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  • Worldly Distraction  PRO

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Nov 13, 2008
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,041 views

    WORLDLY DISTRACTION A man bought a new hunting dog. Eager to see how he would perform, he took him out to track a bear. No sooner had they gotten into the woods than the dog picked up the trail. Suddenly he stopped, sniffed the ground, and headed in a new direction. He had caught the scent of a ...read more

  • Running For Life

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Nov 13, 2008
    based on 1 rating
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    RUNNING FOR LIFE Recently I read a fable about a dog who loved to chase other animals. He bragged about his great running skill and said he could catch anything. Well, it wasn’t long until his boastful claims were put to the test by a certain rabbit. With ease the little creature outran his ...read more

  • The Power Of A Cause

    Contributed by Donny Granberry on Jan 9, 2009
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    THE POWER OF A CAUSE On April 21, 1845 a Texas Army, who had been running from the Mexican Army since the defeat of the Alamo, came upon the Mexican Army led by Santa Anna just a few miles from here at Lynch’s Ferry, now called Lynchburg Ferry. General Sam Houston ordered that Vince’s Bridge ...read more

  • The Gold Standard

    Contributed by Johnny Wilson on Feb 10, 2009
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    THE GOLD STANDARD Leland was able to standardize Cadillac parts to precision standards. The development of these standards had such a profound impact that a member of the British Parliament, a wealthy lord named Sir Thomas Dewar, gave the company an award for standardization of parts. Having ...read more

  • Meliorism

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 16, 2009
     | 1,625 views

    MELIORISM Have you ever heard of Meliorism? Here is what one person said about it. "I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist. I am a Meliorist. Meliorism cancels out optimism as being too bright, too airy; and rejects pessimism as being too dull, too heavy. Take life as it is, says the ...read more

  • Ralph's Ultimate Purpose

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 9, 2009
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    RALPH’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE John Matters and I visited Ralph Drennan Thursday. You know, since he came back from WWII, Ralph has run a business of re-binding books. He’s in his 90’s now, so Ralph has cut his hours back a little. He still gets work sent to him from all across the US, because there ...read more

  • God Just Needs A Voice  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 13, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,956 views

    GOD JUST NEEDS A VOICE John Stott, a well-known British pastor and theologian, was invited to preach at the University of Sydney in Australia; but after he got there, he lost his voice. He describes his experience as follows: "What can you do with a missionary who has no voice? We had come ...read more

  • The Old Tree

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 4, 2010
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     | 1,700 views

    THE OLD TREE There is an old proverb about the leader of a city who would take daily walks to gain peace of mind and inspiration from nature. One day, the burdens of his position had his mind more disturbed than normal, and the old man found himself walking much further than usual. Eventually he ...read more

  • History Of The Ship Mv ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 27, 2010
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    History of the ship MV Doulos When built for the White Star Line in 1912 the Titanic was the marvel of her age. At nearly 883 feet in length, Titanic was longer than the tallest structures on Earth at the time. Over 1800 people left England on the “unsinkable ship”, but only 675 arrived. After ...read more

  • Who's Your Daddy?

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 5, 2010
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,588 views

    WHO'S YOUR DADDY? "A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning they were eating breakfast in a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white haired man moving from ...read more

  • The Culture Of Complaint  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 27, 2010
    based on 3 ratings
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    THE CULTURE OF COMPLAINT In 1991, Robert Hughes, an art critic, wrote a book called The Culture of Complaint. His thesis is that we live in a culture in which we perceive ourselves as being entitled to having all our wants and desires fulfilled. When that doesn't happen, we become "victims," we ...read more

  • Purpose In Life

    Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Dec 12, 2010
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    PURPOSE IN LIFE Many years before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, he was a store-keeper in Salem, Illinois. Abe had a rifle displayed in his store that was one of the most beautiful rifles ever made. The barrel was made from the finest steel, the stock from the best walnut wood; and a ...read more

  • We Are Not Just Ants

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Jan 20, 2011
     | 765 views

    WE ARE NOT JUST ANTS Broadway play: Spider Man Green Goblin has Spider Man in his grip as they fight atop the Chrysler Building in NYC. It is hundreds of feet to the ground. The Goblin says to Spider Man, "Look down there Spider Man. What do you see? Look at all those people. They look ...read more

  • Something Beautiful

    Contributed by Barry Edmondson on Feb 5, 2011
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    SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL In 1502, in Florence, Italy there was a large block of marble given to a church in Santa Maria, the church immediately hired who they thought was a professional to sculpt this enormously huge piece of rock. The man was a professional and soon after commencing this great task ...read more

  • Everyone Wants To Be A Winner

    Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 17, 2011
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    EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A WINNER You want to know how bad it was to be a New Orleans Saints. Derland Moore, the Saints nose tackle from 1973 to 1985, once was asked what it was like to be a Saint, and said: "We were the league's doormats. When I went out and people would ask me if I played for the ...read more

  • What Is Your Purpose?

    Contributed by Rodelio Mallari on Apr 13, 2011
     | 903 views

    WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE? Many years before Abraham Lincoln was elected president, he was a store-keeper in Salem, Illinois. Abe had a rifle displayed in his store that was one of the most beautiful rifles ever made. The barrel was made from the finest steel, the stock from the best walnut wood; and ...read more

  • A Purpose For Sheep

    Contributed by Chuck Sligh on Jun 14, 2011
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    A PURPOSE FOR SHEEP Sad to say, millions of people wander through life with no earthly idea what they’re here for. One of the abiding fascinations of my wife here in Germany are sheep. About once a year, a shepherd brings a flock of sheep near our village, and my wife goes out and makes as ...read more

  • We Get Our Purpose From Him

    Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Jun 22, 2011
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    WE GET OUR PURPOSE FROM HIM I have three watches. They had no meaning until I bought them; they get their meaning from me. I assign each one its meaning and value. I put this watch on a shelf as a showpiece; it's my show watch. This watch I wear for informal occasions and when working in the ...read more

  • The More Excellent Way

    Contributed by Christopher Lanham on Jul 22, 2011
    based on 1 rating
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    THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY I remember a sermon – years ago, in fact I think I may have preached it during my time here as an intern – where my opening illustration was the difference between the way my father chopped wood and the way I chopped it. You may remember the scene – me as a skinny 18 ...read more

  • God's Whispers Are Ours To Hear

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Aug 31, 2011
     | 1,244 views

    GOD'S WHISPERS ARE OURS TO HEAR Bill Hybels' book: The Power of the Whisper: "Throughout history God has spoken. For millennia, he has forged his children’s faith by promising parted waters, empowering unlikely leaders, declaring world-changing prophecies-and imparting last-minute sermons to ...read more