Illustrations

The Tea Cup

The Tea Cup

“You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 There was a couple that used to go to England to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. This was their...

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The Perfect Mistake

The Perfect Mistake

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 My mother's father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for the clothes his...

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God’s Embroidery

God’s Embroidery

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;" Psalm 139:13 When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor...

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The Making of a Persian Rug

The Making of a Persian Rug

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Cor 15:58 When they are making a Persian rug, they put it up vertically on a frame, and little boys, sitting at...

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Three Trees

Three Trees

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9Once there were three trees on a hill in a wood. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with...

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You say…God says…

You say…God says…

"In everything give thanks." 1 Thessalonians 5:18 For all the heartaches and the tears,For gloomy days and fruitless yearsI do give thanks, for now I knowThese were the things that helped me grow!-- Crandlemire The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a...

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The Alchemy of God

The Alchemy of God

“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 Have you ever had a rock and wished you could change...

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God’s Cake

God’s Cake

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" or...

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The Father’s Grip

The Father’s Grip

“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry...

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The man who wanted to quit on God

The man who wanted to quit on God

"He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Phil 1:6 (TRUE STORY--as told by Evangelist Robert Pilgrim, who in turn was told by his Grandmother when he was a little boy.) A certain man, who had been a Christian for...

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Holding Pattern

Holding Pattern

"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10Many times God will allow a painful situation or a painful circumstance in our life to "swallow us up." This season in our spiritual growth is a holding pattern. We can't move to the left or the right. All we can do is sit,...

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The Buzzard, Bat and Bumblebee

The Buzzard, Bat and Bumblebee

I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from?My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1,2 If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly,...

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The Sinking Ship

The Sinking Ship

"He (Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm." Mark 4:39In the winter of 1995, a fishing boat began to sink in the rough, cold waters off Vancouver Island, west of British Columbia,...

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Under His Wings

Under His Wings

'He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge...' (Psalm 91:4) An article in National Geographic several years ago provided a penetrating picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began...

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Looking Forward with Hope

Looking Forward with Hope

"Hope in God, For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God." -Psalm 43:5Are you really walking the walk of faith? Ask yourself these questions: Am I looking ahead with hope, or am I looking back with disappointment? Do I tend to count my...

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The Essence of Trust

The Essence of Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Prov 3:5A little girl and her father were crossing a flimsy bridge. The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter: Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don't fall...

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Father Knows

Father Knows

A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; Isaiah 42:3A gentleman was one day opening a box of goods. His little son was standing near, and as the father took the packages from the box,...

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Eagles in a storm

Eagles in a storm

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles." Isaiah 40:31 Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the...

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When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows

"A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion." Mark 4:37.38 Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people...

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Explain God

Explain God

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 This was written by an 8 year old, Danny Dutton of Chula Vista, CA, for his third grade homework assignment. The assignment...

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Love is…

Love is…

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matt 19:14 Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes. What does Love mean? A group...

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Minor travelling unattended

Minor travelling unattended

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:10 Right before the jetway door closed, I scrambled aboard the plane going from LA to Chicago, lugging my...

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Breakfast at McDonalds

Breakfast at McDonalds

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:7 I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the...

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Lunch with God

Lunch with God

'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'  Matt 25:20 A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root...

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I’m flying

I’m flying

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Gal 6:2Once upon a time there was a little boy who was raised in an orphanage.The little boy had always wished that he could fly like a bird. It was very difficult for him to understand...

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Mr. Jenner

Mr. Jenner

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Isaiah 52:7Several years ago in England, a well known pastor name Dr. Francis Dickson a...

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Ears

Ears

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us Romans 5:8 "Can I see my baby?" the happy new mother asked. When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, she gasped. The doctor...

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Encouragement

Encouragement

"Encourage one another and build each other up."  1 Thessalonians 5:11 Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.  His bed was next to the...

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A shoe salesman

A shoe salesman

"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" Matthew 19:26Dwight L. Moody was a poorly educated, unordained, shoe salesman who felt God's call to preach the gospel. Early one morning he and some friends gathered...

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Bamboo

Bamboo

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;" Ecc 3 Once...

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Love and Pancakes

Love and Pancakes

. . reap the fruit of unfailing love . . . (Hosea 10:12, NIV)Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes.  He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister,...

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The King’s Highway

The King’s Highway

"Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. Hebrews 12:13 Once upon a time, a king had a great highway built for the people who lived in his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the...

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Live like we are worth

Live like we are worth

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:40 A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in...

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The Water Pot

The Water Pot

Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'The potter has no hands'? Isaiah 56:9A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and...

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Piano concert

Piano concert

Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands - all that you can hold. – Luke 6:38 Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took her boy to a Paderewski...

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Why did you do that?

Why did you do that?

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. 2 Peter 4:10 Beth was sitting at an airport terminal waiting to board a plane. She was sitting there with several other people whom she did not know who were also...

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No Excuses

No Excuses

 Do you hear or think statements like "I'm not perfect.  I have all kinds of problems.  I don't know the Bible well enough?.... Well, did you know that...Moses stuttered.David's armor didn't fit.John Mark deserted Paul.Timothy had ulcers.Hosea's wife was a...

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Why go to church?

Why go to church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can't remember...

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The old cowboy

The old cowboy

Once an old cowboy, feeling himself in need of religion, determined to visit a congregation in a town where he was stopping. When the appointed time arrived, the fellow entered the church and took his seat.  Although his clothes were spotlessly clean, he wore jeans, a...

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Where were you when my son needed you?

Where were you when my son needed you?

Sally jumped up as soon as she saw the Surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: "How is my little boy? Is he going to be O.K.? When can I see him?"The Surgeon said, "I'm sorry, we did all we could."Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer, doesn’t GOD...

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The girl with apples

The girl with apples

"..the righteous give generously". Psalm 37:21 A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was "too crowded." "I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.   Seeing her shabby, unkempt...

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To be or not to be?

To be or not to be?

"You knit me in my mother’s womb . . . nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret" (Psalm 139:13,15) In today’s society with the application of situation ethics, some areas of our reasoning have grayed from either black or white. I would like you to...

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The other woman

The other woman

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you". Exodus 20:12 After 21 years of marriage, I discovered a new way of keeping alive the spark of love. A little while ago I had started to go out with...

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Dear Mom, Thank You

Dear Mom, Thank You

"But there's also this, it's not too late...."  Joel 2:12 When you came into the world, she held you in her arms.  You thanked her by wailing like a banshee. When you were one year old, she fed you and bathed you.  You thanked her by crying all night long. When your...

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57 cents

57 cents

"..the righteous give generously". Psalm 37:21 A sobbing little girl stood near a small church from which she had been turned away because it was "too crowded." "I can't go to Sunday School," she sobbed to the pastor as he walked by.   Seeing her shabby, unkempt...

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The Geese and the Snowstorm

The Geese and the Snowstorm

".. he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." Philippians 2:7 There was once a man who did not believe in either the virgin birth of Christ or the spiritual meaning behind it, and was skeptical even about God. He...

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Remember the Duck

Remember the Duck

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more." Isaiah 43:25 There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. And he was given a slingshot to play without in the woods. He practiced in the woods,...

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Desire

Desire

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited...

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Recalls

Recalls

With all the chatter these days about "recalls" on a certain model of automobile and with my hobby of "working" with computers, this seems like a worthy and timely message to pass on to my many friends. RECALL NOTICE:  The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling...

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Resume of Jesus Christ

Resume of Jesus Christ

Address: Ephesians 1:20 Phone: Romans 10:13 Website: The Bible. Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus Hello. My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my...

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Barbers don’t exist

Barbers don’t exist

"For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." Romans 1:20 A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut...

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Funny isn’t it?

Funny isn’t it?

Funny how Rs.100/- looks so big when we take it to church and so small when we take it to the store. Funny how big an hour serving God looks and how small 60 minutes are when spent playing ball, fishing or golfing. Funny how laborious it is to read a chapter in the...

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We reap what we sow

We reap what we sow

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." Gal 6:7 In light of the shooting by an alleged 16-year old at the Washington National Zoo, someone wrote: Dear God, Why didn't you save the little girl in Michigan? Sincerely, Concerned Student And...

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Bitter or sweet?

Bitter or sweet?

At the University of Chicago Divinity School each year, they have what is called "Baptist Day." On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every "Baptist Day" the school would invite one of the greatest minds to lecture in...

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Birthday Celebration

Birthday Celebration

I had a dream, Joseph. I don't understand it, not really, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our son.  I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks.  They had decorated the house and bought new...

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Losing the Romance

Losing the Romance

"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things". I Cor 13:7 My husband is an Engineer by profession, I love him for his steady nature, and I love the warm feeling when I lean against his broad shoulders. Three years of courtship and...

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Bridges

Bridges

"Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?" - Isaiah 51:10 bridge  n. 1. A structure spanning and providing passage over an obstacle. 2. Something resembling or...

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Love…always perseveres

Love…always perseveres

"Love never fails" 1 Cor 13:8 Taking a midweek afternoon off turned into a delightful break from the normal pressure of daily duties. The sun filtered gently through the leaves of the tree under which I was sitting, forming delicate shadows that danced like carefree...

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But I know her

But I know her

"..but the greatest of these is love" 1 Cor 13:13 It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his...

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