Sermon illustrations: Trials

Storms Reveal What Is Inside

A bell buoy rings only during storms. The beating of the waves and wind bring out the music that is...

Trials Are Necessary for Growth

In the ancient times, a box on the ear given by a master to a slave meant liberty, little would the...

A Gold Doorstop

In 1799, Conrad Reed discovered a seventeen-pound rock while fishing in Little Meadow Creek. Not...

Sacrificial Love

Maria Dyer was born in 1837 on the mission field in China where her parents were pioneer...

Standing Strong in the Face of Opposition

When he was appointed as the pastor a church in Cambridge, England, in 1783 Charles Simeon was...

Hang On and Keep Climbing

In May of 2001, Erik Weihenmayer accomplished something that only about 150 people per year do—...

Standing in Adversity

In April of 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech University, went on a rampage. By the...

Serving God with or without Vision

William Booth was greatly stirred by the needs of the poor of London, and realized that most...

Faith Does Not Preclude Trials

“Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not,...

Putting Sacrifices in Perspective

David Livingstone was a Scottish missionary and explorer who spent thirty-three years in the heart...

Gaining Strength through Trials

A missionary couple once brought some African pastors to the Unites States for a big meeting....

Faithful to the End

In 1555, as part of her campaign to re-establish the Catholic Church in England, Queen Mary, also...

Earthquakes

On January 12, 2010, a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti and left the country in shambles. Few...

Bearing Your Burdens

“I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of...

Be an Encourager

George Truett was a tremendously effective pastor for decades in Texas. His heart was broken when...

Trials Have a Purpose

Gold is one of the most valuable materials on earth. It has been used for centuries as money, but...

Refining Silver

In the 1800s, a group of women met to study the Bible in Dublin. They were puzzled by the words of...

Despair Is Contagious

There was a fellow who was about to jump from a bridge. An alert police officer slowly and...

Their Death Validated Their Message

At the one-hundredth anniversary of the arrival of missionaries in Zaire, Christians gathered to...

The Weapon of Joy

Massena, one of Napoleon’s generals, suddenly appeared with eighteen thousand men before an...

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