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Ted Sutherland avatar
A Little Girl Walking In A Garden Noticed A ...
Shared By: Ted Sutherland on Mar 26, 2001
Summary: A little girl walking in a garden noticed a particularly beautiful flower. She admired its beauty and enjoyed its fragrance. “It’s so pretty!” she exclaimed. As she gazed on it, her eyes followed the stem down to the soil in which it grew. “This fl...
Category: Stories
based on 152 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
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David Livingstone Went To Darkest Africa As A ...
Shared By: Owen Bourgaize on Nov 22, 2001
Summary: David Livingstone went to darkest Africa as a lone missionary. After some time his missions committee wrote to him saying, "Some people would like to join you. What’s the easiest road to get where you are?" He replied, "If they’re looking for the...
Category: Stories
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For Me, My Belief In God Was Reaffirmed Recently ...
Shared By: Rodney Buchanan on Apr 28, 2002
Summary: For me, my belief in God was reaffirmed recently by something I would not have expected. While I was in England I visited St. Paul’s Cathedral. Worshiping in that great cathedral your eyes are drawn to the great dome. It is actually three domes,...
Category: Stories
based on 56 ratings
Denomination: Methodist
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:15
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This Is Good!
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Aug 29, 2002
Summary: THIS IS GOOD! The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, "This is good!" One da...
Category: Humor
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No Place for Pain
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Sep 3, 2002
Summary: NO PLACE FOR PAIN In his sermon on dealing with trials, Nashville pastor Byron Yawn points out: "For most, especially American Christians, even the remotest suggestion that there could be value in our suffering is viewed as uncaring and insensiti...
Category: Stories
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Potato, Egg, or Coffee?
Shared By: Mike Leiter on Jan 15, 2003
Summary: 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 ...
Category: Stories
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On The Sunday Before Ash Wednesday This Year, The ...
Shared By: Guy Caley on May 5, 2003
Summary: On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday this year, the central dining facility in Camp Udairi (Kuwait) caught fire, flames quickly spread to engulf all five tents and completely destroyed them in less than 30 minutes. After the smoke cleared, and al...
Category: Stories
based on 12 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Scripture: none
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The 1989 Armenian Earthquake Needed Only Four ...
Shared By: Dennis Lawrence on May 12, 2003
Summary: . “The 1989 Armenian earthquake needed only four minutes to flatten the nation and kill thirty thousand people. Moments after that deadly tremor ceased, a father raced to an elementary school to save his son. When he arrived, he saw that the buildin...
Category: Quotes
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: none
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A Teenage Boy Was Seriously Injured An Automobile ...
Shared By: Charles Wilkerson on Oct 21, 2003
Summary: A teenage boy was seriously injured an automobile accident. The doctors did all they could to repair the damages to the boy’s body but despite their fast medical knowledge they were unable to completely restore his legs. He was informed that he wo...
Category: Stories
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Baptizing a Drunk
Shared By: Paul Wallace on Oct 12, 2005
Summary: BAPTIZING A DRUNK A man was stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he came upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeded to walk into the water and bumped into the preacher. The preacher turned around and, though almost ove...
Category: Humor
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Pastor Stephey Belynskyj Starts Each Confirmation ...
Shared By: Warren Lamb on Nov 11, 2006
Summary: Pastor Stephey Belynskyj starts each confirmation class with a jar full of beans. He asks his students to guess how many beans are in the jar, and on a big pad of paper writes down their estimates. Then, next to those estimates, he helps them make a...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
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Hans Christian Andersen's Tale Of "the Ugly ...
Shared By: Bruce Willis on Dec 29, 2006
Summary: Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of “The Ugly Duckling” illustrates the truth that what you know and believe to be truth determines your behavior. Although hatched in the same nest as the other eggs, this “duckling” looked different. He was big and ...
Category: Stories
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The Great Evangelist George Whitefield Was ...
Shared By: Don Jones on Mar 19, 2007
Summary: The great evangelist George Whitefield was relating the difficulties of the gospel ministry to some friends. He said that he was weary of the burdens and was glad that his work would soon be over and that he would depart this earthly scene to be wi...
Category: Quotes
based on 7 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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Drawing On My Fine Command Of Language, I Said ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Apr 12, 2007
Summary: "Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
Category: Quotes
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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Fasting Is Not Just About Giving Up Food, It Is ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: Fasting is not just about giving up food, it is an attitude of repentance, of obedience and of humility before God. The best analogy for a fast that I know is something that happened to me while I was at work. I work as a police officer and one day,...
Category: Stories
based on 25 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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The Japanese Introduced A Tree To The World That ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: The Japanese introduced a tree to the world that is called a Bonsai tree. It is measured in inches instead of feet as other trees are measured. It is not allowed to reach its full growth potential but instead grows in a stunted miniature form. The r...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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The Point: Sometimes, The Only Path To Peace Is ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Sep 8, 2007
Summary: [The Point: Sometimes, the only path to peace is straight through struggles.] In Hosea 2:15 God says "I will make the valley of Achor a door of hope." Many years ago I read a book entitled "Door of Hope"; it pointed out that the Hebrew word "a...
Category: Quotes
based on 8 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Hosea 2:15
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How Many Enjoy A Freshly Baked Krispy Kreme ...
Shared By: Thomas Cash on Apr 21, 2008
Summary: How many enjoy a freshly baked Krispy Kreme donut? Many of us have tasted them. Some people will line up and wait for hours to purchase these sweet delights. Let me tell you about the process that leads to a Krispy Kreme donut. First the little b...
Category: Humor
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: none
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Why Does God Allow Hardship?
Shared By: Rick Crandall on Jul 16, 2008
Summary: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW HARDSHIP? We live in a mixed-up, messed-up world. Sometimes terrible things happen that don't make any sense at all, and we wonder why? Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the best known singer-songwriters of contemporary Christ...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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Unsinkable
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Aug 11, 2008
Summary: UNSINKABLE Robert Morgan tells a story that took place on the Sunday after the Titanic sank. It happened in Belfast, where the great ship was built. Naturally, the townspeople were devastated. Men met on the city's streets, grasped each other's h...
Category: Stories
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Spurgeon on Trusting God
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Mar 17, 2009
Summary: SPURGEON ON TRUSTING GOD Charles Spurgeon writes: "There is One who cares for you. His eye is fixed on you, His heart beats with pity for your woe, and His omnipotent hand shall bring you the needed help. The darkest cloud shall scatter itsel...
Category: Quotes
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Psalms 40:4
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No Longer on Trial
Shared By: Terry Barnhill on May 11, 2010
Summary: NO LONGER ON TRIAL In a museum art gallery of old masters, one visitor was being particularly and audibly critical of these great works of art. Finally, an elderly attendant could stand it no longer and said, "If you please, sir, the pictures are...
Category: Humor
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Scripture: none
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The Durability Test
Shared By: Antonio Silveira on Jan 8, 2011
Summary: THE DURABILITY TEST Endurance is a quality that God expects us to manifest. If you go to an IKEA store, you will find somewhere in the chair department a glass box with what is called the durability test. They have a mechanism that simulates some...
Category: Humor
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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Precious Stone
Shared By: Ronnie Miller on Jul 31, 2011
Summary: PRECIOUS STONE Peter says that Jesus is a living stone rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious. He also says that we are living stones...so we are precious to God also. We are precious to God because of what Jesus has done for us. If we ...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: 2 Peter 2:1-3
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Well ...
Shared By: Joe Bertone on Aug 1, 2012
Summary: WELL DONE One mentally challenged young man I heard said, “In this life God places us in His oven. In here it is hot and it hurts. No one likes being in the oven but when life is over, and the bell dings, God takes us out of the oven and says, “W...
Category: Humor
based on 1 rating
Scripture: James 1:2-4
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Man in a Hurry
Shared By: Davon Huss on Jan 7, 2014
Summary: MAN IN A HURRY On the Andy Griffith Show episode "Man in a Hurry"- Malcolm tucker is a wealthy businessman from Charlotte. One Sunday he happens to have car trouble a couple of miles outside of Mayberry. Malcolm walks the rest of the way to tow...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: James 1:2-4
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TRIALS AND TEA BAGS
Shared By: Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 14, 2014
Summary: Christians are like tea bags --- they always do their best when they get in hot water!
Category: Quotes
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3 TRUTHS ABOUT TRIALS
Shared By: Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 16, 2014
Summary: THREE TRUTHS ABOUT TRIALS There is a difference between TEMPTATIONS and TRIALS. Temptations come from the Enemy on the outside to make us weaker. Trials come from the Father to make us stronger. Scripture reminds us of three truths we must ...
Category: Stories
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4 SPIRITUAL CRISES
Shared By: Dr. Larry Petton on Jan 19, 2014
Summary: FOUR SPIRITUAL CRISES The spiritual experience of Abraham was marked by four great crises, each of which involved a surrender of something dear. These were: (1) LEAVE YOUR COUNTRY AND FAMILY (Gen 12:1 Mt 10:34-39 2Cor 6:14-18) - Is God asking ...
Category: Stories
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Faith when faced with death?
Shared By: Michael Sechler on Jan 25, 2014
Summary: My son, Micah died in 2012 from kidney disease and complications. As he lay dying I wrote this in my journal: "Sitting at the bedside of my dying son at 3:48 in the morning. Weeping like crazy. Bertrand Russell once said that 'no one can sit a...
Category: Stories
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Psalms 46:1