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Illustrations

  • New Birth, Conversion

    Soon after Augustine's conversion, he was walking down the street and passed by a prostitute whom he had known most intimately. She called but he would not answer. He kept right on walking.
  • Prayer, Miracles

    Joe McKeever tells about his son Neil, who was on an outing with his three children. The day before, he had suggested they pray for good weather.
  • Pornography, Culture

    In a recent column, Chuck Colson talked about the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq and how it could have happened: "As I've tried to figure out how this travesty occurred, I've considered my own experiences in the Marine Corp. Had I been in charge of the brig in a time of war and the intelligence officers ordered me to "soften these guys up for interrogation," I would have made them sleep with their lights on all night;
  • Crucifixion

    Among Rembrandt's many self-portraits is the remarkable one in the painting Elevation of the Cross. The artist has included himself among the soldiers, struggling to raise the cross, weighted with the body of Jesus.
  • Politicians, Pests

    A tourist walks into a curio shop in San Francisco. Looking around at the exotica, he notices a very lifelike, life-sized bronze statue of a rat. It has no price tag, but is so striking he decides he must have it. He took it to the owner: "How much for the bronze rat?" "Twelve dollars for the rat, one hundred dollars for the story," said the owner.
  • Conversion, Salvation

    A little girl was visiting her grandmother one beautiful spring morning. They walked out into grandmother's flower garden. As grandmother was inspecting the progress of her flowers the little girl decided to try to open a rosebud with her own two hands. But no luck!
  • Mothers, Sacrifice

    Years ago, a young mother was making her way across the hills of South Wales, carrying her tiny baby in her arms when she was overtaken by a blinding blizzard. She never reached her destination; and when the blizzard had subsided, searchers found her body beneath a mound of snow.
  • Mothers, Parenting

    Tony Campolo says that all parents should learn a lesson from Jewish mothers. They are always telling their children how special they are, how much ability they have, and what wonderful futures they will have.
  • Conversion, Name

    In a recent sermon, Leith Anderson asked, "Did you see the movie Air Force One starring Harrison Ford? The President's Boeing 747 is hijacked by terrorists. The President is a former soldier who fights back. Eventually there is no crew and the plane is going down. Only the President and one terrorist are left. To rescue the President a zip-line is connected to the 747 in an attempt to move the President along the wire into the smaller plane. Radio contact is lost. Officials are horrified as the radar shows the 747 go down.
  • Mothers

    Chuck Swindoll observes, "Several years ago someone interviewed the contemporary artist Marc Chagall for a PBS program. The young, arty interviewer started the session with a question about influences.
  • Compassion

    Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.
  • Morality, Strength

    When the Statue of Liberty was remodeled, it was discovered that the entire inside support system had to be replaced. The outside copper skin of the statue was okay;
  • Common Sense

    The difference between common sense and stupidity? Common sense has its limits. (Anonymous) -Washington Times online service 8/20/97
  • Commitment, Sacrifice

    Kingman Brewster said, "There is a tremendous satisfaction in losing your own identity in something that is much more important than you are."
  • Taxes

    Steve Fronk spotted a great bumper sticker shortly before April 15th. It read:
  • Taxes

    "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."
  • Take Your Time

  • Suffering For Righteousness' Sake

    According to a Detroit News article, Kirk Gibson is a baseball player who knows how to live with pain. In 1980, he tore the cartilage in his wrist. Two years later, he had a sore left knee, a strained left calf muscle, and a severe left wrist sprain.
  • Success

  • Stumbling Blocks