrol
Contributed by Stephen Wright on Nov 14, 2004
A poor man in Ireland was plodding home, carrying a huge bag of potatoes. A horse and wagon finally drew up alongside him and the driver invited the man to climb aboard. He sat down but continued to hold the heavy bag. When the driver suggested that the man set the bag down, he replied, “I don’t
Contributed by D. Greg Ebie on Dec 9, 2004
A Sunday School teacher asked his class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?”
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that
Contributed by Ted Mulder on Dec 11, 2004
During the 1st part of the 20th century, J. C. Penney presided over a very powerful empire of over 1,700 stores. At the time he had the country’s largest chain of department stores, each one bearing his name.
Although his enterprise made him incredibly wealthy, J.C. Penney’s life was not devoid
Lynn Harold Hough was a Methodist pastor in the early part of the twentieth century and became the President of Northwestern University. In 1908 he became the first to write a “Pledge of Allegiance to the Christian Flag. Once when he was speaking to a conference of pastor in Los Angeles he told