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An article from a church bulletin taught such a good lesson about criticizing that I thought I should pass it along. It begins with this poem: A little seed lay in the ground, and soon began to sprout; Now, which of all the flowers around, shall I, it mused, come out? The seed then could be hea
Russet potatoes are one of America's favorite varieties. They were developed by Luther Burbank in 1872. He noticed a potato plant with an unusual bud. He watched the bud until it dropped. When he opened it he found 23 seeds. He selected two that seemed better than the rest and from these two seeds have come all Russet potatoes.
Russet potatoes are one of America's favorite varieties. They were developed by Luther Burbank in 1872. He noticed a potato plant with an unusual bud. He watched the bud until it dropped. When he opened it he found 23 seeds. He selected two that seemed better than the rest and from these two seeds have come...
In a cemetery in Hanover, Germany, is a grave on which were placed huge slabs of granite and marble cemented together and fastened with heavy steel clasps. It belongs to a woman who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Yet strangely, she directed in her will that her grave be made so sec
We have heard of the place called Death Valley. Normally it is barren and forbidding, but every once and a while it explodes with color.
In Paths to Power , A.W. Tozer writes, "There are two kinds of ground: fallow ground and ground that has
Victory takes persistence. It took twenty-two years for the McDonald's hamburger chain to make its first billion dollars. It took IBM forty-six years and Xerox sixty-three years to make their first billion. If only we would apply that kind of determination to our walk with God! -Denis Waitley, Seed
In November of 1995 newspapers reported the story of lotus seeds found in a dry lake bed in China. They were 1,288 years old! Seven of them were obtained by the University of California at Los Angeles. The seeds were germinated, sprouted, and a plant grew from them. They are thought to be the oldest seeds ever...
In one of his recent columns, investigative reporter Jack Anderson discussed how Christianity has survived persecution in the USSR. He wrote, "Reports seeping out of Russia indicate that the Christian 'problem' has become serious enough to warrant a concerted crackdown by the authoritiesThe a
Christ began His ministry turning water into wine and ended it turning wine into blood. The first was literal, the second was symbolic. We often use the word blood in a symbolic way. When we speak of family we say that blood is thicker than water. When we speak of inherited gifts we say, "It's in his blood." We say that the blood of...
According to Forbes magazine, Allen Stanford is developing an exclusive island somewhere in the Caribbean. Called the "Island Club," it will provide parking for 100 private jets, and its marina can accommodate 30 giant yachts. The annual membership fee is 15 million dollars!
I've got great news--I just saved a bundle on my car insurance. This pop-cultural punchline might just expose a real problem we have in our Christian sub-culture: we don't know what the good news is.
The Harvest Never Fails A wealthy widower deeded all his property to an only son and his wife on the condition that he would be allowed to live in the country with them for the rest of his life. After a few years, when the inheritance had been spent, the daughter-in-law got tired of having the elde
Perhaps the most compelling benefit for doing biblical theology is that it deepens our understanding of and facility with the gospel.
(Note: This message was originally preached as part of an annual county-wide memorial service for families of traffic fatalities.)
"AGE -- Has limits Anybody who can still do at sixty what he was doing at twenty wasn't doing much
Jeremiah 29:11 (Note: This message was originally preached as part of an annual county-wide memorial service for families of traffic fatalities.) Grief is an experience common to all of us. We all lose someone we love at sometime. The difference lies in the names and circumstances of our losse
Here's an illustration from the new movie Intolerable Cruelty, courtesy of MovieMinistry.com: The Big Idea: Love is good. Scene Setup: Miles Massey has finally succumbed to the enemy - a woman. Hastily, and with great passion, he has decided to wed Marylin Rexroad. He finds himself standing befor
Perhaps there is someone who wonders in today’s world, “Can a minister really have any possible influence on the world around us?” If Karl Barth was right when he talked about having the Bible in one hand and The New York Times in the other, then we might have something to learn today. The video clips from various sermons by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright are all over the news. In case you have been on the moon or on a self-induced news-free vacation, then you know there is a problem. The United Church of Christ pastor has said things and taught things, that are, in a word, controversial.
All Christians everywhere believe in a future for Israel. Where Christians disagree is on is exactly who Israel is.