Home Sermon Illustrations

Home Sermon Illustrations

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The following lines were written after the death of Dr. Morrison, of Glasgow, Scotland, in the Doric, the dialect of lowland Scotland:

Ye're hame:
A weel-bund sheaf o' gowden grain;
Ripe, ripe for God and God alane,
Who waled ye for His very ain,
An' took ye hame.

Ye're hame.
The whisperin' hills o' this dear airt
Brocht ye awa' frae a' apairt,
An' God an' you spak hairt to hairt
O' His dear hame.

Ye're hame.
But oh, hoo blithe the hameward road,
Hoo licht the unco heavy load
To you who walked sae near tae God
The hale road hame.

Ye're hame.
Ye're safely doon life's staney brae,
But hame is so sae far away;
Ayont death's burn whaur nicht is day,
And God is hame.—Gilbert Rae

(John 14. 2, 3; 2 Cor. 5. 8)


The Crown of the Home is Godliness;
The Beauty of the Home is Order;
The Glory of the Home is Hospitality;
The Blessing of the Home is Contentment.—Henry Van Dyke


Home becomes a palace when the daughters are maids of honor, and the sons are nobles in spirit; then the father is a king, and the mother a queen, and royal residences are more than out­done. A city built up of such dwellings is a city of palaces, and a state composed of such cities is a republic of princes.—Spurgeon


Home a Dangerous Place

What's the most dangerous place on earth?
A battlefield or a construction job?
No, say the experts, it's your own home.

Official statistics show that nearly as many lives are lost each year in home accidents as were lost in battle during the entire three-year Korean conflict. According to the National Safety Council, 9,400,000 persons suffered disabling injuries in the United States due to accidents at home, public places and highways during 1960. More than 4,000,000 were injured in their own homes, while less than 2,000,000 were hurt at work. Since the moment you started reading this story, for example, two Americans were injured in home accidents. One person is injured at home every eight seconds.

But home is a most dangerous place in other than physical matters. Many modern homes are morally and spiritually dangerous—and that when the booze bottle is emptied and the card table has a prominent place and some sewer-tainted books are on the book shelves while the Bible is only an ornament on the reading table—or a souvenir receptable of many homes we can say what Lee Wilson Dodd wrote:

Much that I sought, I could not find;
Much that I found, I could not bind;
Much that I bound, I could not free;
Much that I freed returned to me.

How we need to put into practice what Paul wrote: "Let them learn first to show piety at home" (I Timothy 5:4).

And a home becomes a dangerous place when parents have no rod of correction as an important piece of furniture—for God says: "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him" (Proverbs 22:15).

Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.   Thou shalt heat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Proverbs 23:13, 14). So many are foolishly guilty under God's indictment: "Your children, . . . they received no correction" (Jeremiah 2:30).

Henry Seidel Canby wrote:

We can put our children on wheels to see the world, but we can not (or do not) give them the kind of home that any town provided in the nineties, not at any price.


Home is a place where you can take off your new shoes and put on your old manners.


Who hath not met with home-made bread,
A heavy compound of putty and lead—
And home-made wines that rack the head,
And home-made liquors and waters?
Home-made pop that will not foam,
And home-made dishes that drive one from home—
Home-made by the homely daughters.—Hood.

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