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The Great Stone Face -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A boy named Ernest, who grew up within sight of this famous mountain near Franconia Notch, New Hamps
But If Not! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
One of the striking stories in the Book of Daniel (Chapter 3:18) tells of three Hebrew men being cas
The Backhoe Operator -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
You may have seen a backhoe in operation.
Crackers And Cheese -- Psalm 103:2-5 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
An old story often told but without much application was the one about a poor immigrant coming to Am
The Rocks Cry Out -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
When early archeological explorations began a century ago in the Holy Land, there was some apprehens
It Takes Courage To Excel -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
On the wall of a gymnasium at Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, you may see this unusual sentenc
Dustpan -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
In Africa, in a missionary's house, a native boy was helping clean the floors of dust and dirt.
Who Was Mad Rhoda? -- Acts 12:13 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The Bible story begins with Simon Peter in prison for his preaching Christ, and some Christians gath
The Charred Cross Of Coventry -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
One of the most bombed cities of England during World War II was Coventry.
So Help Me God -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
George Washington, America's first president, has been called by various descriptions, like "The Fat
The Cross In A Man's Pocket -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
When Don Rummel opened his welding and repair shop in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in the 1960s, God led him to
The Towel Company -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
In Neil B.
Take Me To The Cross, And I Can Find My Way Home -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A little boy stood crying at a busy street intersection.
Children Playing "Automobile" -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Before television, when children had to be creative in their play, some children decided to play "au
Can The Master Use Your Instrument? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The young organist in a European city church became aware that there was a visitor in the church san
Did Hell Freeze Over? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A popular announcer told the story on a radio broadcast about a little girl who told her parents she
Give Me This Mountain -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Only two men, over twenty years of age, outlived the long forty years of the Israelites wandering in
He Got His Hat Back -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A pastor decided to go on a vacation on short notice.
I'd Rather Have Jesus Than Silver Or Gold -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
In the years of the Great Depression in America, the 1930s, a popular network radio program was "Hym
Throw An Old Ram Over The Fence! -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Years ago a kindly old Scottish Presbyterian minister, who was remembered only as "Dr.
I've Got A Glory -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Archbald MacLeish, a noted traveler and author in years past, liked to tell this story:
That Sinking Feeling -- 1 Corinthians 10:12 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
At dusk, a delivery truck driver was on a lonely road in Eastern Indiana when it appeared to him tha
Small Things Are Important -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
On a wintry day we stopped at Ash Cave State Park in Hocking County, Ohio, to see an annual ice form
Ode To Joy -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the truly great musicians of all time.
Take My Silver And My Gold -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
She really meant it!




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?"
In The Presence Of God -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
It was reported that the great concert pianist Paderewski never went before an audience until he had
Christmas For A College Girl -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Colleen, the college girl, had come home for the Christmas holiday.
Church Attendance 2 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
We disagree with the news media on where most people attend events on Sunday.
An Act Of Kindness -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
When Bob Howard was the Sheriff of Darke County, Ohio, he and his wife had an interesting custom.
Like Swell-heads -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Two purebred dogs were walking daintily down the street. They met a big alley dog.
The Doctor's Fee -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A man carried his dog into the vet's office, and after an examination the doctor told him the dog wa
Say, "Who Do You Love?" -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The Youth Fellowship of the Epworth United Methodist Church of Lima, Ohio, used to have an interesti
Where Is Your Goal? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
In the Arabian Nights collection of stories, there is this one:
Into Eternity -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
While touring Europe, you may visit the Cathedral in Milan, Italy.
The Inspired Holy Bible -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
1.It is not the concepts of just one man or group.
Colorful Pottery And Adversity -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
God permits adversity, just like an earthly father may permit his child to fall and get hurt, in beg
An Ecumenical Leg -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
There's a wonderful story about a doctor who had among his patients an elderly Roman Catholic lady w
Most Madly In Love? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
It was reported that a famous football star, class of 2002, had fallen in love with a beautiful girl
The Hereafter -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
An elderly lady confided in her pastor that lately she was bothered by the "hereafter."
Second Springs -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
In the 1930s, I lived in Sugar Grove, Fairfield County, Ohio.
Do You Need It? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Sign in a Vermont country store:"If we haven't got it, you don't need it!"
Is The Bible A Bank? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Is the Bible a bank at your house?
Is This True Americanism? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Among the various things that have happened in the elapsed time since September 11, 2001, there has
The International Garden Of Peace -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
In almost the exact center of North America, on the border of Canada and the United States, at the j
Conscience -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
In the hallway of Eastern College, St.
An Endless Line Of Splendor -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Vachel Lindsay wrote:An endless line of splendor
Mother's Driving -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A school teacher was discussing highway safety and advised the children that once they started cross
The Meaning Of Amen -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
During a children's sermon, Rev.
Seed Investments -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
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