Contributed by Mark Haines on Dec 8, 2000
In 1864, one of America’s great poets, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, wrote the poem which became the well-known carol, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
When I first heard this song, I wondered, “Why does he suddenly shift from joy at hearing the Christmas bells into such deep despair?” It starts
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,
A little girl was pushing the limits of her mother’s very last nerve. Mom was nearing the end of a hectic season of cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping and church stuff. She was also nearing the breaking point with her little pre-schooler.
Finally the little girl was bathed and ready for
Contributed by John Gullick on Dec 22, 2000
Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a prisoner in Russia.
he was on a program of hard labour and slow salvation.
One day he felt like giving up.
He felt his life could not make a difference.
He sat down on a bench knowing that when he was spotted by a guard he would be ordered back to work when he
Contributed by Bill Prater on Jan 12, 2001
Bette Nesmith had a good secretarial job in a Dallas bank when she ran across a problem that interested her. Her thought was, there must be a better way to correct typewriter errors? Having had some art experience, she knew that artists who worked in oils just painted over their errors. So she
Contributed by Rich Young on Jan 17, 2001
Obedience is seeking God with your whole heart. Performance is having a quiet time because you’ll feel guilty if you don’t.
Obedience is finding ways to let the Word of God dwell in you richly. Performance is quickly scanning a passage so you can check it off your Bible reading
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 22, 2000
"Excessive worry, or what I call toxic worry, can make you sick, it can cut down your enjoyment of life, and it can hamper your productivity. Toxic worry is bad for every system in your body: it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, it impairs digestion, it causes shortness of breath,
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
Because of erosion, the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was in peril of washing into the Atlantic Ocean. So Congress appropriated $12 million for the National Park service to move it 2900 feet to safety.
With a combination of care, expertise, patience and raw power, The Expert House Movers
Contributed by Dan Erickson on Nov 14, 2000
I often think of what one of the Dallas Cowboys said after winning Super Bowl XXX. As he sat in the locker room an hour after the game, he asked, "Now, who do we get to play next?" Even
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 30, 2001
Thomas Carlyle, the noted historian, had just spent two years writing a book on the French Revolution. On the day he finished his manuscript he gave his only copy to a colleague, John Stuart Mill, to read and critique.
But, then the unthinkable occurred. Mill’s servant used Carlyle’s
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 30, 2001
Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada writes: I’m a quadriplegic, yet I can drive a van (my hand is secured to a big joystick so I can steer, accelerate, and brake). I enjoy being independent, so if there’s something I can do, I will - even if it means tackling the drive-thru at a
Contributed by Richard Jones on Nov 3, 2000
A Christian doctor carried out an interesting survey recently involving his patients. As they waited in the waiting-room, they were asked to fill out a little survey on themselves. One of the questions asked was “What is your number one wish?” On analyzing the answers
Contributed by Jerry Vargo on Feb 1, 2001
People seem to believe that they have an inalienable right to be happy--"I want what I want and I want it now." No one wants to wait for anything and, for the most part, no one
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 4, 2001
Phillip Brooks, a famous pastor of the last century, was in his office, pacing the floor, frustrated. Somebody walked in and saw him and asked, "What’s the matter,
Our national pride is not always what it seems to be:
On the sixth day God turned to the Archangel Gabriel and said, “Today I am going to create a land called Canada. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It shall have tall majestic mountains full of mountain goats and eagles,
Contributed by Brent Zastrow on Mar 1, 2001
I remember reading about a guy who stopped in the grocery store on the way home from
work to pick up a couple of items for his wife. He wandered around aimlessly for a while
searching out the needed groceries. As is often the case in the grocery store, he kept
passing this same shopper in
Contributed by Andrew Schroer on Mar 12, 2001
We live in a very stress-filled world. In fact, experts say that 43% – almost half of all adults – suffer adverse health affects due to stress. One million workers here in the United States are
Contributed by Rob Short on Mar 18, 2001
I recently heard the story of a man named Jim Stovall, who
became totally blind at age 29. While he still had partial vision, he
volunteered at a school for the blind. He was assigned to help a
4-year-old boy, who was blind and severely handicapped. Stovall
spent considerable time trying to
Contributed by Jeeva Sam on Mar 20, 2001
Lewis B. Smedes writes in his book: Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve:
"If we say that monsters [people who do terrible evil] are beyond forgiving, we give them a power they should never have...they are given the power to keep their evil alive in the hearts of those who
Contributed by Scott Weber on Mar 23, 2001
I saw this in Reader’s Digest,
- On the last day of school, children were bringing gifts to their teacher. The florist’s son brought the teacher a bouquet. The candy store owner’s son brought the teacher a pretty box of candy. Then the liquor store owner’s son brought a big, heavy box. The