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It's been said that the three guiding principles of effective preaching can be found in the three "I"s -- "Illustrate, Illustrate, Illustrate." Clergy of virtually every theological background recognize the need to include powerful sermon illustrations in their Sunday messages. Said one well-known preacher, "Few words are as welcome to the people in the pew as, "Let me tell you a story."

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/Top Picks, Children, PrayerA little girl had been misbehaving. Her mother sent her to her room, saying, "Pray to God and tell God what a naughty little girl you have been." The little girl went up to her room, but came back down almost immediately. Whereupon her mother asked, "Did you tell God how naughty you have been?" "Yes," she replied, "but God told me to go back downstairs because there are a lot of little girls worse [...]View
/Top Picks, Repentance, Fruitfulness, FaithSomeone has said (wisely) that God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts! The Gospel truth is that genuine repentance means much more than changing one's mind or feeling sorry for one's sins or telling God we are on His side again. Fruit-bearing is the sign of true repentance. The evidence of repentance is to be found in the fruit that is brought forth from our lives. Repentance is a positive action -- something that enhances [...]View
/Top Picks, Music, Talent, True WorthThe story is told of a great violinist who owned the most valuable violin in the world. Once, during the course of a superb concert performance, he suddenly smashed his violin over a chair again and again, breaking it into little pieces. The audience was stunned. The master quickly relieved their anxiety, saying, "Don't be alarmed. The violin I smashed was not my priceless Stradivarius. It was a cheap instrument, worth only a few dollars. [...]View
/Top Picks, Superficiality, Greed, PrioritiesMore often than not in our culture, being "somebody" means being rich and famous. Or, at the very least, being very athletic or very entertaining or very talented or very good looking. By those standards I suppose most of us would be regarded as nobodies. Or, as the author of this little lament puts it... This one has money, Another has wit. That one is handsome, still another is fit. This one can sing well, is seldom off key. But how am [...]View
/Top Picks, Hope, Greek Myth, ZeusIn Greek mythology there is a legend in which Zeus, the righteous ruler of the world, presents his subjects with a big vase filled with everything they would need to be whole and happy persons. The people are overjoyed by this great gift. They begin to dance with such exuberance that the vase falls to the ground and its lid pops off. And before the lid can be put back in place, all of the [...]View
/Top Picks, Hope, Perseverance, FaithOmar Khayyam (the poet who wrote the famous line, "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou"), also wrote some lines about hope. "The worldly hope that men set their hearts upon," he said, "turns to ashes or it prospers." But, in either case, "like snow upon the desert's dusty face, lighting a little hour or two, is gone." That is a striking image, especially for those who know the desert and have [...]View
/Top Picks, Suffering, Hope, FaithIn the day’s of the Roman persecution, one of the worst things that could happen to a Christian was to be sent to the mines of New Midea in Africa. There the prisoners were brutally whipped, marched through rocky valleys, burned by the sun, branded on their brow with a hot iron, chained so that they were unable to stand erect, sent into the dark mines to work interminable hours -- endure indescribable suffering. When [...]View
/Top Picks, War, Suffering, PeaceMany of you are familiar with the hero in Kurt Vonnegut's famous novel, "Slaughterhouse Five." An ex-prisoner of war, he was an eyewitness to one of history's most devastating fire-bombings. Understandably, he cannot come to terms with the real memory of the enormous human suffering caused by the massive air-raid. And so he fantasizes. He envisions a similar episode as a movie-run backward. Bombers full of holes and corpses and wounded men take off backward [...]View