Contributed by Ian Biss on Oct 1, 2001
Mordecai Ham emerged as an evangelist from Kentucky at the turn of the century. He had a background in business and the study of law. From the very beginning his approach was zealous and blunt. Rather than sit and talk with Christians at revival sites, Ham insisted on being
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
The Zeal of Communists.
In the late 1940s Whittaker Chambers was called to witness before a New York Grand Jury against Alger Hiss, one of our high government officials. Chambers, a one-time Communist, accused Hiss of trying to transmit confidential government documents to the Soviet Union through
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011
J. C. RYLE ON ZEAL
Recently I found a book by Bishop J.C. Ryle, the first bishop of Liverpool, England on the subject of zeal. He wrote:
"Zeal is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His glory in the world in every possible way. A zealous man is preeminently a man
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 23, 2008
What we see urged in the NT is zeal, which is not quite the same as the fad word "passion" (which implies the necessity of emotional exuberance and is emotionally driven) or "urgency" (which implies a desperate God and is usually guilt driven). Zeal is a spiritually driven energy grounded in a
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Apr 27, 2008
3 TRUTHS ABOUT PASSION
• Nothing significant is ever done in life without passion.
• Most winners in life are just ex-losers who finally got passionate.
• The worst
Contributed by Curtis Rowe on Aug 4, 2008
Every believer is impacting the spiritual vigor of those around him! Gordon McDonald gave the following list...
• Igniter- The Holy Spirit is the Creator of authentic spiritual energy! Do you provoke others? “I’ll paddle!”
• Sharer- “… that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith
Contributed by Robert Joseph on Sep 10, 2008
Thomas Costain’s history, The Three Edwards, describes the life of Raynald III, a fourteenth century duke in what is now Belgium.
Grossly overweight, Raynald was often called by his Latin nickname, Crassus, which means “fat.”
After a violent quarrel, Raynald’s younger brother
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Oct 11, 2008
Onward Christian Soldier
It was 1854. Pastor Dudley Tyng was voted as the new pastor of a Philadelphia church at only 29 years old. At first the work went well until he started to preach against the sin of slavery – at that point to church did not want to make anyone mad so they told him to shut
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2008
Passion for God
A. W. Tozer said, “God dwells in a state of perpetual enthusiasm. He is delighted with all that is good and lovingly concerned about all that is wrong. He pursues His labors always in a fullness of holy zeal. No wonder the Spirit came at Pentecost as a sound of a rushing mighty
Contributed by Jesse Bennett on Dec 6, 2008
I don’t know about you but I was here at 9:30 this morning and when I came to open the door I didn’t see a line of people waiting outside for me to open the door so they could come into God’s house and worship. A when we gathered to study God’s word there were less than ___ in Sunday School class.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
Following God Ordained Passions, like Wilson Bentley the Snowflake Photographer
I want to die the same way Wilson Bentley died.
Wilson grew up on a farm in Jericho, Vermont, and as a young boy he developed a fascination with snowflakes. Obsession might be a better word for it. Most people go
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Feb 6, 2010
The Boy Scout
A noted brain surgeon, Dr. Bronson Ray, was taking a stroll when he saw a boy on a scooter smash headfirst into a tree. Realizing that the boy was seriously injured, the doctor told a bystander to call an ambulance.
As he proceeded to administer first aid, a boy not much older
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Feb 22, 2010
Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George said, "Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't
Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Mar 30, 2009
When we are no longer alert as God’s watchmen, we have a tendency to be insensitive to all the dangers around us.
I can’t help but be reminded of a frightening experience we had when my eldest son was working the late shift at a bakery. He came home dead tired one night and I was already asleep.
Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Mar 30, 2009
It’s sort of like the fable that evangelist D. L. Moody used to tell. It seems there were two eagles. One of the eagles won every race and the other eagle was jealous. One day, the jealous eagle overheard a hunter say, “I’d bring down that eagle if I had decent fletching on my arrows.” The eagle
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Mar 30, 2009
Yet it is so difficult to convince others to take that course, even when they see it. The problem is that only God can give the appetite for the Scriptures that brings such great spiritual nutrition. The natural man is like a dying cancer patient to whom food has become detestable. The
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2009
A bee’s stinger is 1/16th of an inch long...the rest of what you feel is enthusiasm!
Here’s an illustration of a man with too much enthusiasm: The storekeeper had only one fish left in his icy barrel. A lady asked for a big fish, and he reached in and showed it to her. She
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Aug 18, 2009
“I don’t want to go through the motions
I don’t want to go one more day
Without your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t want to spend my whole life asking
What if I had given