Illustrations

  • 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.
  • Mind Thoughts

    "The mind of man is the battleground on which every moral and spiritual battle is fought." (J. Oswald Sanders)
  • Priorities, Possessions

    Charles Lindbergh became an instant hero in 1927 when he became the first flyer to make a Trans-Atlantic solo flight. A reporter asked him just before take-off why he was taking only five sandwiches and a container of water with him. Lindbergh replied,
  • Pain, Trouble, Relief

    A guy walks into a shoe store and asks for a pair of shoes, size 8. The obviously well trained salesman says, "But sir, you take an 11 or eleven-and-a-half." "Just bring me a size eight."
  • Messiah

    The December 16, 1997 issue of the tabloid The Sun carried this headline on the front page: New Messiah to Be Born in Holy Land. Inside the story says that on the eve of Christmas and Hanukkah a strange meteor would appear over Bethlehem. (The two festivals coincided in 1997, an event that occurs about once every ten years!)
  • Overcoming Challenges

  • Problems, Struggles

    A new kind of plane was on its first flight. It was full of reporters and journalists. A little while after takeoff, the captain's voice was heard over the speakers: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to be your pilot for this plane's historic first flight. I can tell you the flight is going well.
  • Memory, Aging

    Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.
  • Priorities

    Two teenagers were arrested. After booking them, the police sergeant told them they were entitled to a phone call. Some time later a man entered the station and asked for them by name.
  • Pride

  • Order, Creation

    The late Harvard mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead, maintained that the whole scientific enterprise of the western world rested upon the belief that at the bottom of things science would find order rather than chaos.
  • Meekness

    George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut said: "When I was young, I said to God, 'God, tell me the mystery of the universe.' But God answered, 'That knowledge is reserved for me alone.' So I said, 'God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.' Then God said, 'Well, George, that's more nearly your size.' And He told me."
  • Prices, Cost

    For the first time in many years, an older man traveled from his rural town to the city to attend a movie. After buying his ticket, he stopped at the concession stand.
  • Oops!

    Here are some actual "gems" from church bulletins: 1. Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help. 2. Thursday night Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow. 3. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
  • Maturity, Spiritual Maturity

    One day following the end of World War I, General Louis Lyautey asked his gardener to plant a particular type of tree on his estate. The gardener objected that the tree, being unusually slow to grow, would take nearly a century to reach maturity. "In that case,"
  • Presence of God

    It sounds like a made-up story, but it is true. Some years ago a church in Carter County, Tennessee had an attorney draw up a deed for their property.
  • Marriage

  • One Road

    A strange event occurred on September 17, 1997 in Bologna, Italy. Bob Dylan sang and played for Pope John Paul II. The occasion was a religions congress for young people.
  • Preparation For The Future

    The motto of the Boy Scouts is "Be Prepared." To fulfill that motto they learn how to build a fire, pitch a tent, tie a knot, and follow a trail. "Be Prepared" could also be the motto of the Christian.
  • Not Really Bright

    AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked "intellectual leadership." He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence…