Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Aug 29, 2003
[The Giver’s Big Hands]
A young boy went to the local store with his mother. The shop owner, a kindly man, passed him a large jar of suckers and invited him to help himself to a handful. Uncharacteristically, the boy held back. So the shop owner pulled out a handful for him.
When outside, the
Contributed by David Schaal on Sep 4, 2003
What is Sin?
· Man calls it an accident; God calls it an abomination.
· Man calls it a blunder; God calls it blindness.
· Man calls it a defect; God calls it a disease.
· Man calls it a chance; God calls it a choice.
· Man calls it an error; God calls it an enmity.
· Man calls it a
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Oct 19, 2003
In the novel Moby Dick Captain Ahab is frightened by what he sees in himself. He asks the question that many of us have asked: “What is it, what nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing is it; what cozening, hidden lord and master, and cruel, remorseless emperor commands me; that against all natural
Contributed by Jeff Simms on May 19, 2003
Four preachers met for a friendly gathering. During the conversation one preacher said, “Our people come to us and pour out their hearts, confess sins
and needs. Let’s do the same. Confession is good for the soul.” In due time all agreed. One confessed he liked to go to the movies and would
Contributed by Rick Stacy on Dec 8, 2003
A small defiant boy
When I was a youth minister 30+ years ago I told a young 5 year old boy to stop running in church. He stopped and then turned to me and said I couldn’t make him. Well... I couldn’t let a challenge like that go by so I got down on his level and firmly took him by the arms.
Contributed by Esteban Ulloa on Dec 17, 2003
Una profesora estaba enseñando a sus alumnos acerca de los pecados de comisión y de omisión. Cuando terminó quiso comprobar si los alumnos habían estado prestando atención, de modo que pidió un voluntario que le diga la diferencia entre los pecados de comisión y los pecados de omisión. Un
Contributed by Guy Glass on Jan 30, 2004
Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Sin has many tools, but a lie is the
. The New York Times reported, “one sagging electrical line near Cleveland, Ohio, connected with a tree branch at 3:32 p.m. on August 14, 2003, beginning a chain of events which led to the largest blackout in American history.” And there were those who though it might be terrorism.
Contributed by Ed Wood on Jul 6, 2004
Definition of repentance given by a 14 year old girl to her Sunday School class. “Before I was saved, I pleased myself, and wasn’t a bit sorry for my sins. In fact, I didn’t think I was a sinner at all, but when I accepted Christ,
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jul 19, 2004
In the Prison Fellowship newsletter, Jubilee, Charles Colson told of a young boy who became excessively fearful during the great New York blackout of 1977. When his parents questioned their son, he confessed that at the exact moment the lights went out, he had kicked a
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Aug 6, 2004
Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Sep 6, 2004
One man accurately noted, “I’ve learned that if you give a pig and a boy everything they want, you’ll get a good pig and a bad
Contributed by Tim Richards on Sep 23, 2004
Ultimately let me share what I believe is at stake. In 1947, sociologist and historian Dr. Carle Zimmerman studied the deterioration and ultimate disintegration of various cultures. He found that in each society the disintegration of the culture was preceded by the disintegration of the family. He
Contributed by Martin Kim on Oct 25, 2004
Ten, twenty years ago, we knew what sin was. Sin was sin and we called it by its right name. But in this day, in terms of modern pop psychology, sin is decreasing. What do I mean? A parent who kills their child is not seen as responsible because they themselves have been abused as a child. A
Contributed by Lou Nicholes on Nov 12, 2004
Sam Jones was a preacher who held revival services, which he called “quittin’ meetings.” His preaching was directed primarily to Christians, and he urged them to give up the sinful practices in their lives. Sam’s messages were very effective, and many people promised to quit swearing, drinking,
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Jan 29, 2005
Illustration: “In the Dark”
A young soldier and his commanding officer got on a train together. The only available seats were across from an attractive young lady who was traveling with her grandmother. As the four engaged in conversation, the soldier and the young lady kept eyeing one another,
Contributed by Thomas Black on Feb 2, 2005
Let me tell you a story about a Christian just like you and I. Let’s call him George for no good reason. George woke up Monday morning after a remarkable Weekend. Family time was well spent and The church services were excellent. He’d had testimonies of answered prayer in his own life and the
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 15, 2005
A Jewish man was confronting a Christian man: “You know, you people borrowed the 10 Commandments from us.”
“Well,” responded the Christian, “we may
Contributed by Greg Griffin on Jul 28, 2005
Pride is the dandelion of the soul. Its root goes deep; only a little left behind sprouts again. Its seeds lodge in the tiniest encouraging cracks. And it flourishes
Contributed by Joseph Rodgers on Nov 28, 2005
A hiker was charged w/ eating an endangered species while tracking the woods of California. After hearing the man had eaten a condor, the judge quickly passed a harsh sentence of 10 years behind bars. The man pleaded w/ the judge to hear his side of the story because he felt circumstances