Contributed by Dj Castilleja on May 5, 2008
LEADING YOU HOME
In the movie "Apollo 13," astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) is interviewed by a reporter prior to launch. He asks if Lovell has ever been in a tight situation.
Lovell responds that once, as a Navy pilot in a wartime situation, his plane's instrument panel had been
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on May 21, 2008
Author Robert Fulghum tells this story of one of his professors, a wise man whose name was Alexander Papaderos:
At the last session on the last morning of a two week seminar on Greek culture, Dr. Papaderos turned and made the ritual gesture: "Are there any questions?"
Contributed by Rick Pendleton on May 23, 2008
Most of you have never heard of Lawrence Hanratty, who was named the "Unluckiest Man In New York City." (Profiled in the Los Angeles Times)
He was nearly electrocuted to death in a construction site accident in 1984. For weeks he lay in a coma, with his lawyers fighting for his liability claim,
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 9, 2008
There are three huge gates that lead into the Cathedral of Milan. Over one gate there is an inscription in marble (under a beautiful flower bouquet) that says, "The things that please are temporary." Over the second gate, there is a cross with this inscription: "The things that disturb us are
ALWAYS LOOK SKYWARD
"A man in the prairie observed an eagle fatally wounded by a gunshot.
He writes: "With his eyes gleaming...he slowly turned his head, giving one last...longing look towards the sky.
He’d often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings...the sky was the home of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 21, 2008
A LITTLE LIGHT IS ENOUGH
There is the story of a boy who was walking with his father along a lonely road at night, carrying a lantern. He told his father he was afraid, because the lantern showed such a little way ahead. The father answered, “That is so, but if you walk straight on, you will
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 31, 2008
WE NEED HOPE
Someone has said that if you could convince a man there was no hope, he would curse the day he was born. Hope is an indispensable quality of life.
Dusk was falling on the Saturday before Christmas in 1927 the S-4 submarine (S-class submarines, were the first class of submarines
Contributed by Dave Kinney on Aug 16, 2008
Warren Wiersbe said, "It's not the fact of life that determines
Contributed by Donny Granberry on Sep 23, 2008
Your Chains Are Gone
You will never be a visionary if you cannot see your future. I had a Lab when we were pastored before, and I kept her on a chain. In a few days she had worn the ground to dirt all the way to the end of her chain. She would take off and stop at the dirt just before the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
Linus on the Hope in the Truth
A Peanuts cartoon pictured Lucy and Linus looking out the window at a steady downpour of rain. "Boy," said Lucy, "look at it rain. What if it floods the whole world?"
"It will never do that," Linus replied confidently. "In the ninth chapter of Genesis, God
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 22, 2008
"In the darkness of the catacombs, in the filth of underground sewers, in the shadows of a thousand Roman nights, these phrases were searched by tired faces. These pages were held in trembling hands. These words sent the light of hope into the hearts of God's people. It was a message straight from
Contributed by Fred Schaeffer on Nov 20, 2008
A CHANGE IN HOPE
Ben was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 16 years old. Hope is the one thing that kept his parents, Kevin and Laura moving forward. Hope is what kept them from giving up. His younger sister, Bethany, always kept her sights on the silver lining.
He went through a
WHO DO YOU RELY ON?
In "Point Man", Steve Farrar tells about a photographer for a national magazine who was assigned to take pictures of a great forest fire. He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire.
The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour
DON’T TREAT HIM AS DEAD
Early in their marriage, Martin Luther’s wife watched him battle bouts of depression, even question God’s willingness or ability to help him through a difficult trial.
Without saying a word, she donned a black dress and veil, reserved for times of mourning. When Luther
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
KEEPING THE LIGHTS BURNING
Robert Russell, pastor and author, tells a story of how about twenty years ago there was a house near the entrance of his subdivision that kept their Christmas lights burning long after the season was past. They burned through January. Even through the first of
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
In 1989, a terrible earthquake almost flattened Armenia. It killed over 30,000 people in less than four minutes. One father rushed to his son's school and found the building flat as a pancake. Standing there in tears, he remembered a promise he had made to his son, "No matter what, I'll always be
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Dec 31, 2008
HIS NEVER FAILING HELP
While walking along the shores of the Dead Sea one day, a man lost his balance and fell into the water at a point where it was rather deep. Never having learned to swim, he was panic-stricken. In desperation he began to thrash about with his arms and legs, fearing he would
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 31, 2008
Our world is desperately in need of some good news. Suzanne Jennings wrote this song in 1999:
I woke up Monday morning, walked out on the lawn
My eyes were barely open, and my mouth began to yawn
Picked up the daily paper, every single headline said,
That this ole world is full
Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 3, 2009
HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING
From Parade magazine comes the story of self-made millionaire Eugene Land, who greatly changed the lives of a sixth-grade class in East Harlem. Mr. Lang had been asked to speak to a class of 59 sixth-graders.
What could he say to inspire these students, most of whom
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
CHRISTIANS DIE BETTER
On May 28, 1914 a ship called the Express of Ireland hit another ship and began to sink quickly. As the ship began to sink in the cold Atlantic Ocean it was discovered that there were not enough life belts on board for all the passengers. On that ship were 130 Salvation