Contributed on Jan 23, 2005
Both salt and light: 1. Are necessary for survival. 2. Have the ability to purify. 3. Must make contact to have an effect.
I love grilling out on a beautiful summer day with the sun shining. My favorite thing is to grill steaks. I like to grill them till they are so tender you can pull them apart with a fork. Then I take roasting ears and dip them into water with the shuck still on; wrap them in foil and let the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 30, 2005
Jesus’ new kind of righteousness is based on: 1. Internals rather than externals. 2. Transformation rather than avoiding transgressions. 3. A relationship rather than rules.
Perhaps you have seen it. It is a bumper sticker which displays the slogan: “Christians Aren’t Perfect, Just Forgiven.” It is a catchy phrase, the only problem is that it misrepresents the Christian life. Is that all we are, “just forgiven”? Is there no more to it than that? Do we, in the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2005
Jesus’ teaching about anger is: 1. Murder begins as an attitude in the heart. 2. Anger grows as we express it in name calling and cursing. 3. Anger ends by means of reconciliation.
David A. Slagle, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, tells a wild story about an experience he had: “I served as a nurse in the operating room for several years. One day a couple arrived, both with gunshot wounds. He had awakened late for his first day on the job because his wife did not set the alarm. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 20, 2005
The character attributes involved in honesty are: 1. Simplicity 2. Transparency 3. Integrity
We are dealing with a topic today which is a struggle for all of us. If we are truthful, we will admit that not lying can be a problem. There is the fib, the white lie, the half-truth, the clever deception, misleading information, stretching the truth, exaggeration. Who has not been startled to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 27, 2005
How are we to understand this teaching of Jesus? 1. It is about trusting God. 2. It is about not doing it our way. 3. It is about being like God.
In Judith Viorst’s book for children entitled I’ll Fix Anthony, Anthony’s younger brother complains about the way his older brother treats him. The little brother says: “My brother Anthony can read books now, but he won’t read any books to me. He plays checkers with Bruce from his school. But ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2005
A look at the various elements in the Lord’s prayer.
C.L. Null, in Christian Reader says, “My Sunday school class of youngsters had some problems repeating the Lord’s Prayer, but they didn’t lack in imagination. One child prayed, ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, how’d you know my name?’” It is a wonderful thing when we realize that God knows our ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2005
Jesus warned: 1. Don’t store up treasure. 2. Guard your heart. 3. Focus your eye. 4. Have only one Master
I read a recent magazine article about a pastor and his encounter with some unbelievers while having breakfast. Here is how he tells the story: “My wife and I were vacationing in Estes Park, Colorado, and had breakfast in a coffee shop. It was empty except for four men at another table. One was ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2005
Jesus teaches us: 1. Do not condemn. 2. Do not rush to judgment. 3. Do use discernment.
The Super Bowl is known as much for its commercials as it is for football, and Super Bowl XXXIX was no different. Ameriquest Mortgage Company sponsored two ads. One had a man coming home with a bag of groceries and a bouquet of flowers. He begins dinner by starting a pot of spaghetti sauce. As ...read more
Contributed on May 1, 2005
1. Prayer’s cornerstone is the character of God. 2. Prayer is powered by our persistence. 3. Prayer is founded on faith.
A Chicago based company claims the prize as one of the world’s largest magazine fulfillment firms. Translated, that means they handle subscription mailings by computer. One of their main responsibilities is to send out renewal and expiration notices. But as computers do, there was a malfunction ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2005
Nature teaches us that if you are going to be fruitful, you have to: 1. Have your roots in good soil. 2. Have a healthy trunk and branches. 3. Have fertilization.
A wealthy businessman, who was well known for being ruthless and unethical, told Mark Twain that before he died, he wanted to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He said that when he got there he wanted to climb to the top of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments, and there read ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2005
Why is the narrow way the road less traveled? Because 1. It is difficult. 2. It is against the majority. 3. It includes persecution.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). (A spontneous skit can be done here. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2005
A look at the Beatitudes and how an understanding of the Kingdom of God, present and future, helps us to face the difficulties of life.
Mary Lewis tells this story: “Alexander M. Sanders, Jr., is the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. When his daughter Zoe graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1992, he told this story that happened when she was just three years old. Sanders came home from work one ...read more