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Sermon Illustrations: Promises

We were walking round a shopping centre in Melaka, Malaysia, when we were offered a glass of green liquid to drink. I was the only one game enough to try it. It didn't have much of a flavour. It was liquid chlorophyll being marketed by Excellent Healthy Enterprise in Melaka. The brochure they handed us listed "some of the possible remedial effects of liquid chlorophyll" as follows: "cleanse up body thoroughly, stop bacterial growth, improve oral health and hygiene, increase the blood count in anaemia, detoxifying the liver, solve arthritic and rheumatic problems, cure for diabetic, cure for stomach ulcers, regulating monthly menstruation punctual, decrease acidity in the body, maintain smooth healthy bloodstream, improve our appetite, reduce fatigue, improve insomnia, reduce constipation, good for cystitis or inflammation of the bladder, good for the heart".


Don't be tempted to think that God's promises aren't for you, or that He just gives you the dregs. A preacher was visiting an old woman from his congregation. As he sat down, he noticed a large bowl of peanuts on the coffee table. "Mind if I have a few?" he asked. "No not at all," replied the woman. They chatted for an hour or so. Then as the preacher stood to leave he was embarrassed to realise that instead of eating only a few peanuts, he had emptied most of the bowl. "I'm terribly sorry for eating all your peanuts," he said. "I really meant to eat just a few." "Oh that's all right," smiled the old woman. "Ever since I lost my teeth, all I can do is suck the chocolate from them."


Breaking a promise is a bit like dangling a carrot in front of a donkey. He can see the carrot, and walks towards it. But he's never going to get it.


Breaking a promise is like fishing. You cast your hook out with a worm on it, reel it in, and the fish never actually gets the worm. (At least it isn't supposed to. They always seem to get mine.)