Isaiah 49: 8-16
When my grandson Isaiah was three years old he had a problem of wondering off and hiding. One day my daughter Maeghan and my wife Becky where shopping at a local mall and of course, he slipped off. All of a sudden they realized he was missing. They panicked, running
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Apr 10, 2010
WHY CIRCUMCISION? Why not a tattoo on the arm or something similar? Circumcision was a hidden sign. It seems to me it has something to do with the promise of Abraham having many descendants, being fruitful and multiplying. The sign reaffirms God's promise right at the very place where the sexual
Many Christians have a wrong interpretation of 1 Corinthians 9:22. Paul would not have gotten a tattoo, a Mohawk, piercings etc. to witness to a group like that because it would have hindered him in witnessing to other groups. He spoke to them from their frame of reference, like all great teachers,
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Aug 3, 2001
[Born to Lose, Citation: Norman Vincent Peale in Power of the Plus Factor, in Christianity Today.]
Once walking through the twisted little streets of Kowloon in Hong Kong, I came upon a tattoo studio.
In the window were displayed samples of the tattoos available.
On the chest or arms you could
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Sep 9, 2011
STAIN REMOVAL: HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES
Father Greg Boyle is in the business of erasing the past. A Jesuit priest, he is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries in East Los Angeles.
Father Boyle put together a team of physicians trained in the laser technology of tattoo removal. The team is
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 29, 2002
DRAGGED THROUGH LIFE
We live in a very tense, uptight, and fast-paced world filled with hurry.
A Tahoma, Washington newspaper carried the story of Tattoo the basset hound a while back. Tattoo didn’t intend to go for an evening run, but when his owner shut the dog’s leash in the car door and
God is also like an obsessed lover. Let me tell you what I mean by that. I have known people so captivated by romance that they have had the name of their beloved tattooed on their body. I knew one man who did that, and the woman he loved eventually broke it off with him. Her name was Marie, and --
Contributed by Dean O'bryan on Sep 8, 2008
The story of the basset hound appeared in Tacoma, Washington newspaper. The dog's name was Tattoo. The reporter wrote, "Tattoo didn't plan on going for a run that evening, but when his owner accidentally shut the poor dog's leash in the car door and drove away from home, Tattoo had little choice."
Contributed by Aaron Burgess on Dec 27, 2002
We’ve got a guy name Mark Batelle that comes to our church. Mark is an excellent musician and a solid Christian. But Mark also has the “F” word tattooed on the back of his bald head. A few months ago the president of Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary came to visit our church. And I looked
Contributed by Arron Chambers on Dec 21, 2011
Do you know that Jesus is still in the life-changing business? Bryon Widner does.
Bryon used to be one of the leaders of the white power movement as the found of the Vinlanders gang of skinheads. He’d covered his body and face with tattoos that were designed to communicate hate
Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Jul 22, 2005
When I was in the South African Air Force I had the opportunity to march in a military tattoo. There were about 120 Air Force marchers lined up in rows of three. We drilled several hours a day for many weeks. Finally, we got to the military tattoo. It was marvelous to watch 120 Airmen dressed in
Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Jan 28, 2011
MASTER AND COMMANDER: HOLD FAST
You may have seen that Russell Crowe film, Master and Commander, Now there’s a battle scene in it, (pp) where one of the old salts just prior to boarding the enemy ship puts his knuckles out in front of him and the young midshipmen looking on is greatly
Contributed by Ken Pell on Mar 30, 2013
REMOVE THE HATE -- BE PURE
"And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood (Hebrews 13:2)."
Three years ago, Chris Simpson led a white pride march. Two years ago, he abandoned the white supremacist movement. This past April (2012), he was
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Feb 11, 2008
I am reminded of the guy who shows up at heaven’s gates. Peter asks him, “Did you do anything self-sacrificing or noteworthy to show that you loved God and loved others.”
“Well,” he replied, “There was one thing. I saw an old lady that was being taunted and ridiculed and physically abused by a
Contributed by Davon Huss on Jan 16, 2012
THE MORTAL WORK OF ART
Shelley Jackson is a writer. Yet, you cannot read anything she's written in a magazine, book or screen. Instead, you have to look at people. Her story is written on human skin. Her story is called "Skin." Jackson calls it "a mortal work of art." It is a fictional
Contributed by Chip Monck on Feb 15, 2005
10. Is it really possible to introduce pyrotechnics gradually?
9. Do rhinestones and choir gowns ever make a positive statement?
8. Never enlist a Worship Leader with a Marilyn Manson tattoo!
7. While drums can be a welcome addition to any worship service, is it really necessary to have
Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Nov 29, 2007
e. Elmer Towns tells about a member of a motorcycle gang who was converted to Jesus Christ dramatically and the first Sunday he did the only thing he knew he should do and so he went to church. Nobody in the church knew him and he walked down to the second aisle and sat in the seat. And the
Contributed by Bruce Rzengota on Feb 27, 2009
HALEIGH CUMMINGS--OR SOMEONE ELSE
An Amber Alert was issued for five-year-old Haleigh Ann-Marie Cummings of Satsuma, Florida, on February 10, 2009, hours after the little girl vanished from the bedroom of her home in the pre-dawn hours. On February 11, 2009, Florida authorities said they
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 9, 2013
A Pastor in Disguise
A few years ago at a Methodist Church in North Wales, as worshippers arrived at the church, they were distressed to see a dirty, drunk, smelly homeless man on the front steps. They didn't realize this bum was actually their pastor, Derek Rigby, who had disguised himself as a