Contributed by Kathy Findley on Oct 25, 2003
For some people, sorrow and pain come much too early in life. You may have learned sadness, as I did, at a very young age. By the time I was 8 years old, I had found a place to deposit my fears.
While my Greek School classmates played outside at recess, I would sneak into the church. I would
Contributed by James O. Davis on Oct 28, 2003
HAPPY TO BE ALIVE
Bob Leland is a man who really encouraged me several years ago. You may have seen him on television. He has a healthy dose of enthusiasm for life. You may remember, he ran the New York marathon in 98 hours, 47 minutes, and 17 seconds. That’s not bad for someone who has no
Contributed by Ronald Keller on Nov 24, 2003
“Billy Bray was saved from a terrible life of drunkenness and sin. After his conversion he experienced one trouble after another, but he never ceased praising the Lord. At last he came to the place where all he had to eat was a mess of very small potatoes which a friend had given him. Billy Bray
Contributed by Adam Deibert on May 7, 2004
I remember once, a time when I was really worried about something. There was a trial I was facing, and I wasn’t sure what to do or how I was going to get through it. I called a dear friend of mine, my mentor, and was sharing my burden with her, when all at once in the middle of my telling her how
“A daughter complained to her father about how hard things were for her. "As soon as I solve one problem," she said, "another one comes up. I’m tired of struggling."
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen where he filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon
Contributed by R. Darrel Davis on Sep 17, 2004
United States runner Marla Runyon has been legally blind for 22 years. Even so, she competed in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In fact she qualified for the finals in the 1500 meter race. (Marla finished eighth, three seconds behind the medal winners.)
How does she do it?
Most of us have experienced what happens to motorists when one of those huge graders goes to work on a highway repair job. when the machine is operating on a busy road, traffic is halted and the cars lined up in opposite directions are allowed to proceed alternately. A veteran operator of one of
The Bible nowhere indicates that God withdraws us from the troubles of life. In fact, we become more involved in life’s troubles when we come to Christ. But
Almost everyone would rather have sunshine than showers. But just imagine what our world would be like if it never rained again. An example of such a place is in Northern Chile. Franklin Elmer, Jr., described a region between the great Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean where rain never
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s nothing you can do. You can’t stop the plane, you can’t stop the storm, you can’t stop time. So one might
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 17, 2004
There was once a man who lived in a deep valley. It was dark, desolate, cold and foreboding. At the edge of the mountain was a massive mountain, towering into the sky. The man had become so obsessed with the thought of escaping the valley that he finally decided to climb the face of the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 16, 2004
HOW ROBINSON CRUSOE GIVES THANKS
The apostle Paul didn’t say to give thanks “for” all circumstances, but “in” all circumstances. All our circumstances in life are not good, but there will always be something in those circumstances for which to give thanks.
When Robinson Crusoe was
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 2, 2004
As I prepared for my sunday sermon and I struggled with my own hardships and how to describe the security that we have in Christ, I began to observe the spider. Every week I would faithfully rid the house of cobwebs. And every week I would find more. And I felt in my heart that as Christains we
In her book The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom tells of the time she and her sister were forced to remove their clothes and stand naked during a typical Nazi inspection. Miss ten Boom said she stood there feeling defiled and forsaken. Then she remembered something. Jesus hung naked on the cross.
Video Clip: From Backstage – Ginny Owens in this interview talks about the obstacles she has had to overcome in life to get to were she is at today. Ginny’s biggest obstacle and mountain in her life is her blindness and she talks about how she is overcoming it.
The reality of life is there are
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jul 5, 2005
The Time Is Now! (07.07.05--Joy Every Day--Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)
I stood in front of the used book shelf for what seemed like the longest time holding two books. The one, an anthology in nearly new condition seemed too good to pass up. Even though it contained much of the same material that
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 20, 2006
Under Your Skin: The FDA has cleared the way for a Florida company to market implantable chips that would provide easy access to individual medical records. The approval is expected to bring public attention to a simmering debate over a technology that has evoked Orwellian overtones for privacy
Contributed by Alan Perkins on Feb 7, 2002
PLEASURE COMES FROM PAIN
The world's best cyclist, Lance Armstrong, says this about pain:
I become a happier man each time I suffer.
Suffering is as essential to a good life, and as inextricable, as bliss. The old saying that you should live each day as if it’s your last is a nice
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2002
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts
Contributed by James Dunn on Feb 11, 2002
Dr. Paul W. Brand, the noted leprosy expert who was chief of the rehabilitation branch of the Leprosarium in Carville, Lousiana, had a frightening experience one night when he thought he had contracted leprosy. Dr. Brand arrived in London one night after an exhausting transatlantic ocean trip and