Contributed by John Shearhart on Apr 29, 2008
VOLUNTEERS AND SERVANTS
“Volunteers raise their hand to be called on.
Servants are called by the Hand of God.
Volunteers do work for God.
Servants do work with God.
Volunteers get tired of the work,
Servants are tired in the work.
Volunteers pray their work will succeed.
I read this story about Leonard Bernstein:
Leonard Bernstein, the conductor, was once asked, ‘What is the hardest instrument to play?’ Without a twinge of hesitation, he replied, ‘Second fiddle. I can always get plenty of first violinists. But to find one who plays second violin with as much
“Lorne Sanny, the founder of Navigators, was once asked how you could tell if you really were a servant. “By how you act,” he said,
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on May 16, 2008
The Mystery of the Mop
Everyone at the State University knew that Donner Hall had the best parties. All-night dancing and beer guzzling attracted the largest weekend crowds by far – especially on the notorious second floor.
By midnight every Friday and Saturday, the entire second floor was
Contributed by David Moore on May 30, 2008
1. “Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?” Isn’t is funny how we always have reasons why we cannot serve God, but we always find the time and the money to serve ourselves?
Someone put it this way:
• Isn’t it strange how a 20 pound note seems like
Contributed by Scott Jensen on Jun 26, 2008
The Rev. Alan Redpath tells of a lady of his acquaintance who has a little motto over her kitchen sink that reads as follows: “Divine service is conducted here three times daily.” This is the type of industry Christ honors. (1996, c1979). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 9, 2008
A. E. Whitman has an imaginary preacher give the following report of a visit to the New Jerusalem:
“In my wandering, I came upon the museum in the city of our dreams. I went in, and an attendant conducted me round. There was some old armor there, much bruised with battle.
“Many things were
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 9, 2008
I was hungry
and you formed a humanities club
and you discussed my hunger.
I was imprisoned
and you crept off quietly
to your chapel in the cellar
to pray for my release.
I was naked
and in your mind
you debated the morality of my
I was sick
Last week’s I talked about the need for the church to give up some of their rights for the sake of the weaker ones in Christ. Today no one wants to be held responsible for their actions.
I looked up the word “Responsible” and discovered this: The state of being responsible, accountable, or
I believe many of us need cut loose the “Christian Bill of Rights” today. You may be thinking but “Pastor I did not know there was such a thing! What are they?” Well glad you asked here are the Christian Bill of Rights:
a. We Christians have the right to seek God and ask Him to tell us what we
DAVID F. LLOYD in his essay “Rights verses Responsibilities” Summer 2001 Issue of Vision:… RIGHTS OR BLESSINGS? Interestingly, God never promised rights. He promised blessings, and that is the critical difference. A self-sacrificing individual who serves his or her society, a people that truly
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008
CHRIST WITH NO HANDS
During World War II, a church building in Strasburg was destroyed. After the bombing, the members surveyed the area to see what damage was done. They were pleased that a statue of Christ with outstretched hands was still standing… because it had been sculpted centuries
Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Jul 29, 2008
Illustration: Drop leaf table with the leaves down to begin with.
• Everybody loves a party. Last night my family was together and the activity and conversation around the table was great. We were loud. It’s a good thing they put us in a room by ourselves. We love to talk, we love to eat, and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 30, 2008
U.S. airlines in 2007 bumped passengers against their will from ticked flights at the highest rate in 11 years. The nation’s 18 largest airlines denied boarding to 63,878 passengers, or 1.12 per 10,000 passengers, reports the U.S. Department of Transportation. Airlines say the
Contributed by Don Hawks on Aug 10, 2008
There’s a story about a man, a writer, who used to go to the beach to do his writing. He had the habit of walking along the beach before he began his work. One day he was walking along the shore; as he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Aug 18, 2008
I recently heard a woman talk about how her spiritual mentor gave her explicit instructions to make amends. She didn’t want to do it. Apparently she blew up at a bank teller and was rude and nasty even though it wasn’t the teller’s fault. This woman didn’t want to apologize even though she knew
Contributed by Terry Barnhill on Sep 6, 2008
A missionary to South America once wrote a reflective piece about his life in the jungles. He and his family knew the discomforts of such things as snakes and bugs. He told how he and his family were cleaning the house one day when they decided to take a break and have some tea. While sitting at
Contributed by Dean O'bryan on Sep 22, 2008
Ray Pritchard: He says, "We don’t have a leadership crisis. What we have is a servanthood crisis. We have too many people who want to be first, who want to lead the parade, who want to be on top of the heap, who want the big office, the title, the power, the perks and the prestige. We don’t have
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Sep 29, 2008
Emory University has shown that when we help others without thought of reward or return, our brains release dopamine and endorphins that literally, physically makes us feel good. These chemicals give us
Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Oct 6, 2008
THERE IS A STORY ABOUT A TRAVELER WHO FELL INTO A DEEP PIT AND COULDN’T GET OUT. SEVERAL PERSONS CAME ALONG AND SAW HIM STRUGGLING IN THE PIT. THE SENSITIVE PERSON SAID, "I FEEL FOR YOU DOWN THERE." THE REFLECTIVE PERSON SAID, "IT’S LOGICAL THAT SOMEONE WOULD FALL INTO THE PIT." THE AESTHETIC