Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 2, 2001
NOT WHY, BUT WHAT
Technically speaking, David Ring was born dead. Quick acting medical personnel were able to get him breathing, but oxygen deprivation left him with cerebral palsy. He suffered from a speech impediment, hands that don’t cooperate, and a limp. As if that wasn’t enough adversity for
I CAN STILL DRIVE!!
At a nursing home in Florida, a resident group was discussing ailments: "My arms are so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee," said one. "Yes, I know, my cataracts are so bad I can’t even see my coffee," replied another. "I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in
Contributed by John Edmerson on Sep 13, 2001
There once was an oyster whose story I tell,
Who found that sand had got under his shell;
Just one little grain, but it gave him much pain,
For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain.
Now, did he berate the working of Fate
Which had led him to such a deplorable
Contributed by David Fox on Nov 15, 2001
Dr. Alexander Whyth of Edinburgh is an example of an unusually thankful Christian.
“He was famous for his pulpit prayers. He always found something to thank God for, even in bad times. One story morning, a member of his congregation thought to himself, the preacher will have nothing to
Contributed by Michael Belcher on Nov 19, 2001
Two men were walking through a field one day when they spotted an enraged bull. Instantly they darted toward the nearest fence. The storming bull followed in hot pursuit, and it was soon apparent they wouldn’t make it. Terrified, the one shouted to the other, "Put up a prayer, John. We’re in for
Contributed by Steve Malone on Dec 1, 2001
STUBBORN JOY--Communion Meditation
"No man had more reason to be miserable than this one – yet no man was more joyful.
His first home was a palace. Servants were at his fingertips. The snap of his fingers changed the course of history. His name was known and loved. He had everything –
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
Leith Anderson, a pastor, shares an experience of disappointment.
As a boy, he grew up outside of New York City and was an avid fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. One day his father took him to a World Series game between the Dodgers and the Yankees. He was so excited, and he just
Contributed by Rick Stacy on Mar 10, 2002
Marathon the latest goal in a life of challenges.
Katie Lynch, 26, practicing for Monday’s Boston Marathon with a special Walker. (Globe Staff Photo / JohnTlumacki)
By John Vellante, Globe Staff, 4/14/01
Her life -- all 26-plus years of it -- has been one challenge
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 12, 2000
"Today I am a horse, Dear God, did you have to make my poor old horse lose his shoe just before the Sabbath? That wasn't nice. It's enough you pick on me, Tevye, bless me with 5 daughters, a life of poverty. What have You got against my horse? Sometimes I think when things are too quiet up there,
Contributed by Steve Hanchett on Dec 13, 2000
It was a mild October afternoon in 1982 and Badger Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin was packed. Over 60,000 die-hard University of Wisconsin fans were watching their beloved football team take a beating by Michigan State. What seemed odd was that as the score became more and more lopsided bursts of
Contributed by Dan Erickson on Nov 14, 2000
Fanny Crosby, the great hymn writer in the last half of the 19th Century, though blind since she was six weeks old, used to
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 31, 2001
Warren Wiersbe writes, "Our values determine our evaluations. If we value comfort more than character, then trials will upset us. If we value the material and physical more than the spiritual, we will not be able to count it all joy! If we live only
Contributed by Melvin Newland on Mar 13, 2001
Sir Douglas Bader was a pilot who lost both his legs in a plane crash before WW2. He was fitted with artificial legs & resumed flying. In 1939, when Germany & England went to war, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force.
Flying with two artificial legs, he shot down 22 enemy airplanes in the Battle
General William Booth had lost his eyesight. His son Bramwell was given the difficult task of telling his father there would be no recovery. "Do you mean that I am blind?" the General asked.
"I hear we must contemplate that," his son replied.
The father continued, "I shall never see your face
Contributed by Larry Sarver on May 10, 2001
Illustration: On April 20th of this year Missionary Veronica ``Roni’’ Bowers, 35, and her 7-month-old daughter, Charity, seated in her lap, were killed by a single bullet when the jet fired on the Cessna plane they were riding in. The Peruvian Air-force had shot at the plane because it mistakenly
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 24, 2002
The Valley of Sorrow
by Bernice Peyman
I came to the Valley of Sorrow,
And dreadful it looked to my view
But Jesus was walking beside me,
So together we journeyed it through.
And now I look back to that valley
As the fairest I ever have trod,
For I learned there the love of my Father,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2002
THE OLD FISHERMAN
Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out patients at the clinic. One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to
Contributed by Curtis Kittrell on Apr 17, 2002
They took away what should have been my eyes,
(But I remembered Milton’s Paradise).
They took away what should have been my ears,
(Beethoven came and wiped away my tears).
They took away what should have been my tongue,
(But I had walked with God when I was young).
Contributed by Dana Chau on Apr 22, 2002
Steve Brown noted, "For every non-Christian who has cancer, a Christian will have cancer, so the world will see the difference. And for every non-Christian who has a business failure, a Christian
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Apr 25, 2002
A TIME BETTER SERVED
On January 9, 1985, a Congregational pastor in Bulgaria named Christo Kuleczef, was arrested and put in jail. His crime was preaching in his church, just like I am right now. It was a crime because the week before the village committee had appointed a new pastor. The secular