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Sermon Illustrations: Repentance

You must deal with the giants in your life, otherwise they have children. Phil Pringle

Postcard: Two goldfish in a bowl. One is whistling and looking outward. The other says, "Don't try to hide it. I can see the bubbles."

Repentance means to stop and turn away from sinning - not just cut down. The difference is illustrated by the story of the cop who pulled over someone for failing to stop at a stop sign. The man objected that he had slowed right down even if he hadn't come to a complete stop. The cop explained that that wasn't good enough. You had to come to a complete stop. The motorist replied, "Aw, come on officer. There's no difference. Haven't you got anything better to do than pick on innocent people." The cop yanked him out of his car, cuffed his hands behind his back, and started laying into him. "Stop!" the man yelled. The cop grabbed him by the throat and said, "Now, sir, do you want me to stop or just slow down?"

A little girl got saved and applied for membership to a church. "Were you a sinner?" "Yes." "Are you still a sinner?" "Yes." "Then what real changes have taken place in your life?" "The best way I can explain it is that I used to be a sinner running after sin, but now I'm a sinner running away from sin."

Repentance = I recognise that where I am is not where I am supposed to be. So I turn and move towards where I am supposed to be.

A little girl said: "That horse must be a Christian; it has such a long face."