Category Archives: Food For Thought

Short anecdotal articles to stimulate thought. May be quotes from others, or short stories with a theme.

Also Regions Beyond

At one interdenominational meeting, a minister from the same denomination as the speaker made the introduction. Eager to impress the audience with the speaker’s qualifications, he said, “Our speaker is known in the churches of our denomination throughout the world—and … Continue reading

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A Black Heart?

Sam Jones, the great white evangelist, on one occasion preached a sermon to an immense concourse of colored people. After he had finished, a stout old colored woman waddled up to him, seized his hand, and pumped it up and … Continue reading

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Buy a Gardenia, Feel Important

Eternity magazine once told of a sidewalk flower vendor who was doing very little business. Suddenly a happy thought struck him, and he put up this sign: “Buy a gardenia; it will make you feel important all day long!” Almost … Continue reading

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Black Swallower

Consider the small, blackish deep-sea fish popularly known as the “black swallower.” It sometimes swallows fish much larger than itself. Some have been caught distended with fish inside them two or three times their own size. Their stomach, mouth and … Continue reading

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Teeming Sea Life

The seas are home to teeming forms of abundant life, from microscopic floating plants to the largest mammal—the whale, which can weigh over one hundred tons. Among its dwellers are over 40,000 species of mollusks and over 20,000 kinds of … Continue reading

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No Partition Wall For Whitefield

*Pastor’s Note: When I was searching for illustrations for this Food For Thought, I came across this illustration concerning one of my favorite classic Preachers, George Whitefield. I had to add it here for the same principle abides in my … Continue reading

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Doing Something About It

Two strangers attended the same church for several Sundays. None spoke to them. One said, “I will give this church one more chance. If nobody speaks to me next Sunday, I’ll never go there again.” The other said, “I don’t … Continue reading

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A Peek At Early Christians

The late great theologian, pastor, and teacher Harry A. Ironside once used the following illustration in one of his sermons: When Pliny was governor of Bithynia, he wrote a most interesting letter to the Roman Emperor Trajan, asking why Christians … Continue reading

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Blest Be The Ties That Bind

In 1765 John Fawcett was called to pastor a very small congregation at Wainsgate, England. He labored there diligently for 7 years, but his salary was so meager that he and his wife could scarcely obtain the necessities of life. … Continue reading

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From Ann Landers

It has been reported that the late, great newspaper counselor, Ann Landers, received an average of 10,000 letters each month, and nearly all of them from people burdened with problems. She was asked if there was any one thing which … Continue reading

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An Old Soldier’s Prayer

Once when visiting his troops, General Douglas A. MacArthur shared this prayer with the soldiers: “Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he … Continue reading

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Reverse Roles Sunday Morning

A little girl, with shining eyes and little face aglow, said, “Daddy, it is almost time for Sunday school. Let’s go! They teach us there of Jesus’ love, and how He died that we might all have everlasting life by … Continue reading

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Go Back! You’re Too Young

My father was the senior elder in our church for many years. When I was a boy, eleven years of age, an evangelist held a series of meetings in our church. One night he asked every Christian to come forward … Continue reading

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Three Hairs and Lost Influence

A strange dog came to a preacher’s house, and his three sons soon became quite fond of it. It so happened that there were three white hairs in the animal’s tail. One day an advertisement was seen in the newspaper … Continue reading

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Napoleon Hated Nobody

Of Napoleon, Herold writes: “Napoleon loved only himself, but unlike Hitler, he hated nobody. In good as in evil, he was without emotion, and he did only so much of either as he believed necessary. Napoleon’s main achievement, if it … Continue reading

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Evil Rasputin

We have all heard about Gregory Rasputin, the “Mad Monk of Russia” who managed to get a strong hold on the royal family of his day. Some believe the corrupting power he exerted was a contributing factor in the takeover … Continue reading

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Mail-Order Church Cleared

Maybe some of you remember this story from awhile back. After six years of court battles, Kirby J. Hensley and his mail-order Universal Life Church were cleared of all charges in the State of California. A San Jose municipal judge … Continue reading

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Ordination of a Dog

“Sadie,” a Labrador retriever belonging to the Charles Thurber family in Terra Linda, California, was ordained as a minister of faith by the Hilltop House Church in San Rafael. The dog’s name and $15 were submitted by the Better Business … Continue reading

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Doctor of Divinity, Anyone?

In Evanston, Illinois, are the “Missionaries of the New Truth” who also advertise under the heading: “We want you to join our faith as an ORDAINED MINISTER with the rank of DOCTOR OF DIVINITY.” They state: “We are a fast-growing … Continue reading

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No Questions Asked

The following advertisement was clipped from a college newspaper based in Tucson, Arizona: WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A MINISTER? ORDINATION is without question and for life. LEGAL in all 50 states and most foreign countries. Perform legal marriages, ordinations … Continue reading

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