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sermon illustration on purpose

Winchester Mystery House

Without a purpose for your life, you will have a lot of activity with little progress. Nestled in the suburbs of San Jose, California, is an interesting tourist attraction: an estate built by the heir of the Winchester rifle fortune. In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a thirty-eight-year construction project guided by a […]

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The Law of the Pendulum

What you truly believe is shown more through your actions than you words. In college I was asked to prepare a lesson to teach to my speech class. We were graded on our creativity and ability to drive home a point in a memorable way. The title of my talk was, “The Law of the […]

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Illustration on stress

Children Suffer From Secondhand Stress

In the “Ask the Children” survey, researcher Ellen Galinsky interviewed more than a thousand children in grades three through twelve and asked parents to guess how kids would respond. One key question asked the kids what one thing they would change about the way their parents’ work was affecting them. The results were striking. The […]

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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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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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