Category Archives: Sermon Illustrations

Bonhoeffer: The Blessing of Morning Prayer

“The morning prayer determines the day. Squandered time of which we are ashamed, temptations to which we succumb, weaknesses and lack of courage at work, disorganization and lack of discipline in our thoughts and in our conversation with other men, … Continue reading

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Illustrations From Walt Disney: An American Original

I picked up a copy of Walt Disney: An American Original in a bookstore at (of all places!) Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  It was not a “puff piece” but an interesting look into the life of a man … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer and Preparing for Trials

Proverbs 24:10 says: “If you are slack in the day of distress, your strength is limited.”  This Proverb teaches us a very practical principle: if you have not conditioned or prepared yourself for times of difficulty, you are going to … Continue reading

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Why the Incarnation: Paul Harvey’s “The Man & The Birds”

I have used Paul Harvey’s “The Man & The Birds” over the years as a favorite story to illustrate the meaning and necessity of the doctrine of the Incarnation, that God became Man in the Person of Jesus Christ. Following … Continue reading

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Illustrations from Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad

Not long after the Civil War, Mark Twain joined a steamship tour of Europe and the Holy Land. His entertaining book, The Innocents Abroad, chronicles the journey in a way only Twain could. Punctuated liberally with sarcasm and irony, the … Continue reading

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Notes & Quotes from C.S. Lewis: A Life, by Alister McGrath

Some of my favorite quotes, and potential sermon illustrations from McGrath’s 2013 biography of Lewis. These are in order as they appeared in the book: TRAIN UP A CHILD “Both brothers inhabited imaginary worlds, and committed something of these to … Continue reading

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Notes & Quotes: Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon: “Praise, One of the Chief Employments of Heaven”

SOURCE: The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. II, p. 913-917 OCCASION: a Thanksgiving sermon, presented Nov. 7, 1734. TEXT: Revelation 14:2 “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a … Continue reading

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