French Sermon Illustrations

French Sermon Illustrations

Two Things French

One—a place and persons.
One—a person and a statement.

Most Americans are well acquainted with Mont St. Michel and the spectacular chapel high atop the rocks off the coast of Normandy. But there's a just as spectacular, but far less publicized "Mont" in the heart of the central Auvergne region of France—the "Mont St. Miched d'Aiguilhe."

This year (1962) marks the 1,000th anniversary of the construction of this splendid, Romanesque chapel, high on a needle­like stone cliff, 275 feet above the valley floor. A five-month celebration of the millennium gets under way in May. Pilgrims will wind their way around the sheer chff on 251 steps—all carved out of the mountain rock.

Note what the French General Foch said about a corporal in the American army: Sgt. Alvin York, Tennessee's World War I hero, was a corporal at the time he killed twenty German soldiers and captured 132 others in 1918. Marshall Ferdinand Foch called York's heroism, "the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all the armies of Europe."

Would it not be great if Christians would live as those who "endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ"—and have from Jesus' high commendation? Yes, verily.

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