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  • Refining

    Contributed by Doug Lyon on May 11, 2008

    REFINING A woman called a silversmith one day because she was curious about the process of refining silver. So she made an appointment to come to his shop and watch him work. She saw him hold a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, you need more

  • Bad Day

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008
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    BAD DAY Brian Hise has had his share of bad stuff happen to him. In just a short time -- one day in July -- his apartment in Provo, Utah apartment became flooded because of an upstairs neighbor’s broken pipe. The manager instructed him to go out and rent a wet/dry vacuum. When he went out to his more

  • Comfort In Captivity

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008

    COMFORT IN CAPTIVITY We all want our lives to have some semblance of control. We want to feel safe and secure. We want to have victory in our lives over our troubles. Jesus, the triumphant King, has come to enter your life to do just that. You must give up your power and control over your life. more

  • Blood Gift  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 11, 2008
    based on 9 ratings

    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 more

  • A Light Thing In The Sight Of God

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2008

    A LIGHT THING IN THE SIGHT OF GOD When they were building the Brooklyn Bridge, they encountered a problem. The place where one of the buttresses needed to be placed was occupied by a sunken ship. They couldn’t move it. They tried several things, but couldn’t get it to budge. Finally, an engineer more

  • Years Ago, I Was Driving On I-68 In Southwest ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2008
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    Years ago, I was driving on I-68 in southwest Virginia when a lady passed my VW just flying. She had a brand new fancy Ford Thunderbird. She had her foot in the carburetor and she passed me like I was sitting still. On up the road I came around a curve, and this beautiful new Thunderbird was more

  • No Hope Of Ultimate Defeat

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
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    NO HOPE OF ULTIMATE DEFEAT Prior to leading the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto met with the military leaders of his country to plead with them not to attack the United States. He had studied in America and had witnessed first hand the industrial might and the will of the American more

  • See You In The Morning.  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009
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    "SEE YOU IN THE MORNING." Dr. W. A Criswell, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas Texas, said on one occasion on an airplane flight he found himself seated beside a well-known theologian. He desperately wanted to start a conversation and they did get to talk. The man told Dr. Criswell more

  • Defining Moments

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 13, 2009

    DEFINING MOMENTS The American director, Ken Burns (Born: 1953), once said; and, I quote: "Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being." The American public servant, Donald Evans (Born: 1946), once said; and, I more

  • Out Of The Darkness

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 12, 2009

    OUT OF THE DARKNESS Phillip Brooks wrote in 1837, "Out of the hillsides of humiliated pride, deep in the darkness of crushed despair, in the fretting and dusty atmosphere of little cares, in the hard cruel contacts that man has with man; wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever more

  • The Importance Of Refuge

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    THE IMPORTANCE OF REFUGE When conducting fire inspections two important things that I look for are AREAS OF REFUGE (protected area in a bldg., such as mall/hospital halls, wings, sectioned off) and MEANS OF EGRESS (clearly marked, unobstructed, visible path, door width, adequate more

  • Houses Of Refuge

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    HOUSES OF REFUGE There was no alternative to manslaughter. If you wanted to live, the only option was to flee to one of these cities of refuge. [HOUSE OF REFUGE, HUTCHINSON IS., FL] House of Refuge- The House of Refuge is the last remaining shipwreck life-saving station on Florida’s more

  • Stay In The Refuge For Protection

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    STAY IN THE REFUGE FOR PROTECTION As long as the accused remained within the refuge, they were safe and protected. [CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL] Castillo De San Marcos- Spanish fort, made of stone, protected town, during battle, all towns people ran to the fort, the town was more

  • Run To The Refuge

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 13, 2009

    RUN TO THE REFUGE Bunker gear, over 1,000 degrees of heat, protection from fire scene elements, provides a refuge/safety for self... importance of ARFF truck...refuge, responsible for protection of firefighters, T3000 3,000 gal. of water, large truck, nozzles, discharge 1,000 gpm...truck was more

  • Changing Your Mind About Seatbelts

    Contributed by Hugh W. Davidson on Mar 13, 2009

    CHANGING YOUR MIND ABOUT SEATBELTS I remember when the seatbelt laws came into effect. People had all kinds of excuses for why they weren’t going to wear one. Some said they felt constrained, and some were afraid they’d have an accident because they thought the strap would somehow stop them from more

  • Great Barrier Reef: Challenges Grow Us

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 7, 2009
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    GREAT BARRIER REEF: CHALLENGES GROW US Australia’s Barrier Reef. The reef has to fight for survival every day of its life. As it is challenged and tested it changes and adapts. It grows healthy and strong. And it reproduces. That is how it is with people too. When challenged and tested, we more

  • Just In The Nick Of Time

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2009
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    JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME A favorite literary device of authors, playwrights, and screen writers is that of the hero who shows up just in the nick of time. You’ve read books or seen movies like this. Just when everything seems lost and all hope is gone and disaster is imminent, the hero arrives more

  • Springing Into Action  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    SPRINGING INTO ACTION On the day President Obama was inaugurated, Eliot Swainson happened to be in Washington, D.C. The city authorities had expected record numbers of people to attend the inauguration, so they asked for assistance from other cities to help with crowd control. Metro Officer more

  • All Part Of God's Plan  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 28, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    ALL PART OF GOD’S PLAN In the opening pages of his autobiography, "An American Life," Ronald Reagan writes, I was raised to believe that God had a plan for everyone and that seemingly random twists of fate are all a part of His plan. My mother - a small woman with auburn hair and a sense of more

  • Where Else Could I Go?

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on May 9, 2009

    WHERE ELSE COULD I GO? "My little boy gave me a great awakening," said an intelligent and spiritually-minded mother. "Jimmy is getting to an age when he often wants to try his own way instead of mine. Then he generally meets with a difficulty that hurts his feelings, and he comes at once to me more