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  • Chapter 11

    Contributed by Dr. Larry Petton on Mar 4, 2014

    Two old friends met one day after many years. One graduated from a prestigious college and was very successful. The other had not attended college and was very poor. The poor friend said, "How has everything been going with you?" The successful friend said, "Well, one day I opened the ...read more

  • Deepika And Discipline

    Contributed by Bala Samson on Aug 27, 2013
    based on 3 ratings

    DEEPIKA AND DISCIPLINE James 4:8 "Come near to God and He will come near to you..." She is just a doll! Fair, pretty with a smile that could steal anyone's heart; her name is Deepika, four year old daughter of a couple who pick up garbage from residential quarters. She was untamed, dirty, ...read more

  • Weak Prayer, Weak Faith

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Feb 7, 2013
    based on 4 ratings

    WEAK PRAYER, WEAK FAITH Bill Hybels, "I used to make excuses for my faint-hearted prayer life. I don’t have any good models of persevering prayer, I told myself. I have too many responsibilities to fulfill, so I don’t have the time to pray properly. But God convinced me that I was not being ...read more

  • If ...  PRO

    Contributed by Joe Bertone on Aug 1, 2012
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    IF ONLY There was a great Scotch writer and historian in the nineteenth century named Thomas Carlyle. He married a woman, who’d worked as his secretary named Jane Welsh. But Carlyle was dedicated to his writing so he didn’t spend much time with her. He just mostly wrote. At one point she ...read more

  • How Do You ...  PRO

    Contributed by Joe Bertone on Aug 1, 2012
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    HOW DO YOU KNOW There is a Chinese parable about a Chinaman who had one horse and one son. One day the horse, out of control, wandered away with the boy on its back and they were both lost. The man’s neighbors came to console him the next day and they said, “We are so sorry you lost your horse ...read more

  • The World's Accent

    Contributed by Tim White on Mar 22, 2012
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    THE WORLD'S ACCENT When I was a boy, my Arkansas cousins moved to California for two years. When they moved back, they talked funny. Just living in California for two years influenced how they said "You guys" and how often they said it. I prefer "Y'all" to "You guys" any day. My cousins promised ...read more

  • Right Prayer For The Wrong Reason  PRO

    Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Nov 18, 2011
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    RIGHT PRAYER FOR THE WRONG REASON I began teaching during the Wednesday night prayer meetings seven months ago. Suppose I prayed every day for all those months for God to make us into a praying church. Suppose I prayed morning, noon, and night for God to make us a praying church. Suppose I ...read more

  • Facing Down A Mountain Lion  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 14, 2011
    based on 3 ratings

    FACING DOWN A MOUNTAIN LION Did you know that in the United States, mountain lions are the number one predator of human beings? So says author and naturalist, Craig Childs. On one occasion, he was doing research on the lions in Arizona’s Blue Range Wilderness. As he approached a water hole from ...read more

  • Poem: Ozymandias By Shelley  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 23, 2011
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    Poem: Ozymandias by Shelley I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those ...read more

  • Trying To Walk Two Roads  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 13, 2011
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    TRYING TO WALK TWO ROADS There is an old West African proverb which says, "The man who tries to walk two roads will split his pants." (Janet Weiss, Leesburg, Florida, heard in a conversation by her father, a missionary to the Maninka tribe) That’s the way it is with those who try to live for ...read more

  • The Cure We Need  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 12, 2011
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    THE CURE WE NEED A man limps into a hospital to have his foot X-rayed and is asked to wait for the results. Some time later an orderly appears and hands the man a large pill. As he’s handed the pill, a mother with a small child in need of immediate attention enters and the orderly disappears ...read more

  • Who Lives Here?  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 20, 2011
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    "WHO LIVES HERE?" Martin Luther was often very graphic in his description of the activities of the Devil. Asked one time how he overcame the Devil, he replied, "Well, when he comes knocking upon the door of my heart, and asks, 'Who lives here?' the dear Lord Jesus goes to the door and says, ...read more

  • Quotations On Humility

    Contributed by Billy Nale on Apr 20, 2011

    QUOTATIONS ON HUMILITY "I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before ...read more

  • Temporary Castles  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 28, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    TEMPORARY CASTLES "A little boy is on the beach. On his knees he scoops and packs the sand with plastic shovels into a bright red bucket. Then he upends the bucket on the surface and lifts it. And, to the delight of the little architect, a castle tower is created. "All afternoon he will work. ...read more

  • The Bridal Suite

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 27, 2011

    THE BRIDAL SUITE Cynthia Thomas tells a story about her "brother and his new wife who were escorted to their bridal suite in an elegant hotel in the wee hours of the morning. They were tired from the many hours at their wedding reception and from mingling with their guests. They took a look ...read more

  • How Martin Luther Overcame The Devil  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2011
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    HOW MARTIN LUTHER OVERCAME THE DEVIL Martin Luther was often very graphic in his description of the activities of the Devil. Asked one time how he overcame the Devil, he replied, "Well, when he comes knocking upon the door of my heart, and asks 'Who lives here?' the dear Lord Jesus goes to the ...read more

  • Swindoll On ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010

    Swindoll on Time Swindoll stated this in His book Living on the Ragged Edge and its focus is about the importance of our time: Every morning someone who loves you very much deposits into your bank of time 86,400 seconds of time-which represents 1,440 minutes-which, of course, equal twenty-four ...read more

  • What Happens Every 15 ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010

    What Happens Every 15 Minutes Hands on Illustration: Set the timer for 15 minutes – I am setting this timer for 15 minutes and 15 minutes from now it will ring and at that point I will tell you how valuable 15 minutes are in this world. When the Timer goes off and rings this is what would have ...read more

  • Donald Grey Barnhouse Scratches A Mark On A ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 1, 2010

    Donald Grey Barnhouse Scratches a Mark On a Postal Box to Make a Point Some years ago Donald Grey Barnhouse was counseling a young woman on the sidewalk in front of a church following an evening service. She said she was a Christian and that she wanted to follow Christ. But she wanted to be ...read more

  • Trapped Coal Miners Discover Old ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 14, 2009

    Trapped Coal Miners Discover Old Passage In one of the coal mines of the north, the top of the pit fell in while a considerable number of the miners were down below, and the shaft was completely blocked. Those who were in the mine gathered to a spot where the last remains of air could be breathed. ...read more