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Sermon Illustrations: Acceptance

Bill had wild hair, wore jeans, a T-shirt with holes in it, and no shoes. That's all he wore during his four years of college. It was there that he became a Christian. Just across the street from the college campus was a well-dressed, conservative church, and they decided to begin a ministry to the students. One day Bill decided to go there. He walked in clothed in his usual attire: wild hair, jeans, T-shirt, and shoeless. The service had already begun and so Bill wandered down the aisle looking for a seat. Unfortunately, the church was almost overflowing and he couldn't find anywhere to sit. Dressed like he was, he stood out from the crowd. Many of the people were looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one knew what to do, so they didn't do anything. In an effort to find a seat, Bill found himself edging closer and closer to the pulpit. Finally, when he realised there were no seats, he just squatted down on the carpet. Nobody had ever done that in that church before. By this time, the tension in the room was tangible. Soon there was some movement at the back of the auditorium. A deacon was slowly making his way to the front where Bill was seated. The deacon was very old, in his eighties, had silver-grey hair, and wore a three-piece suit. He had a reputation as a godly man, very elegant, and very dignified. Walking with a cane, everyone was thinking that you couldn't really blame him for what he was about to do. After all, how could you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand a college kid on the floor? It took some time for the deacon to reach the boy, and the church was completely silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. Everyone held their breath as all eyes were focused on him. Even the pastor was unable to continue his sermon until the deacon had completed his mission. And then they saw this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With tremendous difficulty, he lowered himself to the floor and sat down next to Bill so he wouldn't be alone. The whole congregation was affected. Finally, when the minister regained control, he said, "What I'm about to preach, you may not remember. But what you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read."

A mother got on a plane with her little girl. They were planning to meet up with the little girl's father whom they hadn't seen for a while. The plane took off and the girl cried, so the mother gave her some orange juice and fruit. But the little girl kept crying. Part way through the flight, there was some turbulence and most of the food she'd eaten came back up - all down her front. When they got off at the other end, there was the father in his nice white shirt. Taking no notice of the mess she was in, he bent down, took his daughter in his arms and said, "Daddy's little girl."

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