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Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | Mark Ellingsen | Frank Ramirez |
1 Samuel 16:1-13
I do not eat a lot of watermelon, but I am amazed at how much is on the internet about how to tell if a watermelon is ripe. There are several tips, ranging from noting the white spot at the bottom of the melon to looking at the curling tendril. However, the most reported and accurate tip, according >> More


And there was light ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | David Kalas |
The significance of light and darkness is evident from the very beginning of scripture. Indeed, from the very beginning, period. “Let there be light” is, famously, the first thing we have a record of God saying. It is the essential first act of creation. And as we continue to read, we discover that it is just the first blow in >> More


See the Light, Live the Light, Shine the Light ... from The Immediate Word | John 9:1-41 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-3 | Beth Herrinton-Hodge | Mary Austin |
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what binds us together rather than focusing on the ways we separate ourselves from one another. As team member Beth Herrinton-Hodge observes in the next installment of The Immediate Word, we base our perception of other people and the world on >> More


New light in darkness ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | David Coffin |
A group of younger workers are seated next to one another at a workplace where they have to deal with the public both person-to-person and over the telephone. They are having difficulty dealing with clients and customers who are older than they are in terms of communication skills, etiquette, and basic manners. These workers console one another once the older >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | Mark Ellingsen | Scott A. Bryte |
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Often we are like Samuel, running on fumes of depression and wandering aimlessly not knowing where to go for help.

I read about an airline pilot who announced over the intercom: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we have a tailwind, and we are making excellent time. The bad news is that our >> More


We were once darkness... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Bob Ove |
We were once darkness before we gave ourselves to the Lord. Now Jesus is our light if we don't block him out. We can turn on light in a room -- even a small light can light the whole room, but there is nothing darkness can do to take away light. We can't switch on a "darkness" lever. It is >> More


Miracles of Sight ... from StoryShare | stories | John 9:1-41 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Keith Wagner |
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"Miracles of Sight" by Keith Wagner
"Trusting God in the Darkness" by Keith Wagner


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Miracles of Sight
by Keith Wagner
John 9:1-41

Most people see the healing of the blind man as a miracle. Jesus made a mud pack, put it in the blind man's eyes, and then told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Amazingly >> More


How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? ... from The Immediate Word | John 9:1-41 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-3 | Leah Lonsbury | Dean Feldmeyer |

A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deserving of God’s grace. The Pharisees maintain that the blind man whose sight was restored by Jesus was a sinner, and therefore not worthy of being healed of his affliction. Their first impulse is to discount the veracity of the healing, >> More



Snapshot ... from CSS Plus | Second reading | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Leah Thompson |
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (v. 11)

Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) How many of you have seen a camera like this before? (allow answers) Ten years ago, almost everyone used cameras like these! They aren't digital cameras, like we use today. These cameras use something >> More


Believing is seeing ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 | Wayne Brouwer | Schuyler Rhodes |
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder. Children especially can appear this way, in part because of the size of their eyeballs. Our eyeballs grow very little during the course of our lives, and certainly not at the same rate as the rest of our bodies' organs. For that reason children stare at life with eyes bigger in >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | John 9:1-41 |
1 Samuel 16:1-13
"Expect the unexpected!" How often have you gone to a job interview or meeting having built up a particular image of someone in your head... only to walk in and find someone who completely contradicts your expectations? Perhaps you are supposed to meet with the highly educated CEO of a well-established company -- and although you are expecting >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Craig Kelly |
I never experienced complete darkness until I was a teenager. I took part in a tour of a potash mine near my home. After we descended several hundred feet into the ground, the tour guide showed us the machinery used in mining the potash as well as the layout of the mine. Then, at one point, he stopped the vehicle >> More


The Christian Liar ... from StoryShare | John 9:1-41 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | Sandra Herrmann | C. David McKirachan |
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"The Christian Liar" by Sandra Herrmann
"But We Smell" by C. David McKirachan


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The Christian Liar

by Sandra Herrmann
1 Samuel 16:1-13

Cornelia ten Boom was a devoted Christian. A spinster, as they used to say of unmarried women, and a watch maker in her father's shop. She had been 22 when World War I broke out. When >> More


FREE Sermon Illustrations from The Immediate Word for April 3, 2011 ... from The Immediate Word | John 9:1-41 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 |
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for an exotic Christmas vacation.

On Christmas morning she and her mother went out on the beach to wade and collect shells, and Tillie noticed that the sea looked different than it had the day before -- flatter and frothier. The water, she joked >> More


Surprise! Surprise! ... from The Immediate Word | John 9:1-41 | Ephesians 5:8-14 | 1 Samuel 16:1-13 | Roger Lovette | George Reed |
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new king of Israel to replace Saul, whose rule has grown stale and fossilized. It's a risky business whose dangers Samuel clearly understands -- Samuel tells the Lord, in words that could just as easily come from the mouths of the throngs >> More

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