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Illustrations

  • Change

  • Call To Ministry

    "Those who are truly sent by God . . . are marked by the fact that they are faithful to the message of the Gospel, exalting the Lord Jesus Christ, proclaiming to men the good news of salvation through Him, and bidding men to turn from their sins and come to Christ as Savior and Lord.
  • Burden, Preparation

    In their book The Sacred Romance (Thomas Nelson), John Eldredge and Brent Curtis write: "A 19th-century Scottish discus thrower lived in the days before professional trainers and developed his skills alone in the highlands of his native village, making his own discus from the description he read in a book.
  • Born Again

    There is a new pseudo-science that says the birth event can affect you whole life. If it was a rapid delivery, they say, you'll rush into things.
  • Bible, Truth

  • Attitude

    A man named Roy described the trip his family made last summer to Disney World. The weather was hot and the crowds were enormous. It seemed that they had to wait in line 45 minutes for everything. Roy and his family began to complain and grumble.
  • Anniversary, Marriage

    Two gentlemen were talking and one said to the other, "You're having an anniversary soon, right?" The other replied, "Yes, a big one. 20 years." "Wow," said the other, "what are you going to get your wife for your anniversary?"
  • Ancestry, Ego

    One socialite said to another, "My ancestry goes back all the way to Alexander the Great. How far back does your family go?" "I don't know," replied the other. "All of our records were lost in the flood."
  • Almost Understood

    One Sunday during the evening service someone noticed their child entering zestfully into the singing of the chorus, "Soon and very soon / we are going to see the King…"
  • Age Happens

    A man has reached middle age when he is cautioned to slow down by his doctor instead of by the police. Middle age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier.
  • Acceptance, Compassion

    A number of years ago, Newsweek magazine carried the story of the memorial service held for Hubert Humphrey, former vice-president of the United States. Hundreds of people came from all over the world to say good-bye to their old friend and colleague.
  • A Knock at the Door

    A pastor visited his church members one Saturday. At one house it was obvious that someone was home, but nobody came to the door, even though the pastor knocked several times.
  • Marriage

    When Barbara Schwartz was about 29-years-old, she visited her parents one weekend. They questioned her about her current boyfriend. Her mother asked, 'Just what kind of man are you interested in?' Barbara pointed to her father and said, 'I want one like him, but with a few minor modifications.'
  • Marriage, Forgiveness

    On her golden wedding anniversary, a grandmother revealed the secret of her long and happy marriage. "On my wedding day, I decided to choose ten of my husband's faults which, for the sake of our marriage, I would overlook," she explained. A guest asked her to name some of the faults.
  • Peace

    He is an active member of a congregation in Queensland, Australia, and his name is Pax Young. We often encounter the surname Young, but his first name is not one you hear every day. How did he get the name Pax? The answer is that he was born on the very day World War I ended.
  • Missions, Missionaries, Vision

    When David Livingstone volunteered as a missionary with the London Missionary Society, they asked him where he wanted to go. He replied, "Anywhere, so long as it is forward." After he had reached Africa he recorded his impressions, saying that he was haunted by the smoke of a thousand villages stretching off into the distance. David Livingstone had the heart of a missionary.
  • Patriotism, July 4th

    Grover Cleveland served two terms as President of the United States - 1885-89 and 1893-97. He had high ideals for America. He called it "the land that lives in us." Among the patriotic speeches he wrote and gave, one addressed that theme. He said, in part:
  • Missions, Missionaries, Christian Service

    Because of her father's drinking problem, 11-year-old Mary Slessor was putting in twelve-hour shifts in the mills, helping her family pay its bills. She found she could prop books on her loom while working.
  • Parents, Parenting

    Erma Bombeck once said that raising children is similar to flying kites. You spend a lifetime trying to get them off the ground. You run with them until you're both breathless. . .they crash. . .you add a longer tail.
  • Prodigal Son, Sorrow

    The Sunday School teacher was reading this story of the Prodigal Son to his class, clearly emphasizing the resentment the older brother expressed at the return of his brother.