Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Romans 12:19-21 – Illustration

| May 20, 2014

Corrie Ten Boom in the book, Reflections of god’s Glory (page 69), wrote, “In Africa a man came to a meeting with bandaged hands. I asked him how he had been injured. He said, “My neighbor’s straw roof was on fire; I helped him to put it out and that’s how my hands were burned. […]

Illustration – Forgotten Purpose

| January 1, 2013

Illustration of the Day – The Taj Mahal is one of the most ornate and costly tombs ever built, but there is something fascinating about its beginnings. In 1629, when the favorite wife of Indian ruler Shah Jahan died, he ordered that an honorary tomb be built as a memorial to her. The shah placed […]

Romans 3:24 – Illustration – Grace

| September 24, 2009

‘Cause It’s a Lot Better Pitcher ‘An We Had Before.’” “In the days of Moody, there was a minister named Harry Morehouse….One morning he was walking along the street in a poor part of one of our great cities and witnessed a minor tragedy.  A small boy, who could not have been more than five […]

Illustration – Justification, Sanctification, Procrastination?

| September 23, 2009

“After hearing his dad preach on `Justification,’ `Sanctification,’ and all the other `ations,’ a minister’s son was ready when his Bible Class School teacher asked if anybody knew what `procrastination’ meant.  `I’m not sure what it means,’ he said, `but I know our church believes in it.’” (Dick Van Dyke, Faith, Hope, and Hilarity, p.115.) […]

Illustration – Railroad Silence and Sin

| September 23, 2009

A train no longer ran through a certain part of town.  Every night, when the train was in the past running, the police department received calls claiming suspicious “going on’s.”  What was the problem?  The neighbors were so used to the sounds, the absence of them caused them concern.   While I know it sounds strange, […]

Illustration – Railroad Noises and Sin

| September 23, 2009

The story is told of a family who lived close to a railroad track, where trains passed hourly with their ringing bells, clacking wheels and shrieking whistles.  Visitors would often ask, “how can you sleep at night with all of that noise?”  They often explained that when they first moved there, they could hardly get […]

Illustration – Sin

| September 23, 2009

Many of you are familiar with the oft-told story about the long church service President Calvin Coolidge attended.  Mr. Coolidge’s mind tended to wonder (some of you might already be thinking, “what did Perry say?”).  President Coolidge’s wife decided to test him, asking what the sermon had been about.  “Sin,” the often verbally brief Coolidge […]