Today's Word for Pastors...

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation..."
Luke 17:20

Today's Preaching Insight...

Illustrations for the Lost

In a Preaching magazine article on reaching lost people within traditional worship services, Larry Moyer describes the importance of using illustrations that can be understood by non-Christians.

"Pastors who effectively use illustrations are the most relatable to lost people. Lost people do not understand the Bible, but they do understand life. Therefore, a pastor who uses illustrations effectively tells the lost person that he understands not only the scriptures but him and life.

"Years ago I was speaking in a church on the subject of marriage and the family using Genesis 2:18-25. I was addressing the subject, ‘Why did God start it all?' I told the audience that one of the reasons God instituted marriage was for companionship. God plainly said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone.' I then addressed the subject of loneliness, giving the illustration of a 29‑year‑old single man from Topeka, Kansas, who said, ‘For myself I can only describe the word ‘loneliness' as being a gut‑level sick feeling at the pit of your stomach. It's so far within yourself that you fear you are in a trap and will never be set free.' After the service, a non-­Christian sought me out and said, ‘You couldn't have described me any better. That quote really penetrated.' I had the privilege of taking him aside and leading him to the Lord."  (Preaching, Nov-Dec 2002)

Today's Extra...

Weddings

A little boy was in a relative's wedding. As he was coming down the aisle he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd (alternating between bride's side and groom's side). While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar loudly.

So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR all the way down the aisle.

As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the front. The little boy, however, was getting more and more distressed from all the laughing, and was near tears by the time he reached the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear." (from Mikey's Funnies)

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