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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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Christian MinistryIndira Gandhi tried to live by the advice given to her early in life by her grandfather, Motilal Nehru: ”He told me there were two kinds of people — those who do the work of the world and those who take the credit. He said, “Try to be in the first group since there was much less competition there.” [...]View
Christian SpiritIn Sholem Asch’s great novel, “The Apostle,” the closing scene is set in a dungeon in Rome. Hundreds of Christians have been lowered into the dungeon through a little trap door, and they know that they will never come out except to die in the arena. Many of them die in the dungeon. The scene as described by Sholem Asch is one of darkness and horror. Suddenly the trap door opens and there is a [...]View
Christian ValuesJohn Adcock wrote a poem in which he speculates on how a child would react if his toy lion should come to life and how a Christian would react if Jesus should suddenly appear. In the poem, the child simply could not handle the situation. Adcock concludes the poem with these lines: Leave us our toys then! Happier we shall stay if they remain but toys, and we can play with them, and do with them as suits us [...]View
Christianity“Myra” had worked for many years in a large downtown business office. Many different things were said about Myra, but on one point all her colleagues agreed: Myra was a hateful person. No one had ever managed to get close enough to her to know her very well. Myra had a way of quickly turning off anyone who tried to befriend her. She was a loner, and a disagreeable one at that. Consequently, whenever a [...]View
ChristianityA young lad on vacation went to Church with his parents one sunny Sunday morning. He listened closely to the sermon which was entitled, “Whom Do You Trust?” After Church, the boy put on his swimming trunks and went to the beach. Before going into the water he walked up to a kindly looking woman sitting on the sand under a beach umbrella. “Are you a Christian?” he asked. Although somewhat puzzled by the boy’s [...]View
ChristianityThe president of a corporation once read a book called “Men of God.” He was so impressed with it that he ordered three hundred and seventy-five copies to be distributed to all the high echelon employees of the corporation. He sent his order by telegram to the book distributor in Chicago. The distributor immediately wired back saying, “We do not have three hundred seventy-five Men of God in Chicago. Try Los Angeles.” [...]View
ChristianityA visitor to Lambarene found the great medical missionary, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, pushing a wheelbarrow as he helped build a new road. The visitor was shocked to find the famous doctor performing such a menial task. “Doctor Schweitzer,” he asked, “why are you doing that? How is it that you push a wheelbarrow?” With a twinkle in his eye, Schweitzer replied, “Oh, that’s very simple. You just pick up a shovel, fill up the wheelbarrow [...]View
ChristianityAn elderly farm couple began “recycling” their garbage long before it became fashionable. They separated their waste into containers for “things that get burned,” “things that go to the dump,” “scraps for the dogs,” “scraps for the cats.” And for their organic garden, they even had a special pail of leftovers for the worm bed. One day the wife was explaining the recycling procedures to her granddaughter. She said, “Nancy dear, this bowl is for meat [...]View
ChristianityHave you ever noticed how many times Jesus told people to go? Go tell! Go work! Go in peace! Go . . . and sin no more! Go preach! Go to the next town! Go into the deep! Go into the street! Go into the village! Go make it right with your brother! Go quickly! And did you notice that He never once said “Go gossip . . . Go argue . . . Go [...]View
Christianity“Don’t Blame Me!” Signed: God If you destroy this beautiful planet I made for you and the earth is scourged by your horrible weapons of war . . . don’t blame Me! If you keep finding someone to hate, and a way to express hate that causes you to live in anxiety and tension . . . don’t blame Me! If you accumulate things upon things and then live in fear that you may lose them . . [...]View
ChristmasThe parents of three grown children would divide their Christmases among their children’s families. But with the difficulties involved in holiday preparation and extensive travel, sometimes they were tempted to throw up their hands and say, “It’s too much! It’s just not worth the effort.” Whenever either of the parents got that feeling of exasperation, they would give the other a wink and say, “Long walk, dear, long walk,” and they would laugh and get [...]View
ChristmasAt Christmas, all roads lead home. The filled planes, packed trains, overflowing buses, all speak eloquently of a single destination: home. Despite the crowding, the crushing, the delays, the confusion, we clutch our bright packages and beam our anticipation. We are like birds driven by an instinct we only faintly understand—the hunger to be with our own people. There must be some deep psychological reason why we turn so instinctively toward home at this special time. [...]View
ChristmasChristmas, I would like something with a French name. It is called a Treve de Dieu. A treve is a truce, an intermission, a respite. A Treve de Dieu is the Truce of God to which the Church, in the Dark Ages, managed to get the consent of warring barons. If they wouldn’t stop carving each other up, looting and pillaging, at least they agreed to stop on Sundays, high feast days and a few [...]View
ChristmasSeveral years ago a Washington TV reporter who was working on an assignment on “the Spirit of Christmas,” telephoned the British Embassy and asked to speak to the British Ambassador. ”Ambassador,” the reporter said, “you have been very kind to us through the year and we would like to include you in a special Christmas news segment we’re going to run. Tell me, what would you like for Christmas?” ”I am deeply touched by your offer,” the [...]View
ChristmasIt was Christmas Eve and, as usual, George Mason was the last to leave the office. He walked over to a massive safe, spun the dials, swung the heavy door open. Making sure the door would not close behind him, he stepped inside. A square of white cardboard was taped just above the topmost row of strongboxes. On the card a few words were written. George Mason stared at those words, remembering... Exactly one year ago he [...]View