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  • The Gift

    Contributed by Peter Loughman on Dec 21, 2007
     | 2,152 views

    THE GIFT A professor of mine from seminary told us this story: When he was a young man, all of 23, he had the opportunity to take a summer tour of Europe as a graduation present, he was from a well to do family. He traveled about Europe by train, boat and sometimes by bicycle. Finally he ended up ...read more

  • The Empty Gift  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 10, 2002
    based on 33 ratings
     | 1,738 views

    THE EMPTY GIFT "I was enjoying 1st grade to the fullest until one day in December when the little girl behind me set "it" on her desk. It was the tiniest Christmas present imaginable, less than an inch on each side with white glossy paper tied up with a sliver of red cellophane. Immediately I ...read more

  • Not The Gift, But The Giver  PRO

    Contributed by Darren Ethier on Apr 9, 2002
    based on 147 ratings
     | 3,158 views

    NOT THE GIFT, BUT THE GIVER A man told a story about the time his son’s sixth birthday was approaching. He had mentioned he wouldn’t mind a party, and as his son usually was very specific about the kind of presents he liked. The dad asked him what he could get him. Bill expected a well-planned ...read more

  • Diverse Gifts  PRO

    Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 16, 2003
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,305 views

    [illustration] On Christmas morning, the children in a family do not usually all receive the same gifts. One gets a football, one a puzzle, another receives a doll house, and another a table game. Yet, although each child does not receive the same gifts as the others, the parents intend the ...read more

  • Unopened Gifts  PRO

    Contributed by A. Todd Coget on May 16, 2003
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,682 views

    [illustration] Imagine how a parent would feel if on Christmas day when the gifts for their children were handed out, the children just took them, said “Thank you,” and laid them aside with no attempt to open the gifts not even to find out what they were! Imagine how the Lord must feel when he ...read more

  • Gift Of Honor  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 12, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 1,976 views

    GIFT OF HONOR Football practice was over, and Denny was sore from head to toe. Slowly he climbed the graffiti-laden stairway of the aging apartment building. Suddenly, his mother’s chilling screams pierced the cold, still air. He had heard the sound many times before. Still, a sickening knot ...read more

  • The Gifts In The Fries

    Contributed by Ed Sasnett on Jul 8, 2010
     | 1,141 views

    THE GIFTS IN THE FRIES If you have one or more of the gifts of service, you are critical to the work and glory of God. Do not think lightly of your place in God’s plan. A man goes to buy a hamburger for lunch. The young lady behind the counter asks, “Do you want fries with that?” The man ...read more

  • A Gift Of The Word

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Oct 5, 2010
     | 1,129 views

    A GIFT OF THE WORD When I was a teenager, my pastor gave me a little pocket New Testament, bound in red leather. And inside, on the flyleaf, he had written a note. And with the note was a Scripture citation: Romans 12:1-2. I couldn’t wait to turn to that passage and read what it said. If you ...read more

  • Blood Gift  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
    based on 9 ratings
     | 2,018 views

    BLOOD GIFT In 1949, my father had just returned from the war. On every highway you could see soldiers in uniform hitchhiking home to their families. The thrill of the reunion with his family was soon overshadowed by my grandmother’s illness. There was a problem with her kidneys. The doctors told ...read more

  • The Gift Of Us

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,330 views

    The Gift of Us Marjorie Tallcott was married and had one child during the Great Depression. The family managed to scrape their way through, but as Christmas approached one year Marjorie and her husband were disappointed that they would not be able to buy any presents. A week before Christmas they ...read more

  • The Best Gift

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,482 views

    THE BEST GIFT Bobby was getting cold sitting out in his back yard in the snow. Bobby didn't wear boots; he didn't like them, and anyway he didn't own any. The thin sneakers he wore had a few holes in them, and they did a poor job of keeping out the cold. Bobby had been in his backyard for ...read more

  • Barnabas' Gift

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Apr 18, 2009
     | 1,115 views

    BARNABAS' GIFT Barnabas later becomes the disciple who takes St. Paul in tow on the first missionary journey. It is on that journey that Paul discovers his calling to be the apostle to the Gentiles. So Barnabas’s gift, his free will offering of what he owned ...read more

  • Perfect Gifts

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
     | 1,621 views

    PERFECT GIFTS Everyone loves to receive gifts at Christmas time. And I am sure that as Christmas approaches, we are wondering what lies behind those wrapped presents. I remember as a child that these four weeks of advent were so difficult. I would go by that tree about 30 million times a day ...read more

  • Ridiculous Gifts  PRO

    Contributed by Ken Henson on Sep 11, 2012
    based on 2 ratings
     | 1,684 views

    RIDICULOUS GIFTS There is a program in the US called “Good Morning America.” This was about 10 years ago, there was a lady named Joan London, who did a segment on Christmas Gifts and made some suggestions about the list: “You may want to include these in your list: • Jaguar 220 – this is a ...read more

  • The Gift Of Their Lives

    Contributed by Tim Smith on Oct 21, 2012
     | 647 views

    THE GIFT OF THEIR LIVES A Dutch pastor was helping Jews escape the Nazis when he himself caught. He was loaded into a boxcar with several Jews and others to be sent to a concentration camp. It was a long, frightening journey through the night. Finally the train stopped, the doors opened, and ...read more

  • Gift Of Pearls

    Contributed by Jason Bonnicksen on Jul 25, 2011
     | 1,252 views

    GIFT OF PEARLS A number of years ago, when our oldest was just a little tyke, a Chinese man we knew gave my wife a string of pearls as a gift. Anyway, the pearls he gave her were different from the ones we might find in a jewelry store; they were natural, not cultivated. Now, the most common ...read more

  • The Gift Of A Cross

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Nov 29, 2011
     | 938 views

    THE GIFT OF A CROSS Story: Woman Led to Christ through an Act of Kindness Craig Groeschel, The Christian Atheist (Zondervan, 2011). p. 210 It's amazing what a difference the little things will make. For example, years ago when I was a new believer, I always wore a tiny cross pin on my ...read more

  • Little Gifts

    Contributed by Gerald Manning on Dec 14, 2015
     | 2,374 views

    The man was quite obviously hard pressed by life .. his clothing was a bit tattered, he hadn’t shaved for several days, his face was gaunt, his eyes vacant. He was hungry, no doubt, and all I had in my pocket was a quarter. I knew that it wouldn’t buy much, but perhaps it was a start, and I ...read more

  • Ownership Of The Gift  PRO

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 27, 2012
    based on 9 ratings
     | 1,229 views

    OWNERSHIP OF THE GIFT A humanitarian group in Africa, noticing the filthy water, sewage, and disease, built clean water and sewage system for a village. Months later, they visited the village, but it was back to square one with filthy water, sewage and disease. [from Pickthebrain.com] The ...read more

  • The Gift Of The Heart

    Contributed by Glynda Lomax on Dec 27, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,834 views

    “Life is one of those precious fleeting gifts, and everything can change in a heartbeat." - Author Unknown His name was Justin Timion. He was only nineteen years old the day it happened. A good looking, fun loving kid, he loved doing auto mechanics with his Dad and often used his skills to ...read more