Sermon Illustrations


Two Malaysian farmers had a dispute over a calf. 37-year-old Zulkifli said it was his, and 44-year-old Isa said it was his. Zulkifli just went out to tether the calf in a field to graze, when Isa stopped him and claimed the calf was his, claiming that Zulkifli had stolen it from him.

They never beat on each other, but the argument was heated. They both went to the police to file a claim for the calf worth about $570. Now here’s the story.

They both agreed to have the calf DNA tested, and, the DNA test would cost more than $900, way more than the price of the calf. Also, they agreed to split the costs for the test. So the winner, would end up at most, about $120 bucks ahead. The loser would end up $450 in the red for the DNA test.

Well, good news for Zulkifli. The calf was his and he got to keep his $570 calf which was now worth $120. He was just happy he was right. Basic math says, if they would have sold the calf and split the proceeds, they both would have been ahead $220. But being right is more important, right?

(From a sermon by Clarence Peters "Moving the Battle Lines" 1/18/2009)

Related Sermon Illustrations

  • An Elderly Man Had Serious Hearing Problems For A ...  PRO

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Sep 27, 2004
    based on 12 ratings

    An elderly man had serious hearing problems for a number of years. His family tired again and agins to convince him to get a hearing aid. Finally, he relented. he went to the doctor and was fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed him to hear 100 percent. A month later he went back to the more

  • To Kill A Mockingbird" Is One Of My Favorite ...  PRO

    Contributed by Timothy Smith on Sep 3, 2005
    based on 2 ratings

    “To Kill A Mockingbird” is one of my favorite stories. The main character is Atticus Finch, a lawyer and father who defends a young black man of rape in 1932. As you can imagine, in that day that was not a popular decision. He’s called all kinds of names and even his children bear the brunt of his more

  • Kathy Bates Was In The Movie "Fried Green ...  PRO

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Sep 27, 2004
    based on 3 ratings

    Kathy Bates was in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”, but is probably best remembered for her role as an obsessed fan in Misery that won her an Oscar. In Misery Bates plays a nurse who encounters her favorite author at an accident scene in a remote location in Colorado during a fierce snowstorm. more

  • At The Age Of 15 John Stoddard Made A List Of All ...  PRO

    Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Apr 14, 2004
    based on 2 ratings

    At the age of 15 John Stoddard made a list of all the things he wanted to accomplish in his life. He envisioned himself as a great explorer and put down things like: explore the Nile, climb Mt. Everest, visit every country in the world, visit the moon. His list had 127 goals. When John was 60, more

  • In His Book "The Weight Of Your Words" Author ...  PRO

    Contributed by Jeff Simms on Sep 27, 2004
    based on 3 ratings

    In his book “The Weight of Your Words” author Joseph Stowell tells the following story: My junior high school had scheduled its annual operatic production. Talented students were quick to try out for the various parts. I was not so certain of my abilities and had decided that singing in an more

Related Sermons

Browse All Media

Related Media

Rich Young Ruler
PowerPoint Template
Selfless Life
PowerPoint Template
American Idols
PowerPoint Template