In the Christmas movie Elf the title character discovers he was a human baby raised by elves. He travels back to New York City to find his bio-dad, in the process learns, and teaches others about caring. Will Ferrell describes his journey by saying, "I passed through the seven levels of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
You may have chuckled when I started this sermon by talking about the importance of punctuation. But prudent punctuation is no joke. In Russia, a period actually saved a man's life. The Czar had condemned the man to death and sent this telegram to the jailer: PARDON
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2009
To again quote Charles Spurgeon:
"It is joy to all nations that Christ is born, the Prince of Peace, the King who rules in righteousness...Beloved, the greatest joy is to those who know Christ as a Saviour...The further you submit yourself to Christ the Lord, the more completely you know Him,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 28, 2009
"MESSIAH" FED THE HUNGRY
When Handel wrote "Messiah" he had gone from riches to rags. For 30 years he had entertained Lords and Ladies with his operas. But those days seemed long past. Creditors were at his door. He was depressed. He could not sleep and he was plagued by rheumatism. He feared he
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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 Tom Papez on Jul 27, 2009
A FAMOUS BIRTH
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie for some reason are the most important couple in USA (I don’t really know if that is true, but it just seems like it because every time I go past a grocery store aisle, I see their picture.) Did you hear the news? They had a baby...again! And how do they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 19, 2009
"WE BRING YOU US!"
Michael Sattler tells the story of Christmas 1930. His wife had just passed away the month before, and he was lonely and heartsick. But mostly, he worried about the type of Christmas his girls would have.
When Christmas morning came, they opened their presents with unusual
Contributed by Ajai Prakash on Dec 2, 2009
Well, in the Bible, names are very significant and they are significant in other cultures as well. Talking about the Mexican Indians, and somehow or another something of their culture comes up, and the face is very important to an Indian, just as it is in the Orient, we know of course that face is
In the mystery of his becoming man, Christ showed us what humanity was meant to become. He showed us the transcendent dignity and destiny of each human person as a child of God.
-- Archbishop Jose Gomez on
Contributed by David Tack on Sep 19, 2010
This is the time of year we need to stress our Savior. So don’t stress over commercialism, but stress the Savior! Remember, to give to those who are less fortunate, following the lead of our
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 30, 2010
Quote: Andrew Murray:
"Jesus Christ was born twice.
The birth at Bethlehem was a birth into a life of weakness.
The second time he was born from the grave – the first born
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Dec 1, 2011
WHERE DOES GOD FIT IN?
One Christmas season a schoolteacher in England supervised the construction of a manger scene in a corner of her classroom. Her pupils were delighted to set up the model barn and cover the floor with real straw and then arrange the clay figures of Mary, Joseph, the
WISHING VS. HOPING
Eugene Peterson (Living the Message: Daily Help for Living the God-Centered Life) points out that what a lot of people call hope is in reality something different. It's wishing, not hoping: and wishing and hoping are not the same thing.
"Wishing," Peterson says, "is
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 4, 2011
WAITING TO BE KING
In April 2011 Prince Charles became the longest serving heir apparent in British history, having waited 59 years, 2 months and 14 days. Charles overtook the record set by his great-great grandfather king Edward VII; and
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 4, 2011
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
On February 17th this year, Belgium set a record. They had gone for 249 days without a government.
Guinness World records no longer accept claims for long periods of sleep or sleeplessness. However, it appears that the record for the longest period without sleep is
Contributed by Ken Pell on Dec 4, 2011
WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?
Some of you are familiar with the name, Morgan Spurlock. He produced the documentary "Super-Size Me." He has produced another lesser-known production titled "What Would Jesus Buy?" Please note: I am not recommending the movie it is a bit distasteful but it makes a good
ON A RATHER INSIGNIFICANT SPHERE
A senior angel is showing a very young angel around the splendors of the universe. They view whirling galaxies and blazing suns, and then flit across the infinite distances of space until at last they enter one particular galaxy of 500 billion stars.
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Nov 29, 2002
THE JOURNEY FROM HEAVEN TO DUMP
Author and pastor Leith Anderson writes:
Several years ago I was visiting Manila and was taken, of all places, to the Manila garbage dump and saw something beyond belief. Tens of thousands of people make their homes on that dump site. They’ve constructed shacks
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 2, 2002
Jeff Calendar’s three year old daugh-
ter along with the rest of her family
was observed opening Christmas packages.
As is often the case, Jeff’s wife had
recycled some bows from previous times,
and their daughter grabbed one and then
placed it on top of her head. The old
tape left on it
Contributed by Kent Lenard on Dec 4, 2002
As a theologian said in 320, "We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the