A missionary in Paraguay wrote, “While …serving in Paraguay, a Maka Indian named Rafael came to sit on my porch. I was eating and went out to see what he wanted. He responded, "Ham, henek met." Again I asked what I could do for him, but the answer was the same. I understood what he was saying but
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 17, 2003
There was a woman who went on a short term missions trip to Kenya, helping the missionaries there. Before she left, she stopped at a remote village where she attended a medical clinic. As the native women outside the clinic began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their beautiful
2. Gary Thomas, a friend of Rick Warren, noticed that many Christians were stuck in a worship rut. He raised the question, “Since God has intentionally made us all different, why should everyone be expected to love (worship) God the same way?”(1) Gary has discovered that for 2,000 years Christians
Contributed by Kim Huffman on Mar 30, 2004
During Henry Ward Beecher’s ministry people would come from far and wide to hear him preach. One particular Sunday, Beecher got sick on Sunday morning and a substitute preacher was called to fill the pulpit. A large crowd had assembled to hear Beecher preach. As the service started it was announced
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Apr 19, 2004
I heard the story of a boy who was pumping the old pump organ in a church so a certain lady could play it. After the service, he said to her we really played well today. She snapped back, what is this we stuff, I played well today. Well the next Sunday, she
Contributed by Steven Dow on May 28, 2004
In The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen retells a tale from ancient India: Four royal brothers decided each to master a special ability. Time went by, and the brothers met to reveal what they had learned.
“I have mastered a science,” said the first, “by which I can take but a bone of some creature and
Contributed by Randy Croft on Jul 5, 2004
Listening--Two men were talking over coffee one day. One said: "I’m concerned about my wife. She talks to herself a lot these days." The other said: "Mine does too, but she doesn’t know it. She thinks I’m listening.”
Contributed by Ed Wood on Jul 6, 2004
REGULAR WASHING PAYS OFF The sign at a drive-in carwash said: REGULAR WASHING PAYS OFF. It’s not only a message to auto owners, it’s also a reminder of an important spiritual lesson. Just as cars require periodic washings to remove harmful dirt and
Contributed by Brad Bailey on Aug 6, 2004
There was an elderly woman who was a true saint of God in her long life of devotion. She knew much of the Bible by heart and would repeat long passages from memory. But as the years went by, the strength went and with it the memory gradually went too. Finally, there came the time
Contributed by Jim Kane on Oct 5, 2004
JD Walt, a contemporary songwriter and worship leader wrote in another article about the change someone has made to a wonderful chorus addition to the classic hymn, “When I Survey the Wonderful Cross,” that he and someone else wrote a few years back. Walt and Chris Tomlin wrote, “Oh, the wonderful
Last year about this time our Tennessee Titans were involved in a heart wrenching defeat in the Super Bowl. All season they had fought back from deficits to win and it appeared as though they were going to pull off another comeback victory over the Rams. Unfortunately they came up about a yard and
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Nov 15, 2004
In a certain village in Europe several centuries ago, a nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He decided to build a church for a legacy.
The completed plans for the church were kept secret. When the people gathered, they marveled at the church’s beauty and
Contributed by Chip Monck on Feb 15, 2005
10. Is it really possible to introduce pyrotechnics gradually?
9. Do rhinestones and choir gowns ever make a positive statement?
8. Never enlist a Worship Leader with a Marilyn Manson tattoo!
7. While drums can be a welcome addition to any worship service, is it really necessary to have
Contributed by Robert Garrett on Apr 11, 2005
“HEART OF WORSHIP”
There’s a recent song that was written by a young man who lead the worship at church. He was an extremely talented singer, but the preacher there took him aside and told him that he could not lead the singing at church until things changed because he saw that he was more
Jars of Clay sings about how we should be in love with the One who we praise – Listen to their song “Love Song for a Savior” and note some of their words and the heartbeat of this song. Catch these phrases in the song
i. He is as close as a heart beat.
ii. We must learn how to see Him
Contributed by Brent Baker on Sep 13, 2005
In his book, The One-Minute Manager, Kenneth Blanchard recommends developing the practice of "one-minute praising," where the manager (or parent, spouse, etc.) tries to "catch someone doing something right" and then spend a full sixty seconds praising that person for the good deed. This is a lot
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Nov 7, 2005
Bernard of Clairvaux speaks of a “perfume compound of the remembered benefits of God.” Such a fragrance is easily obtained by spending a season in praise for the things God has already done. Not just by saying thank you, but by expressing a life of gratitude. Every born-again Christian should be
Listen to what an English Hymnist named Eric Routley wrote concerning Wesley’s hymns, “These hymns were composed in order that men and women might sing their way, not only into experience, but also into knowledge; --- that the cultured might have their culture
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2006
A recent Lutheran Brotherhood poll reveals adults spend about the same amount time shopping in December as they do attending religious services. Men spend an average 12.7% of their time shopping vs. 13.6% attending religious services, while women spend 19.1% and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 6, 2006
32% of American Christians have never experienced God’s presence in worship. (Foster letter