Sermon Illustrations

ILL - In 2006 Elizabeth Shoaf was abducted while walking home from school.

The predator was a local man – weird past…

He put Elizabeth in a bunker he had dug in the woods, and there molested her for 14 days!

How do you survive that?

Elizabeth used several techniques to shut her mind down and keep hope.

One thing she said in an interview caught my attention.

She told him what he wanted to here.

“I told him I loved him… I called him babe…” she said (

Often times we feel trapped in Satan’s snare. It seems too difficult to fight our way out, so to cope we just tell him what he wants to hear.

Rom 6:17-18

17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.

18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.(NIV)