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Sermon Illustrations: Wisdom & Understanding


A man said to a pastor that he'd give him $10,000 if he'd say his brother Jim was an angel at his funeral. The pastor agreed. He got up to do the eulogy. "Jim was the most dishonest man in the town. He was foul-mouthed, a drunkard, and a lying cheating gambler. Nobody trusted him. He was always getting into fights, beat his wife and kids and never did anything nice for his family." The man was getting ready to jump up and shoot the pastor, when he said, "But compared to his brother Fred, he was an angel."

A lion is bold. But he’s smart too; he’s wise. When the lion and his pride are camped out next to an important water-hole, and a herd of elephants come to get a drink, he looks the other way. He doesn’t go picking fights with elephants.

I moved in next door to my son, who has trained his dog Wherewolf to fetch his morning newspaper from his driveway. He rewards the dog with a pat on the head and a biscuit. I give Wherewolf a pat on the head and two biscuits. Guess who gets to read the paper first? Reader's Digest July 2007 p 34 (For the sons of this world are more shrewd... Luke 16:8)

A Boston man was entertaining a famous Chinese scholar. Barely giving his friend time to breathe, he rushed him to the subway saying, "If we can just catch this next train, we'll save ourselves three minutes." The scholar looked at him and asked, "And what significant thing will we do with the three minutes we are saving?"


Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

We all will have two teachers in life: the teacher of wisdom and the teacher of consequences.1

1 Cordeiro, Wayne Attitudes That Attract Success p131

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