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In this blog, I have collected many stories, quotes, jokes and ideas that I use regularly in my sermons.I have tried to put in the sources and origins of these illustrations. If I have missed some or gotten the wrong sources, please let me know. I will update them. Feel free to use these illustrations for the glory of God. If you have some illustrations that you like to contribute, kindly add them to my blog, so that I and others may benefit from them. God bless!
Reverend Albert Kang

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

What Old Lady Does The Whole Day

A rare visitor to an old lady who lived alone asked how she spent her time. 

"I begin my day by reading the Bible until I can read no more. Then I pray until I can pray no more. Then I get a hymn book and sing until I can sing no more." 

Then she smiled and said, "Then I just sit still for the rest of the day and let God love me."

Crazy Laws

It was not uncommon in the Middle Ages for animals to be tried in courts of law. These prosecutions were based on the Biblical law of Moses which stated that, "If an ox gores a man or woman so that they die, then the ox shall be stoned and his flesh shall not be eaten". 

Horses, rats, pigs and even insects have been taken to court on various occasions. In 1445, at St. Julien, an action was taken against some beetles which had ravaged a vineyard. The insects declined to attend court, so the case fizzled out. 

In the 16th century, a clothes moth was put on trial in Spain, charged with destroying a valuable tapestry. Actually, it was innocent; it was the larvae who were the real culprits. But the moth was found guilty anyway and sentenced to have its throat cut. 

In France in 1314, a bull was hanged for goring a man and in 1457, a sow and her six young piglets were sentenced to death for eating a child. The sow was executed, but the piglets got off on account of their youth. 

Humans have passed all sorts of stupid laws - and still do. But there's never been a law against "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control".

The Holy Spirit And The Bears

The Holy Spirit empowers us against the enemy (1 Jn 4:4): A number of years ago, a movie came out called The Bear, and it went something like this: 

Once upon a time, there was a mummy bear and a baby bear, and they were so happy together. Then one day an accident happened and the mummy bear died, leaving the little baby bear all alone in the world. 

One day the poor defenceless baby bear was out minding his own business when he was spotted by a big, mean, hungry mountain lion. 

The baby bear started to run; he was trapped next to the river and jumped in. 

The mean and nasty mountain lion followed him downstream to where the baby bear came ashore at a crossing. 

The baby bear was trapped again and made a puny, squeaky sound as the mountain lion closed in for the kill. 

Then suddenly, the baby bear stood to his feet, opened his mouth, and there was a massive great roar. 

The mountain lion suddenly remembered that he had something else to do, and ran for his life, terrified. 

How did the little baby bear do that? The cameras panned round, and there standing behind the baby bear was the hugest, most ferocious daddy bear.

Please watch the video here

In Memory Of Him Whose Name We Cannot Remember

Talking about a friend of his, Paul Newsham related the following story: The Holy Spirit keeps a testimony in different cultures. 

One missionary went to an African tribe that had had little contact with white people. When he arrived, they were in the middle of a ceremony which was remarkably like our Communion. Because he was a linguist, he was able to understand a lot of what was said. 

When they got to the end they said, "We do this in memory of Him whose name we cannot remember." He stood up and said, "I want to tell you His name. His name is Jesus."

Light In Every Room

Our life is like a house with many rooms. One by one, the Holy Spirit goes into each room and turns on the light. We have a choice. 

We can either respond and let Him show us what He wants, or we can try to turn off the light and keep Him out of the room. 

If we keep trying to turn off the light, there will come a point when He will stop trying to turn it on.

Cleaning Oven At Night

If you've ever tried cleaning an oven at night, it may look great then. But when the bright light of the sun comes in the morning, you see all the bits you missed. 
In the same way, the Holy Spirit can shine God's light on any area of your life so you can see clearly the things you would otherwise have missed.

Bucket In The River

There was a young man who complained that whenever he was filled with the Holy Spirit, he was like a bucket with holes. The Spirit merely drained out of him. 

His friend said, "That may be true, but even a bucket full of holes can be filled with water if it is immersed in the river and left there."