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."...

Illustrations bring life to sermons

ACCEPTANCE-We all needThere's a popular song that you still hear on the radio from time to time: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree." It tells the story of a convict on his way home, though unsure if t...

Bring life to ’87 sermons with illustrations

ACCOMPLISHMENT -- One person canThink that one person can't make a difference in the world? Harriet Beecher Stowe was one person, but her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, transformed American attitudes toward slavery. ...

Stories add spark to seasonal sermons

ADVENTDaniel Hansen tells about the time he and a friend visited the site of the battle of Gettysburg. Climbing a nearby observation tower expecting to see a magnificent view, they were disappointed to see only...

Illustrations bring sermons to life

ASSUMPTIONS--Can be costlyA tough store manager was walking through the packing room one day when he saw a young man lounging on a shipping crate, whistling and relaxing. He asked how much he was paid."$120 a w...