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  • Illustration: Moms, Graduation

    The high school valedictorian was required to give a speech. He began by reading from his prepared text. “I want to talk about my mother and the wonderful influence she has had on my life,” he told the audience.
  • Illustration: Lent

  • Illustration: Miracles, Truth

    Uncle Bill was visiting for Sunday lunch, and he decided to give little Susan a hard time. At the table at dinner, he said to her, “So what did you study in Sunday School today?”
  • Illustration: Struggle, Suffering

    In his Turning Point Daily Devotional for March 9, David Jeremiah says: “Clayton Christensen is a professor at Harvard Business School and is well-known for articulating his theory of disruptive technology--an unexpected product or service that disrupts an existing market and helps create a new category of customers.
  • Illustration: Preachers, Influence

    Three boys are sitting around the lunch table at school. The first one says, “My dad's a lawyer. People pay him $200 just to write a letter.”
  • Illustration: Divorce

    Lots of folks are quoting statistics that Christians are more likely than non-Christians to divorce; but those numbers are deceptive, as Glenn Stanton points out in a Focus on the Family report. He writes: “Couples who regularly practice any combination of serious religious behaviors and attitudes -- attend church nearly every week, read their Bibles and spiritual materials regularly; pray privately and together; generally take their faith seriously, living not as perfect disciples, but serious disciples -- enjoy significantly lower divorce rates than mere church members, the general public and unbelievers."
  • Illustration: Leadership, Integrity

    “The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is a section gang, on a football field, in an army or in an office."
  • Illustration: Temptation

    A little boy named Bobby desperately wanted a new bicycle.
  • Illustration: Prayer

    One young girl knew the power of specific prayer when she faced death head-on. In the midst of her sickness, she went to her pastor and asked what more she could do for Jesus in the short time she had to live.
  • Illustration: Cross

    In a recent issue of his Key Life magazine, Steve Brown observed, “The source of almost all spiritual problems is an inappropriate effort to avoid the cross. When we, as the Church, turn away from the cross, we miss the path that God has given us -- the path to freedom, joy, faithfulness and forgiveness.
  • To Illustrate: Success

    J. Michael Shannon
    Cavett Robert used to tell of the time he met Will Rogers.
  • To Illustrate: Resurrection

    J. Michael Shannon
    An American visiting churches in Hungary worshipped one Sunday in a little house church near Budapest.
  • To Illustrate: Repentance

    J. Michael Shannon
    In Johnstown, Pa., a tool-supply company received in the mail a $45 check to pay for a stolen hammer.
  • To Illustrate: Ressurection

    J. Michael Shannon
    Why didn’t they just lock up Jesus? That would have stopped Him from teaching, preaching and gathering followers.
  • To Illustrate: Marriage

    J. Michael Shannon
    Lee Wehua and Yang Hongxia were married in China in 2009.
  • To Illustrate: Eternal Life

    J. Michael Shannon
    Abraham Lincoln was instrumental in freeing the slaves in the United States, but it was William Wilberforce who was instrumental in freeing the slaves in the British Empire.
  • Illustration: Confusion

    A pediatrician in town always plays a game with some of his young patients to put them at ease and test their knowledge of body parts.
  • Illustration: Pride, Identity

    It seems the University of Tennessee coach bought a bolt of cloth thinking he would have a suit made. He took the material to his tailor in Knoxville where the tailor measured him, examined the bolt of cloth, did some computations on a piece of paper, and said, "I'm sorry, coach, there just isn't enough material in this bolt to make a suit for you." The coach was disappointed, but he threw the bolt of cloth in the trunk of his car, wondering what he was going to do with it.
  • To Illustrate: Easter

    J. Michael Shannon
    Historically there was once a great debate about the date of Easter.
  • To Illustrate: Easter

    J. Michael Shannon
    Most flowers bloom only in the day. Some bloom only at night.