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Sleeping Through A Revolution -- Acts 20:9-12 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It was startling news to Rip Van Winkle to find out he was awakening to a new era in American life.
The Friendship Bridge -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
What a blessing a bridge can be!
You Are Not Home, Yet -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Samuel Morrison, a missionary who served twenty years in Africa, was retiring and on his way home.
The Man In An Old Corduroy Coat -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The telephone rang in a noted surgeon's home on the outskirts of a large city.
Gold For The King -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
When the wise men came from the East to see Jesus (Matthew 2:1), they brought lavish gifts for the n
From War To Peace -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
We go to a concert hall and listen to the sounds of different musical instruments as they tune up fo
See Bits Of Humor -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
We have liked the words of homespun philosophy given us by a Hoosier friend years ago.
We Thought We Heard The Angels Sing -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
One of the miracle stories of World War II involved seven servicemen whose Flying Fortress plane wen
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It was just before World War II. Dusk had fallen, and Christmas Eve begun.
Hymns And Gospel Songs -- Colossians 3:16 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
There is a striking difference between the stately hymns of the church used in the past hundreds of
The Christ Of The Indian Road -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
He had labored for eight years and felt like a failure.
Who Was Lost? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
In the Bible story of Jesus at the age of twelve, several unusual things happened.
The Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail -- Matthew 16:18 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It was recognition time for visitors at a service club dinner when the president of the club tried s
Music And Warfare -- 1 Chronicles 20:21-29 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Why do we have Army, Navy, and Air Force bands at our military establishments, other than for public
If Only A Picture Of Jesus Can Do That! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A Christian youth and three non-Christian friends were walking on Charles Street in Baltimore, Maryl
It's A Myth! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A prominent citizen of a central Ohio community retired, and then spent a year visiting homes of cit
From Pop Cans To Countryside YMCA -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Ralph J.
Balaam And His Talking Donkey -- Numbers 22:20-35 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
This story, in the midst of some rather dull reading in the Book of Numbers (Chapter 22:20-35), is a
By Faith Alone -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It is a striking fact that when Martin Luther stood before the Council of the Roman Catholic Church,
This Old House -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Not all Senior Citizens are pessimists.
He Got Our Men To Singing -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
In the 1970s a likeable person to know in Circleville, Ohio, was the chief radio announcer for WNRE,
Abe Lincoln's Serendipity -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
History records that before he was a lawyer, Abraham Lincoln was a general store keeper in Illinois.
That Remarkable Drinking Fountain -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
On a hot Summer day a minister paused in a town plaza to get a drink of water.
Lindy Did It! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
In May 1927, the primitive radios and the newspapers came alive with news that where others with mor
But Communism Failed ... -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
As the historic events took place, leading to World War II, serious questions were in the minds of t




Was It Luck Or Pluck? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Some years ago, a famous Canadian ice skater, Barbara Ann Scott, won the highest honor a skater can
Playing The Numbers -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A woman entered a guessing game at a store to win a new refrigerator.
The Eastern Gate -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
I will meet you in the morning,Just inside the Eastern Gate;
The Cleansing Fire -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
An impressive moment came, in the lives of many youth, on the night at church camp when they would g
Puppies Can Share, Too! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A doctor found a little dog with a broken leg by the roadside.
Ignition Blinds -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The fellow was a school dropout who worked as a mechanic in a garage.
A Pertinent Observation -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:Earth crammed with Heaven,
How A Child Thinks -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A little boy went with his mother to see the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
What A Dream! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Camp Wesley, located six miles north of Bellefontaine, Ohio, was originally the site of a government
Six Pieces Or Eight Pieces? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A guy was ordering a pizza by telephone, when the man on the phone asked: "How shall we cut the pizz
One-liners From Notable People -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
C1. "He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose." J
The Dog Knew Best -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A man who was an alcoholic had a dog which he loved very much.
Redemption -- A Drop Of Water -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Do you remember in your childhood looking up and trying to understand the clouds?
Is God Left-handed? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
"God is left-handed," the little child told her preacher.
Statue Honoring A Prison Convict -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Yes, it is in Crestline, California, and it is a composite figure with eyes of an Oriental, nose of
How Did The Apostles Of Jesus Die? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Matthew -- slain by the sword in a city of Ethiopia.
What If The Christian Faith Was Gone? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
There is a vital principle presented to us in a book by Henry Rogers; years ago he wrote The Ecli
Super Religious -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The story is being told that Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, and Bob Schuller were to be received into h
Town Called Knockemstiff -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Yes, it's a little town in the southwestern part of Ross County, Ohio.
The First Sunday School -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Robert Raikes was no fatalist.
Ring Those Bells! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
It was springtime in 1799, when Napoleon laid siege on the city of Feldkirk, Austria.
A Forrest Gump Story -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Saint Peter saw Forrest Gump, a familiar name in the movies, at the entrance to Heaven.
A True Christian -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
In the Armenian-Turkish War in Europe early in the twentieth century, an Armenian nurse discovered o
Accountability -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
"What kind of a place would this place be,If everyone in it were just like me?"
What One Man Can Do -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The Roman Catholic monk, Polemicus, dared to oppose gladiatorial death in the Coliseum of Rome.
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