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David Simmons avatar
Why Would God Go To All The Trouble To Endure Our ...
Shared By: David Simmons on Jan 18, 2001
Summary: Why would God go to all the trouble to endure our bad choices and our flagrant sinning in order to have relationship with us? Hear the story of the lost son from the modern setting as told by Philip Yancey in his book What’s so Amazing about Grace....
Category: Stories
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When He Was Elected To The Baseball Hall Of Fame ...
Shared By: Bill Harper on Jan 23, 2001
Summary: When he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, Harmon Killebrew said, “My father taught me and my brother to play ball in the front yard. One day my mother came out and told him we were ruining the lawn. My father told her, ‘W...
Category: Humor
based on 141 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
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Pappy Was A Pleasant Fellow. His Face Was Quite ...
Shared By: Steve Heartsill on Oct 25, 2000
Summary: Pappy was a pleasant fellow. His face was quite drawn from age, but when he smiled, even his wrinkles seemed to smile with him. Pappy owned a pawnshop. Everyone who knew him respected and adored him. There was a room in the back of his shop where he...
Category: Stories
based on 115 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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The Father’s Reaction To The Prodigal Son ...
Shared By: Charles Mallory on Mar 23, 2001
Summary: THE FATHER’S REACTION TO THE PRODIGAL SON AND HIS ELDER SON MIRRORS THE ANSWER ABRAHAM LINCOLN GAVE TO A QUESTION HE WAS ASKED ABOUT HOW HE WOULD TREAT THE ALL THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS ONCE THE CIVIL WAR WAS OVER. EXPECTING VENGEANCE AND EV...
Category: Quotes
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Julia Had Been Singing "softly And Tenderly" By ...
Shared By: Jeeva Sam on Apr 5, 2001
Summary: Julia had been singing "softly and Tenderly" by her father’s bedside. As the last word hummed in her throat, her father reached toward her. "I want that one," he said. His eyes rose to Julia in an urgent glare. "At the funeral?" she asked. He ...
Category: Stories
based on 119 ratings
Denomination: Methodist
Scripture: none
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There Were 3 Preachers In A Barnie’s Coffee ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on May 3, 2001
Summary: There were 3 preachers in a Barnie’s Coffee shop were discussing the time when life began. They each gave their opinion of when life begins. One preacher said "Life begins when the child takes his/her first breath." The other said "NO," ...
Category: Humor
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A Young Girl Grows Up On A Cherry Orchard Just ...
Shared By: Rick Stacy on Mar 10, 2002
Summary: A young girl grows up on a cherry orchard just above Traverse City, Michigan. Her parents, a bit old-fashioned, tend to overreact to her nose ring, the music she listens to, and the length of her skirts. They ground her a few times, and she seet...
Category: Stories
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A Father's Forgiveness
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 9, 2002
Summary: A FATHER'S FORGIVENESS In his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace , Phillip Yancey tells the story of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway grew up in a very devout evangelical family, and yet there he never experienced the grace of Christ. He lived a libe...
Category: Stories
based on 38 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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Haddon Robinson Says It Best, "with Him The Calf ...
Shared By: Lisa Degrenia on Oct 7, 2002
Summary: Haddon Robinson says it best, "With Him the calf is always the fatted calf; the robe is always the best robe; the joy is always unspeakable; and the peace passes understanding. There is no grudging in God’s goodness. He does not measure His goodne...
Category: Quotes
based on 8 ratings
Denomination: Methodist
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Alan Was A Pretty Normal Boy From A Medium-sized ...
Shared By: Jeffrey Samelson on Mar 23, 2004
Summary: Alan was a pretty normal boy from a medium-sized town. And he loved his dog. Alan had been after his parents for a dog since he was five, and on his ninth birthday they finally granted his wish. He named the dog “Rover” because he’d always thoug...
Category: Stories
based on 6 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: none
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That's When the Angels Rejoice
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Sep 12, 2004
Summary: THAT’S WHEN THE ANGELS REJOICE There’s a gospel song entitled, “That’s When The Angels Rejoice” written by Larry Bryant: When the Model T first hit the street, It didn’t bring all heaven to its feet. And when the first computer was born, Th...
Category: Quotes
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God Is Seeking Me Out
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Sep 12, 2004
Summary: GOD IS SEEKING ME OUT Nikki was a Jewess. Born of Jewish parents and raised in the Temple, she had never wanted anything to do with the church. But just because her friend Dana had invited her, she agreed to attend go - just this once. The nex...
Category: Stories
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When The Great American Storyteller Mark Twain ...
Shared By: Samuel Stone on Nov 22, 2004
Summary: When the great American storyteller Mark Twain was asked, “Who do you think is the best storyteller every lived?” Mark twain answered, “Jesus Christ.” “Then which story is the greatest story every told?” He replied, “The Story of the Prodigal Son...
Category: Quotes
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Scripture: none
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Robert Robinson Had Been Saved Out Of A ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: Robert Robinson had been saved out of a tempestuous life of sin through George Whitfield’s ministry in England. Shortly after that, at the age of twenty-three, Robinson wrote the hymn Come, Thou Fount. Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing, Streams o...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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I Once Read A Story About A Preacher's Son Who ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: I once read a story about a preacher’s son who was engaged to marry a woman in the church. She had been a woman of poor reputation before coming into the church and accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her reputation preceded her. The church rai...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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A Well-known Speaker Started Off His Seminar By ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of over 200 people, he asked the question, “Who would like this $20 bill? Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let m...
Category: Stories
based on 6 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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The Boss Of A Big Company Needed To Call One Of ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: The boss of a big company needed to call one of his employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers. He dialed the employee’s home telephone number and was greeted with a child’s voice, "Hello?" It was a quiet little voice. Feeling...
Category: Stories
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: *other
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Poem by Larry Bryant
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: Poem: When the Model T first hit the street, It didn’t bring all heaven to its feet. And when the first computer was born, They didn’t blow Old Gabriel’s horn. There’s only one thing that we’re sure about That can make those angels jump and shout: I...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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A Dear Lady Had A Husband Who Was An Airline ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: A dear lady had a husband who was an airline pilot, and he often had difficulty locating items around the house. One day he asked his wife where the salt was. Annoyed, she responded, "How on earth can you find Detroit at night in a blizzard, but you...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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Robert Bruce Was King Of Scotland During The ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: Robert Bruce was king of Scotland during the 12th and 13th Century. He had been at war with the King of England. The King of England sent an army to Robert Bruce’s palace to kill him. Robert Bruce, having suspected what might happen, left his home a...
Category: Stories
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Ephesians 1:1-4:10
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I Wish I Had Torn It to Pieces
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: “I WISH I HAD TORN IT TO PIECES” On December 26, 2002, Jack Whittaker’s life changed forever Jack had grown up in West Virginia and he knew that it was like to be poor. At the age of 55 all of that had changed. It had changed with a lot of hard w...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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The "far Country" Leaves No Room For Error Or ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: The “far country” leaves no room for error or adjustment. Lou Gehrig, the famous baseball player with the New York Yankees, once found himself in a pressure-filled moment during a game. Unwittingly, a New York sportswriter gave a lesson more about ...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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A Puritan Quote on the Devil
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: A Puritan Quote on the Devil -This “citizen” of the “far country” is none other than the devil. You must remember always that the “citizen” is only interested in his pigs prospering and all else being destroyed in the process. Thomas Watson -- Sa...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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A Few Years Ago I Was Reading A Book By Stephen ...
Shared By: Warner Pidgeon on Sep 15, 2007
Summary: A few years ago I was reading a book by Stephen Gaukroger. He tells the story of a New York Methodist minister who saw the need to bring his ‘ninety nine righteous’ sheep back into the fold. He put an advert in the local paper: “Lost, stolen or ...
Category: Humor
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Anglican
Scripture: none
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Love Never Fails
Shared By: Bill Butsko on May 9, 2009
Summary: LOVE NEVER FAILS A mother kept a candle burning in the window every night for ten years. One night, very late, a poor wretched woman came in from the street. The aged mother said to her, "Sit down by the fire." The stranger asked, "Why do yo...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Christian Church
Scripture: none
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Peter and the Prodigal
Shared By: Shawn Miller on Jul 6, 2009
Summary: PETER AND THE PRODIGAL Peter and the prodigal son had one thing in common, that is they both turned from unfortunate circumstances to find salvation from their father! Peter was sinking because he lost faith from fear of this world, and the prodi...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Scripture: none
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Homeless Man Comes Home To His ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jan 1, 2010
Summary: Homeless Man Comes Home to His Mother In 1988 there was a story in the LA Times entitled “A Mother’s Search for Russell Love.” It told of a woman in Houston named Beverly Elliott. She had not seen her son, Russell Love, for four years and had not h...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
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We Know A Family Who Had Been Searching In Vain ...
Shared By: Ajai Prakash on Jun 15, 2010
Summary: We know a family who had been searching in vain for their teenage son (+ 18) for a number of months. Finally they located him in Colorado Springs and went down to see him. He was unrecognizable ~ hair not washed for months, uncut beard, and disgusti...
Category: Stories
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Accountability
Shared By: Thomas Donelan on Aug 4, 2010
Summary: He wanted to get out from out of the sphere of his father’s influence. Think about it, every year we get flooded in Florida for about a week or so every year with a bunch of college students for a thing called “spring break” and these kids go out a...
Category: Stories
Scripture: none
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Please Come Back
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on May 6, 2011
Summary: "PLEASE COME BACK" Max Lucado tells us about a girl named Christina. She lives in a small dusty village in Brazil. She’s bored. She feels like her strict parents have cheated her out of the joys of life. She longs for the excitement of the big ci...
Category: Stories
based on 10 ratings
Denomination: *other