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  • Humphery The Whale

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Sep 6, 2017

    Remember Humphrey the humpback whale? Humphrey became a national celebrity in 1985 when he made his way into the San Francisco Bay and headed up the Sacramento River into fresh water which, of course, could have been fatal for him. Each evening a large local television audience would tune in for ...read more

  • Contributed by Davon Huss on Oct 9, 2015

    A missionary sat on the patio watching a black ant crawl up a table leg until it reached some spilled sugar. After it ate some of the sugar it crawled back down the table leg. Soon two black ants crawled up the table leg to the sugar. They ate and left. Soon a steady stream of black ants moved ...read more

  • God's Glory And Our Happiness

    Contributed by Steven Simala Grant on Nov 27, 2012

    GOD'S GLORY AND OUR HAPPINESS Jonathan Edwards writes: God in seeking his glory seeks the good of his creatures, because the emanation of his glory ... implies the ... happiness of his creatures. And in communicating his fullness for them, he does it for himself, because their good, which he ...read more

  • A.w. Tozer: The Position Of Christ In The Church  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2012
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    A.W. TOZER: THE POSITION OF CHRIST IN THE CHURCH The present position of Christ in the gospel churches may be likened to that of a king in a limited constitutional monarchy. The king is in such a country no more than a traditional rallying point, a pleasant symbol of unity and loyalty much like ...read more

  • Faith Connection

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 18, 2012
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    FAITH CONNECTION Spurgeon use to tell a story about two men in a boat. They were caught in a very, very severe rapids and they were going to a place where there was a waterfall and even worse rapids and there was really no way, if they ever hit those rapids, that they would ever live. And they ...read more

  • Spiritual Redwoods

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 18, 2012

    SPIRITUAL REDWOODS Can you imagine a redwood tree saying, "I’d just rather remain a little bush"? That would seem insane, right? I want to put up on the screen some pictures of redwood trees. They are truly magnificent. My oldest daughter and her husband were married at the foot of redwood ...read more

  • A Letter From John Wayne  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 24, 2011
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    A LETTER FROM JOHN WAYNE Dr. Robert Schuller’s teenage daughter, Cindy, was in a motorcycle accident and had to have her leg amputated. John Wayne was a big fan of Robert Schuller. He heard Dr. Schuller say on one of his programs that his daughter had been in an accident and had to have her leg ...read more

  • The Believer's Gps

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 22, 2011

    THE BELIEVER'S GPS Last week we introduced a device known as a GPS or Global Positioning Systems. This device allows the user to know where they are and where they want to go. It works through a process known as triangulation. There are 24 Dept. of Defense satellites constantly circling our ...read more

  • Stradivarius Mystery

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2011

    STRADIVARIUS MYSTERY Perhaps the greatest of all Stradivarius mysteries is why no modern violinmaker has been able to replicate Stradivari’s work. The violins of Stradivari’s time were treated with a varnish made from the resinous material of any of a number of possible plants. We don’t know ...read more

  • D. L. Moody And The Chicago Campaign

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2011

    D. L. MOODY AND THE CHICAGO CAMPAIGN In 1893, the World Exposition was held in Chicago, and more than 21 million people visited the exhibits. Among the features was a "World Parliament of Religions," with representatives of the world's religions, meeting to share their "best points" and ...read more

  • Colossian Philosophy: "Borrowed" Features

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2011

    COLOSSIAN PHILOSOPHY: "BORROWED" FEATURES I used to collect basketball cards. This was way back in the early 90s, though I still have held on to them. Basketball cards took off well after baseball cards, and each brand over time had its own unique features. Some were UV coated, others had gold ...read more

  • Fortified Within

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 23, 2011

    FORTIFIED WITHIN There are two ways of handling pressure. One is illustrated by a bathysphere, the miniature submarine used to explore the ocean in places so deep that the water pressure would crush a conventional submarine like an aluminum can. Bathyspheres compensate with plate steel several ...read more

  • Richard Foster: To Pray Is To Change

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 19, 2011

    RICHARD FOSTER: TO PRAY IS TO CHANGE Richard Foster, in his book Celebration of Discipline, says, "To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The closer we come to ...read more

  • Born Twice

    Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 30, 2010
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    Quote: Andrew Murray: "Jesus Christ was born twice. The birth at Bethlehem was a birth into a life of weakness. The second time he was born from the grave – the first born ...read more

  • Napoleon Bonaparte On Jesus

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2010
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    NAPOLEON BONAPARTE ON JESUS It was Napoleon Bonaparte who wrote "Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions ...read more

  • Priorities In Life And ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 9, 2010
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    Priorities in Life and Church Several years ago, because of all the tornados in the area, a developer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offered an optional tornado-safe room in the new homes he was selling. Nine of the first ten buyers opted to pay the extra $2,500 for the room, which can also be used as a ...read more

  • Are Your Life's Priorities ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 4, 2010
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    Are Your Life’s Priorities Reversed? Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s, used to say that the three most important things in his life were God, his family, and McDonald’s and that when he got to the office, the order was reversed. As Christians we must never reverse that order. We are an ...read more

  • Who Sits At The Head Of The ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2010

    Who Sits At The Head of the Table? Sam Bronfman was the former CEO of the Seagram Company, one of the largest distillers of alcoholic beverages in the worlds. One day, he entered a crowded conference room. He was anxious to get on with the meeting, so he plopped down on the nearest chair. One of ...read more

  • A Preacher Extols A King Instead Of The King Of ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 10, 2009

    A preacher extols a king instead of the King of kings There was a preacher in 19th century Scandinavia who, in the vestry one Sunday morning, heard that the King would be present at worship. Understandably rattled he ditched his well prepared sermon and spoke on and on about the Christian virtues ...read more

  • Driving Very Fast  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 24, 2009
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    DRIVING VERY FAST In his book "Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life", Pastor Charles Swindoll tells a story about the 19th Century agnostic Thomas Huxley. Some of you might recognize the name Thomas Huxley as a man who promoted Darwinism and Humanism in his attacks on Christianity in Europe in ...read more