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  • You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2004
    based on 26 ratings
     | 2,641 views

    YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT TILL IT’S GONE Our power is shut off, and suddenly we become thankful for electricity. Our garbage is not picked up, and suddenly we become thankful for the garbage collector’s weekly stop. A good friend dies, and suddenly we discover how much he meant to us. Our ...read more

  • First, Realize For Us, "The Lord's Coming Is ...

    Contributed by Don Jones on Oct 14, 2007
     | 938 views

    First, realize for us, "The Lord’s coming is near". For us, the believer, it is temporary while we wait for the reward. We have such a great reward coming even the streets are described as streets of gold. The kingdom of God where there will be perfect love, perfect peace, where every tear wiped ...read more

  • As President Washington Proclaimed The 26th Of ...  PRO

    Contributed by John Quigley on Dec 8, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,422 views

    As President Washington proclaimed the 26th of November 1789 to be a day of thanksgiving. The last paragraph reads as follows: "And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and ...read more

  • President Clinton Named Kristine Gebbie, A ...  PRO

    Contributed by Donnie Martin on Oct 14, 2002
    based on 34 ratings
     | 2,149 views

    President Clinton named Kristine Gebbie, a lesbian, as the new AIDS czar. Four months later she spelled out her perceptions on traditional morality. She said, [The United States] “needs to view human sexuality as an essentially important and pleasurable thing. [Until it does so], we will ...read more

  • On Top Of The Fencepost  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 12, 2002
    based on 48 ratings
     | 4,001 views

    ON TOP OF THE FENCEPOST Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, "Why is that there?" Alex Haley answered, "Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words & think ...read more

  • I Want My Dollar  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 9, 2008
    based on 2 ratings
     | 963 views

    I Want my Dollar A Redneck buys a ticket and wins the lottery. He goes to Austin to claim it and the man verifies his ticket number. The Redneck says, ''I want my $20 million.'' The man replied, ''No, sir. It doesn't work that way. We will give you a million today and then you'll get the rest ...read more

  • Robinson Crusoe

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 22, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 510 views

    Robinson Crusoe Could you, could I do as well as Robinson Crusoe? When Robinson Crusoe was wrecked on his lonely island, he drew up in two columns what he called the evil and the good. He was cast on a desolate island, but he was still alive--not drowned, as his ship's company was. He ...read more

  • Count Your Blessings—no, Really!

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Oct 22, 2008
     | 877 views

    Count Your Blessings--No, Really! It was a typical Indiana spring day. Outside the house, it was raining. Inside the house...it was raining. Water slowly dripped from the ceiling, reminding me that when you replace your own roof, there's nobody to get mad at when it leaks. I should be a ...read more

  • Attitude Of Gratitude

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on Nov 26, 2008
     | 886 views

    Attitude of Gratitude God loves a cheerful giver. God will make you rich if you are generous in every occasion. Somehow I think that God sees this richness in more than just money and material possessions. Don't you? And generosity results in a thankful attitude and even a cheerful ...read more

  • Thanksliving

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on Nov 26, 2008
     | 600 views

    THANKSLIVING Last week I shared with you a story about a young man with bipolar disorder that died while I was a chaplain. For those of you who were with us, do you remember that? How the parents stayed with him and were there for him even though he put them through so much hell. They were there ...read more

  • A Few Years Ago Dr. Nick Stinnett Of The ...

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Dec 3, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 649 views

    A few years ago Dr. Nick Stinnett of the University of Nebraska conducted a group of studies called the "Family Strengths Research Project": Stinnett and his researchers identified six qualities that make for strong families. The first quality and one of the most important to be found in strong ...read more

  • Holy Father, We Gather Together To Ask Your ...

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Dec 3, 2008
     | 520 views

    Holy Father, We gather together to ask your blessing this Thanksgiving Day; God bless America, land that I love; You stand beside us in times of need, as of September 11, giving Peace and Love to all; Stand beside her and guide her, through the night with the Light from ...read more

  • I Only Have Eyes For Him

    Contributed by Bruce Montgomery on Apr 28, 2008
     | 1,058 views

    I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR HIM Following a great victory, King Cyrus of Persia took as prisoners a noble prince, his wife, and their children. When they were brought into the leader’s tent to stand before him, Cyrus said to the prince, "What will you give me if I set you free?" He replied, "I will ...read more

  • Praise And Gratitude

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on May 9, 2008
     | 1,503 views

    PRAISE AND GRATITUDE After one of the terrible battles of the Civil War, a dying Confederate soldier asked to see the chaplain. When the chaplain arrived, he supposed the young man would wish him to ask God for his recovery; but it was very different. First the soldier asked him to cut off ...read more

  • Not-So-Blessings  PRO

    Contributed by Brian Atwood on Jul 23, 2008
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,080 views

    NOT-SO-BLESSINGS Recently I was taking another turn teaching the children on Wednesday night. After opening with some conversation with the kids about what was going on in their lives I asked for any prayer requests. One girl asked that we pray for her because school would soon start and she ...read more

  • Mvp Praises God For World Series

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 23, 2008
     | 759 views

    MVP PRAISES GOD FOR WORLD SERIES A number of years ago, Orel Hershiser was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had just won the World Series, and Orel had been named "The most valuable player of the series." One of the TV shows about the series showed him in the dugout just before the 9th ...read more

  • Mother's Face

    Contributed by Dennis Davidson on Jul 28, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 981 views

    MOTHER'S FACE Calvin Miller reminds us of the fable of the little girl whose mother's face was hideously scarred from an early injury. As the little girl grew, made friends, and gained her own identity, she became more and more ashamed of her mother's horrid appearance. As she walked down the ...read more

  • Never Said Thanks  PRO

    Contributed by Et Tapper on Feb 9, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 1,055 views

    NEVER SAID THANKS Edward Spencer was a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, and also a member of a life-saving squad during his school years. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue ...read more

  • In A Recent Experiment, Psychologists Asked ...

    Contributed by Et Tapper on Feb 9, 2009
    based on 1 rating
     | 748 views

    In a recent experiment, psychologists asked undergraduates to complete a survey that included a happiness scale and measures of gratitude and thankfulness. Then over the next six weeks, the participants wrote down, once a week, five things for which they were grateful. It had a dramatic effect ...read more

  • Go With The Flow

    Contributed by Hal Seed on Feb 12, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 722 views

    6. YOU TRUST HIM WITH WHATEVER IS TROUBLING YOU. Anybody having anything trouble you these days? It’s probably part of God’s sense of humor that I went on a whale-watching trip this week, the week we start learning about Jonah. PICTURE OF WHALE TALE I’ve been on whale-watching tours only ...read more