Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 2, 2014
When I was young I lived about a half hour from Defiance, Ohio. General Anthony Wayne built Fort Defiance in August 1794. He surveyed the land & declared to General Scott, "I defy the English, Indians, & all the devils of hell to take it." I defy anyone and all the devils of hell
Contributed by Jeff Strite on Nov 11, 2012
Back in 1988, a Polish railway worker named Jan Grzebski was hit by a train. He lived ... but only barely. For the next 19 years (until the year 2007), Grzebski was in a coma.
He awoke in 2007 to a whole new world. Nineteen years earlier, Poland was a communist state. Grzebski
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 16, 2004
Boyce Mouton wrote this story when he ministered in California many years ago:
“In 1954, a young missionary recruit to Alaska was stricken with a paralytic disease which left her bedfast for the last 10 years of her life. Her name was Marie Napier.
The first time I
Contributed by Steve Miller on Jan 25, 2005
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 16, 2001
Chuck Swindoll writes: "I recall, as a little barefoot boy with a cowlick of snow-white hair on my forehead, standing erect in my classroom and repeating the "Pledge of Allegiance" one Thanksgiving season. Our nation was at war and times were hard. My teacher had lost her husband on
Contributed by Johnny Creasong on Nov 21, 2006
Returning Thanks is a LEARNED Trait.
We are not born grateful creatures. Take a baby for just a little while and you’ll probably hold in your arms what could be best described as a schizophrenic! One minute cooing, the next crying; one minute silent, the next screaming; one minute friendly
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 11, 2002
THANKS FOR THE HELMET
Cecil Conrad was a farm boy, tired of waking up at the crack of dawn to clean up after cows. He lied about his age, joined the Army and helped free Asia from the Axis.
But it was in the next war, battling Communists in Korea, that Conrad might truly have regretted his
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 17, 2002
THANKFULNESS OR FORGETFULNESS
"History knows no disasters," said the Literary Digest (Sept. 1923), "which parallels the earthquake and fire that visited Japan this month and laid waste the capital city and the chief seaport."
The New York Tribune called this earthquake “undoubtedly the
Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Aug 11, 2008
A Thanks Offering
1 Chronicles 29:16, "O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you."
Christians are the temple that God cares about today, for 1 Corinthians 3:16 and
Contributed by Sean Harder on Dec 4, 2009
"Several churches in North Dakota were being served by a clever old preacher. The people were always amazed, for no matter what the circumstances, the preacher could always find something to give thanks for. As he made his rounds one cold December morning, he was late in getting
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 30, 2010
During the Christmas play, three six-year-old boys acted out the role of the wise men. As they presented their gifts at the nativity scene, each boy stepped forward and stated what they were offering to Christ.
The first held out his arms and said, "Gold." The second boy knelt
Matthew Henry, the famous Bible scholar, was once accosted by thieves and robbed of his billfold. He wrote these memorable words in his diary:
"Let me be thankful, first, because I have never been robbed before; second, although they took my billfold, they did not take my life; third,
Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Nov 23, 2011
LUCADO ON THANKFULNESS
Max Lucado tells about living as an American in Brazil. One day, as he was walking along the street on his way to the University to teach a class, he felt a tug on his pants leg. Turning around, he saw a little boy about 5 or 6 years old with dark beady eyes and a dirty
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 19, 2007
(Thanks to Dennis O’Gorman for this illustration). Ernie Smith was a bit odd, but he was a good man. For Ernie every day was Christmas. Each day he switched on his Christmas tree lights. His house was full of cards.
As he passed people in the street he would wish them a Happy Christmas! On
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 3, 2008
COMPLAINING IS REMEDIED BY THANKFULNESS
Turn back again to the book of Exodus—Exodus chapter 34. The cure for complaining is not found in changing our circumstances, but rather gaining a proper view of God.
· Do you really believe that God has your best interests at heart?
· Do you really
Contributed by Rex S. Wignall on Nov 28, 2002
The Gospel Perspective on Thanks
Because of the great sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross, Christians should have an additional, very personal perspective on thanks. Max Lucado shares this moving story of sacrifice to remind us what Jesus has done in giving His life for us:
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 20, 2003
A LEGAL PAD OF THANKS
Poet and writer Maya Angelou told in an interview about an experience she’d had in the early 1950s. She had returned to the United States from Europe, leaving behind a child. She said: "One day I was very frightened for my sanity.... So I went to my voice teacher and told
THANK YOU, DAD
Thank you Dad,
for giving us a very special gift.
Its the most important gift of all,
That only love can give.
You read us the Bible at bedtime
and taught us how to pray.
You made sure we made it to church every Sunday.
And even though
we acted like we didn’t hear a
Contributed by Sermon Central on Nov 16, 2004
A BRAZILIAN BOY SAYS THANKS
Max Lucado tells about living as an American in Brazil. One day, as he was walking along the street on his way to the University to teach a class, he felt a tug on his pants leg. Turning around, he saw a little boy about 5 or 6 years old with dark beady eyes and a