Sermon Illustrations

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Pressure Forms Diamonds

Diamonds are formed under great pressure and heat. If these conditions do not exist, they are simply not formed. It is not that they will be low quality, or smaller in size, but they will not form. God brings His refining fire into our lives to create in us what He sees fit. When He sees our lack of character, He will bring into our lives what we need. So next time a fiery trial comes, thank God. He is producing exactly what He knows you need in your life. The only difference between a diamond and a piece of coal is pressure.

The Character of a Dog

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him/her,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

Quotes on Character

"A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you will remember you. Carve your name on hearts, not marble."—Charles Spurgeon

“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”—D. L. Moody

"No man can climb beyond the limitations of his own character.”—John Morley

"Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking."—J. C. Watts Jr.

“The test of a man’s character is what it takes to stop him.”—Bob Jones Sr.

Putting Away Childish Things

A dad with five children was picking up toys in the back yard.  He said to his wife, “You know since we had children I’ve learned the meaning of, ‘When I became a man I put away childish things.’”

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A Mother in Law’s Visit

Oh, I sure am happy to see you,” the little boy said to his grandmother on his mother’s side. “Now maybe daddy will do the trick he has been promising us.”

The grandmother was curious. ”What trick is that?” she asked.

“I heard him tell mommy that he would climb the walls if you came to visit,” the little boy answered.

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Why We Host Children’s Parties

Someone said that the main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

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How to Get Something Done

It has been said that there are three ways to get something done:

1. Do it yourself
2. Hire someone else to do it
3. Forbid your kids to do it

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Calling Collect

A mother was away all weekend at a business conference. During a break, she decided to call home collect. Her six-year-old son picked up the phone and heard a stranger’s voice say, “We have a Marcia on the line. Will you accept the charges?” Frantic, he dropped the receiver and came charging outside screaming, “Dad! They’ve got Mom! And they want money!”

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A Funeral for a Turtle

Alexander M. Sanders, Jr. (who was at one time the Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals) spoke to the graduating class of the University of South Carolina in 1992. His daughter, Zoe, was a member of that class. He told a story about when Zoe was 3 years old. Sanders came home to find a crisis. Zoe’s pet turtle had died and she was crying her heart out. His wife turned the problem over to him to solve.

Burying a Goldfish

Little Nancy was in the garden filling in a hole when her neighbor peered over the fence. Interested in what the little girl was up to, he politely asked, “What are you up to there, Nancy?”

“My goldfish died,” replied Nancy tearfully, without looking up, “and I’ve just buried him.”

The neighbor was concerned. “That’s an awfully big hole for a goldfish, isn’t it?”

Nancy patted down the last heap of earth and then replied, “That’s because he’s inside your stupid cat.”

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