Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2005
For 51 years Bob Edens was blind. He couldn’t see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells. He felt his way through five decades of darkness. And then, he could see. A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it
Contributed by Rob Willis on Jan 30, 2006
On January 29, 2003, Athina Roussel became the richest teenager on the planet, inheriting a fortune estimated at that time to be between $800 million to $1 billion, and it all came from her grandfather, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis through her mother. In 1988, when Athina was 3, her
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 8, 2006
"When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Mar 19, 2006
A young preacher-to-be, having passed his doctrinal examinations, faced his trial sermon. In a cavernous auditorium sat three ministers and 75 others who came to listen. When he stepped into the pulpit, the vast room and the searching, critical eyes caused him to falter. Two weeks later his name
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Mar 20, 2006
In 1858 the Illinois legislature sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate instead of Abraham Lincoln, although Lincoln had won the popular vote. (In those days the Illinois legislature elected its federal senators and not the voters.) The future president was stunned by the outcome but took it
Is it really possible to be in love with God? Gloria Gather answers this question for us by noting:
His Love ... Reaching
Right from the beginning God's love has reached, and from the beginning man has refused to understand. But love went on reaching, offering itself.
Love offered the
Alan was a pretty normal boy from a medium-sized town. And he loved his dog. Alan had been after his parents for a dog since he was five, and on his ninth birthday they finally granted his wish. He named the dog “Rover” because he’d always thought that was about the best name a dog could have.
Ortberg notes this about the inability to love:
1. The most serious sign of hurry sickness is a diminished capacity to love. Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible. Love always takes time, and time is one thing hurried people don’t have (87).
2. The truth is look around at our society
Contributed by Steve Malone on Mar 29, 2004
O eternal, infinite God! O mad lover! And you have need of your creature? Is seems so to me, for you act as if you could not live without her, in spite of the fact that you are life itself. And everything has life from you and nothing can have life without you. Why then are you so mad? Because
Contributed by Robert Leroe on Mar 29, 2004
On Sunday, August 16,1987, Northwest Airlines flight 225 crashed just after taking off from the Detroit airport. 155 people were killed. One survived: a 4-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, named Cecelia. News accounts say when rescuers found Cecelia they assumed she had been a passenger in one of the
Contributed by Kim Huffman on Mar 31, 2004
From Daily Encounter comes this story by a Chaplain Robinson: “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 his reunion with his family was soon overshadowed by my grandmother’s illness.
Contributed by Evie Megginson on Apr 6, 2004
William Frey, retired Episcopal bishop from Colorado, told the following story: When I was a younger man, I volunteered to read to a degree student named John who was blind. One day I asked him, "How did you lose your sight?"
"A chemical explosion," John said, "at the age of thirteen." "How did
One day a little girl went shopping with her mother. Her Daddy had given her a couple of dollars to but whatever she wanted and she chose a shiny necklace with shiny beads that looked like pearls.
The little girl put on her pearls and wouldn’t take them off. She slept, bathed etc.
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on May 23, 2004
I recently read an article by Jill Carattini where she told this story: “A nurse named Melanie was on her way to work when something in the trash bin caught her eye. She was immediately taken with the possibilities in the discarded treasure. It was a cello, slightly cracked in several places, but
Contributed by David Hill on Jul 8, 2004
There is nothing like a father’s blessing and love. One day I was at work when out of nowhere my father pulled up to the job in a brand new candy apple red truck. It was the bomb. He got out and said nothing. Of course I’m thinking to myself he bought a new truck. As he started to leave, he got
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 11, 2005
Just prior to the 2002 Olympics I was asked by Arturo Kinch of Costa Rica to coach him in Cross Country skiing. This wasn’t Arturo’s first Olympics or ski experience. In fact I realized that this former missionary kid, who hadn’t even seen snow until he was 19, was somewhat of a folk hero in
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Aug 6, 2004
How can one not acknowledge the God who created the vastness of space and all of its marvelous wonders? Space is so vast that astronomers “…had to devise special units to keep their figures manageable. Their basic unit of distance is the light-year—the distance light travels in 1 year, or about
Contributed by Brad Bailey on Aug 6, 2004
As C.S. Lewis describes…
“Men are reluctant to pass over from the notion of an abstract and negative deity to the living God. It is always shocking to meet life where we thought we were alone. “Look out!” we cry, “it’s alive.” And therefore this is the very point at which so many draw back…I