Sermon Illustrations

* On the night of April 14, 1912, during its first trip from England to New York, the Titanic struck an iceberg. The collision tore a 300-foot gash in its hull, and in 2½ hours the unsinkable ship sank. Some 1500 people died.

* On May 6, 1937, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, the mighty German Zeppelin, Hindenburg, was attempting a mooring. The Hindenburg was one of Nazi Germany’s finest airships. It was supposed to represent the greatness of the German Reich and its leader, Adolf Hitler. It had just crossed the Atlantic on its maiden voyage of the year when it exploded. 36 people died.

* On August 31, 1997, Diana, the Princess of Wales, was killed shortly after midnight in an automobile accident in a tunnel by the Seine River in Paris.

* On September 11, 2001, hijacked airplanes, in the hands of terrorists, crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nearly 3000 people died.

* On the day after Christmas 2004, a monster tsunami hit several countries in South Asia and Africa, and 150,000 died in one day!

* On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina battered the gulf coast of the United States. It was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Its damage is estimated at $75 billion dollars making it the costliest hurricane in U.S. history. As of March 20, 2006 the confirmed death toll stood at 1,604, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since 1928.

* Today 150,000 people die.