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Sermon Illustrations: Pride [See Humility Too]

"Change your course 5 degrees south to avoid collision." "Change your course 5 degrees north to avoid collision." "This is the Captain speaking. Change your course 5 degrees south." "This is the First Seaman speaking. Change your course 5 degrees north." "Change your course 5 degrees south. This is the Captain of a destroyer." "Change your course 5 degrees north. This is a lighthouse."

A young girl went to her pastor and confessed that she feared she had incurred the sin of vanity. "What makes you think that?" asked the minister. "Because every morning when I look into the mirror I think how beautiful I am." "Never fear, my girl," was the reassuring reply. "That isn't a sin, it's only a mistake."


While men searched for a throne to build their kingdoms, Jesus reached for a towel to wash His disciples' feet. Doug Stringer


No matter what happens, the US Navy is not going to be caught napping. Frank Knox, Secretary of the US Navy, three days before Pearl Harbour


A swollen head is Nature's frantic efforts to fill a vacuum. W.G.P.


If I steal from my wife that's bad enough. If I steal from my neighbour, they'll call the police. But if I steal glory from God, I'm in real trouble.


Absalom's hair, which was such a source of pride to him that he weighed it annually, was also the cause of his death.


Many of us have heard of Muhammad Ali's boast that in the boxing ring he could "float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee". He knew how to brag to psyche out his opponents. But on one particular flight, he says in his book, The Soul of a Butterfly, that the flight attendant asked him to put his seat belt on. He said to her, "Superman don't need no seat belt". She smiled at him and said, 'Superman don't need no plane, either.'"


A car skidded on a wet road and hit a telegraph pole. A number of bystanders saw the accident and ran over to help. The first to reach the crash victim was a woman, but a man raced in, pushed her out of the way, and said, "Outta the way lady. I've taken a course in first-aid." The woman watched for a little while, then said, "Excuse me, but when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I'm right here."


Guests at the Ambassador's dinner party were all seated when a woman complained. "According to protocol, I should be seated over there." The Ambassador smiled politely and rearranged the seating. Afterwards, he was asked, "Doesn't it annoy you when things like that happen?" "Not really," he replied. "I realised long ago that the ones who mind, don't matter, and the ones who matter, don't mind."


Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. Ann Landers