Disciplining our children (Illustration)

One construction company was building a big church. A passerby curious as to what was coming up ask asked a mason on the construction project what he was doing. He replied that he was laying bricks. Not getting the right answer he asked a helper carrying the cement as to what he was doing. The laborer with genuine esteem for his work said, “I am raising a great cathedral.” Parents, God has given us a great privilege and great responsibility in raising our children. Don’t Continue reading →

Prepare for the journey (Illustration)

In 1845, 138 of the finest of England’s sailors set sail for the Arctic from the British Coast. Their task was to chart a Northwest Passage around the Canadian Arctic to the Pacific. The captain, Sir John Franklin, hoped this effort would be the turning point in Arctic exploration. History shows that it was. Not because of its success, but because of its failure. They were unprepared for the voyage. Though the voyage was projected to last 2 or 3 years, he only carried a Continue reading →

Empty Tomb (Illustration)

I heard the story of a Sunday School teacher who gave each of her students plastic eggshells. She asked her students to go and find a symbol of life and put it inside the egg and bring with them on Easter. Enthusiastically every child responded and on Easter the eggs were opened with each child explaining the meaning of what they collected to be a symbol of life. In the first egg was a butterfly, second was a flower, third green grass, fourth a seed Continue reading →

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 →

Illustration on money

Illustration on Money: Mrs. & Mr. Thing. Mr. and Mrs. Thing are a very pleasant and successful couple. At least that’s the verdict of most people who tend to measure success with a thingometer. When the thingometer is put to work in the life of Mr. and Mrs. Thing the result is startling. There he is sitting down on a luxurious and very expensive thing, almost hidden by a large number of other things: Things to sit on, things to sit at, things to cook 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 →