Illustrations

  • Rules

    The Toyota television commercial is interesting. It shows someone in a sport utility vehicle heading for the beach or the slopes, driving through the city on a Tuesday. An onlooker is amazed. It is Tuesday. He must go to work. Then the last line appears on the screen, "Make Your Own Rules."
  • Top Ten Things People Won't Say When They See The Christian Bumper Sticker

    10. "Look! Let's stop that car and ask those folks how we can become Christians." 9. "Don't worry, Billy, those people are Christians - they must have a good reason for driving 90 miles an hour." 8. "What a joy to be sharing the highway with another car of Spirit-filled brothers and sisters." 7. "Isn't it wonderful how God blessed that Christian couple with a brand-new BMW?"
  • Reward

    In September 1997, newspapers in Wellington, New Zealand reported the story of rescue workers who worked heroically to save lives after a landslide. Officials honored the rescue workers at a luncheon. All of them got sick from food poisoning!
  • Things To Ponder About In Our World

    If you throw a cat out a car window, does it become kitty litter? If corn oil comes from corn where does baby oil come from? Why do they put Braille on the number pads of drive-through bank machines? If it's tourist season, can we shoot them?
  • Relationship, Intimacy With God

    "One of the best ways of describing our relationship with God is to think in terms of the human relationship of courtship and marriage. Those of us who are married can remember when we fell in love with that person to whom we are now married. We remember how focused our thoughts were on that other person.
  • Temptations

    Researchers at Duke University Medical Center studied 1700 older Americans and discovered that those who regularly attended religious services had stronger immune responses that those who did not.
  • Purpose,Commitment

    James Emery White has a new book being released next month, called Serious Times: Making Your Life Matter in an Urgent Day (InterVarsity). I particularly enjoyed one of the illustrations he shared: "I once ran across an old book that has become a prized part of my library.
  • Talents, Abilities

    John Huffman observes, "God smiles when we use our abilities. You saw the movie Chariots of Fire. Remember the Scot Olympic runner, Eric Liddell, who declared,
  • Talent

    A mangy looking guy goes into a restaurant and orders food. The waiter says, "No way. I don't think you can pay for it." The guy says, "You're right. I don't have any money, but if I show you something you haven't seen before, will you give me the food?" "Deal!" replies the waiter.
  • Commitment, Consecration

    There is an old story about the Greek Marathon. Muscular, conditioned runners paced nervously near the starting line for the long-distance race. The time was near. They "shook out" their muscles, inhaled deeply, and put on their "game faces." In the midst of it all, a young stranger took his place at the starting line.
  • Commitment, Investment

    "You will invest your life in something, or you will throw it away on nothing." (Haddon Robinson)
  • Comfort, Aging

    Trendwatching.com (4-23-04) reports that, "High quality mattresses are 'hot' in the US, as cash-rich baby boomers flock to specialty stores to get the top in comfort for their aging bodies.
  • Church, Community

    "Community requires commitment. The church must be more than a Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Lions' Club. All of those organizations have a very valid place in our society, because they are involved in service for others; but they don't go to the depth of sharing that the church of Jesus Christ encourages."
  • Church

    They have found a previously undiscovered royal tomb in Egypt. It is from the era of the famed King Tut. The inscription says that the tomb was created forThe Woman Who Nourished the Body of God.
  • Christianity, Faith

    "For me, Christianity is not a leap into the dark but a step into the light." (Josh McDowell)
  • Christian Life

    Ben Kingsley starred as the main character in the motion picture Gandhi. He spent months preparing for the role, visiting the various Indian locales Gandhi had frequented. He even learned to spin cotton thread on a wooden wheel while holding conversations as Gandhi did.
  • Choices, Fatalism, Discouragement

    Here's an illustration from the animated movie Shrek 2, courtesy of MovieMinistry.com: The Big Idea: Does fate rule our lives, or can we choose? Scene Setup: Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in Boots have made their way to the Fairy Godmother's potion factory to try to find something that will help restore happiness to Shrek and Fiona's marriage.
  • Choices

    A farmer was driving along the road with a load of fertilizer. A little boy, playing in front of his house, saw him and called, "What've you got in your truck?" "Fertilizer," the farmer replied.
  • Children, Priorities, Memories

    A family in Colorado tried unsuccessfully for years to save enough money to replace their ancient bathroom fixtures with new modern sleek ones. But each year as skiing time rolled around, the bathroom money went for a family skiing trip. The children are now grown.
  • Children's Thoughts on Love and Marriage

    What exactly is Marriage? "Marriage is when you get to keep your girl and don't have to give her back to her parents." (Eric, 6) "When somebody's been dating for a while, the boy might propose to the girl. He says to her, 'I'll take you for a whole life, or at least until we have kids and get divorced, but you got to do one particular thing for me.' Then she says yes, but she's wondering what the thing is and whether it's naughty or not. She can't wait to find out." (Anita, 9)