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The Light Of The World -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
While on a tour of Westminster Abbey in London, England, I turned a corner of a sun-lighted hallway,
The Drunkard And Easter -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
The phone call between Easter Sunrise Service and the regular Sunday morning service was from the po
The Love Point Ferry -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
It was a trip never to be forgotten.
Why Should I Worship A Dead Jew? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2000
A young Jewish man started attending some evangelistic services held by the Reverend Alfred Henry Ac




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 Politicians' Prayer -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Two politicians were arguing about something when the first one said: "I'll bet you $5 that you can'
Contrasts In Character -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Notice the sociological study of two families:I. The Jonathan Edwards family:
Music, Off Key -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
One Sunday morning, at a neighborhood church, the choir was singing way off key.
Who Is The Architect? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The day after a fire had destroyed a wing of the British House of Commons, many letters poured into
Selah -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Question: In the book of Psalms in the Bible, what does the word Selah mean?
The Love Of Christ -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A Roman Catholic saint once said, the love of Christ is:
An Expression Of Love -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
An American journalist during World War II watched a Roman Catholic sister, who was a nurse, cleanse
It's A Serendipity -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Taken from the old Arabian fable, "The Princes of Serendip," we get the word "serendipity."Haven't y
The Preacher's Parrot -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A lady bought a parrot from a retired sailor. It had one bad habit: it used swear words sometimes.
Cry, The Beloved Country -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Alan Paton's book, Cry, The Beloved Country, suggests a valid answer to racism.
My Precinct -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
When they were giving out flu shots one year, a poor lady had tried to get hers at the Red Cross bui
Who Made God? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Children often ask profound questions over which we all stumble.
Some Good Things Take Time -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
About the middle of the nineteenth century, a noted English traveler, Lord Sandys, was served a fine
The Mayo Clinic -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The world famous Mayo Clinic had a religious origin. In 1883, Dr. William W.
An Investment In Eternity -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Herbert Hoover was a poor boy working his way through Stanford University in California.
Jesus' First Miracle -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A converted alcoholic was asked if he believed the Bible story of how Jesus changed water into wine.
Keokuk's Answer -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
At Keokuk, Iowa, we walked out on a high earthen dam, bolstered by concrete.
The Smart Old Indian Chief -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Some curious tourists stopped along an Arizona road where they saw an old Indian chief sitting in fr
Education And The Ends -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Education in life deals with ends:
Needs And Wants -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
After I had preached a sermon on the difference between "needs and wants," on our way home from chur
Who Really Pays The Tax? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
One excuse for the sale of alcoholic beverages is that those who produce the drinks pay taxes.
Stab Us Awake -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Robert Louis Stevenson, a sufferer himself, wrote:If I have faltered more or less
The Miracle Of Ice -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A Mrs.
Beginning Again -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The poet Louise Tarkington once wrote:I wish there were some wonderful place
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