Sermon Illustration: Healing Your Church Hurt

Sermon Illustration: Healing Your Church Hurt

Tremendous quote from Stephen Mansfield’s Healing Your Church Hurt: What to do When You Still Love God But Have Been Wounded By His People: “In time, I became aware that what is important is not so much the cause of the offense, but rather the common...
Sermon Illustration: “Here Comes the Bride” & Fasting

Sermon Illustration: “Here Comes the Bride” & Fasting

Recently, while officiating a wedding, I learned one of the key reasons for fasting. The bride and groom are the kind of cute that almost makes you want to vomit a little. They are both “pretty people” (if you know what I mean) and are totally in love with...
Sermon Illustration: Volunteer or Called?

Sermon Illustration: Volunteer or Called?

Depending on who you read, Tennessee became known as the Volunteer State for one of two reasons. (Or, I guess both could be true?) Some say the title “Volunteers” came as a result of the War of 1812 when so many men from Tennessee volunteered to fight in...
Sermon Illustration: Words Matter

Sermon Illustration: Words Matter

A great illustration when discussing the power of affirmation, I found this from chapter 7 in Chip and Dan Heath’s The Power of Moments: Kira Sloop remembers it as the worst year of her life. It was 1983 and she was entering the sixth grade. “Imagine, if...
Sermon Illustration: Tempted Not to Tithe

Sermon Illustration: Tempted Not to Tithe

I am a 41 year old pastor and still get tempted not to tithe. I have been giving to the local church since I was a young boy. In fact, I don’t remember NOT tithing. It is a habit my parents instilled in me early. I can remember turning in an envelope to my...