Hope Sermon Illustrations

Hope Sermon Illustrations

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Sperondeo

On a train we met a young man who was a junior in college. With his father and mother he had left Sicily to establish a new home in our own land. Having settled in Southern Illinois, they had gone to work in a coal mine. Shortly afterward a mine explosion killed his father, and he himself was maimed for life by the loss of his left arm and right hand. During his hospital stay, he and his mother became so profoundly impressed with the Christian character of the institution that they decided upon two epoch-making events. First, they joined the church, and next, they legally changed their names. The old name they never mention anymore. The new name sent the lad to college where he earned his bachelor and master degrees, resulting in a professorship in an American college. The name chosen is his con­stant inspiration: "Giovanni Sperondeo." The first is simply the Italian "John," but the second grips us. "Sperondeo"—"my hope is in God." How uplifting to write such a name: "My hope is in God! "—Christian Herald.


"Better to hope, though the clouds hang low,
And keep the eyes still lifted;
For the sweet, blue skies will soon peep through,
When the ominous clouds are rifted.
There was never a night without a day,
Nor an evening without a morning;
And the darkest hour, as the proverb goes,
Is the hour before the dawning!"—Selected.


Hopeless

It was Sir Thomas Lipton of England, the multimillionaire, who shortly before dying, said: "I'd give up every trophy in my collection for the one I haven't got"—that is a hope of Heaven and eternal life. He was well-known as a winner in both English and American boat races.

Another high railway official when dying confessed: "I have lived too much for secondary things in life—not the main thing!" Eternal life may be had for the taking, by faith, in the new birth, through the death of Christ, because of the resurrection of Christ, and because of the love and the abundant grace of God!Gospel Herald.


"An' de Good Lawd Know My Name"

I jes' don' know ef de kohn'll grow,
But I plans hit jes' de same;
I jes' don' know ef de wind'll blow,
But I watch an' pray, an' I reap an' sow,
An' de sun he rise, an' de ribber flow,
An' de good Lawd know my name.

I jes' can't tell ef de cotton sell,
But I toils on jes' de same;
De birds they build where de spring sap swell,
An' dey know enough for a rainy spell,
An' dat's lots more than they gwine to tell.—
And do good Lawd know my name.

So I watch an' pray as I goes my way,
An' I toils on jes de same;
De rose is sweet, but de rose can't stay,
But I'm mighty glad when it blooms my way;
De night fall dark, but de Lawd send day,
An' de good Lawd know my name.—Frank L. Stanton


Purchase of Hope

It is recorded in Roman history that, when the Gauls were encamped around Rome, the very lands on which the Gauls had erected their tents were bought and sold—a great proof of their confidence in the future destiny of Rome.—William Kelly

(Jer. 32. 1-25; Luke 12. 33; Col. 1. 5)


Hope, like the gleaming taper's light
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night
Emits a brighter ray.—Goldsmith


FRED—"My dear Dora, let this thought console you for your lover's death. Remember that other and better men than he have gone the same way."

BEREAVED ONE—"They haven't all gone, have they?"—Puck.

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