3-Week Series: Double Blessing

Sermon Illustrations

There is a scene in the movie, “Five Easy Pieces,” a movie where a trashy oil rigger returns home to comfort his dying father. Jack Nicholson plays the part of the boy that’s returns home to help his family through a tough situation. Well, there’s a scene in the movie where Jack Nicholson is ordering toast in a restaurant. The waiter says, “You can’t order toast because it’s not on the menu.” He says, “What do you mean it’s not on the menu?” You’ve got a toaster in the back room, right? “Yes! But you can’t have toast because it’s not on the menu.” So, Nicholson says, “Let me see your menu! I see here you have chicken salad sandwich, what’s on a chicken salad sandwich?” Well, there’s chicken salad, mao, lettuce, and tomato.” And you can have it either on plain bread or toasted right? So, he says, “Why don’t you just bring me a chicken salad sandwich, but hold the chicken salad, the mao, the tomato, the lettuce, and just give me what’s left.”