Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Sep 6, 2007
AF Sgt. Arthur Powell told his story in the July (1994) "Guideposts."
When I was a kid growing up in St. Nicholas Project in Harlem, I was scared. I was afraid of shooting, gang harassment and threats from drug dealers. Dad wasn’t around much, and Mom, who wasn’t well, had her hands full
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 10, 2007
ILLUSTRATION: “No Use but Useful”
Elderly Sister Ann in China was born into quite an educated family. She had four brothers who all became doctors. She, however, was not even taught how to read and write. She began to train as a nurse, but her father fell ill and she was required to nurse him.
Contributed by Rob Roy on Nov 19, 2018
My best memory of my Grandfather who died when I was four or five.
I was four or five and we loaded up with my four older brothers and mom and dad in our sixty-four brown Chevy Bel Air and headed to my grandparents home. My mom announced to all of us that Grandfather was weak and we should
Contributed by James Mccullen on May 6, 2005
Finding his newly-appointed pastor standing at his study window in the church weeping as he looked over the inner city’s tragic conditions, a layman sought to console him: "Don’t worry. After you’ve been here a while, you’ll
Contributed by Thomas Cash on Aug 15, 2011
KILL US, TORTURE US, CONDEMN US...
An early Christian leader named Tertullian (164-200AD) declared: “Kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust. The more you mow us down, the more we grow, for the seed of the church is the blood of the Christians. Every single drop of our blood springs
Contributed by Tony Abram on May 1, 2010
The next time you feel like God can’t use you,
NOAH was a drunk....
ABRAHAM was too old...
ISAAC was a daydreamer....
JACOB was a liar...
LEAH was ugly...
JOSEPH was abused...
MOSES had a stuttering problem...
GIDEON was afraid...
SAMPSON had long
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Sep 29, 2008
God cares for us—every part of us. He wants us to be whole—complete. This includes a physical well-being. Instead of a story I want to show you a video about a special act—a physical act—that was done for another person. It shows us what it is like to follow
Contributed by Steve Malone on Feb 4, 2003
Mark Buchanan writes;
“Fasting churns the stuff up from the depths. Is there anger in me? I can usually control that with a burger and fries Am I resentful, irritated, overly ambition, fearful? I can smoother that with pizza. Am I depressed or embittered, suffering from a sense of life’s
Contributed by Sermon Central on Oct 16, 2003
ONE OF US?
One of 1995’s biggest singles was Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.” The song earned 7 Grammy Award nominations, and made a virtually unknown singer an overnight sensation. It’s a song of spiritual questioning and about conceiving of God in a modern age.
These are some of the words of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 24, 2009
GOD WITH US
Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the Moravians, was converted in an art gallery in Dusseldorf while contemplating a painting of Christ on the cross which had the inscription, "I did this for thee. What hast thou done for me?" This picture had been painted by an artist three hundred
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Feb 23, 2010
CREATED TO BE USED
In his book The Pursuit of Excellence, Ted Engstrom wrote these words: "I was cleaning out a desk drawer when I found a flashlight I hadn't used in over a year. I flipped the switch, but wasn't surprised when it gave no light. I unscrewed it and shoot it to get the batteries
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 22, 2010
GET USED TO IT
A missionary was assigned to some remote islands in the Pacific. After three months, he sent a fax to mission headquarters: "I'm being plagued by rats. What shall I do?"
Soon a crate arrived, filled with rat traps.
However, hardly a month later the missionary sent a second
Contributed by Amiri Hooker on Mar 22, 2011
USE WHAT IS THERE
My son Omri is large, extremely smart and very active. He has not met a tree or roof that he has not at least mentally pondered climbing. Omri's teacher runs up to me the other day and says, "Your son almost made me lose my mind, my religion and my job." This is not unusual, so
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 12, 2012
According to MSNBC, “Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, a U.S. government study suggested Thursday.
Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 11, 2012
GOD IS FOR US
Keith Hartsell of Wheaton, Illinois, was driving around with a friend of his in California, when he noticed that his friend's cell phone was locked with an unusual password -- pro nobis. Keith asked him what pro nobis meant and why he chose that for a password. Keith's friend told
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Jun 8, 2012
SERVICE AND USEFULNESS
The great Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer, Niccolo Paganini willed his marvellous violin to city of Genoa on condition that it must never be played. The wood of such an instrument, while used and handled, wears only slightly. But set aside, it begins to
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 21, 2008
EVIL IN US ALL
In 1960, Israeli undercover agents kidnapped one of the worst killers in Hitler’s army from his hideout in South America. His name was Adolf Eichmann. They took him to Israel to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
Prosecutors called a long list of witnesses who had either
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 16, 2001
LISTENING TO US
While serving as Presbyterian missionaries in Lebanon Ben and Carol Weir learned a great deal about prayer when Ben was suddenly kidnapped by Shiite Muslim extremists in 1984. He was held in solitary confinement, in cramped quarters for sixteen months. Carol wondered whether she
WHAT'S THE USE
There was an old man that lived in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. The old man had a big family. One day one of the old man’s grandsons approached him with a problem.
The Grandson said, "Pap, I read the Bible and I don’t understand it, and what I understand I forget as soon
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
The Gift of Us
Marjorie Tallcott was married and had one child during the Great Depression. The family managed to scrape their way through, but as Christmas approached one year Marjorie and her husband were disappointed that they would not be able to buy any presents. A week before Christmas they