Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 31, 2001
Warren Wiersbe writes, "Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to count it all joy! If we live only
Contributed by Tim George on Feb 5, 2001
The purpose of testing your faith is to help you to see whether or not your faith is real and how strong that faith is. A jeweler gives as one of the surest tests for a true diamond what is called the water test. An imitation stone is never ever so brilliant as a genuine stone. A genuine diamond
Contributed by Chris Layton on Jun 9, 2001
There was once a young boy who went to spend the week with his grandfather on the farm. While walking around he noticed the chickens, they were scratching and playing around. The little lad said, “They ain’t got it”. Next he saw a colt in the field playing and kicking up its heel’s to which he
Contributed by Jeff Kolk on Aug 4, 2001
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey So he invited all his neighbors to
Contributed by John Edmerson on Sep 13, 2001
There once was an oyster whose story I tell,
Who found that sand had got under his shell;
Just one little grain, but it gave him much pain,
For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain.
Now, did he berate the working of Fate
Which had led him to such a deplorable
Contributed by Mike Leiter on Jan 15, 2003
POTATO, EGG, OR COFFEE?
Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jan 3, 2004
Imagine all of the obstacles a person might have to overcome if he were to walk from New York City to San Francisco. One man who accomplished this rare achievement mentioned a rather surprising difficulty when asked to tell of his biggest hurdle. He said that the toughest part of the
Contributed by Lisa Delay on Aug 10, 2005
It seems as though the devastating water of the Asian tsunami uncovered an ancient city 45 miles south of Madras, India. Apparently, according to old British travel writings, the area was once a 7th century port city with seven pagodas, six of which were submerged by the sea. The location was part
Contributed by Alan Tison on Jun 22, 2006
A GUIDE TO KNOWING YOU ARE MIDDLE AGED:
By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere.
Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends and have begun to grow in the middle.
A man has reached middle age when he is cautioned to slow down by his doctor
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
Crowns have always been the sign of authority and Kingship.
Charlemagne, whom historians say should deserve to be called "great" above all others, wore an octagonal crown. Each of the eight sides was a plaque of gold, and each plaque was studded with emeralds, sapphires, and pearls. The cost was
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
"Those who doubt most, and yet strive to overcome their doubts, turn out to be some of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 19, 2011
EDISON BURNS ALL HIS MISTAKES
Thomas A. Edison's plant was on fire. As he helplessly watched it burn, taking his costly experiments up in flames, he called his son Charles. "Come!" he said. "You'll never see anything like this again!" Then he called his wife. As the three stood gazing, Edison
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 27, 2011
TRIALS, TROUBLES, AND POLISHED GEMS
There is a Chinese proverb, "A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man made better without trials."
Sure it doesn't feel good to go through abrasive moments of trials and problems. Sometimes they are recurring. Remember this, my Christian friend;
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 1, 2011
BEES THAT STING ALSO BRING HONEY
One Saturday morning, a seven-year-old boy was playing in their front-yard garden in the middle of flowers in bloom. He was trying to catch butterflies with his torn net. Suddenly a bee flew to his position buzzing straightway landing on the back of his palm. The
Contributed by Sermon Central on Mar 28, 2011
A BLOW TO A PRICELESS JEWEL
Many years ago, there was found in an African mine the most magnificent diamond in the world’s history. It was presented to the king of England to blaze in his crown or state. The king sent it to Amsterdam to be cut. It was put into the hands of an expert lapidary: a
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 4, 2011
OUR NEED FOR PAIN
There is no tougher dilemma in the Christian life than the problem of pain. It could be the pain of broken relationship, the pain of rejection, or the pain of insults. Or it could just be plain old physical pain. Nothing tests the faith like pain.
It was physical pain that
Contributed by Sermon Central on May 19, 2011
THE PRE-WAR SETBACKS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL
Winston Churchill is remembered as perhaps the greatest prime minister in the history of Great Britain. By the steel of his will, he led his island nation to stand against Hitler and eventually triumph in World War II. But years before that victorious
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 3, 2011
ARE YOU SEAWORTHY?
In his book, Life before Death, Ian Leitch, a Scottish preacher, talks about three luxury ocean liners, the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth, and the QE2. He says, "When they built [these ocean liners], they did not test them in dry dock. They didn’t leave them in dry dock and
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 3, 2011
WIERSBE: IDEALISM, REALISM, AND SKEPTICISM
Warren Wiersbe: "A realist is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been purified. A skeptic is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been burned." (CT Classics,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 23, 2011
SAVING A STRANGER
In his book Open the Door Wide to Happy Living, T. Huffman Harris told of a young man named Eddie who became tired of life and decided to leap from a bridge into a turbulent river. Jim, a total stranger, saw Eddie being swept downstream and plunged into the water in an effort