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Sermon On The Mount

Wise or Foolish; It’s Our Choice

Several years ago, the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” was reopened to the public, after having been closed for more than a decade. During that time, engineers completed a $25 million renovation project designed to stabilize the tower. They removed 110 tons of soil and reduced its famous lean by about 16 inches. This was necessary because…

The Golden Choice

I recently read the story of an African man who related his experience the first time he had the opportunity to visit an American funeral home. He related the following observation: “As I was shown the casket room I was blown away  I’d never seen anything like this. In Africa, they wrap you up in…

The Judgement Call

At a recent gathering of Bible college professors, one teacher reported that at his school, the most damaging charge one student can lodge against another is that the person is being “judgmental.” He found this pattern very upsetting. “You can’t get a good argument going in class anymore,” he said. “As soon as somebody takes…

Treasure

What is success? That depends upon what you value in life. If you value fortune, success depends on the standard of living and number of dollars in the bank. If you value fame, success depends on how many people know who you are. If you value power, success is determined by the number of people…

A Prayer Lesson From The Master

There is an old story told of a tribe in a region of Africa who were some of the first converts to Christianity. They were known to be very diligent about praying. In fact, the believers each had their own special place outside the village where they went to pray in solitude. The villagers reached…

Secret Service

I love the old story of a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table that held a…

Love Your Enemies

A preacher was preaching a sermon based on today’s passage in Matthew 5 and Luke 6. He asks the congregation, “How many of us feel as if we have enemies in our lives. Quite a few people raise their hands. “Now raise your hands if you have only a few enemies.” And about half as many people raise their hands….

Personal Integrity

Booker T. Washington describes meeting an ex-slave from Virginia in his book Up From Slavery: “I found that this man had made a contract with his master, two or three years previous to the Emancipation Proclamation, to the effect that the slave was to be permitted to buy himself, by paying so much per year for his…

What Jesus Says About Divorce

In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Divorced couples can take advantage of a unique jewelry business in town. The company is called Freedom Rings: Jewelry for the Divorced. Founded by jeweler, and divorcee, Lynn Peters, the company makes custom jewelry out of wedding rings. Each customer at Freedom Rings pays a fee, and the ring-smashing ceremony begins–complete with…

Playing With Fire

There is an old story told of a tyrant who summoned one of his subjects into his presence and ordered him to make a chain. The poor blacksmith — that was his occupation — had to go to work and forge the chain. When it was done, he brought it into the presence of the tyrant and was…