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  • To Illustrate: Christ

    J. Michael Shannon
    A little bit of prose has been making its way across the Internet. It has travelled the length and breadth of the Facebook world. As of yet, the author has not been definitively identified. Here is what it says:
  • To Illustrate: Easter

    J. Michael Shannon
    A man said he went to church on Easter Sunday in America, flew to Europe and a week later went to church on Easter Sunday in Eastern Europe.
  • To Illustrate: Adversity

    J. Michael Shannon
    In his best-selling book Authentic Happiness, Dr. Martin Seligman discusses the things that actually make us happier.
  • To Illustrate: Adversity

    J. Michael Shannon
    Dave Dillon, CEO of the Kroger Company, recently told a story about an employee who inspired him. His name is Steve Martinez. Steve is the store manager at one of the company’s stores in Wichita. Several months before Dillon met him, Steve experienced a serious illness.
  • Illustration: Compliments, Affirmation

    The lady took her 5-year-old daughter shopping with her. The little girl watched her mother try on one outfit after another.
  • Illustration: God’s Love

    In a recent Turning Point devotional, David Jeremiah writes: “A 1970 film, by the same name as the novel on which it was based, Love Story, became famous for its tag line: 'Love means never having to say you're sorry.’'"
  • Illustration: Mistaken Identity

    With his request approved, the CNN News cameraman quickly used his cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.
  • Illustration: Peace, Escape

    Wilmer McLean owned a home near Bull Run. His house was seriously damaged during the opening battle of the Civil War, and so, falsely believing he would be safer from future conflicts, he rebuilt his home -- only to have it destroyed during the second battle of Bull Run.
  • Illustration: Timing

    The orthopedic surgeon was moving to a new office across town, and decided to carry the display skeleton in the front seat of his car.
  • Illustration: Advice, Death

    A man once told his son that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a little gunpowder on his cornflakes every morning. The son did this religiously, and lived to be 93.
  • Illustration: Prosperity, Affluence

    In his Jan. 11, 2004, column, George Will points out that despite the hand-wringing found in much of the media, life in America continues to improve on a material basis. He draws on date from Gregg Easterbrook's new book The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse.
  • Illustration: Judgment, Urgency

    On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts."One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me," said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
  • Illustration: Service, Leadership

    Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, tells about the aqueduct built by the Romans in Segovia in 109 A.D. For 1800 years, that aqueduct carried cool water from the mountains down to the hot, thirsty city. Nearly 60 generations drank from the water that flowed through that aqueduct.
  • Illustration: Not Quite Perfect

    Bob turned to a co-worker and said, “I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me $3,000, but it works perfectly!”
  • Illustration: Imagination

    Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel director's office. "What is the meaning of this?" the director asked. "When you applied for this job, you told us you had five years experience. Now we've discovered this is the first job you've ever held."
  • Illustration: Communication, Understanding

    A woman was visiting a relative who was stationed in Germany. She assumed that most Germans would speak English, but found that many people spoke only their native tongue, including the ticket inspector on the train.
  • Illustration: Blaming God

    In his Church & Culture blog, James Emery White shares this: “If all else fails in passing blame, there’s always God."
  • Illustration: Righteousness

    J. Michael Shannon
    State mottoes often give us insight into the thinking of a particular state’s founders.
  • Illustration: Pastoral Care

    J. Michael Shannon
    After leaving the White House, Harry Truman retired to Independence, Missouri.
  • Illustration: Marriage

    J. Michael Shannon
    According to a column in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” the Tujia people in China have a unique ceremony in which the prospective bride and her wedding party cry every day for a month before the wedding.