Words Sermon Illustrations

Words Sermon Illustrations

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When you speak, speak clearly and naturally. Say what you mean and mean what you say; be brief and sensible. Words should drop from the lips as beautiful coins newly issued from the mint, deeply and accurately impressed, perfectly finished, neatly struck by the proper organs, distinct, sharp, in due succession and of due weight.—Alfred Auston, Slips of Speech, Funk and Wagnalls Company


The Army has had about 2,000 portable showers built for the use of missile men who accidentally spill rocket fuel on themselves. They use ordinary water.

But the Army doesn't call them showers. They are "rocket pro-pellant personnel neutralizers."—Laugh Book


Man lives by ideas, and words are the pieces of which ideas are built. Words can poison, words can heal. Words start and fight wars but words make peace. Words lead men to the pinnacles of good, and words plunge men to the depths of evil.—Marguerite Schumann, Director of Publicity, Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, Secretary


A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.—Proverbs 25:11


Here are some stumbling blocks in the way of the foreigner who is studying our language:

Bear is like bare, and pear is like pare, but tear is pronounced tier and tare. Then hear is like here, and sear is like sere, and dear, shear like deer and sheer. Beat's not like great, nor beak like break, and neither is freak like steak; while beam, strange to say, will rhyme with seam, as well as with cream and dream.

Feign, deign and reign rhyme with fain, Dane and rain, as well as with skein, rein, vein. Although sew is like so, still new is like gnu, and ewe we pronounce just you.

Though dough rhymes with toe, and rough with ruff; enough, tough, and sough with gruff. But cough rhymes with off, and bough is like bow, while plough is the same word as plow. With bow, too, like beau, we have dough like doe, and glow, grow, and owe like go. But growl is like owl, while grown, mown and own don't rhyme well with brown but with bone.—Kalends, Sunshine Magazine


Two men, members of a religious order, wanted to smoke while walking in the garden. They agreed that each would ask his superior for permission

The first one returned to find the second one smoking and complained indignantly: "I was refused!"

"What did you ask?" inquired the second one.

"I asked if I could smoke while meditating."

"Oh," said the other, blowing his smoke reflectively, "I asked if I could meditate while smoking!"


Use workhorse words that know how to sell. Scan the best sales jobs in print, and you will find them rich in short words that tease the taste, make glad the eye, tickle the nose, and please the ear. There are nip, twang, bite, and tang in short sales words. There is sweet, sour, tart, or dry, as need be. There are words that we can hear like the swish of silk; soft words with the feel of swan's down; words with a smell like musk, smoke, cheese, mint, and rose ... all of them good sales tools. With practice, words may be used like the notes of a musical scale, to create any mood you wish. To all of us in marketing, that is like money in the bank.—T. H. Tompson, Round Table Talk


Not only to say the right thing at the right place but far more difficult to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.—George S. Benson, Friendly Chat


The authority of words depends on the speaker. A proclamation in words made ex-king Edward king. His own written words deprived him of his kingdom.

One day, when the Emperor Napoleon was reviewing his troops, his horse attempted to bolt. A private soldier sprang forward quickly and stopped it. 'Thank you, Captain,' said the Emperor. 'Of what regiment, sire?' asked the soldier. 'Of my guards,' was the reply. Walking over to a group of officers, the soldier announced his rank and was laughed at. 'Who said it?' asked they. 'The Emperor,' he replied; and that was enough.

(Ps. 89. 34; John 10. 35; 1 Pet. 1. 25)

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