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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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ChangeA young American and a young man from India were attending an International Conference. During a break in the proceedings, they found themselves talking to each other about religion. The young man from India was very hostile toward Christianity, and the young American was trying to discern the reason for the hostility. “Is it something in Jesus’ teaching that turns you off?” he asked. “No,” came the reply, “It is not anything like that. The [...]View
CharityAccording to an ancient legend, the wealthiest man in town was known as the “sponge-giver,” because the meagre amounts he gave to charity had to be squeezed out of him. Everyone knew that even to the neediest cause he gave reluctantly and only after much pleading. According to the legend, the poor in the community decided to take the man to court and charge him with theft. After he had received his summons, the miser consulted [...]View
Children’s TelevisionIn a study several years ago, Stanford University psychologist Albert Bandura found cartoon violence as potent as real-life models in increasing violence among youngsters. A University of Kansas researcher reported that Saturday-morning cartoons markedly decreased imaginative play and hiked aggression among 66 preschoolers. In a year-long study of 200 preschoolers, Yale University Drs. Jerome L. and Dorothy Singer found that playground depredations like fighting and kicking were far greater among steady action-cartoon viewers. Indeed, the Saturday-morning [...]View
ChildrenA small boy returned home from school and told his father that he was second in his class. Top place was held by a girl. “Surely, John,” said the father, “you’re not going to be beaten by a mere girl!” “Well, you see, Father,” explained John, “girls are not nearly so mere as they used to be.” –Independent Forester [...]View
Children”People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:13-14). A number of years ago, newspaper columnists Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall published an illustrated book containing [...]View
ChildrenA big-city school teacher brought a rabbit into class to show her small pupils, many of whom had never seen one. The children were delighted and asked many questions about the animal. Finally, one little boy asked, “Is it a boy rabbit or a girl rabbit?” The teacher was a bit flustered but finally confessed that she did not know. “We could vote on it,” said one little girl. [...]View
Children“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother” (Ephesians 6:1-2). There was a little girl who had been misbehaving and really giving her mother a difficult time. The mother told her to go sit in the corner until her father came home, at which time they would discuss the whole situation. The little girl went over and stood in the corner. She went that far. But she refused [...]View
ChildrenThere is a wonderful story about a family with a house rule that was always strictly enforced: everyone’s plate had to be cleaned at every meal, without question or discussion of any kind. And the rule included vegetables. At first, the children griped a lot, but soon they got into the spirit of the rule, and eating every morsel on the plate became almost automatic to them. Moreover, the rule began to pay great dividends [...]View
ChildrenA little boy came in from play and said to his mother, “Mommy, who am I?” Assuming that he was playing a game, she answered, “Why, you’re Superman.” But the little boy remained very serious. “Oh, mom,” he said, “the lady up the street is right.” The mother asked him what he meant and he replied, “She said I was so dirty my own mother wouldn’t recognize me.” [...]View
ChildrenA family had moved into a new neighborhood. The youngest child was an extremely active boy –- one of those youngsters who never seemed to get tired, always on the move, always into something. When the boy’s mother went to enroll him in the new school, she was asked to fill out an enrollment card with the usual information. She filled in all of the required data until she came to the final section of [...]View
ChildrenA little five-year-old boy ran to answer the telephone when it rang. His mother was busy taking care of his baby brother so the little boy decided he would answer while she was busy. The voice on the other end said that it was Mr. Jones calling. “I’m sorry, the little boy said, but there is no one here right now. May I take a message?” Mr. Jones heard the phone drop, and then the [...]View
ChildrenEric Marshall and Stuart Hample have compiled a brand new collection of “Children’s Letters to God.” It could be argued that not since the publication of the last volume of letters in 1967 has there been assembled such a poignant record of children’s basic beliefs and questions about God. The following are a few examples from this new collection: Dear God, Is Reverend Coe a friend of yours, or do you just know him through the [...]View
ChildrenA little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strutted through his backyard wearing his baseball cap and toting his ball and bat. “I’m the greatest home run hitter that ever was!” he shouted. Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung wildly and missed. “Strike one!” he announced. Nonplussed, he picked up the ball, and again boasted, “I am the greatest home run hitter in the world.” He took another swing and [...]View
ChildrenWhen Theodore Geisel—better known as “Dr. Seuss”—died a few months ago, the entire News Media rushed to pay him tribute. Many of the TV, radio and newspaper epitaphs were written in his own literary style. Some were actual excerpts from his own writings. One such tribute read as follows: Then we saw him pick up All the things that were down. He picked up the cake, And the rake, and the gown, And the milk, and the strings, And the books, [...]View
ChildrenThe pastor invited the little ones to come forward for the children’s sermon. After they had seated themselves on the altar steps, he announced he was going to talk about frogs. He asked the group, “When I say ‘frog,’ what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?” Promptly a child answered, “God.” Surprised, the pastor asked with obvious puzzlement, “Why do you think about God when I say ‘frog’?” The child replied, “Cause I [...]View