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SENTENCE SERMONS

With few exceptions, the Bulletin Fillers are not original with me. I gather them from a variety of sources. Those marked OCM are from Oscar Miles, a brother in Florence, Alabama. Sentence Sermons from Proverbs are just that. These are listed in the order in which they appear in the sacred text. After this is a section titled My How Times Have Changed! These are quotes about God and the Bible from our Founding Fathers and great leaders in American history. Billboard Messages From God have mysteriously appeared on billboards across the nation. No one has claimed responsibility for providing them. Finally, at the bottom is some really good Food For Thought.

I hope this page is a benefit to the preachers (like me) and church secretaries who struggle each week putting the bulletin together. For anyone who uses this page regularly, new entries appear at the bottom of their respective section, except for the Proverbs section, where the scriptures are placed in their proper order. -- Todd Clippard

BULLETIN FILLERS

Often, silence does more harm to the truth than do lies.

Too often, we interpret scripture to fit what we already believe rather than adjust what we believe to scripture.

Atheism is not nearly the enemy of Christianity that indifferent Christians are.

Christianity is more than a faith system; it is a way of life.

Bibles that are falling apart usually belong to people who aren't.

A theory is a hunch with a college education.

God can accomplish surprising results with imperfect but yielding people.

If a tombstone is all that's left to remind the world we've been here, it's a grave mistake.

If you turn green with envy, you are ripe for trouble.

Praying frequently helps us pray fervently.

Many folks are more concerned with having their name stamped on the outside of the Bible than with having their hearts stamped with what's inside the Bible.

It takes courage to cross some bridges, and wisdom to know which ones to burn.

A true friend knows when to listen and when to talk.

People cannot change the truth, but the truth can change people.

If your problems are long-standing, or deep-seated, try kneeling.

Don't use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thought.

'Tis better to be alone than in bad company.

Men will do most anything for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it.

The fiercest quarrels do not always argue the greatest offenses.

God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait.

Mature Christians should use their strength to undergird, not overpower.

Those who "cook up" stories often find themselves in "hot water".

When you invite trouble, it is usually quick to accept.

The nice thing about flattery is that you don't have to believe it to enjoy it.

Be patient with the faults of others . . . after all, they have to be patient with yours.

Neutrality in religion means surrender to the Devil.

Many people have too much to live on and too little to live for.

It should be easy to make an honest living; there's so little competition.

You will never have a friend on earth if you must have one without a fault.

Jesus is more easily seen on bended knee.

Those who in quarrels interpose must often wipe a bloody nose.

The best time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

It is better to be faithful than famous.

Lost time is never found again.

Give God what's right, not what's left.

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

To be almost saved is to be totally lost.

God doesn't want shares of your life, He wants controlling interest.

Don't wait for six strong men to carry you to church.

A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.

Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.

The best daily exercise is walking with the Lord.

Satan only needs an inch to become a ruler.

God loves everyone, but probably prefers fruits of the spirit over religious nuts!

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.

Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

Never give the devil a ride! He will always want to drive!

Whatsoever we ask of God, let us be willing to work for it.

Emotions are no substitute for actions.

A chip on the shoulder is one of life's heaviest burdens.

The best way to make a long story short is not to tell it.

Some folks' minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

Opportunity may only knock once, but temptation will bang on the door for years.

Ships never sent out never come in.

You will keep on getting what you always got if you keep on doing what you've always done.

The phrase guaranteed to gain the audience's greatest attention: "And in conclusion . . ."

If God is your co-pilot . . . SWAP SEATS!!!

Much smoking kills live men and cures dead hogs.

A reduction in the wages of sin is unlikely.

Destroy the faith of a nation and you destroy the nation.

The optimist is to be respected, the pessimist pitied, and the indifferent avoided altogether.

How you say it may well be as important as what you say.

Mobs seldom gather together to perform an act of charity.

We will have more conversions when we have more convictions.

The Bible is a book of principles as well as promises.

Character is like the foundation of a house; it's below the surface.

Personality is inherited; character is built.

Character is not built in times of crisis; it is only exhibited then.

We can't make Jesus mean anything to others until He means everything to us.

In most cases, the "ity's" (charity, purity, humility, liberality, etc) lead us down the right path, while the "ism's" (racism, egoism, humanism, hedonism, denominationalism) are a sure path to hell.

I was not put here to "find myself," but rather to serve God (Ecc 12:13).

The way a Christian lives should separate himself from everyone else.

Your daily life is the only true testimony of your religion.

Many people who "know the lingo" don't know the Lord.

A nominal Christian (if such a term may be rightfully employed) is one who follows Jesus so long as the Master's teachings do not infringe upon his life's practices.

We'll never truly consider the lost until we stop considering the cost.

We'll never get others to see the joy of claiming Christ until we get ourselves to see the joy of proclaiming Christ.

Think of your own sins, and you will become more understanding of the sins of others.

A flower has to go thorugh a lot of dirt before it can bloom.

Only those who are ready to die are ready to live.

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Learn from others' mistakes; you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

Better to be rebuked by God than entertained by the devil. [OCM]

It is easier to repent of your past that to repent toward the future. [OCM]

Friendship cannot endure where one breaches the trust without making amends. [OCM]

You dont really know another person intimately unless you share a common inheritance in heaven. Unless, perchance, you share a common inheritance elsewhere. [OCM]

We cant restore the New Testament church to our communities until we restore a sense of community to the church. [OCM]

Repentance, for many, will take place in the grave. [OCM]

Better is the temporary burning of the parents rod than an eternity of burning in hell. [OCM]

Those who see red often in this life are likely to see even redder in the next. [OCM]

No one hides a light under a bed, but some Christians keep theirs hidden in the church building. [OCM]

Just Do It is also the battle cry of Christians. [OCM]

The world is only a wonderful place to live to those who are not of the world. [OCM]

One may take a vacation from Christianity, but it is not a paid vacation. [OCM]

I only have three faults: what I say, what I do, and what I think. [OCM]

We are born with the fear of falling but lose that fear when we accept Calvinism. [OCM]

The most awesome responsibility on earth is owning a Bible. [OCM]

Spending more on the material will not enrich us; spending ourselves on the spiritual will. [OCM]

There is no virtue in exercising restraint when we lay by in store on the first day of the week. [OCM]

A heart-felt religion is one where Gods law is written on the heart. [OCM]

The hardest way for American Christians to show their love for God is taking money out of their pockets to put in the collection plate. [OCM]

Lies are like Lays Potato Chips: bet you cant tell just one! [OCM]

Some people who were baptized for the forgiveness of sins never repented for the forgiveness of sins. [OCM]

Some people who would never hurt a fly stand by and let their brethren be devoured by Satan. [OCM]

With many people, sin is not merely missing the mark, its missing the whole target. [OCM]

Reading Scripture makes one healthy, wealthy, and wise. Watching television makes one lazy, crazy, and full of lies. [OCM]

Advertisements for sin can be seen on TV, in the papers, on billboards, and in the lives of some Christians. [OCM]

Blessed is the evangelist who works WITH a congregation. [OCM]

Defying God is about as intelligent as giving a wild elephant a peanut filled with red pepper. [OCM]

God hears me even when I can barely hear myself. [OCM]

I dont know how much wood a woodchuck and chuck, but I do know more Christians need to chuck their crosses over their shoulders and follow Jesus. [OCM]

Christians must be as hardy as weeds but bear the fruit of melons. [OCM]

Its hard to believe life evolved into higher forms when I see my neglected garden overcome with weeds. [OCM]

If you fear the fire of persecution, think about the fire of hell! [OCM]

Some people are more concerned about being politically correct than being religiously correct. [OCM]

The Little Engine That Could said, I think I can. The Christian says, I know I can. [OCM]

Bible heroes spent their time doing what they knew God required not worrying about things they didnt understand. [OCM]

If everyones nose grew like Pinocchios, the amount of dishonesty in this country might be as plain as the nose on your face. [OCM]

Satan is a fisherman too. Deceit is his bait. Suckers get caught. [OCM]

Some people are like armadillos; they lie dead on the highway of life. [OCM]

When God said, Though your sins be as scarlet, I will wash them white as snow He did not mean for us to have a coloring contest! [OCM]

A gift is not worth much if you must tell the recipient exactly how much it cost. [OCM]

The Bible is the soul source of religious authority. [OCM]

All roads (save one) lead to hell. [OCM]

You can no longer tell how much a preacher studies the Word by looking at how worn his Bible is, now you have to check his keyboard, too. [OCM]

Do we suppose that it will be easier for us because we believe truth and practice righteousness? Rather, we may suffer more by the very virtue of knowing the truth. [OCM]

If you dont know where you are going, you will not like the place you finally reach. [OCM]

Religion without emotion is like a barren desert. Religion without truth is like a cotton candy. [OCM]

Godly optimism is an attitude that believes in self because self believes in God. [OCM]

Show me a Christian who no longer appreciates sermons on "first principles," and I'll show you a Christian who no longer believes them.

When your out-go exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.

The devil doesn't care how many Bibles are sold, but how many are READ.

Dusty Bibles lead to dirty minds.

If people knew as little about how to handle fire as they do about to handle the Bible, every town in the world would burn to the ground tonight.

Many people with money to burn will eventually burn with their money.

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SENTENCE SERMONS FROM PROVERBS

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. 3:5

In all thy ways acknowldge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. 3:6

Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 3:7

The Lord disciplines those whom He loves. 3:12

Wisdom is more valuable than gold and more precious than rubies. 3:13-15

Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. 3:17

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. 3:27

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 3:31

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go; keep her, for she is thy life. 4:13

The way of the wicked is a s darkness; they know not at what they stumble. 4:19

Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. 4:23

Drink water from your own cistern, and running water from your own well. 5:15

Let thy fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 5:18

The ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He pondereth all his goings. 5:21

A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth. 6:12

For by means of a harlot, a man is reduced to a crust of bread. 6:26

Wisdom is better than rubies,and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 8:11

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. 8:13

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. 9:10

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother. 10:1

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. 10:2

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. 10:4

He who gathers in the summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in the harvest is a son who causes shame. 10:5

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be wiser still. 10:9

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. 10:12

The labor of the righteous leads to life, but the wages of the wicked to sin. 10:16

He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray. 10:17

Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool. 10:18

In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. 10:19

The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense. 10:21

Doing wrong is like a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding. 10:23

As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him. 10:26

The fear of the Lord prolongeth days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 10:27

The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, but destruction will come to workers of iniquity. 10:29

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight. 11:1

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. 11:2

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. 11:3

Riches do not profit in the day of death, but righteousness delivers from death. 11:4

As a ring of gold in a pig's snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion. 11:22

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. 11:25

Whoever loves discipline loves knowldge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. 12:1

An excellent wife is acrown to her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. 12:4

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life, he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. 13:3

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him promptly. 13:24

There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death. 14:12

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. 14:30

The wicked is overthrown in his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death. 14:32

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. 15:4

A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who regards reproof is prudent. 15:5

All the ways of man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. 16:2

Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. 16:3

Better is a little with righteousness, than vast revenues without justice. 16:8

The heart of man plans the way, but the Lord establishes his steps. 16:9

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good. 16:20

Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting with strife. 17:1

Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 17:5

Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father. 17:6

He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends. 17:9

Whoever rewards evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. 17:13

Both he who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just are an abomination before the Lord. 17:15

A merry heart does good like a medicine. 17:22

A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bare him. 17:25

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise. 17:28

A fool has no delight in understanding, but in expressing his own heart. 18:2

A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. 18:6 ESV

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. 18:10 ESV

He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is a folly and a shame to him. 18:13

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 18:26

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses the way. 19:2

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul. 19:8

A foolish son is the ruin of his father. 19:13

It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel. 20:3

Diverse weights and diverse measures, they are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 20:10

There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 20:15

Whoso keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles. 21:23

The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuse to labor. 21:25

The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the Lord. 21:31

The rich and poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all. 22:2

He who sows iniquity shall reap sorrow. 22:8

Cast out the scoffer and contention will leave; then the strife and reproach will cease. 22:10

A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well. 25:26

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like unto him. 26:4

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he wise in his own eyes. 26:5

Like a lame man legs, which hang useless, a a proverb in the mouth of fools. 26:7

Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard. 26:10

A lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. 26:15

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. 26:17

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I am only joking!" 26:18

As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. 26:21

Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart. 26:24

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. 27:2

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 27:5

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. 27:6

Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. 27:8

A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrellsome wife are alike, to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one's right hand. 27:15-16

As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. 27:19

The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but hte righteous are bold as a lion. 28:1

He who covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. 28:13

A man who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered. 28:26

Correct your son and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your soul. 29:17

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MY HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED!

"Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent, our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian." US Supreme Court 1892

"It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor." George Washington 1789

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. . . He is worse than an infidel who does not read his Bible and acknowledge his obligation to God." George Washington

"I have always said and always will say that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume will make better citizens, better fathers, better husbands. . . the Bible makes the best people in the world." Thomas Jefferson

"I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible...take all of this book upon reason you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better person before God." Abraham Lincoln

"All the good from the Saviour of the World is communicated through this Book; but for this book we could not know right from wrong. All the things desirable to man are contained in it." Abraham Lincoln, speaking of the Bible

"The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and the spiritual nature and need of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation." Woodrow Wilson

"The harvests have been abundant, and those who work...are prospering greatly. Reward has waited upon honest effort. We have been enabled to do our duty to ourselves and to others. Never has there been a time when religious and charitable effort has been more evident. Much has been given to us and much will be expected from us. We speak of what has been done by this nation in no spirit of boastfulness or vainglory, but with full and reverent realization that our strength is as nothing unless we are helped from above." President Theodore Roosevelt in his 1904 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments." --Charles Carroll, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

"Our government rests on religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. unless the people believe in these principles, they cannot believe in our Government." Calvin Coolidge

"I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever." Sir Isaac Newton

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BILLBOARD MESSAGES FROM GOD

The Big Bang theory? You've GOT to be kidding!

That "Love thy neighbor" thing . . . I meant that!

You keep using My name in vain, and I'll make rush hour longer.

What part of "Thou shalt not" do you not understand?

You think it's hot here?

My way IS the highway.

Don't make Me come down there.

Do you have any idea where you are going?

Let's meet at My house Sunday before the game.

Tell the kids I love them.

Have you read My #1 Best seller? There's going to be a test.

Will the road you're on get you to My place?

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

A Lesson For Life

To look is one thing,
to see what you look at is another,
to understand what you see is a third,
to learn from what you understand is still something else,
but to ACT on what you learn is all that really matters.

We're writing a gospel, a chapter each day,
By the deeds that we do and the words that we say;
Men read what we write, whether faithless or true,
Say, what is the gospel according to you?
-- GNW

Generation follows generation, yet it lives. Nations rise and fall; yet it lives.
Doubted and criticized, yet it lives. Condemned by atheists, yet it lives.
Betrayed by fanatics, yet it lives. Wrongfully used, misquoted, yet it lives
YET IT LIVES! . . .
A lamp to our feet and a light to our path,
a guide for the youth and the aged,
a food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty,
a light to the ignornat, salvation for sinners,
a reast for the weary, the roadmap to heaven.
To know it is to love it. To love it is to accept it.
To accept it is to obey it. To obey it is eternal life.

I Had a Drug Problem As a Child

I was drug to Sunday School and Worship every Sunday morning;
I was drug back to church every Sunday and Wednesday night;
I was drug to Vacation Bible School and Gospel Meetings;
Sometimes I was drug to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins. They are stronger than heroine or crack.
If we all had this drug problem, the world would be a better place.

"The devil doesn't want you to be baptized because he knows you'll burn better dry."
-- Marshall Keeble

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