Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jul 8, 2009
THE GIVING TREE
Once or twice in a lifetime you hear a story that leaves an indelible mark on your heart and mind. Such is Shel Silverstein’s story, "The Giving Tree."
"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." And so begins the story of a tree’s being happy because she is able to
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Aug 14, 2009
Some might ask, 'If God intended man to live on bread, why didn’t he create a bread tree?' And the answer, in effect, is that God could have created a tree that produced crusty loaves of bread, but he prefers to offer us a grain and invite us to buy a field and plant the seed. He
The Christmas tree:
It was on a Tree that God hung His greatest gift to humankind. The Christmas tree is symbolic of a broken curse, its evergreen branches representing everlasting life. Our exchange of gifts isn’t a surrender to commercialism, but
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Feb 23, 2010
THE TREE OF HIPPOCRATES
In the Greek Islands, one can seek out the home of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. In the area, one can also find an olive tree, supposedly dating from his time. If this is so, this tree would then be some 2400 years old.
The trunk of this tree is very
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 4, 2010
THE OLD TREE
There is an old proverb about the leader of a city who would take daily walks to gain peace of mind and inspiration from nature. One day, the burdens of his position had his mind more disturbed than normal, and the old man found himself walking much further than usual. Eventually he
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 5, 2011
In a cemetery in Hanover, Germany, is a grave on which were placed huge slabs of granite and marble cemented together and fastened with heavy steel clasps. It belongs to a woman who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. Yet strangely, she directed in her will that
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 19, 2011
I visited a blog that was selling some of these tree toppers and the variety astounded me:
Some were wintery decorations. Things like:
* Ginger bread men
* Spires that looked like the steeples of a Russian church buildings.
Then, there were some peculiar
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2012
THE BANYAN TREE
The Banyan is native to India, but they can be found in the United States and other parts of the world, especially Asia. It grows as a young tree and then, as it gets larger, the heavy limbs put forth roots which drop to the ground to form a secondary trunk to support the large
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 11, 2012
THE HERITAGE TREE
The Heritage Tree, Cape Perpetua, Central Oregon coast. This giant spruce is called The Heritage Tree because it stands almost 200 feet tall and because it started to grow as a seedling about the same time Martin Luther was pounding his theses on the church door at Wittenberg.
Contributed by Kelly Mitchell on Oct 3, 2012
The Tree of Hippocrates
On the island of Kos, the home of Hippocrates, the great physician from whom we get the “Hippocratic Oath”, there grows a tree that history says Hippocrates himself once gathered his students for class. Although the current tree is only about 500 years old, it is
Contributed by Ronnie Miller on Dec 9, 2014
Around 10 years ago I began to tell my Grandson Ryan, who then was 5 years old about how when I was his age we always had a cedar for a Christmas tree and how to this day the smell of a cedar tree reminded me of Christmas growing up as a child at home. So, we decided to go Christmas tree hunting
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 5, 2002
THE TROUBLE TREE
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a
rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his
electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I
drove him home, he sat in stony silence.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
The Japanese introduced a tree to the world that is called a Bonsai tree. It is measured in inches instead of feet as other trees are measured. It is not allowed to reach its full growth potential but instead grows in a stunted miniature form. The reason for it growing in stunted form is that when
The huge redwood trees in California are amazing.
• They are the largest living things on earth and the tallest trees in the world.
• Some of them are 100m high and more than 2,500 years old.
• You would think that trees that large would have a tremendous root system, reaching down deep into
Contributed by John Moyer on Dec 16, 2008
THE QUEEN'S CHRISTMAS TREE
Among the cards we've received over the years, some were those Guidepost Christmas cards with stories in them. This is one of those stories.
It was the first Saturday of the Advent season in Europe. The Queen’s royal woodsmen were searching the royal forest for
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 11, 2009
THE TALLEST TREE DRAWS THE FIRE
1991 U.S. Open – Hazeltine National Golf Course, just outside Minneapolis, MN. A peaceful, calm day.
Gray clouds rush swiftly overhead within minutes. Lightning is spotted; a golfer’s worst nightmare. Storm sirens soon blast as a fierce thunderstorm blows
DON'T TAPE THE TREES
I was talking to a man a few years back, and he told me how he used to have a farm and how he had tried to grow different things to make money. Well, one day he said he hired a young guy to mow his lawn ,but he explained to him that he had just planted about fifty Christmas
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 25, 2009
GENERAL LEE AND THE BITTERNESS TREE
In his book, Lee: The Last Years, Charles Bracelen Flood reports that after the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited a Kentucky lady, who took him to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. There she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Oct 20, 2005
It’s The Fruit and Not The Tree! (10.24.05--Making It!--Psalm 1:3)
Each year as the seasons change, so does the selection of fruit that is available at my local Piggly Wiggly. In early summer there are the tangy apricots and sweet plums along with nutty peaches and nectarines. As summer passes,
Contributed by Gregg Barbour on Feb 8, 2010
Spiritual Depth: Icebergs, Not Trees
For lots of people, when they think of depth-they think of a tree with deep roots. The thinking is that if a tree wants to be big and strong, then it has to grow its roots deep into the soil to support its weight. I did some research on tree roots, and it's