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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, Activism, Pacifist, Change, WarDuring the Vietnam War, the legendary pacifist Pastor A.J. Muste stood in front of the White House night after night with a lit candle, in persistent and peaceful protest. A reporter asked him, “Do you really think that standing here with a candle can change the world?” He answered, “I don’t stand here with my candle to change the world. I stand here to keep the world from changing me.” [...]View
/Top Picks, Adversity, Bankruptcy, MoneyThere's an amusing little story about a formerly wealthy man who was down on his luck. One day, the pastor of his church spotted him sitting on a park bench, shabbily dressed and wearing a scruffy beard. "What happened to you Bob," the preacher asked. "You used to be rather well off." Bob told of a hard luck story including several bad investments and the loss of his business. "Go home," the pastor said, "and open [...]View
/Top Picks, Aging, Cosmetic Surgery, VanityStruggling in the face of a mid-life crisis, a somewhat foolish couple was walking down the street one day when they heard a voice from above: "You will live to be 100." They looked around and didn't see anyone. Again they heard the voice: "You will live to be 100." Oh boy, the husband thought, that must be the voice of God! "Whoopie!" the wife exclaimed to her husband, "we've got 40 more years to live and [...]View
/Top Picks, Altar Call, Evangelism, DisciplesSome of you are familiar with Will Davis Campbell, the Baptist minister and award winning author who died recently at age 88. One of the last surviving icons of the civil rights movement, Campbell’s prophetic ministry earned him death threats and opposition -- while helping others gain insight into what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus. Campbell once preached a sermon critiquing the “invitation” as it is given in many Baptist denominations and [...]View
/Top Picks, Beauty, Light, Color, Work, ArtThe timeless paintings of the great French Impressionist, Auguste Renoir, literally glow with life and light and color. Renoir seemed to put light inside the people he so beautifully portrayed on canvas. For the last twenty years or so of his life, Renoir was crippled with arthritis. His hands were twisted and gnarled; even his spine was affected, so that he could not stand when he worked, and needed assistance to move from one position [...]View
/Top Picks, Blindness, Light, ColorA blind man was asked by a sympathetic woman, "“Doesn’t being blind rather color your life?”" The blind man replied, “"Yes, but, thank God, I can choose the color. And since I am responsible for my life, I’m going to keep on choosing the most beautiful colors I can.” Since you are responsible for your own life, you can color it as you choose. Make it something beautiful for God. COLOR IT LOVE!" [...]View
/Top Picks, Change, Death, New LifeThe following words were found inscribed on the tomb of an Anglican bishop buried in Westminster Abbey: When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change. So I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate [...]View
/Top Picks, Changed Man, RepentenceThere is the story of the "changed man" who was asked, "You stopped smoking because she asked you to?" "Yes," he answered. "And you stopped drinking because she asked you?" "Yes." "And you stopped swearing because she asked you?" "Yes." "And you stopped gambling because she asked you?" "Yes" "And yet you never married her?" "Well, you see, after I reformed like that I found I could do better." [...]View
/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, Competitiveness, Pride, HypocrisyA wise old man of business once said, “Competition brings out the best in products and the worst in people." And for us, the trouble is if we are a competitive people, as long as there is one person in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or more clever than we are, that person is our rival -- that person is our enemy. Far worse, pride causes enmity not only between man and man, [...]View
/Top Picks, Darkness, Light, Humility, ShadowIn a fantasy story called “A Wizard of Earthsea,” a young man named “Ged” is learning to become a wizard. His training program is aimed at helping him to distinguish between darkness and light, between good and evil, but knowing also their coexistence in this world. The training includes a long pilgrimage -- a journey of learning and purification in which Ged is haunted by a dark shadow following him. The shadow hunts him and [...]View
/Top Picks, Evangelism, Christian Ministry, APastor and popular author Ronnie McBrayer admits to a certain mistake that he says many preachers are guilty of. He writes, "My mistake, one of many, is that I tell the people listening to me preach to 'take Jesus out to the world.' This isn’t completely inaccurate. In a real sense, when followers of Jesus enter their communities they do so as conduits and instruments of the risen Christ. But," he continues, "this does not [...]View
/Top Picks, Gospel Mystery, God of All, New WAuthor Rob Bell asks us to ponder the mysteries of the Gospel. Mysteries which include the dusty, messy, bloody and unexpected stories about this man, Jesus of Nazareth. This Jesus who touches lepers, whom no one else would touch -- who hears the cries of blind people who had been told to be quiet -- who dines with tax collectors, whom everybody hated -- and talks with a thirsty, disreputable Samaritan woman who he wasn't [...]View
/Top Picks, Greed, Money, MaterialismAn extremely wealthy man, reflecting on his business career and the life it brought him, said: "“"If you go into business with the idea of satisfying all your wants, your greed will erect for you not an empire but a cage. And you become a prisoner of the monster you yourself created. And let me tell you: its lonely in there all by yourself!"”" Time and again, the very richest members of society have reflected on [...]View
/Top Picks, Greed, Money, Parable of the RichA French painter, musing about the parable about the wealthy farmer was so moved over it he took out a canvas, a pallet and brush and began to paint the scene. He painted a man sitting behind a desk -- rather portly in size -- and several bags of money in front of him. Behind him was a shelf, on which was a small bag, as if for a very special purpose. Outside the window [...]View