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Encountering Angels
Shared By: Isaac Butterworth on Dec 8, 2014
Summary: Some years ago, I had occasion to read Madeleine L’Engle’s book, A Wind in the Door. It’s about a young girl named Meg and her brother Charles Wallace. One day, Charles Wallace tells Meg that he has seen a drive of dragons in the broccoli patch. Me...
Category: Stories
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A Christmas Card
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jun 5, 2012
Summary: A CHRISTMAS CARD Don Shelby tells about a teenage girl who came from a solid, loving family, but was lured into drugs through her friends at school. In spite of the best efforts from her parents and professional help, this girl kept going back to...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
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Glory
Shared By: Ajai Prakash on Jun 2, 2011
Summary: GOD’S GLORY AT MARANATHA At the 2009 Kansas high school state track championship, an unusual thing happened. The team that won the girls 3,200-meter relay was disqualified. But what happened next was even more unusual. The team that was awarded t...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
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Sir William Ramsey and the Accuracy of Luke
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Apr 6, 2011
Summary: SIR WILLIAM RAMSEY AND THE ACCURACY OF LUKE Late 1800's/early 1900's Sir William Ramsey was a well-known archaeologist and historian. He was professor of humanities at Aberdeen University. He was considered to be the world's most imminent scholar...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 1:1-4
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Surprise With Joy and Delight
Shared By: Jason Bonnicksen on Mar 15, 2011
Summary: SURPRISE WITH JOY AND DELIGHT She squealed with joy – I just know she would. She grinned and chuckled while dashing from room to room as she gazed at all the balloons, streamers and other decorations scattered about. Her little fingers mined thro...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: Luke 1:11-17
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Little Boy Sees The Parade But Misses The ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Dec 16, 2009
Summary: Little Boy Sees the Parade but Misses the Circus Lowell Ogden tells the story of a little boy who lived out in the country around the turn of the century. He had never seen a traveling circus, and one was coming to his town on Saturday. The lad ask...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 1:46-55
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Henry Blackaby Said, "you Never Find God Asking ...
Shared By: Michael McCartney on Feb 26, 2009
Summary: Henry Blackaby said, "You never find God asking persons to dream up what they want to do for Him...Without doubt, the most important factor in each (Biblical) situation was not what the individual wanted to do for God. The most important factor was ...
Category: Quotes
based on 6 ratings
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The Significance of Nazareth
Shared By: Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
Summary: The Significance of Nazareth "God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee." (Luke 1:26) Many Christian historians tell us that by the time of the birth of Christ, Nazareth had become an unimportant town. It was the home of Jos...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:26
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The Heart of Mary: Highly Favored
Shared By: Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
Summary: The Heart of Mary: Highly Favored "The angel went to her and said, 'Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.'" (Luke 1:28) This spoken blessing into her life did not come from abroad, but from the very throne of God and ...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 1:28
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The Heart of Mary: Submission to the Lord
Shared By: Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
Summary: The Heart of Mary: Submission to the Lord "I am the Lord's servant... May it be to me as you have said." (Luke 1:38) The first desire in the child of God who wants to enjoy the favor of God in his life is to die to self and surrender to the...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:38
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One Sunday A Visitor Showed Up In A More Formal, ...
Shared By: Steve Greene on Dec 30, 2007
Summary: One Sunday a visitor showed up in a more formal, liturgical church than he was used to attending. The church was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. That made it all the more obvious when this visitor got excited about something the minister said ...
Category: Humor
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: Nazarene
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This Morning I Want To Focus Upon Some New ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: This morning I want to focus upon some new year’s resolutions that each of should consider for ourselves, but before we delve into our topic, I thought you might enjoy a few stories of failed resolutions: A story is told that At the beginning of a ...
Category: Stories
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The New Guideposts Christmas Treasury (3) Tells ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: The New Guideposts Christmas Treasury (3) tells a story of a little girl was wasn’t easy to love. Her name was Phyllis, and her Sunday School Teacher tells this story about her: "Phyllis wasn’t an easy child to love...sometimes I did wish she wasn...
Category: Stories
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 1:46-55
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In The Late 1800's Ira Sankey Was Very Famous ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: In the late 1800’s Ira Sankey was very famous for being D.L. Moody’s song leader. On Christmas Eve of 1875, he was traveling up the Delaware River on a steamboat. Some of the passengers recognized him and asked him to sing for them. So, he sang the ...
Category: Stories
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 1:37
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Sanctification Is The Work Of Christ In Me, The ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Apr 12, 2007
Summary: "Sanctification is the work of Christ in me, the sign that I am no longer independent, but completely dependent on Him."
Category: Quotes
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 1:26
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Edward Kimball, Sunday School Teacher, Was Not ...
Shared By: Don Jones on Jan 21, 2007
Summary: Edward Kimball, Sunday school teacher, was not one of the ordinary type. Mere literal instruction on Sunday did not satisfy his ideal of the teacher’s duty. He knew his boys, and, if he knew them, it was because be studied them, because he became a...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 1:26-33
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A.j. Gordon Was The Great Baptist Pastor Of The ...
Shared By: Paul Fritz on Dec 3, 2006
Summary: A.J. Gordon was the great Baptist pastor of the Clarendon Church in Boston, Massachusetts. One day he met a young boy in front of the sanctuary carrying a rusty cage in which several birds fluttered nervously. Gordon inquired, "Son, where did you...
Category: Stories
based on 16 ratings
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Letting Go Of The Branch!" Luke 1:5-15 Key ...
Shared By: Mark Brunner on May 31, 2005
Summary: “Letting Go of the Branch!” Luke 1:5-15 Key verse(s) 13“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.” Trusting in God is fine...
Category: Stories
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
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What Is This Mercy and Grace Exactly…
Shared By: Greg Buchner on May 5, 2005
Summary: What is this mercy and grace exactly… This past week I pulled my “Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms” (one of those books I bought in seminary but very rarely open today  ) off my library shelf. While I often quote that grace is...
Category: Stories
based on 13 ratings
Denomination: Methodist
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 Titus 3:7
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I Love My Dentist?" Luke 1:26-37 Key Verse(s): ...
Shared By: Mark Brunner on Mar 7, 2005
Summary: “I Love My Dentist?” Luke 1:26-37 Key verse(s): 31:“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” I love my dentist? Do you love yours? Unfortunately dentists have really gotten a bad rap over time. Man...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
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Whenever A Farmer In Western Kansas Buys A New ...
Shared By: Joel Pankow on Dec 23, 2004
Summary: Whenever a farmer in western Kansas buys a new truck or combine or something, they are hesitant to bring it out or tell anyone about it. I’m not quite sure why that is - but I think a part of it is they don’t want the other farmers to get jealous o...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
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Cheap Grace Is The Preaching Of Forgiveness ...
Shared By: Jim Kane on Dec 14, 2004
Summary: “Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, g...
Category: Quotes
based on 19 ratings
Denomination: Church Of God
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
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Christmas Survey
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Dec 6, 2004
Summary: CHRISTMAS SURVEY What do people believe about the birth of Christ? A few days ago Newsweek Magazine conducted a poll asking some questions about Christ and His birth.* Here are some of the results: 67% - believe that the entire story of Christ...
Category: Statistics
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:26-2:39
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No Wonder People Don't Believe (in Santa, That ...
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Dec 6, 2004
Summary: NO WONDER PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE (IN SANTA, THAT IS) In his book, “Still More Hot Illustrations for Youth”, Wayne Rice says this: It is truly heartwarming to know that millions of people around the world believe in Santa. Sure, most are unde...
Category: Humor
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:1-2:20
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Too Much or Too Little
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Aug 30, 2004
Summary: TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE Dr Robert Leroe, a pastor in Saugus, Massachusetts tells this story: One of our local Catholic Priests stopped by the church a few weeks ago and was admiring our sanctuary. He was surprised that our church has 2 staine...
Category: Stories
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Famous Firsts
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Aug 30, 2004
Summary: FAMOUS FIRSTS Virginia Dare 1587 --- 1st child born in the American colonies, on August 18th, on what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina. André-Jacques Garnerin 1797 --- 1st parachute jump. Dropped from about 6,500 ft. over Monceau Park ...
Category: Statistics
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An Honest Question
Shared By: SermonCentral PRO on Nov 24, 2002
Summary: AN HONEST QUESTION Ravi Zacharias, in "Questions I Would Like to Ask God," writes: I have often referenced the quote by the talk show host Larry King, in his response to a particular question: "If you could select any one person across all of ...
Category: Quotes
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
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Christmas Is An Exciting Time And Little Sammy ...
Shared By: Steve Malone on Nov 13, 2001
Summary: Christmas is an exciting time and little Sammy was excited. He was 15 years old and Christmas was still to him a time of wonder. He was a happy child despite his handicap. You see, Sammy was slightly retarded. He still went to school, though he ...
Category: Stories
based on 151 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:1-2:1
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There’s Another Beautiful Picture Of ...
Shared By: Edward Frey on Jul 18, 2001
Summary: There’s another beautiful picture of baptism given here: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Did you catch it? Baptism clothes us with Christ. We’re wrapped up in Jesus and a...
Category: Stories
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It Is Said Of Miss Reside, The First Woman ...
Shared By: Jonathan Lucas on Jun 14, 2001
Summary: It is said of Miss Reside, the first woman missionary to Kiowa Indians of Oklahoma, that after she had been with the Indians long enough for them to know what it meant to be a Christian they gave her a new name. They called her “Aim-day-co.&#...
Category: Stories
based on 73 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Scripture: Luke 1:16-17