Category Archives: Illustrations

Golden Rule

I am sure that all of us have shopped at J.C. Penney at some time or other, but I want to tell you something that you probably did not know about Penney’s. It used to be known as “the Golden Rule store”. In fact, when Mr. Penney first started, his first several stores were called

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Being Hounded

Paul Harvey told a story about an attractive airline stewardess who was being hounded by two flirts – one at the front of the plane, the other at the back. She was obviously very put-off by the very forward advances being made by the two men, but she kept right on doing her job. Near

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I Know Where He’s Going

Matthew Henry went to London, met a young lady of the nobility, who was also wealthy, and they fell in love. She went to ask her father if she could marry him and he said, “He’s got no background, you don’t know where he’s come from.” She said, “Yes, I know, but I know where he’s going

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Joan of Arc

As musket balls and canon balls flew, and the 15th Century French Army prepared to retreat before the dominance of the English one more time, the visionary Joan of Arc prepared to scale the enemy’s wall with a shield of faith and her sacred sword. An officer bellowed out, “Don’t go over the wall. No one will

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Surrendered His Crown

George III of England, America’s enemy in the Revolutionary War, felt terrible about the loss of the colonies. It was said, in fact, that for the rest of his life, he could not say the word “independence” without tripping over it. He was an odd duck in many ways, but he had good insights. When the fighting in

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Where You are Going

There is an old Irish toast we need to remember: “May you have the hindsight to know where you have been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight it know when you’re going too far.” Wise is the leader who knows when he is going too far.

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Responsibility

Brenda Goodine shares a story about her friend who decided to talk to her bright four-year-old son, Benji, about receiving Christ. “Benji,” she asked quietly, “would you like to have Jesus in your heart?” Benji thought for a few minutes and then rolling his blue eyes answered, “No. I don’t think I want the responsibility.” Benji realized what

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Lost In The Dark

Instead of trusting Christ, modern-day thinkers insist on using human wisdom alone for answers to eternal questions. The tragedy of this situation was graphically illustrated in a humorous skit performed by Karl Vallentin, a Munich comedian. Walking on a stage where everything was dark except for a small area under a street lamp, he began

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Not Funny At All

G. Campbell Morgan, in his book “How to Live,” told about a conversation he had after he finished preaching one evening. A man approached Morgan to tell him he had invited a fellow employee, one with whom he had worked for 5 years, to attend the service. He then said, “My suggestion came as quite

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Lacking One Thing

A young artist had toiled and struggled in his work upon a piece of statuary, until at last the block of marble which held his thoughts imprisoned had given way to the statue of an angel which appeared quite perfect to the beholder. The young artist wished the criticism of those of greater renown than

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