Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Dec 15, 2016
THE ORPHAN TRAIN
In the history of the westward migration in the United States, part of the story has been largely passed over. From 1850 to 1930, tens of thousands of those who populated the west were orphans--children from eastern cities who were without parents because of disease or the
Contributed by Greg Buchner on Mar 28, 2005
It reminds me of a poem sent me over five years ago. Written by a poet named Joann VanDomelen, etntitled "Birth to Rebirth"...
This is a story about a boy
who was born on Christmas Day,
A story of love, pain, sacrifice
and what he gave away.
As a child he laughed, he played,
As all we
Contributed by Sean Harder on Jun 25, 2009
I want to show you another subtle lie that I was held captive by in my teens. It is the doctrine of suffering from Buddhism, one of the three biggest religions in the world. It says that life is permeated with suffering caused by desire, that suffering ceases when desire ceases, (sounds pretty good
Hope is faith in the immutable promise that miracles prevail when the darkness tries to win-out with cries of despair. Hope is a gift from God that helps us yearn, and live a life that believes and moves with the pledge of a better tomorrow. And what’s more, hope springs-forth
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
A recent headline in the Sacramento Bee read: “Ignorance of the Good Book Reaches Biblical Proportions.” You can say that pun again The other day I read about a chain of supermarkets in the U.K. which decided to lecture shoppers about Easter. In a press release sent to the London Times they said,
Contributed by Peter Loughman on Oct 28, 2006
Story – Cross Country.
I ran was on the Cross Country team for a year
– but being a sprinter, I found it boring.
When we would have a meet, we would Line up and go when we heard the Gun.
Everyone would take off as fast as they could.
Being a sprinter in 10 yards I would have a comfortable
Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Sep 30, 2009
This morning when you came into the citadel you found the seats up against the wall, confusing, a bit of a nuisance? This was used to illustrate what life without God’s Grace is like, it is confusing, it’s not ordered, each of us as individual’s are lost and in turmoil, we do foolish things we are
Contributed by Andrew Chan on May 25, 2001
Peter McMartin, Van. Sun columnist, writing in yesterday’s paper said: Where is our sun? Where is the true warmth of our existence? Here he is asking essentially where can joy be found. His answer is family: “I will eat Christmas dinner with my wife and children – who are the suns of my existence –
Contributed by Chad Wright on Mar 30, 2004
In Eastern lands, people used public baths and got dressed again; as they walked in the dusty streets, their feet became dirty. On arriving home, they did not need another bath; they needed only to wash their feet. When the Jewish priests were ordained, they were washed all over (Ex. 29:4), which
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
Contributed by Paul Dietz on Aug 16, 2008
In a world filled with sweet scents and blue sky,
Lives the gentle, uplifting butterfly,
Whose metamorphosis has this truth to teach:
Our aspirations are within our reach.
For this fluttering flyer of soaring worth
Was at one time a creature that crawled the earth.
Contributed by Chris Surber on May 29, 2009
A couple of weeks of ago I was playing with a friend’s dog who loves to chase a tennis ball; well Jake will chase most any ball if you throw it for him in fact!
After I had thrown the ball for him a couple of times I took the ball, gave it a good wind up, and threw it hard, though I never let go
Contributed by Michael Walther on May 18, 2011
THE BORN-AGAIN VASE
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to tour the Villeroy and Boch porcelain factory in Torgau, Germany. Porcelain is one of the most beautiful and enduring things that human beings can make. Even today much of what we know about ancient cultures comes from what they
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 10, 2002
BASICS OF SIKH FAITH
There are currently about 18 million who practice the Sikh Faith.
The Founder, Guru Nanak (1469-1539 C.E.) was the first of Sikhism’s 10 Gurus, a lineage of holy teachers that continued until the end of the 17th century. The Gurus are understood to be the mediators of
Contributed by Paul Kallan on Nov 18, 2002
I would like to bring in here the story of the film “Chocolate” directed by Lasse Hallström [Heinrich Jacob, Der Prediger und Katechet, 6/2002. pages. 849-851]. A small, sleepy, and quiet french city. The inhabitants are lower-middle class, strictly moralistic, tied to tradtion, scrupulous and
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 13, 2003
THE SUFFERING OF "EL SANTO"
Sister Yolanda Tarango discovered "El Santo" one day when as a small girl she was sent to the family shed to finish throwing her pity party. She noticed a strange parcel in the corner, covered with a heavy cloth. Peering under the cover, she was shocked to find
Contributed by Michael Grant on Sep 3, 2016
What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 10, 2002
A SUMMARY OF WHAT MOST HINDUS BELIEVE
In the ?80s and early ?90s we [The Hindu Himalayan Academy] crafted a simple summary of Hindu belief and distributed hundreds of thousands of pamphlets around the world sharing these. They were printed side-by-side with their Christian counterparts in
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 18, 2010
THE FALSITIES OF MORMON AUTHOR BETTY EADIE
The idea of hell and judgment are nowhere to be found in Betty Eadie’s bestseller, Embraced By The Light, on the N.Y. Times bestseller list for more than 40 weeks, including 5 weeks as #1.
In November 1973 Eadie allegedly died after undergoing a
Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Dec 29, 2016
The opening lines of a poem by Louisa Fletcher express this plaintive wish:
I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the "Land of Beginning Again,"
Where all our mistakes, and all our heartaches,
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped like a shabby