Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Testimonies of Allied Generals

In Sydney, Australia, a group of Christian people maintain a Christian center for servicemen. Many American soldiers, as well as British, have found it to be a haven of refuge. From its headquarters at 4a Bligh Street, Sydney, an intercessory circular letter was issued in February, signed by W. Bradley, and from that letter the following striking testimonies are taken:

The late Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig: "The Gospel of Christ is the only hope of the world."

General MacArthur: "I give thanks for God's guidance who has brought to us this success in our great crusade — His the Honor, the Power and the Glory forever."

General Sir Arthur Smith: "Christ meets every need of soldier and civilian."

General Wavell: "What the men want is a quiet place to read their Bible and turn their thoughts to God."

General Montgomery (to Staff Officers) : "I read my Bible every day and I recommend you to do the same."

General Dobbie: "Christ has saves and satisfied me for forty-seven years."

He Was The Other Fellow

A shrewd worldly agnostic and a Christian clergyman dressed in a modest clerical suit, says Eli Perkins, sat at the same table in the Pullman dining car. They were waiting for the first course at the dinner, a delicious Hudson River shad. Eying his companion coldly for a moment, the agnostic remarked:

"I judge you are a clergyman, sir!"

"Yes, sir; I am in my Master's service."

"Yes, you look it. Preach out of the Bible, don't you?"

"Oh, yes; of course."

"Find a good many things in the old Book that you don't understand— eh?" "Oh, yes; some things."

"Well, what do you do then?"

"Why, my dear friend, I simply do just as we do while eating this delicious shad. If I come to a bone I quietly lay it on one side and go on enjoying the shad, and let some fool insist on choking himself with the bones."

Then the agnostic wound up his watch and went into the smoker.—Evangelical Messenger.

All Inspired

It is not enough to say that Scripture is generally inspired, but every letter is inspired. A man purchased a large bill of goods of a New York merchant, giving his note in promise of payment and a well known firm in Chicago as reference. A telegram was sent to Chicago and the answer received, "Note good for any amount." The goods were delivered, and never paid for. It turned out upon inquiry that the telegram ought to have read, "Not good for any amount;" but through carelessness the word not was changed into note, and one letter made a mighty big difference to the New York merchant. Let us remember that every letter which the Holy Ghost has communicated is worthy of respectful notice. Selected.

Clearer, Day by Day

Two Mongol Tartar chiefs were engaged by a missionary to assist him in preparing a translation of the Gospels into the language of their country, and they had, as a matter of course, to study the subject intently. At length the work was completed, the last correction made, and the book was closed on the table. Still they sat, serious and silent. At last the missionary inquired what was the matter, and was equally surprised and delighted to hear them both declare themselves converts to Christianity. "At home," they said, "we studied the sacred writings of the Chinese, and the more we read the more obscure they seemed; but the longer we have read the Gospel, the more simple and intelligible it became, until at last it seemed as if Jesus was talking with us."—Sunday Companion.

Peter's Two Swords

When Peter used his own sword in the garden of Gethsemane he succeeded only in cutting off one man's ear. But when he used the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God on the following Pentecost about three thousand were pricked in their hearts. Christ, who healed Malchus' ear, healed these three thousand heart-wounds also. —Sunday School Companion.

Inseparable Partners

These hath God married
And no man shall part,
Dust on the Bible
And drought in the heart. Record of Christian Work.

The Teaching of the Light

May every voice be hushed in me,
Except Thy living Word;
Let every move be crushed in me
That does not own Thee Lord;
To silence all be brought in me,
Except what Thou hast wrought in me.

Oh, let Thy kingdom come in me,
Till Thou dost reign alone;
Let my heart be a home for Thee
On earth, where Thou hast none;
When Thou shalt fully rest in me,
I shall be fully blest in Thee.

May everything depart from me
That clouds the inward sight;
Implant deep in the heart of me
Things that with Thee are right;
That truths taught by Thy light in me
May shine undimmed and bright in Max I. Reich, D.D.

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