Contributed by Donnie Martin on Feb 14, 2009
THE LAST INVITATION
While pastoring at the FBC of Cherryville, North Carolina, a disturbance was observed, and shortly afterward a man was taken from the balcony of the church [and placed] in an ambulance. He was dead before they got him to the hospital. He died before the invitation could be
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 15, 2009
D.L. Moody’s Thoughts Before His Death Illustrate an Important Habit--Begin with the End in Mind
Steven Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, states that one of those habits is to “Begin with the end in mind”; for the final days and hours of a man are often some of the
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Mar 23, 2010
TABLE PREPARED ON 9/11
Will and John were firefighters called in to do battle with the Twin Towers on that terrible day we call 9-11. They were in one of the towers when it collapsed. After being buried alive under debris all day and into the night, Will had a vision. He saw a bright light and a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2011
How James Montgomery Boice Faced Faced Death from Cancer
On May 7, 2000, Dr. Boice stood in this pulpit for the last time to speak about his cancer that would take his life in a month. Here is an excerpt:
"If I were to reflect on what goes on theologically here, there are two things I would
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2011
THE AVOIDANCE OF DEATH
I read a great book called The Art of Dying, by Christianity Today editor Rob Moll. In the forward, by Lauren Winner, we read:
"We no longer allow people to say that they are dying – rather, they are “battling” an illness. Far from encouraging the perilously ill to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 2, 2011
MACLAREN ON FACING DEATH
The great 1800s Scottish preacher Alexander MacLaren said:
"Many of us cling to life with a desperate clutch, like some poor wretch pushed over a precipice and trying to dig his nails into the rock as he falls. Some of us cling to it because we dread what is beyond,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 12, 2011
WHAT OCCUPIES YOUR HEART?
I squirmed a bit as I forced myself to listen to my friend cataloging her problems. After three hours, I interrupted her gently to ask, "If you were to draw a circle to represent your life, what would be in the center?"
She thought a moment, then said, "My problems."
Contributed by Jon Lipka on Mar 4, 2012
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS: THE DECAYED TENEMENT
In 1846, former president John Quincy Adams had a stroke. Upon his return to Congress the following year, it was apparent that his health was failing. When asked about his health Adams replied, "I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement battered by the
Contributed by Denn Guptill on Oct 31, 2000
Do you remember the story of Samuel Upham on his deathbed? Samuel Upham had been a professor at Drew Theological Seminary for years and as he lay dying, friends gathered about. The question arose as to whether he was still living or not. Someone
advised, "Feel his
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2001
How many of you remember The Pillsbury Dough Boy? Cute ... Cuddly ... and wanted for attempted murder.
A woman in Arkansas was sitting in her car in a grocery store parking lot when she heard a loud bang. She felt a sharp pain in the back of her head. She was holding her hands behind her
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Feb 23, 2001
An ancient story is told about a slave who traveled with his master to Baghdad. As he walked the busy streets he found himself in the market place where he saw Death in human form. Death looked at him with such a piercing look that it frightened the slave, & he interpreted that look to mean that
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Jul 11, 2002
During my Army days it was common for soldiers to go on ahead of their families when they received orders for a new assignment. After they signed for quarters and settled in, the rest of the family would rejoin them. One
Contributed by Timothy Mills on Oct 24, 2002
When I was about 15 years old, my Dad worked part time for a mortuary. The funeral director sent Dad to Detroit to get the new hearse for them. As we drove cross country, I would roll out my sleeping bag in the back compartment of the hearse. This resulted in several interesting events. One was
Contributed by Sol Madlambayan on Nov 30, 2002
According to the study made by Paul Lee Tan: “the murder rate in the U.S is roughly 10,000 per year- more than one per hour everyday in the year. In all the wars in the nations’ history, 530,000 US combatants have been killed; but
Contributed by Karl Eckhoff on Dec 31, 2002
"A myriad of men are born; they labor and sweat and struggle;...they squabble and scold and fight; they scramble for little mean advantages over each other; age creeps upon them; infirmities follow; ...those they love are taken from them, and the joy of life is turned to aching grief. It (the
You were made to last forever.
God has planted eternity in the heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT).
I loved drama in junior high school. I enjoyed being in several plays at North Middle School in Everett, Washington. Before performing for the school or parents, we would always have a dress
Contributed by Troy Borst on Nov 26, 2003
ILLUSTRATION… Governor John Connally Quote
I was reading recently of events that happened back in 1963 when John F Kennedy was tragically gunned down. It was the Texas Governor of the time John Connally who was wounded in the gun attack. He and his wife Nellie were in the motorcade that day. In
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Apr 1, 2004
There was a tour group that was going to the top of the Empire State Building. At about the 102nd floor, a woman asked the tour guide, “If the cables on this elevator break, do we go up or down?
Contributed by David Hill on Jul 8, 2004
A man went to his doctor to find out why he had been having such severe headaches. The doctor ran some tests and after a few hours called the man into his office. "I have terrible news," he told the patient. "Your condition is terminal." "Oh, no!? the man cried. "How long do I have?" "Ten ..."
Nicolaus Copernicus was a famed astronomer born in Poland on February 19, 1473. He was a mathematician whose accomplishments changed men’s ideas of the universe. Also he was a well-known writer. Although highly educated in astronomical science, he was much more-he was a child of God who had learned