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Hugging
Shared By: Don Berry-Graham on Mar 1, 2016
Summary: Once at a young girl’s funeral, I had to make just such a decision. The girl’s father was a member of our church and an air force serviceman. He was an aide on Air Force One and had flown with the president many times. A few generals and lots of upp...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 15:20
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On Shepherds
Shared By: Tim Smith on May 11, 2014
Summary: What do we know about the shepherd's life? It's a full time commitment. Sheep are helpless to defend themselves against attack from their natural enemies: lions, bears, wolves, hyenas and foxes which can come in both the day and night so there is ne...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Methodist
Scripture: Luke 15:1-10
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On the Pharisees
Shared By: Tim Smith on May 11, 2014
Summary: Who are the Pharisees? In 332 BC, Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East, bringing Greek culture and philosophy to Israel. By 200 BC, Greek philosophy and its worldview called Helenism were significantly impacting Jewish young men. More and m...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Methodist
Scripture: Luke 15:1-2
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Christ Transforms a Prisoner
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on May 18, 2012
Summary: CHRIST TRANSFORMS A PRISONER Chuck Colson tells story after story of men in prison who had committed crimes, but who came to Christ and were thoroughly converted. No one would have guessed that some of these men would be devout followers of Chris...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:1-32
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Lost and Found
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on May 13, 2012
Summary: LOST AND FOUND In London there is an official governmental office for lost and found items. It is the London Transports “Lost Property Office.” It is located on the side of the Baker’s Street Station, just across the street from the fictitious re...
Category: Stories
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:1-10
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Is Your Name In The Bible?--the Case Of A New ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on May 5, 2012
Summary: IS YOUR NAME IN THE BIBLE?--THE CASE OF A NEW YORK CITY BAG LADY Years ago, there was a bag lady in New York City who attended a preaching service at a Manhattan Rescue Mission. Afterwards in the line to receive soup, she mentioned to the preach...
Category: Stories
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:1-7
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Searching for the Treasure
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Aug 23, 2011
Summary: SEARCHING FOR THE TREASURE When Betty Goldstein of Staten Island, New York, entered the hospital, her husband Ron wrapped her 3.5-carat diamond ring in a napkin for safekeeping. But in a forgetful moment, the 63-year-old Goldstein threw the napki...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: *other
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The Ring of Salvation
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Aug 1, 2011
Summary: THE RING OF SALVATION It began at West Point in 1835. It is a practice that has endured almost 200 years. You may have chosen to obtain one, and undoubtedly you waited anxiously for it to arrive. Others of you weren’t really that into it and deci...
Category: Stories
based on 5 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:22-24
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Jack Nicklaus and Repentance
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jun 14, 2011
Summary: JACK NICKLAUS AND REPENTANCE Jack Nicklaus is considered by most as the greatest golfer who has ever played the game. Once, when he was at the top of his game, he quit playing for 30 days to correct something with his game. He couldn’t correct it...
Category: Stories
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
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Hannah and Michael: Finding What Was Lost
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jun 1, 2011
Summary: HANNAH AND MICHAEL: FINDING WHAT WAS LOST Let me tell you what happened to Ted Forbes back in 1984. While walking down a street in Chicago...Ted found a wallet. Being an honest Christian man he wanted to return it to its owner. So he opened it t...
Category: Stories
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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
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He Leaks!
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Mar 23, 2011
Summary: "HE LEAKS!" A country church was having their annual revival meeting. On the first night the preacher preached a message about repentance and the need to return to the Lord. At the altar call, a man came down the aisle saying "Fill me Lord, fill ...
Category: Humor
based on 13 ratings
Denomination: *other
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Lost and Found
Shared By: Jason Bonnicksen on Mar 15, 2011
Summary: LOST AND FOUND Our tummies rumbled --it was time for lunch. "What do ya say we head-in," I asked, as the girls strapped in. We careened down the mountain and caught the chairlift. My baby and I rode on one chair, behind her two, older sisters ...
Category: Stories
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: Luke 15:8-10
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Prayer and President Lincoln
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Jan 16, 2011
Summary: PRAYER AND PRESIDENT LINCOLN A clergyman from New York, during a call on President Lincoln at the White House, said: "I have not come to ask any favors of you, Mr. President; I have only come to say that the loyal people of the North are sustaini...
Category: Stories
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Forgiveness Works Like This, " No Matter How ...
Shared By: Steve Gulbronson on May 25, 2010
Summary: Forgiveness works like this, " No matter how many steps we take away from Jesus, it only takes one step to get back, and He comes running", Steve Gulbronson
Category: Quotes
Denomination: Bible Church
Scripture: Luke 15:20
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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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Abraham Lincoln's Attitude On Restoring The ...
Shared By: Sermon Central Staff on Oct 28, 2009
Summary: Abraham Lincoln’s Attitude On Restoring the South God does not hold our old sins against us, nor does He act like forgiveness is a favor to us, even though it is. When President Lincoln was asked how he would treat the rebellious southerners when t...
Category: Quotes
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:3-7
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Laus Deo
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jul 23, 2008
Summary: LAUS DEO In the middle of Washington DC stands a monument--our national Monument, the Washington Monument. As a history lesson, there are some things you should know about this place. There can never be a building of greater height than the Wa...
Category: Stories
based on 24 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:1-7
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One Sunday Morning, A Pastor Was ...
Shared By: Matthew Sickling on Jan 3, 2008
Summary: Illustration: One Sunday morning, a Pastor was sharing a “Children’s sermon” with the children of the church. He was talking to them about the importance of loving one another and getting along with one another. He used the passage of scripture tha...
Category: Humor
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 15:15-17
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Two Years Ago, On June 28 (2005), Four Navy Seal ...
Shared By: Austin Mansfield on Jul 31, 2007
Summary: Two years ago, on June 28 (2005), four Navy SEAL commandos were on a mission in Afghanistan, searching for a notorious al-Qaeda terrorist leader hiding in a Taliban stronghold. As the battle ensued, three of the SEALs were killed, and the fourth...
Category: Stories
based on 7 ratings
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
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For Over Fifteen Years I Have Been Asking People ...
Shared By: Hal Seed on Jul 27, 2007
Summary: “For over fifteen years I have been asking people of all walks of life from Morocco to India and from Turkey to the Sudan about the implications of a son’s request for his inheritance while the father is still living. The answer has almost always be...
Category: Quotes
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
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Great Men Never Run In Public." – ...
Shared By: Hal Seed on Jul 27, 2007
Summary: “Great men never run in public.” – Aristotle
Category: Quotes
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 15:20
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A. One Of The Pioneers In The Cellular Phone ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: A. ONE OF THE PIONEERS IN THE CELLULAR PHONE BUSINESS IS A MAN VERY FEW OF US HAVE EVER HEARD OF: CRAIG MCCAW. B. HIS BIOGRAPHY IS ENTITLED: MONEY FROM THIN AIR AND HE TELLS ABOUT HOW HE STARTED, MCCAW CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS, IN 1976, JUST THREE ...
Category: Stories
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:1
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The God of Unmatched Shoes
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jun 18, 2007
Summary: A man who was commissioned to paint a picture of the Prodigal Son. He went into his work fervently, laboring to produce a picture worthy of telling the story. Finally, the day came when the picture was complete, and he unveiled the finished paintin...
Category: Stories
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
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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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When I Was A Small Boy, I Attended Church Every ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Apr 10, 2006
Summary: When I was a small boy, I attended church every Sunday at a big Gothic Presbyterian bastion in Chicago. The preaching was powerful and the music was great. But for me, the most awesome moment in the morning service was the offertory, when twelve sol...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:15-24
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Others Have Prejudices, But We Have ...
Shared By: Pat Cook on Aug 5, 2005
Summary: Others have prejudices, but we have convictions. Others are conceited, but in me it’s self-respect. Others are social-climbing snobs, but with me it’s just trying to get ahead. If you are unyielding about your views of Scripture, that’s j...
Category: Humor
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
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Six -year-old Brandon Decided One Saturday ...
Shared By: Dennis Jones on Jul 15, 2005
Summary: Six -year-old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of t...
Category: Stories
based on 10 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
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I'd Like To Set The Stage For A Drama That Is ...
Shared By: Marianne Unger on Feb 11, 2005
Summary: I’d like to set the stage for a drama that is pretty close to real life. Picture if you will an average family scenario with two parents and two children, one boy about 6 years old and, one girl about 5 years old. The family lives in a house with ...
Category: Stories
based on 1 rating
Denomination: *other
Scripture: Luke 15:20-36
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A Counselor From A Seventh Grade Camp Was ...
Shared By: David Elvery on Nov 14, 2004
Summary: A counselor from a seventh grade camp was discussing with twelve-year-old Scott about Scott's expereience with trying out 'snuff' on the school camp with two other boys the night before.¡"got really sick on the stuff," said Scott. The Counselor a...
Category: Humor
based on 4 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Luke 15:22-24