Think about How children are……….My daughter loves Pecan Pie and she knows if we have some she can have it after we eat supper but she is tempted to eat it first……it’s
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Mar 22, 2005
The thieves broke in at night. It was a large department store in a major metropolitan area. They got in, stayed long enough to do the crime, and scurried away undetected. It is not what you think. They took nothing. Not one item was missing. No merchandise stolen. No money removed. What they did
Contributed by Davon Huss on May 2, 2005
Napoleon—when he conquered Europe took his family and he sat them every one in great places over the many kingdoms and states and nations of Europe that he’d conquered. Whenever he’d conquered a country, he’d put his relative over it to be ruler. He took his entire family and spread them around
Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 12, 2005
Temptation and evil are parts of life. We pray in this petition that God will guard us from its disastrous effects and help us stand against it. Unfortunately many of us follow the example of the majority of people and follow the path of least resistance. We yield. In the lake of life, we are Brown
Contributed by Klaus Mehrl on Jul 10, 2005
A father told the story of his son’s first serious conflict at school. His boy was being picked on by three bullies. They would punch him, push his bike over, and generally made his life miserable. They told him that they’d meet him the next morning before school and beat him up. That evening the
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Jul 23, 2005
Temptation can really play havoc with our lives. There was a humorous "Cathy" cartoon strip sometime back. Cathy is struggling with her diet. See if this progression is familiar:
Frame 1: I will take a drive, but won’t go near the grocery store.
Frame 2: I will drive by the grocery store, but
Contributed by Mike Leiter on Jan 15, 2003
A woman and a man are involved in a car accident.
It’s a bad one. Both of their cars are demolished but
amazingly neither of them is hurt. After they crawl out of their cars, the woman says, "So, you’re a man... That’s interesting. I’m a woman. Wow, just look at our cars! There’s nothing left,
Contributed by Martin Albanese on Apr 21, 2003
A woman bought a extravagant dress, and the husband asked why did it have to be so extravagant, She said the devil made me buy it, The husband asked, why didn’t you say get behind me Satan?, The woman said, I did and
Contributed by James Marshall on May 5, 2003
There is a little bird in Kentucky that is called a Killdeer bird. It builds it nest beside the road in the gravel.The eggs look gray and white speckles like the gravel on the roads. Children love to try to get them,The fun part is when you get close to her nest she will move off and ack like her
Contributed by Paul Redwine on Jan 2, 2004
Toad baked some cookies. “These cookies smell very good,” said Toad. He ate one. “And they taste even better,” he said. Toad ran to Frog’s house. “Frog, Frog,” cried Toad, “taste these cookies that I have made.” Frog ate one of the cookies, “These are the best cookies I have ever eaten!” said Frog.
There is an old saying that goes “Opportunity knocks once, but temptation beats on the door everyday.” What a true statement, for we live our lives constantly surrounded by temptations. There
Killpatrick reminds us how the Cheap Grace mindset can ruin our lives and drive us away from God.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes
Contributed by John Harvey on Mar 18, 2004
Costa Rican Tomato Frog
Deep in the Costa Rican jungle lives the small tomato frog. Red in color like a tomato, he has a unique defense against predators. Once he’s attacked, he emits a deadly, milky white poison all over his skin. As the attacking animal bites into a tomato frog, it
Contributed by Amanda Wilson on May 3, 2004
Another movie I saw recently was the Fellowship of the Ring. It too is about the use of power, in particular a magic ring that gives its wearer the power to control all living things. “One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
Contributed by Brian La Croix on May 4, 2004
You probably heard about the guy who was trying to lose weight, but came to the office one day with two dozen donuts.
His co-workers asked him why he got donuts if he's trying to diet, and he answered, "Well, as I came to the corner where the donut shop was, I told God that if He wanted me to
Contributed by Charles Newman on Jul 17, 2004
Some things are more tempting than others wouldn’t you agree? I just love a Snickers candy bar. I have never tasted such goodness in my life. There is something about that combination of chocolate, peanuts, rich caramel and nougat that seems to satisfy the savage sweet tooth. Don’t put me on a diet
Contributed by Bill Sullivan on Aug 12, 2004
Opening illustration with marshmallows: invite three or four from congregation who really like marshmallows - give each one a marshmallow.
Ask them to hold it, wait until you’ve walked all the way around the auditorium. If they can wait until you’ve walked all the way around the auditorium,
Contributed by Joe Fornear on Sep 2, 2004
Irene Pepperberg, a visiting professor of animal behavior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is teaching a parrot how to surf the Internet. "Parrots are very social creatures," she says,
but people who own them "leave them alone eight or nine hours a day." She says that leads to boredom
Contributed by Richard Mcnair on Oct 27, 2004
On the TV show Hee Haw, Doc Campbell is confronted by a patient who says he broke his arm in two places. The doc replies, "Well then, stay out of them places!" He may have something there. We cannot regularly put ourselves in the face of temptation and not be affected. When faced with
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Sep 3, 2005
Several years ago at a Promise Keepers conference, Dennis Rainey placed animal traps on stage. They were big ones too. Bear traps and even an African safari large animal trap that took two men to open. There were a dozen or so traps, and he set or opened them all. Then Dennis Rainey had a father