Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Jun 27, 2009
SERVANTHOOD: THE SOLOIST
There was an interesting movie recently. It bombed at the box office, but it was a very interesting film. "The Soloist" was a true story about a Los Angeles Times columnist named Steve Lopez who discovered a homeless person on the street who, in turn, was a Julliard
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 16, 2011
SERVANTHOOD AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH
I surveyed my church to see if people saw a relationship between ministering to others and spiritual growth. When asked, "To what extent has your ministry or service to others affected your spiritual growth?," 92 percent answered positively. None responded that
Servanthood is an “acquired” taste for many. How many of you enjoy coffee? Of those that do, how many of you enjoyed coffee as a small child? The taste for coffee came with a maturing of your palate. For many Christians, a heart of servanthood
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 30, 2001
What is servanthood? It’s a question we have to answer because today the concept has largely been abandoned by our culture. In his book, The Jesus Style, Gayle D. Erwin described servanthood this way:
"A servant’s job is to do all he can to make life better for others - to free them to be
In his book, The Externally Focused Church, Rick Rusaw shares the story of Tom Maharius, the least likely person to make an impact on any community, let alone New York City. A casualty of the 60’s hippie movement, and heavily involved in drugs use, Maharias’s downward spiral came to an abrupt end
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2008
Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of telegraph. When he got stuck, “I asked God for more light” / “When God wanted to bestow this gift on mankind, he had to use someone. I’m just grateful he chose to use me.”
Contributed by Clark Tanner on Nov 1, 2008
Let’s talk about the differences inherent in being son or servant in any household.
Now it may seem more than a stretch to draw from a modern fantasy tale for my illustration, but the story line of Batman offers very good examples of our point.
In that story, the boy who will eventually
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Nov 26, 2008
If we are truly full of thanks for what God has done for us and we are truly grateful for the things that God has done which we could not have done for ourselves, then the result is a love for others and a desire to serve others. If our attitude is truly changed, then giving to others and meeting
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2008
COUNTING ON THEM
The wise farmer can usually depend on expected timetables of seedtime and harvest. Not so in the spiritual life. One of the greatest frustrations in the Christian ministry, and principal cause for "weariness in well doing" is the inability to calculate the spiritual outcome of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
DOES HE HAVE OTHER PLANS?
The wise farmer can usually depend on expected timetables of seedtime and harvest. Not so in the spiritual life. One of the greatest frustrations in the Christian ministry, and principal cause for "weariness in well-doing" is the inability to calculate the spiritual
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 22, 2009
A fine lad entered the Army. He faced a real test the first night he went to be in the barracks. He had formed the commendable habit of placing his Bible on his bed at home, and kneeling down to read a chapter while having his daily prayer time before retiring.
Surrounded by scores of rough
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
This story comes from Reggie McNeal:
I was sitting on a bench on a beach boardwalk late one afternoon, resting after an hour walk. I had passed a woman in a green uniform pushing a broom several times. She came toward my bench doing her meticulous sweeping of the sidewalk. Suddenly she stopped,
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Feb 8, 2009
Bruce Thielemann, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, told of a conversation with an active layman, who mentioned, “You preachers talk a lot about giving, but when you get right down to it, it all comes down to basin theology.”
Thielemann asked, “Basin theology? What’s that?”
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
YOU ARE MY FAVORITE PART
Dave Stone wrote in "If Jesus Lived in My Neighborhood" about his uncle Greg, who is a quadriplegic. A few years ago, Uncle Greg was able to attend a special-needs camp at Country Lake Christian Retreat in southern Indiana. A man named John was assigned to be with Uncle
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
A man and his wife are awakened at 3 o’clock in the morning by a loud pounding on their door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger in the pouring rain is asking for a push.
"Not a chance!" says the husband. "It’s three o’clock in the morning!" He slams the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009
THE VALUE OF A VOLUNTEER HOUR
The value of a volunteer hour nearly kept pace with inflation during ’07, increasing 3.94% while consumer prices tracked at 4.1%. The estimate for the value of a volunteer hour jumped 74¢, from $18.77 in ’06 to $19.51 in ’07, reports the Independent Sector, a
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.
Show me where to go and tell me what to say;
Give thy Word to light my path and point the way.
Yes, Lord, Thy command is heard.
Yes, Lord, I obey Thy Word.
I don’t ask for riches, I don’t ask for fame,
I don’t ask that honor be
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Mar 17, 2009
Our room steward, Denny, was so nice and seemed to genuinely show concern and respect to our family. It was amazing. So as I thought about this issue of respect, which we are going to talk about today, I also began to wonder if respect can be bought.
How many of you have been on a cruise? This
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 17, 2009
A STUDY IN SERVICE
As a student in seminary, my roommate had a job as a custodian with the school. After the first day on the job, he told he had been assigned to work on the first floor of a four-story building. "Basically there are four guys responsible for their own floors. I take care of the