Contributed by Sidney Sumida on Sep 15, 2009
Trials and difficulties reveal our true character.
It is like squeezing a tube of toothpaste. What is really on the inside will eventually ooze
Contributed by Chris Jordan on Apr 27, 2008
"Job repented, not of any past sins that might have caused his (trouble), but of his mistrust of God in the midst of it. Ultimately, God never answered Job’s questions. Job never actually found out why all of this loss and horror had occurred. It was as if the answer to Job’s
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Jun 10, 2008
An Altitude Problem
A few years ago, a couple of adventurers tried to become the first to circle the globe in a hot air balloon.
They took off from St. Louis, Missouri, rose to 24,000 feet, and started eastward across the Atlantic Ocean toward Africa.
The prevailing winds carried the
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Jun 19, 2008
I recently came across a Chinese parable that eludes to our thoughts for today’s text. It’s a tale about a water-bearer and his two pots of clay.
An elderly peasant had two large clay pots. One of the pots had a crack down its side to a point about half way. The other pot, perfect! Each had been
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 21, 2008
TRIALS OF GETTING OLDER
Three elderly ladies were discussing the trials of getting older.
One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember if I need to put it away or start making a sandwich."
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
“I Know Your Face”
Quite recently a very dear friend suffered the heartbreaking miscarriage of a child. She was devastated by this loss of life and it got me thinking about my own miscarriage some 23 years ago of our first child and how distraught I was. My husband, Terry, and I were not
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
Dedicated to All who have lost a child to a tragic early death, stillbirth, Miscarriage or even an abortion that was later regretted
There is nothing quite as devastating as the loss of a child to an early death. There are always more questions than answers. There are many things we
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Aug 13, 2008
The Glass Of Water
A teacher was explaining stress management to his group of science students.
He raised a glass of water and asked “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Students answers ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams.
The teacher replied “the absolute weight doesn’t matter—it depends
Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Aug 25, 2008
J.O. Fraser, a missionary to China said, "Faith is like muscle which grows stronger and stronger with use, rather than
Contributed by Terry Cavanaugh on Aug 30, 2008
Lorne Sanny, when president of the Navigators, was correct when he said, "If you are suffering without succeeding, then someone will succeed after you. If you are succeeding without suffering, then someone suffered before you."
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Sep 11, 2008
The Boll Weevil
In the center of Main Street in Enterprise, Alabama, stands one of the strangest monuments in the world. It's a memorial to an insect! Handsomely carved in stone is the likeness of a boll weevil. Many believe that divine providence was involved in the circumstances that led to
Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Sep 19, 2008
Most of us believe that we know what a tree needs in order to grow tall and strong and thus be able to produce enough oxygen to sustain animal and human life. We know to plant it in very rich healthy soil, we know to water it, and we know that it needs sunshine. This experiment was done, not to see
Contributed by Steve Lotze on Sep 27, 2008
How many of you go straight to joy when you’re in a trial?
Kind of wonder about people like that – tend more like chippie…
Anyone here own a parakeet? – cleaning is hassle – Chippies owner vacuuming feathers off floor – brilliant idea! – vacuum bottom of cage… don’t try this at home kids…
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 29, 2008
It can be tough to buy a ripe watermelon. I have bought them when they are over-ripe, mushy, and inedible. In other cases, the still taste "greenish," like a cucumber with sugar on it. But note that on the outside, they look alike. And you can thump and bump. But it is what is on the inside that
Contributed by Michael West on Oct 2, 2008
It’s just the devils friends masquerading as your former enemy so they can slip past your faith—why do
As a child, Pastor Bill experienced the pain and hopelessness of abandonment. One day, as he walked down a street with his mother, they stopped to sit for a while. She instructed him to sit there and wait for her to return. He sat and waited for 3 days straight. She did not return. A gentleman who
Contributed by Ken Harris on Oct 12, 2008
“ It’s a cleansing of the soul. Emotional release helps ease the load... It’s time to LAUGH until you cry. SCREAM until you spit. Show some LOVE and show some TEARS. SING at the top of your lungs. JUMP for JOY. AND when tons of STUFF
Contributed by Dale Pilgrim on Oct 21, 2008
"God is in it" doesn't mean the weaknesses vanish. It does mean God provides what we need (Aaron will be your spokesman) and get beyond
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Oct 28, 2008
In the worst of times, God has a people and He does incredible things. In 1974, the Arab oil embargo caused many people to wait in line for gas. Watergate shook the United States. Times were not good. Country singer Merle Haggard sang a song “If we make it through December.” The same year,
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Nov 10, 2008
Twenty people were killed on Russian submarine. The fire suppression system went off accidently and smothered them. The system meant to save them killed them. When