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Owen Bourgaize avatar
I've Been Reading "the Journal Of John Wesley". ...
Shared By: Owen Bourgaize on Dec 8, 2000
Summary: I’ve been reading "The Journal of John Wesley". In the entry for 24th May 1738, he wrote a detailed account of his spiritual pilgrimage. As a young boy in the family of a clergyman he had been "carefully taught" that salvation could only be obtain...
Category: Stories
based on 114 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Psalms 63:1-64:10
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How to Catch a Monkey
Shared By: Doug Sanders on Jan 2, 2001
Summary: HOW TO CATCH A MONKEY Native hunters in the jungles of Africa have a clever way of trapping monkeys. They slice a coconut in two, hollow it out, and in one half of the shell cut a hole just big enough for a monkey’s hand to pass through. Then ...
Category: Humor
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In A Scottish Cemetery The Following Epitaph ...
Shared By: Russell Brownworth on Jan 11, 2001
Summary: In a Scottish cemetery the following epitaph appears on a new tombstone: Here lies Hamish McTavish, Whose deeply sorrowing widow continues To carry on his flourishing greengrocery business At 11 High Street Open daily until 8:oo
Category: Humor
based on 137 ratings
Denomination: United Methodist
Scripture: none
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A New York Family Decided To Leave The Crowded ...
Shared By: Russell Brownworth on Jan 11, 2001
Summary: A New York family decided to leave the crowded city and head for the wide-open spaces. They bought a ranch out West, where they intended to raise cattle. A month later some friends visited the ranch and asked if they had picked out a name for the...
Category: Humor
based on 96 ratings
Denomination: United Methodist
Scripture: none
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Max Lucado Says That One Of The Most Difficult ...
Shared By: Dan Erickson on Nov 21, 2000
Summary: Max Lucado says that one of the most difficult truths he has had to come to grips with is that God’s grace is big enough to extend to someone like Jeffery Dahmer. If you recall, Dahmer was the young murderer in Milwaukee a few years ago who cu...
Category: Stories
based on 134 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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In 1988, The Houston School District Nominated ...
Shared By: David Daniels on Jan 23, 2001
Summary: In 1988, the Houston School district nominated bus driver Lillie Baltrip for a safe-driving award. As she was driving a busload of her colleagues to the awards ceremony, she turned a corner too sharply and flipped the bus over sending herself and 16...
Category: Stories
based on 118 ratings
Scripture: none
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Theologian Charles Hodge Explained The ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Feb 1, 2001
Summary: Theologian Charles Hodge explained the relationship between divine grace and the human heart. “The doctrines of grace humble a man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him.”
Category: Quotes
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John Blanchard Noted, “for Daily Need There ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Feb 1, 2001
Summary: John Blanchard noted, “For daily need there is daily grace; for sudden need, sudden grace, and for overwhelming need, overwhelming grace.”
Category: Quotes
based on 156 ratings
Denomination: *other
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How Do You Feel About People? A Pastor Arranged ...
Shared By: Russell Brownworth on Feb 2, 2001
Summary: How do you feel about people? A pastor arranged for a gathering of the women’s auxiliary. It was to be a garden party on the church lawn, under the old oak. At the last moment, the morning of the party, Mrs. Preacher discovered she left Sis...
Category: Humor
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He Shows Us The Mirror Of His Law, The Ten ...
Shared By: Andrew Schroer on Mar 12, 2001
Summary: He shows us the mirror of his law, the ten commandments, so that we know what we truly are. You know, I can think that I look like Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, but when I look at myself in the mirror, I know the truth. When we look in the mirror of Go...
Category: Quotes
based on 158 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
Scripture: James 1:23-25
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Beloved Christian Reader, In Matters Of ...
Shared By: Bart Leger on Mar 15, 2001
Summary: “Beloved Christian reader, in matters of grace, you need a daily supply. You have no store of strength. Day by day must you seek help from above. It is a very sweet assurance that a daily portion is provided for you in the word, through the mi...
Category: Quotes
based on 145 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Scripture: none
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The Father’s Reaction To The Prodigal Son ...
Shared By: Charles Mallory on Mar 23, 2001
Category: Quotes
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You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry, You ...
Shared By: Scott Weber on Mar 23, 2001
Summary: "You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town. He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is coming to town. He sees you when you’r...
Category: Humor
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One Of Hitler's Bodyguards Was A Man Named Kurt ...
Shared By: Bruce Howell on Mar 28, 2001
Summary: One of Hitler’s bodyguards was a man named Kurt Wagner. He adored Hitler and reverenced him as a god. At the end of the war, with Hitler a suicide in a Berlin bunker, Kurt’s faith was shattered and he planned a suicide. Going for a final cup of c...
Category: Stories
based on 78 ratings
Denomination: Wesleyan
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17
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What It Means To Live Under Grace Is Illustrated ...
Shared By: John Sloat on Apr 3, 2001
Summary: What it means to live under grace is illustrated by the life of John Newton. Newton was born in London, half a century before the American Revolution, to a mother of superb spiritual qualities and a nondescript father. His mother died when he was si...
Category: Stories
based on 168 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Scripture: none
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Let Me Suggest You Consider The Difference ...
Shared By: Scott Carson on Apr 10, 2001
Summary: Let me suggest you consider the difference between dogs and cats. The master pets a dog, and the dog wags its tail and thinks, “He must be a god.” But the master pets his cat, and the cat purrs, shuts its eyes and thinks to itself, &#822...
Category: Humor
based on 288 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: Amos 3:1-9:15
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Charlie “tremendous” Jones Has Come ...
Shared By: James May on Apr 12, 2001
Summary: Charlie “Tremendous” Jones has come up with a way to tell his entire life history in 15 seconds or less. He says, “I am not what I used to be, I am not what I shall be, but, by the Grace of God and through the Blood of the Lamb, I ...
Category: Quotes
based on 119 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
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Once When Alabama Was Playing Auburn, Coach Bear ...
Shared By: Tim George on Apr 19, 2001
Summary: Once when Alabama was playing Auburn, Coach Bear Bryant sent in his 2nd string quarterback with instructions to run on every play and he had better not pass the ball. Alabama led by three points and only had to run the clock out to win. Three downs...
Category: Humor
based on 150 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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Timothy Mcveigh. Six Years Ago, On April 19, ...
Shared By: Alan Perkins on Apr 22, 2001
Summary: Timothy McVeigh. Six years ago, on April 19, 1995, at 9:01 a.m., Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb which destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. In doing so, he ended the lives of 168 people, nineteen of them children, and b...
Category: Stories
based on 112 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: 1 Kings 21:1-29
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I Used The Famous Gene Kelly Scene From Singing ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Apr 24, 2001
Summary: I used the famous Gene Kelly scene from Singing in the Rain as an illustration of Romans 5:17. The Sermon title was Singing in the Reign. Kelly’s dance was full of the child-like love we can feel and experience in knowing that God has freely...
Category: Movies / Videos
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Peter's Cry
Shared By: Gregory Dawson on Apr 26, 2001
Summary: Peter’s Cry I strive towards light, just to end in darkness I strive to give my best, just to end up with my worst I strive to love my neighbor, just ...
Category: Quotes
based on 142 ratings
Denomination: Congregational
Scripture: none
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How God's Children Change, Citation: Craig ...
Shared By: A. Todd Coget on May 3, 2001
Summary: [How God’s Children Change, Citation: Craig Barnes, author and pastor of National Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.; from sermon "The Blessed Trinity" (5-30-99)] When I was a child, my minister father brought home a 12-year-old boy named Roger,...
Category: Stories
based on 172 ratings
Scripture: John 1:12-13
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There's A Story About W.c. Fields, A Famously ...
Shared By: Alan Perkins on May 6, 2001
Summary: There’s a story about W.C. Fields, a famously irreligious man, who near the end of his life was visited by the actor Thomas Mitchell, who found him sitting up in bed reading the Bible. When his amazed friend asked what he was doing, he replied, "loo...
Category: Quotes
based on 105 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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During The Late 1800’s An English ...
Shared By: Tom Dooley on May 14, 2001
Summary: During the late 1800’s an English evangelist named Henry Moorhouse made several trips to preach in America. On one of those occassions he was taking a walk through a poor section of town when he noticed a small boy coming out of a store...
Category: Stories
based on 152 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
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Just Before The Death Of Actor W.c. Fields, A ...
Shared By: R. Darrel Davis on Jun 16, 2001
Summary: Just before the death of actor W.C. Fields, a friend visited Fields? hospital room and was surprised to find him thumbing through a Bible. Asked what he was doing with a Bible, Fields replied, "I?m looking for loopholes."
Category: Quotes
based on 123 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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In Other Words, We Begin Our Christian Life In ...
Shared By: Bill Sullivan on Jul 11, 2001
Summary: In other words, we begin our Christian life in God’s grace, and then quickly abandon grace, and try to live our life, and almost to continue to earn our salvation, - by what we do, by our works. Author Jerry Bridges puts it like this: "We tend to...
Category: Quotes
based on 74 ratings
Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
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The Fact That God Forgives Us And Blesses Us When ...
Shared By: Bill Sullivan on Jul 11, 2001
Summary: The fact that God forgives us and blesses us when we don’t deserve it, and of course, we never really deserve it, is what makes grace such a risky thing. Author Philip Yancey, in his book What’s So Amazing About Grace, calls these things loophole...
Category: Stories
based on 106 ratings
Scripture: none
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Dr. H. A. Ironside, In His Lectures On Acts, ...
Shared By: Evie Megginson on Aug 3, 2001
Summary: Dr. H. A. Ironside, in his Lectures on Acts, recalls the story his mother told about his own dear father’s dying hour. The mother said, "Your father had this passage running through his mind. He kept repeating it constantly. ‘A great she...
Category: Stories
based on 26 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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An Older Gentleman Was Walking Along The Seashore ...
Shared By: James May on Aug 8, 2001
Summary: An older gentleman was walking along the seashore one day in the hot sun. As he walked he was sweating profusely and seemed to be in a hurry! Every few steps he would bend over, pick up a starfish from the hot, burning sands and cast it back into ...
Category: Stories
based on 136 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Scripture: none