I love that scene in The Pilgrim's Progress where Christian and Hopeful come to the final river of death. They are fearful that the water will be over their heads. But Hopeful goes first and calls back to Christian, “Be of good cheer, my brother; I feel the bottom, and it is good.”
Contributed by Tim Spear on Dec 3, 2012
Mary illustrates that hungry heart that wants to understand the depth of this great salvation. --John
Contributed by David Goering on Nov 1, 2019
SCRIPTURE: James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
ILLUSTRATION: Two men are on a plane, an announcement comes over the loud speakers and says "This plane is going to crash, please put on the parachute that is under
Contributed by Andy Beech on Mar 2, 2006
The other day I was reading a story from Graham Twelftree’s book ‘Get the Point Across’ about two African chiefs who came to the missionary Chalmers and asked for Christian teachers for their villages, but he apologised saying he didn’t have anyone to send.
Two years went by
Contributed by John Oscar on Jan 15, 2017
A family came home from church one Sunday and after they had lunch they sent their 6-year-old son off to play. After awhile, his mother realized that they hadn’t heard much from him, which any parent knows is a recipe for disaster.
The mother got up from her recliner and walked to the child's
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 31, 2000
The following illustrates that point. "In a stately church a noticeably untidy man visited the church for the first time. He was met by one of the smartly-dressed ushers who immediately ushered him to a back pew so that his unkept appearance and foul odor would not upset the decorum of the
Contributed by Sheila Crowe on Jan 12, 2003
THE CALL FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
In Paul Harvey’s “For What It’s Worth Department” there was a story about a man named Speedy Morris.
Speedy was a basketball coach for LaSalle University. He was shaving one day when his wife called out to tell him he was wanted on the phone by Sports
Contributed by William Yates on Nov 5, 2003
Japanese sword illustration: It is the Japanese who have created the best swords in the world. To create these fine weapons, ancient Japanese sword makers had to create a sword that was hard enough to retain a sharp edge, but at the same time soft enough not to be brittle. Sword makers who made
Video Illustration: The end of the movie The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. It’s were the three have a show down in the cemetery court yard.
This scene paints a picture for us today on how we are to deal with the Bad and the Ugly of the church. The truth is we are in a duel with both. But the Good
Video Illustration: The Beginning of Mission Impossible when the agent accepts the Mission.
We look a video clip like this and we admire this man for accepting the mission and all the risks that go along with it. The truth is we envy this man because he is willing to live his life on the edge and
Contributed by D Todd on Apr 21, 2004
This really illustrates the point of God’s Provision and how He works through us. I go to the grocery store and get a pie. You will have to try which one works best for you. I like to use apple or the frozen kind that leaves lots of left over crumbs and pieces in the bottom of the pan.
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Apr 18, 2004
Evangelism Quotes and Illustrations
1. Paul Harvey said, "Too many Christians are no longer fishers of men but keepers of the aquarium."
2. Paul Little in his book "How to Give Away Your Faith" defines witnessing: "Witnessing is that deep-seated conviction that the greatest favor I can do for
Contributed by Bill Sullivan on Aug 11, 2004
Opening illustration with marshmallows: invite three or four from congregation who really like marshmallows - give each one a marshmallow.
Ask them to hold it, wait until you’ve walked all the way around the auditorium. If they can wait until you’ve walked all the way around the auditorium,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 11, 2004
THE FOUR SOILS: A PHYSICAL ILLUSTRATION
(The following physical illustration is taken from “Heno Head’s Simple Science Object Talks.” If you decide use it, take note that you need to carefully measure out how much baking soda you use, and how much vinegar you place in each jar.
Since we have
Contributed by Sermon Central on Feb 25, 2007
1. (Illustration) In the former Soviet Union several years ago, there was a house church that had to meet in secret to avoid reprisals from the communist government. One Sunday these believers arrived inconspicuously in small groups throughout the day so as not to arouse the suspicion of KGB
Contributed by Warren Curry on Sep 29, 2004
Illustration from Hot Illustrations by Len Kageler
Just about everyone enjoys playing computer games. One of the best is Microsoft’s “Flight Simulator.” In most versions of the game, you can choose a prop plane or a Lear jet, and you can also choose which of 180 airports around the country to take
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 17, 2007
Here’s an illustration of delighting in a weakness:
Charlie Boswell was blinded during World War 2. But he didn’t allow his blindness to stop him from playing sports. In fact he went on to become the 13 time USA Blind Golf Champion In 1958 Charlie was presented with the Ben Hogan award. Hogan, of
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 17, 2007
Great illustration of a perfectionist. John Quincy Adams held more important offices than anyone else in the history of the U.S. He served with distinction as president, senator, congressman, ambassador to major European powers, and participated in various capacities in the American Revolution, the
THE PRICE THEY PAID – From Illustrations Unlimited:Have you ever wondered what happened to those fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their
Contributed by Arliss Beavers on Dec 28, 2007
An illustration of Born Again. A Volkswagon wants to become a Cadillac, and learns that it takes more than a mere emblem change to do so. It taks a trip to the refiners