Contributed by Bruce Howell on Jul 10, 2001
MATTHEW HENRY SAID, “When Christ died He left a will in which He gave His soul to His Father, His body to Joseph of Arimathea, His clothes to the soldiers, and His mother to John. But to His disciples, who had left all to
Contributed by Bruce Howell on Sep 7, 2001
Illus.: “Get On With the Operation”
A soldier was badly wounded. A surgeon said to him, “I must operate right away. I think I ought to tell you that you have one chance in a hundred to come through. Have you anything to say?” The soldier answered, “No, doctor, get on with the operation!
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 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
Contributed by Keith Wessel on Apr 14, 2001
Easter is so much more than learning how to face death without fear, with courage and dignity. After all, even philosophers, poets, and scientists can do that. I remember the astronomer Carl Sagan mention in an interview that he was looking forward to death as “the last great adventure.” Walt
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
MY DILAPIDATED HOUSE
On his eightieth birthday, John Quincy Adams was walking slowly along a Boston street. A friend asked him "How is John Quincy Adams today?"
The former president replied graciously,
"Thank you, John Quincy Adams is well, sir, quite well, I thank you. But the house in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 20, 2002
God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 12, 2000
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 Lenten
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 9, 2001
In the movie CASUALTIES OF WAR, Michael J. Fox plays Private Erikson, a soldier in Vietnam who is part of a squad that abducts and rapes a young Vietnamese girl. He didn’t participate in the crime.
Afterward, as he struggles with what has happened, he says to the other men in his squad, "Just
Contributed by Troy Mason on Aug 23, 2002
IF THEY COULD WRITE
What glorious news they’s have to tell
If only they could write today
Those who have gone afar to dwell
Where all the glorious spirits stay
In fancy then I set it down
What they would pen for me
"I’ve touched the hem of Jesus’ gown
The way they did in Galilee
Contributed by Troy Mason on Aug 23, 2002
Our Inheritance (Poem in honor of Jewel Hogan for her funeral, Oct. 18, 1997)
I dreamed that the Lord came by my bedside
And took me far away.
On a tour of Heaven,
Everywhere I looked my eyes
Saw the beauty of gold and prescious jewels
As abundant as the grass of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 3, 2002
IF TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME
If tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.
I know how much
Contributed by David Schaal on Sep 10, 2003
Frances Havergal, the song writer, lived and moved in the Word of God. His Word was her constant companion. On the last day of her life, she asked a friend to read to her the 42nd chapter of Isaiah. When the friend read the sixth verse. “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold
Let me close with this story, at first you may not catch my point, but hang in there, when I land you will see a wonderful point.
I had been teaching in Virginia, and I resigned my position and accepted a pastorate of a mission work in eastern Kentucky. The area was very poor, and the little
Glen was a friend to many. One of his favorite sayings came from the old cowboy philosopher himself, Will Rogers, who said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” This was a favorite saying of Glen’s and he meant every word of it. I would
Contributed by Noah Kaye on Apr 21, 2005
A young minister, in the first days of his new church, was asked to conduct a funeral for a man who had just died. Standing before the open casket and consoling the widow, he said, "I know this must be a very hard thing, Mrs. Vernon. But we must
Contributed by Pat Cook on Jul 6, 2005
I want to share in closing a poem, based in Job 13:15, written by a lady named Mary Kimbrough:
“Though He slay me, I will trust Him,”
Said the sainted Job of old;
“Though He try me in the furnace,
I shall then come forth as gold.
“Though the ‘worms of deep affliction’
Cause this body to
Contributed by Dennis Jones on Feb 15, 2005
KEEP YOUR FORK
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order," she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which
Contributed by Tom Mccrossan on Jan 21, 2004
What We Can Learn From the "Lesser Knowns"
The media makes note of the well-known celebrities who die, and this year there is quite a long, sad list: John Ritter. Fred Rogers. Johnny Cash. June Carter Cash. Bob Hope. David Brinkley. Gregory Peck. Katharine Hepburn. Buddy Hackett. Buddy Ebsen.