illustration on giving

Rockefeller Tithes

In his book The Little Red Book of Wisdom, author Mark DeMoss tells a story about John D. Rockefeller. The Standard Oil founder, who died in 1937, was one of the world’s richest business barons. In his lifetime he gave away today’s equivalent of $5 billion. He told his story this way: “I had to […]

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sermon illustration on doubt

Doubting God Because of Broken World

A woman I know named Sheryl went to a salon to have her nails manicured. As the beautician began to work, they began to have a good conversation about many subjects. When they eventually touched on God, the beautician said, “I don‟t believe God exists.” “Why do you say that?” asked Sheryl, who has MS.“Well, […]

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sermon illustration on grace

Vomit Hug

Since Charisse was about six months old, I’ve made it a weekly habit to allow Lucretia to sleep in while I take care of our daughter. I get my daughter out of bed, get her dressed, and take her on a breakfast date. One particular morning I opened the door to walk into Charisse’s room, […]

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Sermon illustration on prayer

Hilton Hotels Were Built on Prayer

1931 was a long and boring year. The stock market crash of 1929 plunged America into the depths of the Great Depression, and most businesses struggled to stay afloat. Among the struggling businessmen was a hotelier named Conrad Hilton. Americans weren’t traveling, and hotels were suffering. Hilton was borrowing money from a bellhop so he […]

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I’m Opening My Sermon Illustration Vault

Your sermon is nearly finished, but it’s still missing that one thing—the perfect sermon illustration or story that will make it unforgettable. So, if you are like most pastors, you fire up the Google machine and search for “sermon illustrations.” You then spend the next few hours reading through a bunch of outdated websites trying […]

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