Stories

He Didn’t Think it Would Work. . .

February 13, 2019

Rev. Brian Haggerty at The Rock Church in Bangor, Maine, included the following story in a recent message. I knew you’d want to hear it. “I want to share a story with you about my Dad. “My Dad was a hard-nosed, hard-working, blue-collared man. He had grown up in the Salvation Army with a godly mother and a lukewarm Christian father. “In all his life, until he started taking his family to the Christian &…

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On God’s Team–Patti’s Story

February 6, 2019

There were many times when, if it weren’t for my faith in God, I would have never made it through my shift as a cardiac care nurse. In my specialty, I cared for a lot of people whose lives teetered between life and death. Everything in me wanted them to live, but there was only so much we could do. From the beginning, however, the one thing I could do was pray, and I’d do…

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“T-O-C”

February 4, 2019

The following story comes under the heading, “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” (James 1:17). I believe that. In most of these stories, people know and can see where God is working. Sometimes, however, people don’t. But he’s there; he’s working; and his love is evident, even if his identity is not. The following story describes a simple act of thoughtfulness and its powerful results. An idea came into Caitlin’s mind, and she…

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The Power of a Wife’s Love

January 5, 2019

Folks–I won’t often be stealing stories from other publications, but this one was too good to pass up. I first heard the source about twenty years ago, and have remembered it ever since. Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, describes it as “One of the most dramatic messages I’ve ever heard.” You’ll find the condensed 22-minute radio program at https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/family-talk/listen/dr-ev-hill-on-the-death-of-his-wife-228862.html   You’ll have to agree to follow Focus on the Family and signup/in,…

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Mr. “Hard Core”

January 1, 2019

This story was related to me by Russ Venker during my 1997 tour of ski areas out west. Besides having a ministry to the community of June Lake, California, in which he makes good use of his counseling skills, Russ started a ministry at nearby June Mountain that soon saw him in great demand. Besides his community activities, which are many, he now leads the Mountain Learning Center, which specializes in retreat programs for clergy…

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Ron–From Pain and Pride to the Promise

December 25, 2018

I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was twenty-two. That, however, was neither the beginning nor the end of my struggles. My early life was troubled, not from abuse, or neglect, but from my own bad decisions. I was the oldest of three children, and while I was fortunate to be raised in a stable, two-parent home, the difference in my sibling’s ages—I was five years older than one sister and eleven years older…

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Jim–An Invitation Can Change Everything

December 16, 2018

When you think back over your life, think about some of the invitations you’ve received. Invitations can change the course of our lives, and if you don’t believe me, let me tell you about an invitation I received in college—an invitation that changed my life forever. I didn’t know it at the moment, but in looking back, it’s as clear as day. I was in my first year of college. I never have been much…

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Paul–from Abuse to Freedom

December 8, 2018

Hi Everyone! This year I turn forty-nine. I became a Christian nine years ago, and my goal was to be baptized before turning fifty. Since most people do this immediately after their conversions, why the wait? Along with people’s baptisms are stories of their conversion and what brought them to Christ, stories that can become quite personal and often times filled with things the person would like to forget. Mine is like that. I’m a…

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Shannon–from Jail to Jesus

September 19, 2018

Monday night men’s group. Fourteen of us sitting on wire chairs moved from the nearby umbrella-covered glass-top outdoor tables of the local motel where we were meeting. We’ve been meeting outdoors for several weeks with no problems from mother nature. Shannon, a stout 40-yr old man about 5’8″ with thinning black hair tall was telling us about the operation just went through. He had a  defibrillator installed in his chest (similar to a pacemaker) to…

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