Contributed by Richard Mcnair on Nov 4, 2004
1997------- From time to time we hear statistics about how people first came into church membership. These figures trace back to the Institute for American Church Growth, which asked 10,000 people about their pilgrimage. What led them in? Answers were: Special need, 2 percent; Walk-in, 3 percent;
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jan 8, 2003
George Sweeting, in his book The No-Guilt Guide for Witnessing, tells of a man by the name of John Currier who in 1949 was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Later he was transferred and paroled to work on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee.
In 1968, Currier’s sentence was
Contributed by David Yarbrough on Oct 15, 2001
Dr. Elizabeth Targ, a psychiatrist at the Pacific College of Medicine in San Francisco, has also tested out prayer on critically ill AIDS patients. All 20 patients in the study got pretty much the same medical treatment, but only half of them were prayed for by spiritual healers. Ultimately, 10 of
RESCUE THE PERISHING
Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer, wrote so many hymns we love to sing. When she was up in years, she visited the Macaulay Rescue Mission in NYC. She stood before a crowd of homeless, drug-addicted, alcoholic men. She said, “is there a young man here who doesn’t have a
WHEN WE ALL GET TO HEAVEN...
“I realize there is never going to be a day when I stand before God and He looks at me and says, ’I wish you would have kept more for yourself.’ I’m confident that God will take care of me.”
¯ David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
JOHN DENVER’S LOST OPPORTUNITY
One day in a frequent flyer room, I looked over and saw John Denver. It was pretty obvious with his distinct features and signature guitar that it was him. I went over and said, "John!" He jumped up, stuck out his hand and said, "I haven’t seen you in a
Contributed by Tim Smith on Sep 25, 2016
Hugh Hewitt in his book “The Embarassed Believer” contends that most Christian are embarrassed believers. They do not talk about their faith or church. They don’t have Bibles on the corner of their desks. They never engage others in spiritual conversations. And the result has been the dramatic
Bobby Richardson is one of my spiritual heroes. What a blessing to meet this awesome witness for Christ who led Mickey Mantle to faith in Christ before he died. This story makes me love Bobby even more!
It was the seventh game of the 1962 World Series between the New York Yankees and the San
A man was looking for a place in New York City to party late one night. He stopped a police officer and said, "I am looking for a
night club named Hell’s Gate. Do you know how to get there?"
The officer said, "Sir, just keep going down this street and will you pass Calvary Church on your
Contributed by Tim Smith on Aug 13, 2017
Tom Mercer writes, “Years ago, I heard an incredible story about a guy who, while walking through an intersection in a large city, noticed a police officer directing traffic in the middle of the street. As he walked by, the man sensed the Holy Spirit prompting him to go up to the officer and tell
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Sep 19, 2011
JOSEPH SMITH: IF SOMEONE HAD SHARED GRACE...
Jesus was gracious to the woman taken in adultery. Sometimes, that is what reaches people. Sometimes, Christians are like the scribes and Pharisees, choosing to be judgmental instead of gracious.
In the 1820's, a young woman named Emma gave birth
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 23, 2001
An inner city church had an annual student recognition day. Normally, students would share about their educational experiences and then the pastor would get up and offer a few closing words. One year, the pastor’s words were a bit alarming. He stood up in front of all the young graduates and