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Brian Mavis avatar
Our House Was Directly Across The Street From The ...
Shared By: Brian Mavis on Oct 30, 2000
Summary: Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of John Hopkins in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the clinic. One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the doo...
Category: Stories
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Shared By: Brian Mavis on Oct 30, 2000
Summary: Mother Teresea “We have drugs for people with diseases like leprosy. But these drugs do not treat the main problem, the disease of being unwanted. That’s what my sisters hope to provide. The sick and poor suffer even more from rejection than materi...
Category: Quotes
based on 55 ratings
Scripture: none
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You Have Probably Never Heard Of The Island Of ...
Shared By: Damien Spikereit on Dec 7, 2000
Summary: - You have probably never heard of the island of Molokai. Well, it’s located in the state of Hawaii. And it has quite a history. You have to go way back to the late 1800’s to understand its significance. You see, back then, there was no cure for...
Category: Stories
based on 114 ratings
Scripture: John 1:14
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There's A Verse Of A Poem That's Stayed In My ...
Shared By: Owen Bourgaize on Oct 18, 2000
Summary: There’s a verse of a poem that’s stayed in my memory for years - "O God, that bread should be so dear, and flesh and blood should be so cheap." ... John Wesley used to say that if we felt for people in need we ought to feel in our pockets!
Category: Quotes
based on 100 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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The Following Illustrates That Point. "in A ...
Shared By: Tim Zingale on Jan 1, 2001
Summary: The following illustrates that point. "In a stately church a noticeably untidy man visited the church for the first time. He was met by one of the smartly-dressed ushers who immediately ushered him to a back pew so that his unkept appearance and f...
Category: Stories
based on 140 ratings
Denomination: Lutheran
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I Read The Story Of Two Friends In World War I ...
Shared By: Doug Lyon on Jan 12, 2001
Summary: I read the story of two friends in World War I who were inseparable. They had enlisted together, trained together, were shipped overseas together, and fought side-by-side in the trenches. During an attack, one of the men was critically wounded in ...
Category: Stories
based on 277 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Scripture: none
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There Was A Young Boy Living In Paris At The End ...
Shared By: Kyle Meador on Jan 15, 2001
Summary: There was a young boy living in Paris at the end of the World War II. He had been orphaned by the atrocities committed within his city by the occupying German forces. He scrounged around the ruined city as best as he could to find food, clothes and ...
Category: Stories
based on 121 ratings
Scripture: none
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Not What, But Whom, I Do Believe, That, In My ...
Shared By: Gregory Dawson on Jan 15, 2001
Summary: Not what, but Whom, I do believe, That, in my darkest hour of need, Hath comfort that no mortal creed to mortal man may give; Not what, but Whom! For Christ is more than all ...
Category: Quotes
based on 108 ratings
Denomination: Congregational
Scripture: none
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Army Chaplain Had A Sign On His Door That Said, ...
Shared By: Rich Young on Jan 18, 2001
Summary: Army Chaplain had a sign on his door that said, “If you have troubles, come in & tell me all about them. If you don’t have troubles, come in & tell me how you do it.”
Category: Humor
based on 113 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Scripture: John 16:33
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Follow The Example Of Deanna Shrodes, The Choir ...
Shared By: James Wilson on Nov 23, 2000
Summary: Follow the example of Deanna Shrodes, the choir director of the North Carroll Assembly of God in Manchester, MD who takes her choir to bars and prisons. Why? According to Deanna, they go to places "where we were guaranteed to find hurting people...
Category: Stories
based on 82 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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Prayer of St. Theresa
Shared By: Gregory Dawson on Jan 20, 2001
Summary: Prayer of ST. Theresa "Christ has no body now but yours No hands, no feet on earth but yours Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good Yours are the hands wi...
Category: Quotes
based on 174 ratings
Denomination: Congregational
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27
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Nate Saint And Fellow Missionaries Jim Elliot, Ed ...
Shared By: Mark Haines on Jan 20, 2001
Summary: Nate Saint and fellow missionaries Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Roger Youderian had set up camp on a little sandbar in hopes of making contact with the primitive Aucas, known for their fierce infighting and hatred of outsiders. The five...
Category: Stories
based on 77 ratings
Denomination: Wesleyan
Scripture: none
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After The Green Bay Packers Won The Super Bowl A ...
Shared By: James Wilson on Nov 27, 2000
Summary: After the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl a few years ago, Gilbert Brown was a hot commodity. Jacksonville offered him an extra million dollars to put his 325 pound body into their uniform, but Brown decided to stay in Green Bay. Why would ...
Category: Stories
based on 110 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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There Is Nothing That Makes Us Love A ...
Shared By: David DeWitt on Jan 8, 2001
Summary: “There is nothing that makes us love a person so much as prayer for them.” – Wm. Law
Category: Quotes
based on 122 ratings
Denomination: Wesleyan
Scripture: none
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A First Grader Went On Her First Day To A Newly ...
Shared By: Jeffrey Stewart on Oct 21, 2000
Summary: A first grader went on her first day to a newly integrated school at the height of the segregation storm. An anxious mother met her at the door to inquire, "How did everything go, honey?" "Oh, Mother! You know what? A little black girl sat next to ...
Category: Stories
based on 176 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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What Does Hope Do for Mankind?
Shared By: David DeWitt on Dec 15, 2000
Summary: What Does Hope Do For Mankind? Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope motivates when discouragement comes. Hope energizes when the body is tired. Hope sweetens while bitterness bites. Hope sings when all melodies are gone. Hope b...
Category: Quotes
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Ridgecrest Is A Large Baptist-run Assembly ...
Shared By: Joseph Smith on Oct 24, 2000
Summary: Ridgecrest is a large Baptist-run assembly ground, nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. All summer long, every year, thousands of Christians come to Ridgecrest for training, inspiration, Bible study, and challenge. A few years ag...
Category: Stories
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An Ancient Legend Told About A Monk Who Found A ...
Shared By: Victor Yap on Jan 25, 2001
Summary: An ancient legend told about a monk who found a precious stone, a precious jewel, in fact, and then quietly kept it in his bag. A short time later, however, he met a traveler, who said he was hungry and asked the monk if he would share some of the p...
Category: Stories
based on 90 ratings
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Scripture: none
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Richard Foster Has Said That “the ...
Shared By: Brian Mavis on Oct 30, 2000
Summary: Richard Foster has said that “The Disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our relationships with our husband or wife, our brothers and sisters, our friends and neighbors” (Celebration of Discipline, 1).
Category: Quotes
based on 38 ratings
Scripture: Romans 13:1-14
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The Year Was 1772, And A Baptist Preacher Serving ...
Shared By: Mark Hensley on Jan 26, 2001
Summary: The year was 1772, and a Baptist preacher serving a small country church was called to pastor a large, more prestigious church in London, England. As the story goes, John Fawcett delivered his farewell sermon and packed up his family’s earthly...
Category: Stories
based on 99 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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A Little Girl’s Prayer: A Little Girl Was ...
Shared By: Brian McCutchen on Jan 26, 2001
Summary: A little girl’s Prayer: A little girl was being punished by eating alone in the corner of the dining room. The family paid no attention to her until they heard her pray: “I thank Thee, Lord, for preparing a table before me in the pres...
Category: Humor
Listen To This True Story. Rabbi Michael ...
Shared By: MELVIN NEWLAND on Jan 28, 2001
Summary: ILL. Listen to this true story. Rabbi Michael Weisser lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. And for more than 3 years, Larry Trapp, a self-proclaimed Nazi & Ku Klux Klansman, directed a torrent of hate-filled mailings & phone calls toward him. Trapp pr...
Category: Stories
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In The Fall Of The Year, Linda, A Young Woman, ...
Shared By: Jamie Moore on Oct 31, 2000
Summary: In the fall of the year, Linda, a young woman, was traveling alone up the rutted and rugged highway from Alberta to the Yukon. Linda didn’t know you don’t travel to Whitehorse alone in a rundown Honda Civic, so she set off where only fou...
Category: Stories
based on 191 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
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Marquis De Lafayette Was A French General And ...
Shared By: Damien Spikereit on Nov 3, 2000
Summary: - Marquis de Lafayette was a French general and politician who helped George Washington in the American Revolution. After the war was over, he returned to France and resumed his life as a farmer of many estates. In 1783, the harvest was a terribl...
Category: Stories
based on 121 ratings
Scripture: John 4:35-42
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A True Friend
Shared By: Germain Moreno on Nov 3, 2000
Summary: There is a phrase of a poem that says: “A true friend is he who listens to your deepest sorrows. A true friend is like toothpaste, when it is put under pressure, it appears!”
Category: Quotes
based on 144 ratings
Scripture: none
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Victor Frankl, The Jewish Psychologist Who Spent ...
Shared By: SermonCentral Staff on Jan 31, 2001
Summary: Victor Frankl, the Jewish psychologist who spent time in a Nazi concentration camp in Germany wrote, "They striped me naked. They took everything -- my wedding ring, watch. I stood there naked and all of a sudden realized at that moment that altho...
Category: Quotes
based on 151 ratings
Denomination: *other
Scripture: none
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Mother Teresa Once Said And I Quote “the ...
Shared By: Francis Neil Jalando-on on Nov 3, 2000
Summary: Mother Teresa once said and I quote “the poorest of the poor are those who feel that they are unloved.”
Category: Quotes
based on 92 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Scripture: none
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This Last Week I Was Thinking About This ...
Shared By: Timothy Peck on Feb 1, 2001
Summary: This last week I was thinking about this priority of love and I saw an incredible example of it on Dateline NBC. It seems that two members of the same church participated in a 40 day prayer and fasting time to seek God’s will for their lives. ...
Category: Stories
based on 127 ratings
Scripture: John 12:20-50
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Katie Fisher, 17, Entered The Madison County ...
Shared By: David DeWitt on Feb 4, 2001
Summary: Katie Fisher, 17, entered the Madison County Ohio Junior Livestock Sale hoping the lamb she had for sale would get a good price. For months Katie had been battling cancer. She had endured hospital stays and been through chemotherapy a number of time...
Category: Stories
based on 108 ratings
Denomination: Wesleyan
Scripture: Genesis 49:22-24
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I Am Told That When President Bush Was Governor ...
Shared By: Rick Stacy on Feb 5, 2001
Summary: I am told that when President Bush was governor of Texas he had to deal with a lot of conflict. According to the sources I heard on the news one night in December (I tried to check this our with different sources and was unable to confirm it.) He c...
Category: Stories