Sermon Illustrations

These past few weeks we have experienced some amazing rainfall

And these rains have been accompanied by thunder and lightning

I love to watch storms, sit somewhere safe and view the lightning and listen to the thunder

You ever thought about how powerful the lightning is?

The leader of a bolt of lighting can travel at speeds of 60,000 meters/second

And can reach temperatures approaching 54,000„a F

Wow that is some power

It was enough to send Marty McFly through time in Back to the Future

There are over 16 million lightning storms every year

And this lightning heats nearby air to about 18,000„a F nearly instantly

This is almost twice the temp. of the Sun¡¦s surface

This heating creates a shockwave that is heard as thunder

A mighty rolling thunder that registers at about 160 dB

10 x¡¦s louder than a garbage truck or jackhammer

Its like sitting in front of speakers at a rock concert

It is capable of producing temporary deafness and may cause rupturing of the ear drum

That can lead to hearing damage or deafness

It can even cause property damage

Like popping drywall from the studs in your house

And breaking windows

Just from the concussion of thunder

And it can be heard over 10 miles away

His power throughout the universe displayed


Who controls this phenomenon?

Jesus Himself

Matthew 8:26-27 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. [27] But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Even the winds and the waves obey Him

How¡¦s that all fit into the global warming consensus?

God is indeed in control

This makes my soul sing out

To my Savior, my God

How GREAT Thou Art

You are immeasurably great and powerful