Illustrations aid seasonal sermons

APOLOGIES"An apology is much like a burnt offering: serve it up half-cooked and you haven't really accomplished anything." (Lawrence Shames, quoted in Esquire)APPEARANCE -- Important to usThe important executiv...

Illustrations help sermons come alive

ALCOHOL -- Cost to nationPaul Harvey recently reported that Americans spend $28 billion annually on alcohol, and another $35 billion counteracting its effects: rehabilitation programs, crime, lost productivity,...

Illustrations add sermon sparkle

AGE - Changes perspective"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all." (Jock Falkson, Frontline)...

Illustrations shed light on biblical truth

AGEA man called on Sir John Gielgud after a performance to extend his congratulations. Recognizing the name, Sir John welcomed him with the words, "How pleased I am to meet you. I used to know your son; we were...

Illustrations help make memorable messages

AGING -- Continue to learn"When I was young," W. Somerset Maugham once observed, "I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old a...

Illustrations offer sermon insights

BLAMEA new pastor had been called to a "preacher-eater" church that ran through pastors frequently. As he searched the desk drawers in his new study, he found a large manila envelope containing a note from the ...

Stories make impact on messages

ATTITUDE -- Importance ofA young man enrolled in a course on positive attitudes. The first session, the teacher asked him why he was taking the course, and he said, "I'm having problems with my wife." The class...

Stories Shed Light on Bible Truths

BARNABASIn his sermon "Taking the Hazard," John H. Jowett offered this description of Paul's co-worker, Barnabas:"He was gentle, companionable, sweet. He was pastoral where Paul was militant. He was the son of ...

Illustrations bring life to sermons

AIDS -- Danger growsThe World Health Organization predicts that the number of people infected with the AIDS virus would reach 100 million by 1990. According to USA Today, as many as two million people in the Un...

Stories spark sermon interest

ABUNDANCE -- Christ offersRandall Broome, pastor of Oconee Baptist Church in Commerce, GA, recalls his days as a high school football player. Among the rules that were strictly imposed was the waterbreak rule."...