Viewpoint Sermon Illustrations

Viewpoint Sermon Illustrations

In our junior high school science program we hope that our students can look at a star or any object from three points of view, that of a philosopher, a social scientist, and a scientist, as illustrated in the following poem:

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
Many light-years away you are.
Your magnitude, distance, size we've measured,
Your solacing light we've often treasured!
Yet all our measures lend no clue
To the biggest question: "Who made you?"

or

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
A beacon in the sky you are.
At the zenith of the celestial plane,
You wond'rously, yet indifferently reign.
While serving us as goal and guide,
To our humble zenith, without pride.

yet

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
I need not wonder what you are.
For viewed through spectroscopic lens,
You're helium and hydrogen.—The Greenwich Public Schools Bulletin


Heard at the Lake of the Woods tournament: A low 70 shooter: "I didn't hit a good shot all day." A fellow who had 99: "Thank goodness, I finally had a good round for a change."—T. O. White, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette


True contentment depends not upon what we have. A tub was large enough for Diogenes but a world was too small for Alexander.—Colton, The Lion


If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can bet the water bill is higher.—Laugh Book


A little girl was frying to move a table which was in her way. Her mother called, "Mary, you can't move that table, it is as big as you are." And the little girl replied, "Yes, I can move it, for I am as big as it is."—Rev. Frederick Helfer, Link


So he buckled right in, with a trace of a grin
On his face, if he worried he hid it.
And tackled the thing that couldn't be done,
It couldn't be done, but he did it.—Edgar A. Guest

So he started the thing that couldn't be done,
With a grin and a will he set to it,
To tackle this thing that couldn't be done,
And by golly—he couldn't do it.—Boyd J. Hagan


As the Roman philosopher Epictetus remarked almost 2,000 years ago: "Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of them."—Epictetus


Grandpa was visiting Chicago and was frankly appalled by the heavy traffic choking every thoroughfare. "You gotta nice town here," opined Grandpa, "but it looks to me like you fellers let yourselves get a mite behind in your haulin’!"—Santa Fe Magazine


There was a little old lady munching a solitary dinner in a restaurant. Finally she summoned a waiter and said, "This is the stringiest spinach I ever ate."

"Madam;' he said, "you're trying to eat it through your veil."—Ollie M. James, Cincinnati Enquirer


In a supermarket the other day, I heard a wife remark philosophically to her husband: "Look at it this way, dear—the more it costs the more green stamps we get!"—Ivern Boyett


Nothing seems impossible to the person who doesn't have to do it himself.—Nuggets


The fact is, there are no big jobs; only small machines. The Panama Canal and the Suez were big because they were measured with teams of mules and a hand shovel.—Robert G. LeTourneau, Mover of Men and Mountains


Hostess—I have a lonesome bachelor I'd like you girls to meet.
Athletic girl—What can he do?
Chorus girl—How much money does he have?
Society girl—Who is his family?
Religious girl—To what church does he belong?
Secretary—Where is he?


When you are at the foot of the great Pyramid, you can only see the side which faces you. If I am on the opposite side, I only see the face opposite to you. We have no chance of viewing things with the same eye as long as we continue to remain on our positions. But if by chance we decide climbing to the top of the Pyramid, whatever be our start, we are sure to meet at the summit.

It is from the summit, by a higher view of things, that men of divergent trends of thought can find a ground of common understanding.—Adly Anaraos, "The View from the Top of the Pyramid," Rotarian


To a foot in the shoe all the world is like leather.

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