I read a story about a shipwreck.
When the sole survivor reached a small, uninhabited island, he prayed for God to rescue him, but help didn't come. Eventually he built a hut out of driftwood for protection from the elements. One day he returned from scavenging for food and found his hut in
I do not know if Louis Braille was a believer, but his life is an example of a sovereign God causing all things to work together for good - In the French Academy of Science there is a rather plain, old shoemaker's awl on display. The story behind the awl is quite extraordinary. To look at it,
Many times we really don’t know what we should specifically pray for. We are not omniscient. We don’t know everything, nor can we see into the future. So we don’t know whether the things we’re asking for will turn out good or bad for us.
An old story illustrates: A Chinese gentleman lived on the
1. We suffer because we live in a fallen world (Romans 8:26-30).
2. We suffer because we have an enemy who stalks us (I Peter 5:8-9).
3. We suffer because of our own wrong decisions (Psalm 51).
4. We may suffer because of God’s
Corrie Ten Boom’s father was being pursued by German authorities for housing Jews, which was a punishable crime under Hitler. He had to hurry away from the home one evening after packing his bag for a long, unknown trip to hide away. At the train station and in the middle of a highly tense
THE MIRACLE WHEN THE EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS WERE BEHEADED
The month of February marks the one year anniversary of the 21 Coptic Christians who were martyred on a beach in Libya in North Africa, by Islamic State terrorists. Bishop Demetrios, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 25, 2014
My pet finch Coffee runs into a serious problem once in a while. Her claws grow so long she loses the ability to control them. They get stuck in the nest and she can’t get them out. Once we found her nearly dead, hanging for hours upside down with one claw ensnared in her wicker home. Carol rescued
Contributed by Bruce Ball on Nov 13, 2012
PRAYER AND THE MOTORCYCLE
There was a woman at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter.
She returned to her car to find that she had locked the keys inside the car
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 27, 2012
NOTHING BUT SLAG
I read a story told by Russell Conwell about a young man who lived in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania years ago. It just so happened that he inherited an iron furnace after his grandfather and father had passed away. He was a young man who had inherited a passel of wealth and as many have
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 27, 2012
THE GREAT BOSTON FIRE OF 1872
In the great Boston fire of 1872, sixty-five acres of land was destroyed. The damage totaled up to $75 million but in our day would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 billion. Hundreds of businesses were destroyed. Someone came along and wrote a message on a rough
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 7, 2012
BILLY GRAHAM'S ARENA DREAMS
Billy Graham, in his book "Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well" (pp. 2-3, Thomas Nelson) writes:
I have remained a baseball fan, not necessarily of one team over another but of the game itself--the teamwork, the strategy, and the challenge of defeating
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 28, 2011
GOD REDEEMS A CHILD'S DEATH
These are bad things God allows in order to reveal Himself and accomplish some larger good that supersedes or overcomes the bad.
Imagine the following scenario: Three little boys walk into a large electrical compound in Okinawa when the workmen momentarily walks to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 6, 2011
HYMN STORY: O LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO BY GEORGE MATHESON
George Matheson was only fifteen when he was told that he was losing what little eyesight he had. Instead of giving up, Matheson immediately continued with his plans to enroll in the University of Glasgow, and his determination lead
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 6, 2011
SECURE IN THE CROSSING
During World War II, a passenger ship set sail from Great Britian headed for port in New York City. The Captain of the ship being afraid of enemy vessels, sought the advice and guidance of the British Admiral. The Admiral calmly assured the captain that no matter what
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 27, 2011
THE BLACK DEATH AND THE GREAT FIRE
In 1665 the residents of London were dying by the thousands each day. The bubonic plague was spreading from house to house because of the unsanitary conditions. Rats and fleas spread the germs throughout the city. Almost 30,000 people died, almost a third of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2010
Post-it® Notes--Success from Failure
Everyone knows what Post-it® Notes are. They're those great little self-stick notepapers. Most people have Post-it® Notes. Most people use them. Most people love them. But Post-it® Notes were not a planned product.
No one got the idea and then stayed up
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 29, 2010
Elie Wiesel Asks, "Where Is God?"
Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Prize winner and survivor of the Holocaust, tells of his time in the concentration camp. He and a few others were forced to witness the hanging of two Jewish men and one Jewish boy. The two men died right away, but the young boy struggled on
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 10, 2010
Hurricane Victims’ Suffering Lead Them to Christ
38-year-old Carlotta Bennett was riding out Hurricane Katrina in her attic with her family. The winds had blown her house way off its foundation, and the rising water was threatening to flood the house to the roof and drown the five people in the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2010
John W. Peterson Learns A Valuable Lesson After Vocal Chords Damaged
In Robert J. Morgan’s book, The Promise, he tells the story of John Peterson. When John was a teenager he had a remarkable singing voice and was in high demand as a performer. His greatest ambition was to become a famous
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 26, 2009
WWII VET'S BLOOD SAVES GRANDMOTHER
And I think it is also what Paul was talking about in Romans 8:28 when he says, "...in all things God works for the good of those who love Him..."
Kim Huffman tells this story: World War II was over, and my father, along with thousands of others had been