Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 8, 2009
The Mishna says, "The dwelling places of Gentiles are ritually unclean (Ohalot 18:7). David Stern summarizes other passages in the Mishna, "…Jews may not remain alone with Gentiles, leave cattle at their inns, assist them in childbirth, suckle their children, do business with
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 18, 2009
Prejudice Comes from an Unclean Heart
I like this thought posted by Mike Atkinson in his daily email humor list some time ago. If you can start the day without caffeine; if you can get going without pep pills; if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; if you can resist complaining
Contributed by Brian Harvison on May 29, 2008
Pigs were unclean to a Jew
To protect themselves from defilement, Jews could not even touch pigs
For a Jew to stoop to feeding pigs was a great humiliation
And for this man to eat food that pigs had touched was
Contributed by Joe La Rue on Feb 18, 2008
Max Lucado, in his book In the Eye of the Storm, tells the story of Chippie the Parakeet. He writes:
"Chippie the Parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, blown over.
The problems began when Chippie’s
Greek & Roman religions taught very little about personal holiness. A person could bring sacrifices to an idol, say a few prayers & go away from the altar and commit sin freely. No one would ever think he was inconsistent in his faith. This is not so with the life of a follower of
Contributed by Ross Cochrane on Feb 21, 2010
I went to a conference in Brisbane once in a large Church lead by Pastor Reg Kliminiok. After he spoke, I went to him to thank him for his message. I finally got my opportunity after others had finished speaking with him. He took an interest in me and asked me about my Church.
Contributed by Tony Abram on Jul 6, 2009
" Psalm 103 blesses the Lord for "all his benefits," which include not only the forgiveness of sins, but also the lifting of shame. ... God attaches to the lowly and the unclean, raising them from their slime and crud. Where shame is concerned, God
Contributed by John Shearhart on Jun 28, 2006
“A well-know professional golfer was playing in a tournament with President Gerald Ford, fellow pro Jack Nicklaus, and Billy Graham. After the round was over one of the other pros on the tour asked, ‘Hey, what was it like playing with the President and Billy Graham?’ The pro said with disgust, ‘I
Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Dec 29, 2004
Once, I took the kids up to the cabin without Pam. The cabin is a rustic place with no running water, no electricity, but plenty of space for the kids to run and play. On the day that we were to come back home, I got them dressed in the morning, packed up the van, and loaded them in. I took a
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
When you feel unlovable, unworthy, and unclean,
when you think that no one can heal you,
Remember, Friend, God Can.
When you think that you are unforgivable
for your guilt and your shame,
Remember, Friend, God Can.
When you think that all is hidden,
and no one can see within,
Contributed by Davon Huss on Mar 26, 2012
DO YOU HAVE AN AWARENESS OF SIN?
A basic mark of true spirituality is a deep awareness of sin. In Scripture those who most despised their sinfulness were often those who were the most spiritual. Paul said he was the chief of sinners. Peter said to Jesus, "Depart from me,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 8, 2011
HONEY ALL THE WAY DOWN
In one of his famous escapades, Winnie the Pooh, this lovable toy bear, tries to trap an elephant--or, as he pronounces it, a heffalump.
So Pooh digs a hole to catch the heffalump, and decides to bait the trap with some of his own favorite food: honey. But of course, it
“In His powerful book The Holiness of God, R. C. Sproul observes that unbelievers often feel uneasy in the presence of an obedient Christian. The holiness of God reflected in a believer’s life makes the non-Christian uncomfortable. Sproul then shares this truce incident to make his point.
Contributed by John Perry on Apr 10, 2010
USHERING IN A CLEAN WORLD
There was a man named Dave who was blind. For a period of time we were working with him, bringing him to church and helping him out. Dave began to come along regularly; more than anything I think he liked the fact that people in our church cared about him. One day some
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 16, 2009
"The house of Shammai say, a man may not put away his wife, unless he finds some uncleanness in her, according to Deu. 24:1. The house of Hillel say, if she should spoil his food, (that is, as Jarchi and Bartenora explain it, burns it either at the fire, or with salt, i.e. over-roasts or over-salts
Main Idea: The only thing that can wash away sin is the blood of Jesus.
Verse: “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6 NKJV).
Illustration: A smelly man came to visit me. He needed a bath so bad. He wanted to hug me and talk to
Contributed by Steve Malone on Dec 2, 2004
Notice what Malachi says;
“…A child HONORS his father, and a servant HONORS his master. I am a father, so why don’t you respect me? I am a master, so why don’t you respect me? You priests do not respect me?
But you ask, ‘How have we shown you disrespect?’ You have shown it by
Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 9, 2009
OLD WIVES' TALES: THE TRUTH
Have you ever believed something, only to find out that it wasn’t true? Consider these old wives tales:
"If you go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold." Cold weather, wet hair, and chills don’t cause colds; viruses do.
"Reading in dim light will damage
Contributed by Nathan Parker on Mar 10, 2007
Life Examples: Isaiah: A Life-Changing Encounter (Isaiah 6:1-7)
Isaiah’s whole life changed when he saw the majestic Lord seated on His heavenly throne. His awesome vision of God pierced him to cry out, "I am a man of unclean lips...For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts" (Isaiah