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Here I Am, Lord, Speak To Me -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
When God chooses to change the destiny of a nation he sometimes does it in a most unusual manner.
Chance Or Providence? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Mrs. Claude Douglas of Los Angeles, California, had been downtown and started for home.
T. L. C. (Tender Loving Care) -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
There came one night to a little hotel desk in a busy city, a middle aged couple.
Great Is Thy Faithfulness -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
This hymn is used widely in American churches.
The Laser Beam -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It is so fantastic what the laser beam has done for mankind.
God's Hitchhiker -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A woman had prayed for her uncommitted husband and believed that God would some day reach the man's
The Little Red Wagon Story -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and our entrance into World War II, the U.S.
Old Faithful -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The main attraction at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a geyser shooting hot steam in the ai
Daughter Of Independence -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Probably no other emblem has had a more profound effect upon the American people than the Statue of
Handicapped Charlie -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Our last dog was a Boston terrier named Charlie.
The Dead Sea Scrolls -- What If ...? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The discovery of these famous manuscripts is universally known.
Hurricane Andrew And Havoc -- Matthew 7:24-27, Numbers 32:23 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
When Hurricane Andrew came to Florida to wreak havoc on the residents and buildings, the people had
The Tidal Bore -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
At Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, one can witness this most unusual phenomenon: the tidal bore from
Use What You Have -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It is a striking fact that God has different ideas from us on how to accomplish a difficult task.
Now Consider Seeds 3,000 Years Old! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Scientists were given seeds discovered when tombs of ancient kings of Egypt were opened.
"God Owns My Business" -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
These words of Stanley Tam, Lima, Ohio, mystify some people.
Goodwill Industries -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Elmer E. Helmes had graduated from Boston University School of Theology in A.D.
The Compost Pile -- A Miracle -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
What about the compost pile in the backyard? It's almost a secret.
Something That Doesn't Like A Wall -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
An outstanding Christian layman, Branch Rickey, once owned a major league baseball team.
The First UFO -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Some people think that UFOs are twentieth century phenomena, possible aliens invading our planet.
But In Spite Of ... -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
What a drastic sign of racism and hatred has been the burning of Black churches, predominantly in th
Recycling The Universe -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The idea of recycling metal cans, plastic milk bottles, and newspapers has saved us all money and ha
Masada -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
King Herod I of Israel was a fearful man.
Streams In The Desert -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Not only did Isaiah give us a beautiful metaphor of how God's Kingdom can flourish in the desert pla
Where Do You Think You Are? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A well-known gangster burglar died and in the next world found things to be very pleasant.




The Fool Who Signed His Name -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Years ago, Reverend Henry Ward Beecher said he received a letter of criticism, and the last page had
That Bag Of Cookies -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The other day a businessman reported to an airport, purchased his ticket, and was checked through ca
Accountability -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
"What kind of a place would this place be,If everyone in it were just like me?"
Channel One -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Not being a television electronic designer, I do not know why all television sets begin with Channel
Is Punctuation Important? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
What did Shakespeare say?"Woman, without her man, is nothing!"
What's Missing? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The newspaper reported that a new post office was built in a certain town, and the day was set for i
About Fishing -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Sitting still and fishing makes no person great;
Another Mystery Story -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A night watchman heard that his boss was going away on a long trip.
The Four Levels Of Life -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
1.The level of instinct.2.The level of duty.
That Special Day -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
As a man was leaving for his office on a wintry day, his wife hinted, "Tomorrow is a special day, yo
How Did You Play The Game? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
When the last great Scorer comesTo write against your name;
Christmas Eve From Outer Space -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The astronauts on Apollo VIII were exploring outer space around the moon, but they were men w
It's Shortening -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A man who was not tall and muscular asked a friend what he could do to make himself taller and more
When Henry Ford Gave A Dime -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Years ago Martha Berry, founder of the Berry Schools in the mountains of Georgia, visited Henry Ford
A Real Pain -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A pastor asked a friend if he would be willing to substitute in the pulpit of his church on a certai
Romans 8:28 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
If there was ever a time when this Bible verse had tremendous significance, it has been during the t
The Good Neighbor -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Have you ever had a time in your life when you were totally helpless? It may happen suddenly.
The Cuckoo Clock -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A man stayed out so late one night that when he quietly came into the bedroom, the cuckoo clock stru
How To Handle Criticism -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Gary Moore, an early television personality, used to tell how he handled a letter of false criticism
Church Attendance -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Some go to church to take a walk,Some go to church to laugh and talk;
Lightning Bugs -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Some Boy Scouts were camping in a rather swampy area.
Where Is God? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Dr. E. Stanley Jones used to tell of a five-year-old child who was asked, "Where is God?"
America Is Great, If -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Alexis de Tocqueville, the French historian, after an exhausting study, once said:
Say It With Flowers -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Henry Penn, the man who coined the phrase, "Say it with flowers,"told Dr.
The Holy Bible And Pitcairn Island -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Do you remember the movie Mutiny on the Bounty?
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