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Let's Roll! (No Greater Love Than This ...) -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The last words of Todd Beamer of Cranbury, New Jersey, from United Airlines flight 93 to his wife ma
On Playing Hookey -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A little boy was crying, and someone asked him what was the matter.
Food For Thought -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
There was a healthy controversy in England over a newspaper editorial that criticized a particular p
Finally, There Is Hope -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The phrase, "Hope springs eternal in the human breast," says a lot.
Humorous One-liners -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A1. Prejudice is being down on what you're not up on.
The Prince Of Peace 2 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
At the close of World War I, there was a meeting of world leaders to discuss the future.
Try, Try Again -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A child prayed: "O God, make me a good girl, and if at first you don't succeed, try, try, again."
A New Sunday School Building -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
At the ground-breaking ceremony for a new Sunday school building, children were also given the oppor
Like A Candle -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Continued worship of God can be like making a candle.
For A Dead Rabbit? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
It was the season of the year when snow melts and springtime rains had raised the nearby stream to f
Election Time -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
It was near election time when a pastor in Phoenix, Arizona, phoned the city's largest newspaper.
A Child's Prayer For A Bicycle -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The little boy was praying quite loudly: "Oh, God, I would like to have a new bicycle!"
The Print Of The Nails -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The blind hymn writer, Fannie Crosby, gave an answer to a critic on how a blind person could believe
What Happened To Noah's Ark? -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
There has been a lot of speculation for some time. Read on ...
More On "Accountability" -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Yehudi Menuhin, the famous concert violinist, was to perform in a New York concert hall.
For Thoughtful Worship -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
On the dossal cloth behind the central altar of the New Haven United Methodist Church in Indiana, ar
Entrance -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Bill Collins had a small, but thriving, general store in a city.
A Drink Of Water -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
Dr. E.
Cooties -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The college professor in an astronomy class liked to use objects we all know to illustrate his lesso
The Seed Store -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
A man once dreamed he had entered a different kind of store.
What Moses Said -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
This story came from a tour guide in Israel:
Most Unusual -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
The church is the only institution on earth that will let you in free, and then trust your honor to
Forgiveness -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
To return evil for good is devil-like,To return evil for evil is animal-like,
Eve And The Snake -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
In the story of Adam and Eve, Eve ate the wrong thing; she should have eaten the snake!
Great Windows One-liners -- Don R. Yocom -- 2004
B1. The best computer you'll ever know is the one between your ears.
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