Category Archives: Illustrations

This category contains illustrations. I also have sub-categories (listed below) that are the meta (or broad) topics that the illustrations fit into. They help narrow down illustrations by type. You can use them to simply “browse” through the illustrations. However, the best way to find illustrations is to search by tag (click on the link in the menu at top of page) or do a regular search via the search box above. Every entry I file I “tag” with keywords or words that I think would be a good “fit” for the illustration in a sermon (I also tag messages so the tag search will bring up sermons as well which can further help with relevance!). The search by tags feature of enables you to quickly pull up illustrations (and all other content) related to those keywords. The regular search looks through all the text of the posts on for the search term you enter and will pull up more entries but the majority of them will most likely be irrelevant.

Career vs. Calling

“Career is what you’re paid for, but a calling is what you’re made for.” – Bob Shank

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Sometimes the Solution is Easier than You Think

Mensa is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher. A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local café. While dining, they discovered that their saltshaker … Continue reading

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A moment of Grace

On April 26, 2008, the Western Oregon women’s softball team played against Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. During the course of the game, Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky hit the first homerun of her college career. She dropped her … Continue reading

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Understanding the Trinity

Here’s the beautiful thing: you don’t need to fully understand the Trinity to worship the Trinity, pray to the Trinity, and enter into the life of the Trinity. They tell me that deep within the core of the sun, the … Continue reading

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Are you lonely at the top?

“If you’re leading others and you’re lonely, you’re not doing it right. Think about it. If you’re all alone, that means nobody is following you. And if nobody is following you, you’re not really leading.” – John Maxwell, Leadership Gold: … Continue reading

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