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Tim Zingale avatar
An Invalid Was Told That She Could Never Escape ...
Shared By: Tim Zingale on Dec 11, 2000
Summary: "An invalid was told that she could never escape from his prison of pain and weakness. ’Oh, well,’ she replied, ’there is a lot of living to be found within your limitations if you don’t wear yourself out fighting them.
Category: Quotes
based on 81 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: none
Bruce Howell avatar
When They First Manufactured Golf Balls, They ...
Shared By: Bruce Howell on Jan 3, 2001
Summary: When they first manufactured golf balls, they made the covers smooth. Then they discovered that after a ball had been roughed up one could get more distance out of it. So they started manufacturing them with dimpled covers. So it is with life; it...
Category: Stories
based on 92 ratings
Denomination: Wesleyan
Scripture: none
Harold  White avatar
Travel Has Changed
Shared By: Harold White on Jan 5, 2001
Summary: Travel has changed: More than two hundred years ago George Washington traveled from Virginia to Washington D.C. by horseback. It could take him ten days traveling at a speed of twenty five miles per day. Today astronauts can enter a space shuttl...
Category: Humor
based on 95 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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Sometimes His Ways Are Hard To Understand At The ...
Shared By: Owen Bourgaize on Jan 6, 2001
Summary: Sometimes His ways are hard to understand at the time, I can offer a personal example: Teenage children can be quite a trial, even a pain! 25 years ago my son was! He was keen on old vehicles that he intended to renovate. Against my better judge...
Category: Stories
based on 70 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Bill Prater avatar
Bette Nesmith Had A Good Secretarial Job In A ...
Shared By: Bill Prater on Jan 12, 2001
Summary: Bette Nesmith had a good secretarial job in a Dallas bank when she ran across a problem that interested her. Her thought was, there must be a better way to correct typewriter errors? Having had some art experience, she knew that artists who worked...
Category: Stories
based on 79 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
David Simmons avatar
When I Think Of Risk, I Think Of The Story Of ...
Shared By: David Simmons on Jan 18, 2001
Summary: When I think of risk, I think of the story of Lucinda Williams who was a Missouri woman who moved to Dallas back in the mid-1800’s. When she moved to Dallas, she asked her landlady if there was a Baptist church in town. The landlady said there was...
Category: Stories
based on 94 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Rich Young avatar
One Day Linus And Charlie Brown Are Walking Along ...
Shared By: Rich Young on Jan 18, 2001
Summary: One day Linus and Charlie Brown are walking along and chatting with one another. Linus says, "I don’t like to face problems head on. I think the best way to solve problems is to avoid them. In fact, this is a distinct philosophy of mine. No pr...
Category: Humor
based on 102 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Scripture: none
James Wilson avatar
A Compassionate Man Once Noticed An Emperor Moth ...
Shared By: James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
Summary: A compassionate man once noticed an emperor moth struggling to emerge through a small hole in its cocoon and decided to assist it. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the cocoon. The moth emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and small, s...
Category: Stories
based on 110 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Victor Yap avatar
Frank Layden, The Former Coach Of Utah Jazz In ...
Shared By: Victor Yap on Jan 23, 2001
Summary: Frank Layden, the former coach of Utah Jazz in the seventies, had problems with a basketball player, and so he summoned the talented but troubled man to his office. Looking the player in the eye, the coach finally asked, "My son, I can¡¦t understand...
Category: Humor
based on 142 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Scripture: none
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Pastor Steve Heartsill Shares A Story Of A Young ...
Shared By: Jeff Kolk on Jan 27, 2001
Summary: Pastor Steve Heartsill shares a story of A young man, who had worked for years on the railroad, wanted a job as a signalman for the railroad. For his interview, he was told to meet the inspector at the signal box. The inspector asked him, "What woul...
Category: Humor
based on 123 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Victor Yap avatar
When Skater Michelle Kwan Was 13, The Junior ...
Shared By: Victor Yap on Jan 29, 2001
Summary: When skater Michelle Kwan was 13, the junior skater went behind her coach Frank Carroll¡¦s back, submitted her application for senior competition for the next Olympics, and prepared herself for a spot on the team. Kwan then pleaded with her coach to...
Category: Stories
based on 87 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Scripture: none
Richard Jones avatar
Many Years Ago, Executives Of The Time-life ...
Shared By: Richard Jones on Nov 1, 2000
Summary: Many years ago, executives of the Time-Life publishing organization discovered that the company’s profit margin had shrunk to an alarmingly low level. Consequently, they began an intensive effort to try to cut costs. Efficiency experts sug...
Category: Humor
based on 159 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Matthew 5:7
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Thomas Carlyle, The Noted Historian, Had Just ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jan 30, 2001
Summary: Thomas Carlyle, the noted historian, had just spent two years writing a book on the French Revolution. On the day he finished his manuscript he gave his only copy to a colleague, John Stuart Mill, to read and critique. But, then the unthink...
Category: Stories
based on 80 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
Ross Mitchell avatar
An Elderly Christian Lady, Who Was Crippled With ...
Shared By: Ross Mitchell on Jan 30, 2001
Summary: An elderly Christian lady, who was crippled with arthritis, used to hobble to the services of the church on crutches. It was a great ordeal and required of her a considerable amount of toil and pain. A friend of hers observed he...
Category: Quotes
Mark Hensley avatar
I Read This Week Of Some Fears That Are Apart Of ...
Shared By: Mark Hensley on Oct 18, 2000
Summary: I read this week of some fears that are apart of many peoples lives…maybe even your own! Peladophobia: fear of baldness and bald people. Aerophobia: fear of drafts. Porphyrophobia: fear of the color purple. Chaetophobia: fear of hairy people. ...
Category: Stories
based on 95 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Mark Hensley avatar
Someone Asked C.s. Lewis, "why Do The Righteous ...
Shared By: Mark Hensley on Oct 18, 2000
Summary: Someone asked C.S. Lewis, "Why do the righteous suffer?" "Why not?" he replied. "They’re the only ones who can take it."
Category: Quotes
based on 95 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Micah 7:7-9 Micah 7:8
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Warren Wiersbe Writes, "our Values Determine Our ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jan 31, 2001
Summary: Warren Wiersbe writes, "Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to count it all joy! If we live on...
Category: Quotes
based on 108 ratings
Denomination: *other
Gene Barron avatar
Something Is Radically Wrong With Homes Today. ...
Shared By: Gene Barron on Feb 2, 2001
Summary: Something is radically wrong with homes today. The family is under fire and home life is disintegrating. Year by year the stress put on marriages grows greater. In 1870 there was one divorce for every 34 marriages. By 1900 it was one in five, an...
Category: Statistics
based on 146 ratings
Scripture: none
Tim George avatar
When Queen Elizabeth Was A Little Girl, She ...
Shared By: Tim George on Feb 14, 2001
Summary: When Queen Elizabeth was a little girl, she threw a tantrum. Her nanny said, “Do you know who you are?’ “Of course, “ she replied, “ I am Elizabeth.” “No,” scolded her nanny, “you are the heir apparent to the throne of the British Empire and the fut...
Category: Stories
based on 114 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Ted Sutherland avatar
Charles Schultz, In A Peanuts Comic Strip Showed ...
Shared By: Ted Sutherland on Feb 17, 2001
Summary: Charles Schultz, in a peanuts comic strip showed a conversation between Lucy and Charlie Brown. Lucy said that life is like a deck chair. Some place it so they can see where they are going; some place it so they can see where they have been; and som...
Category: Humor
based on 120 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
George Rennau avatar
A Condemned Prisoner Awaiting Execution Was ...
Shared By: George Rennau on Feb 19, 2001
Summary: A condemned prisoner awaiting execution was granted the usual privilege of choosing the dishes he wanted to eat for his last meal. He ordered a large mess of mushrooms. "Why all the mushrooms and nothing else?" inquired the guard. "Well," replie...
Category: Humor
based on 90 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Scripture: none
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Shohoiya Yokowai Spent 28 Years Of His Life In ...
Shared By: MELVIN NEWLAND on Feb 26, 2001
Summary: Shohoiya Yokowai spent 28 years of his life in prison. It was not a prison of bars & locks & wardens, but a self-imposed prison of fear. He was a Japanese soldier on the island of Guam during WW2. And when the American forces landed, he fled into...
Category: Stories
based on 117 ratings
Scripture: none
Luciano Lombardi avatar
Our National Pride Is Not Always What It Seems To ...
Shared By: Luciano Lombardi on Feb 27, 2001
Summary: Our national pride is not always what it seems to be: On the sixth day God turned to the Archangel Gabriel and said, “Today I am going to create a land called Canada. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It shall have tall m...
Category: Humor
based on 98 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Scripture: none
Charles Trout avatar
Often In Reflection, What We Have Feared Most ...
Shared By: Charles Trout on Mar 9, 2001
Summary: Often in reflection, what we have feared most wasn’t all that bad. Illustration: One of my all time favorite TV shows, for having good moral lessons as plot lines, was the "Andy Griffith Show." There was an episode where young Opie was ha...
Category: Movies / Videos
based on 113 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
MELVIN NEWLAND avatar
Sir Douglas Bader Was A Pilot Who Lost Both His ...
Shared By: MELVIN NEWLAND on Mar 13, 2001
Summary: Sir Douglas Bader was a pilot who lost both his legs in a plane crash before WW2. He was fitted with artificial legs & resumed flying. In 1939, when Germany & England went to war, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force. Flying with two artificial l...
Category: Stories
based on 74 ratings
Scripture: none
Rob Short avatar
I Recently Heard The Story Of A Man Named Jim ...
Shared By: Rob Short on Mar 18, 2001
Summary: I recently heard the story of a man named Jim Stovall, who became totally blind at age 29. While he still had partial vision, he volunteered at a school for the blind. He was assigned to help a 4-year-old boy, who was blind and severely handicapp...
Category: Stories
based on 83 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Scott Weber avatar
In His Book Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey Writes: ...
Shared By: Scott Weber on Mar 23, 2001
Summary: In his book Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey writes: There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him. Then I decided to fight back. I started taking karate lessons. But then the karate ...
Category: Humor
based on 135 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 1:1-10:1
Scott Weber avatar
This Guy Is Waiting For A Flight That Is Delayed. ...
Shared By: Scott Weber on Mar 23, 2001
Summary: This guy is waiting for a flight that is delayed. So he’s wandering around the airport and notices this ATM like machine. It’s a flight insurance machine. For a small price, it offers insurance against a canceled flight as well as a s...
Category: Humor
based on 112 ratings
Scripture: none
Ted Sutherland avatar
Dr. Glenn Olds, Former President Of Kent State ...
Shared By: Ted Sutherland on Mar 26, 2001
Summary: Dr. Glenn Olds, former President of Kent State University, recalled the sight of Mt. Rushmore as he hitch-hiked cross-country in 1941 during his junior year. From 10 miles back, he recognized Washington and Lincoln. But in the middle was a figure th...
Category: Stories
based on 77 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
Guy McGraw avatar
Michael Card Tells The Story Of A Man Named ...
Shared By: Guy McGraw on Mar 26, 2001
Summary: MICHAEL CARD tells the story of a man named Joseph who came to Christ out of a muslim background. One day walking a hot dirty African road met someone who shared Christ with him. Then and there he accepted Jesus as his Savior and the power of the ...
Category: Stories
based on 131 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-11