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Illustrations

  • Genuine Success

    In his book Quiet Strength, Tony Dungy, head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, wrote of what was in his mind with 45 seconds to go before his team won the Super Bowl...
  • Stewardship

    There is an ancient story about a man who hid his gold by burying it at the foot of a tree. Every week he used to dig it up and admire it. A thief noticed this routine and dug up the gold and ran off with it...
  • Sobriety

    The “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” column told recently of some men from Queensland, Australia, who, in June of 2007, sailed fifty miles down the Brisbane River on a boat made of beer cans...
  • Sin

    In a recent “Wizard of Id” comic strip, the watchman calls out, “Who goes there?” A voice in the darkness answers back, “I’m a man of the cloth looking for sinners.” The watchman countered, “Well, you’ve come to the right place.”
  • Selflessness

    In the year 1833, a cholera plague killed 500 citizens of Lexington, Ky., in a two-month period. Half the city fled in fear. A man named William “King” Solomon stayed behind to bury the dead...
  • Prayer

    According to an old story attributed to Aesop, a man married off his two daughters. One married a gardener, and the other married a brick maker...
  • Hope

    The New Book of Lists claims that the Cape of Good Hope is a misnomer. When Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias came around the southern tip of Africa, he found the sea so rough that he called it the Cape of Storms...
  • Eternal Life

    Sir William Russell was sentenced to death and while on the scaffold, he handed his watch to a friend and said, “I shall not need this any longer. From now on I shall be dealing with eternity.” The truth is that all of us, every day, are dealing with eternity.
  • Compassion

    Senator and presidential candidate John McCain tells of an experience he had as a POW in North Vietnam. At the infamous prison called the Hanoi Hilton, McCain had been tied up in a way to create maximum pain...
  • Christmas

    A little girl, dressed as an angel in a Christmas pageant was told to come down the center aisle. The child asked, “Do you want me to walk or fly?” You feel as though she almost could have flown. Don’t ever lose the wonder and mystery of Christmas...
  • Baptism

    A mother looked out a window and saw Johnny playing church with their three kittens. He had them lined up and was preaching to them. The mother turned around to do some work, but soon she heard meowing and scratching on the door...
  • Work

    Michael Shannon
    There is an old fable from Aesop about a man who called his sons to his sick bed. "I am about to die," he said. "In my vineyard lies a treasure. Dig and you will find it." Not long after that, the man dies. The sons busily went to work digging in the vineyard. After they finished their repeated digging, they concluded there was no ...
  • Spiritual Growth

    Vance Havner
    "The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself."
  • Assumptions, Confusion

    It was the first day of school. As the principal made his rounds, he heard a terrible commotion coming from one of the classrooms. He rushed in and spotted one boy, taller than the others, who seemed to be making the most noise...
  • Recognition

    One day the great Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo happened to overhear a group of people admiring his Pietà, a statue of Christ on His mother's knees after His death on the cross. One man attributed the work to another sculptor, much to the chagrin of Michelangelo, who took particular pride in the Pietà. Returning to the sculpture after dark that evening, Michelangelo carved his name on it so that no similar mistake would occur in the future...
  • Reading, Learning

    John Wesley
    "He who no longer reads should get out of the ministry."
  • Gullibility, Cleverness

    A fisherman from the city was out fishing on a lake in a small boat. He noticed another man in a small boat open his tackle box and take out a mirror. Being curious the man rowed over and asked, "What is the mirror for...
  • Proverbs, Humor

    A first grade school teacher in Virginia presented each child in her classroom the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb...
  • Tolerance

    G.K. Chesterton
    Tolerance is the virtue of people who don’t believe in anything anymore.” (G.K. Chesterton)
  • Improvement, Pessimism

    Pastor Joe shocked the congregation when he announced his resignation from the church and a planned move to another church...