Contributed by Tyler Edwards on May 26, 2009
During feudal times royal families would have what were called ‘whipping boys’. A whipping boy was a boy of the same age but not the same class in society as the prince or nobleman. For when a child was of high enough class he was too important to be beaten by anyone other than his father.
Contributed by Scott Bayles on Jun 4, 2004
DEATH OF THE SON
There is an old story about a man by the name of John Griffith, who lived in Oklahoma in 1929 and lost all he had in the stock market. He moved to Mississippi where he took a job as bridge tender for a railroad trestle. In 1937 he was involved in a horrific accident. One day his
Lutzer stated, “When you surrender your will to God, you discover the
Contributed by Bradley Kellum on Aug 11, 2009
A shipwrecked man managed to reach an uninhabited island. There, to protect himself against the elements and to safeguard the few possessions he had salvaged, he painstakingly built a little hut from which he constantly and prayerfully scanned the horizon for the approach of a ship. Returning one
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Oct 5, 2009
LITTLE THINGS - BIG BLESSINGS
When we lived in Houston, Texas, our oldest Spencer was born. Spencer was placed in one of the vast Texas-sized nurseries at this hospital. There in that nursery, I met a group of volunteers who were all from a nearby church. The job of these volunteers in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 26, 2010
Chaplains Give Their Lives to Save Sailors during World War II
On February 3, 1943, the USS Dorchester would become another casualty of World War II. But unlike others before it, what would take place on the upper deck of the Dorchester would become a testament of brotherly love and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 2, 2010
Memorial Day in the Military, Medal of Honor Recipient
It’s 3am on a cold winter day. Patchy snow covers the landscape as Loudspeakers overhead blare telling everyone to get to their places. Surrounded by sandbags, concrete barriers and roughly 10,000 soldier, sailors, airman and marines, Bagram
Contributed by Ty Tamasaka on Jul 26, 2011
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU
The other week, Laura and I were watching the Animal Planet. On the show we were watching was a dog that was rescued from a neglectful family. The poor animal had a big chain collar embedded into its neck. It had been a long time since the large animal had
Contributed by Joe Bertone on Jul 23, 2012
In the book, Jesus Freaks, is the story of the Hine family. They lived in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. At that time it was very dangerous to be Christian in Cambodia. They were arrested one day for being Christians and thus enemies of the revolution and bad blood.
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 21, 2001
Tony Campolo says that his wife is a brilliant woman. She has a PHD & is capable of pursuing a very profitable career. But she elected to stay home with her children when they were young. Her decision didn’t bother her at all except when other women would ask, “What do you do?”
Contributed by John Hamby on Mar 27, 2001
“August 22, 1741, was a sweltering day in the city of London. An elderly stooped-shouldered man wandered through the streets. His nightly aimless wandering through the streets of the city had become a familiar ritual. His angry mind raced back to the memories of great adulation and then looked at a
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Apr 22, 2001
One of my favorite columns by Erma Bombeck tells of God in the act of creating mothers. She says that on the day God created mothers He had already worked long overtime. And an angel said to Him, "Lord, you sure are spending a lot of time on this one."
The Lord turned & said, "Have you read
Contributed by Brent Williams on Jun 7, 2001
The Train and the Boy
I would like to tell you a story about a man named John Griffith. John was the father of an 8-year-old boy during the 20’s and 30’s. John was very fortunate during those times, because he had job. John loved his son very much. He was the apple of his eye.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg--or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Jan 23, 2002
In Leadership magazine, Dave Wilkinson writes the following to pastors…
Have you ever wondered why your pastoral resume doesn’t evoke more enthusiasm? Do you ever think, "What are these people looking for?"
Perhaps the question should be, "What aren’t they looking for?" because with the numbers
Contributed by Jeff Strite on May 24, 2002
THE CROSS HAS BEEN SAVED--Communion Meditation
Art Toalston in The Baptist Press - Nov. 15, 2001 reported from New York and he wrote:
“The cross has been saved. That’s the cross of steel beams uncovered as workers in New York cleared away debris at the World Trade Center.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 24, 2002
THEY PAID THE PRICE
Americans, you know the 56 men who signed our Declaration of Independence that first 4th of July--you know they were risking everything, don’t you? Because if they won the war with the British, there would be years of hardship as a struggling nation. If they lost they would
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 6, 2002
BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE--COMMUNION MEDITATION
USA Today had an article on the front page about those who escaped the World Trade Center on September 11. After interviewing over 300 survivors and family members of victims, USA Today concluded that in the South tower those who didn’t delay but
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 19, 2004
A mother of a 9-year-old boy named Mark received a phone call from his teacher in the middle of the afternoon. Marks teacher said Mrs. Smith; your son did something that surprised me so much that I thought you should know about it immediately."
The mother was uneasy and nervous by such a
Contributed by Melvin Newland on May 25, 2005
ILL. There is an old story of a young boy who saw the 3 wise men coming to worship the baby Jesus. He watched in wide-eyed wonder as they presented their gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh.
Oh, how much he wanted to worship the baby, too. But he had nothing to give, no gift worthy of