Sure Promises (Illustration)

Bill was about to graduate from high school. He demanded a car from his dad on his graduation day and specified both the make and the model to him. Bill was very hopeful that his father would give him a car. On graduation day when he came back home his father handed him a gift. Bill opened it and was very angry with his dad because it was a Bible. He threw the Bible down and stormed out of the house. He and his father Continue reading →

Put God First (Illustration)

We have two brothers at City Harvest AG Church, Bangalore; who were working in different places where the staff and boss practiced unjust means of handling and making money. Both of them quit their jobs because it did not suit Christian values. They were unaware of their future but God was faithful, God provided them with better jobs. I know many believers whose conscience made them quit working a Sunday job or whatever was getting in the way of them putting God first, and they Continue reading →

Money – a boon or a bane? (Illustration)

I remember as a small boy in our village grandpa hanging flypapers almost every evening. Well, flypaper is an ordinary newspaper with honey-like sweet, sticky substance on both sides. You can see flies coming from all over so enthusiastically saying, “I want the honey, I want the honey.” The fly lands and begins to eat, saying, “I got the honey, I got the honey.” When the fly tries to leave, the paper finally says, “I got the fly, I got the fly.” People just have Continue reading →

Reward (Illustration)

I heard about a tree in California, USA which stands on a rocky point overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a misshaped, twisted and knotty cypress tree growing out of what appears to be solid rock. The winds over the years have blown its branches backward from the sea until they are permanently shaped that way. From the front view the tree looks a single plane along the trunk with all its leaves and branches to the back. People have painted pictures of the tree Continue reading →

Foundation (Illustration)

Illustration 1: Eleven miles off the coast of Scotland stands the Bell Rock Lighthouse which is the world’s oldest surviving lighthouse. It was built on an acre of solid rock in the middle of the North Sea. Waves and storms have been crashing into this lighthouse for 200 years. But it still stands strong as a beacon of light because of its foundation on a solid rock and an interlocking stone structure. A foundation in Jesus Christ and a strong structured Christian life can help us Continue reading →

Saviour and Judge

Many years ago, in a town, a horse bolted and ran away with a wagon carrying a little boy. Seeing the child in danger, a young man risked his life to catch the horse and stop the wagon. The child who was saved grew up to become a lawless man, and one day he stood before a judge to be sentenced for a serious crime. The prisoner recognized the judge – it was the same man who, years before, had saved his life. So he Continue reading →

Godly Standards (Illustration)

In New Delhi, India there is an office called BIS, Bureau of Indian Standards. This facility is responsible for storing perfect samples of weights, measurements, and quality of metals. The BIS derive their standards from the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, Paris. The BIS have what are called “prototypes” of kilograms weights; measuring rods for feet, yards, and meters. The scales and measures that we use are authorized by the international and Indian standards. These standards never change. We Christians also have a measuring Continue reading →

Be willing for challenges (Illustration)

As a country was in war the president made it compulsory for all able young people to join the army. A young man aspired to be in the army but did not want to go through the rigorous army training. He decided against joining the training. So he had all his teeth pulled out to make himself unfit for military duty. But when they took his physical, he was declared unfit because of flat feet! This man wanted to join the army but was unwilling Continue reading →

Take responsibility for your actions (Illustration)

King William of Pottsdam once visited a prison in England. He wanted to hear their story and offer pardon. Every prisoner brought before him claimed to be innocent and pleaded for pardon except for one man who admitted his guilt. King William said to prison officer, “Get this guilty man out of the prison before he corrupts all these innocent men!” And the man was set free.

Patience and long-suffering (Illustration)

Patience and longsuffering can be likened to taking a long ride in a car. You know you have to sit 8 long hours for you to reach your destination. Now imagine you have to pass through the mountains and the roads are bumpy with a lot of bends and curves. Some time through the journey you start to have a vomiting sensation. You are not throwing up but you have all sorts of feelings of it. Now patience is waiting for 8 hours in the Continue reading →