Contributed by Joel Pankow on Jun 21, 2001
In the movie, Remember the Titans, the coach pushed the students to the brink of their abilities. Some accused him of trying to ruin them and break their spirits. But by pushing them - he made them stronger. It prepared them for a difficult season of football - and in the end they went
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 24, 2001
Origin of Taps -
“Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a
Contributed by Todd Randolph on Jun 30, 2001
Professional golfer Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33. He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit.
He wrote, "A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die from cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I’m going to die
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jul 10, 2001
THEIR OWN MORAL VIEWS
John Leo in U.S. News quoted a professor Robert Simon of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. as reporting that "10 to 20% of his students... acknowledged the Holocaust but couldn’t bring themselves to say that killing millions of people was wrong.... one student told Simon,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 13, 2001
When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, I am told that the captain of the ship transporting him sought to turn him back. "You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among
Contributed by Errol Joseph on Jul 16, 2001
The Encarta Encyclopedia defines aging as the “irreversible biological changes that occur in all living things with the passage of time, eventually resulting in death.”
In developed nations, life expectancy has increased more in the 20th century than it has in all of recorded history. A person
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
LINES TO A SKELETON...
The mss. of this poem was found in the Museum of the Royal
College of Surgeons, London, near a perfect human skeleton. It
was first published around the early 1900’s
It Has a Profound Message!!!
Behold this ruin! ’Twas a skull,
Once of ethereal spirit filled.
Contributed by Edward Frey on Aug 8, 2001
Those of you who are sports fans probably remember the opening monologue to the TV sports broadcast, “Wide, Wide, World of Sports.” The opening shots depicted athletes from all kinds of sports. As the footage rolled on, so came those immortal words: “The thrill of victory and the agony of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 1, 2001
There was a commercial years ago on TV by the Peace Corp: "It doesn’t matter how long you live if
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Feb 25, 2001
My brother served his first parish in Massillion, Ohio, as an associate pastor, with the late Pastor Maurice "Mo" White. Pastor White was a very large, strong and vibrant man.
During one Lenten season, one of the older, but faithful members of the church came with her husband to an evening
a) The kingdom of God is not a physical place, but it’s a spiritual realm. The kingdom of God is the place where God rules. If God rules your heart, then
Contributed by Bruce Howell on May 15, 2001
A few years ago, a letter appeared in the national news that was sent to a deceased person by the Indiana Department of Social Services. It read as follows:
Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992
because we received notice that you passed away.
May God bless you. You may
Contributed by Howard Flynn on May 17, 2001
"At a certain moment, a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped. When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. And don’t call this my "deathbed." Call it my "bed of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 19, 2001
Remember Woody Allen’s comic assessment? "I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work," he said. "I want to achieve immortality by not dying."
Which is it? Are we immortal because there are those who remember and cherish the fact that once we walked this "vale of tears" or are we
Contributed by Andrew Chan on Jun 3, 2001
Tony Campolo said, "If you ever start to feel proud, just remember that soon after your body has been lowered into the grave, your family & friends will be
Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 4, 2001
"To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause:
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Apr 5, 2001
In one of his lighter moments, Benjamin Franklin penned his own epitaph.:
The Body of B. Franklin, Printer
Like the Cover of an old Book
Its contents torn out,
And stript of its Lettering and Guilding,
Lies here, Food for Worms,
But the Work shall not be
Contributed by Scott Carson on Apr 8, 2001
D. L. Moody said, “One day you’ll read that Moody is dead. Don’t you believe it for at that moment I
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 10, 2001
When John Owen, the great Puritan, lay on his deathbed his secretary wrote (in his name) to a friend, "I am still in the land of the living." "Stop," said Owen. "Change that and say, I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be