Contributed by Tim Smith on Sep 25, 2016
In the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA, there’s a special display for a rickety, home-made aluminum kayak. This tiny, makeshift boat seems oddly out of place in the midst of displays for impressive Navy vessels and artifacts from significant battles on the sea. But a bronze plaque tells museum
I went to bed with a heavy heart one day. All those news and reports of death for the past few weeks. Only to wake up with a thought of birthday cake and celebration. Now why do we celebrate birthdays, blowing candles and cutting cake. I admit, I do not know the meaning that has been tagged with
Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 17, 2014
J. Vernon McGee- Many years ago down in Houston, Texas, when a boarding house caught on fire, a woman broke through the lines and went into that house. It collapsed, and she was burned to death. The headlines read: “Poor Wretch Dies: Suicide.” Later the newspaper printed an apology. Why?
Contributed by Davon Huss on Nov 16, 2014
Donald Whitney tells us of his 10th birthday. He invited 8 friends. They played football and basketball, enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers, then devoured ice cream and cake. “The climax was a gift from me to them. Nothing was too good for my friends. I was going to pay their way to the most
Contributed by Paul Steen on Jul 12, 2014
My wife and I watched as Danny, our youngest son, competed in the Carnival of Champions back when he was in elementary school. He was entered in the half-mile race. It was two laps around the track.
When the starting gun sounded, he quickly leapt ahead of everyone and built a sizable lead. He
Contributed by C. Scott Ghan on Aug 5, 2013
Letter home from a W VA farm kid enduring Marine Basic Training on Paris Island.
Dear Ma and Pa, I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. // I was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 17, 2012
MICHAEL JORDAN: PERSEVERE
In the fall of 1978, fifteen-year-old Michael Jordan tried out for the varsity basketball team at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. The sophomore was 5 feet 11 inches and with his skills, the coach told him that he was not good enough, and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 15, 2012
RUNNING WITH A STOPWATCH
Long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi of Finland was an Olympic champion, winning twelve medals (nine of them gold) in the 1920, 1924, and 1928 Games. Nurmi was famous not only for his achievements, but also for running with a stopwatch in his hand to check his performance.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 15, 2012
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BUSINESS?
There was once a sign on a door that read: "Gone out of business. Didn’t know what our business was."
Do you know what your business is in this world? More than anything it should be the pursuit of holiness by
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 7, 2012
STEERING YOUR SHIP IN A STORM
An old seaman once said, "During the fiercest storms the only way a ship can survive is to keep its nose pointed straight into the wind. If you try to turn to the left or the right, the ship may capsize. If you try to run from the wind, the waves can surge over the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 2, 2012
F. B. MEYER: OVERCONCERN WITH SELF
We must not spend all our lives in cleaning our windows, or in considering whether they are clean, but in sunning ourselves in God’s blessed light. That light will soon show us what still needs to be cleansed away, and will enable us to cleanse it with unerring
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 18, 2012
WASHINGTON MONUMENT SETBACKS
In the pursuit of our dreams, there are often setbacks along the way.
In 1836, the fledgling Washington National Monument Society announced that they had chosen Robert Mills' plans for the construction of a monument to our nation's first president. Mills had
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 21, 2011
BEWARE OF ATTACHMENTS
Felipe Massa of Brazil should have won the Formula One Grand Prix in Singapore in September 2008. But as he drove off from a refueling stop while in the lead, the fuel hose was still attached. By the time his team removed the hose, he had lost so much time that he finished
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 28, 2011
HIT BY A ROCK
Corrective suffering is tribulation or affliction God allows in our lives to chasten us for unforsaken sin in order to turn us back to Him.
In the city of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the broken end of a high voltage wire was lying on the pavement, along which the engineer was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2011
WE ALL HAVE TO RUN
First of all, let’s establish one immutable fact--we all have to run; we have no choice. An intelligence far above our own; and the circumstances which have been placed upon us, dictate that we all must run just to survive.
Out on the grassy plains of the African Savannah
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2011
9/11: A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP
David Frum, one of President George W. Bush’s speechwriters, wrote in his book The Right Man that when he drove home on the evening of September 11, 2001 after the tragic attack on our nation by Muslim terrorists that something grew within him. He wrote that a sudden
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 12, 2010
NOT SUCCESS BUT FAITHFULNESS
Jordan was a man of unusual abilities and commitment. He had two Ph.D.s, one in agriculture and the other in Greek and Hebrew. He was so gifted he could have chosen to do anything he wanted. He chose to serve the poor. In the 1940s, he founded a farm in Americus,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 26, 2010
DON'T JUST HANG ON...HANG IN
Decades ago, Oswald Chambers wrote about spiritual perseverance, defining it as... not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated. The Bible is full of examples of men and women who didn't
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2010
Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Sin
We tend to think of sin as we see it in rags and in the gutters of life. We look at a drunkard, poor fellow, and we say, there is sin. But that is not the essence of sin. To have a real picture and a true understanding of sin, you must look at some great saint, some