Influence Sermon Illustrations

Influence Sermon Illustrations

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The Light Carries Far

Lady Hasie tells how she came one night to a Chinese village without a decent inn, and how her muleteer went out to find a house for her. Christian homes are always cleaner than others, and Christians always willing to help. Then a village elder came, "I understand you are asking for a Christian in this village. We have none. I am very sorry." "Where does the nearest Christian live?" `The nearest Christian lives five days' journey from here." My father said when I told him this story, "Yes, and they knew where he was." Five days' journey and his light shone. How far this little light throws its beams!Sunday School Times.

Deteriorating Influences

Munkacsy, the great Hungarian painter, had a mania for using bitumen in his paints, a thing that other artists use with caution. It accounts for the richness of his dark tones. But his old age saw with sorrow the sad effects of the excessive use of bitumen in his mixture. It now appears that his great picture, Milton Dictating Paradise Lost, hanging in the Public Library in New York City, is gradually to fade into obscurity.

Men who are lacking in moral vision often learn too late the sad influences of inferior ingredients in character.—William Chalmers Covert, in Westminster Teacher.

Connected lives

An interesting study would be that of connected lives. Pick up a few links from a certain chain. Dr. Chambers attributed the prompting of his grand career to William Wilberforce! Wilberforce confessed his similar indebtedness to Philip Doddridge; Doddridge was the reverent disciple of Richard Baxter; Baxter of Dr. Bunney. Or this: Adoniram Judson credited Claudius Buchanan with being his missionary prompter; Buchanan thanked the Lord for the influence upon him of John Newton; and Newton was converted by the thought of "mother's God."—James M. Ludlow.

I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift. Amen.—Howard A. Walter.

A Holy Countenance

Mr. R. M. McCheyne was one of those saints, in the last century, whose face was sometimes lit up with such a hallowed expression that souls were saved, so attracted were they to the indescribable beauty of holiness manifested on his countenance.—Gospel Herald.

Bible Faces

Mr. George Goodman tells of an old woman who, while riding in a tramcar one day, got into conversation with a gentleman passenger. After some minutes she asked him:

"Sir, are you a Minister of Religion?"

"No," was the reply, "but why do you ask?"

"Because, sir, you have a Bible face."Happy Greetings, 1941.

Christ Himself Had Been There

Thomas Cook, the great English evangelist, was about to conduct a mission in a certain town. Great preparations were being made in the home where he was to be the honored guest. One of the maids of this home came into the butcher's shop to make a purchase. The clerk noticing she was a bit put out, asked the reason. "Oh, you would think that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself was coming to stay with us there is such a fuss being made." Mr. Cook came stayed, and went. A day or two after he had gone she found herself once more in the same shop. Looking at the clerk she said, "You remember I told you about the fuss being made and that you might think the Lord Jesus Christ was coming to our house." "I do," said the salesman. "Well," said the girl, "He's been."The Threshold.

Why They Wanted to Touch Stevens

A ship was going into action in the Jutland battle. Aboard that ship worked one, Stevens by name, a real true Christian, whom all loved and revered for himself alone. Now it happened, that to get to his appointed place, each man had to pass the spot where Stevens stood, and, as they realized this, the men passed the word softly down from one to another, "Touch Stevens, touch Stevens." And so with ready response every man and every lad as he passed along touched the man whom they felt and knew to be in touch with God and Christ and things eternal. How much Stevens counted in that time of need because his life rang true!United Methodist.

Minus People and Plus People

An English essayist once divided the human race into two classes — "minus people" and "plus people." "The minus people," he said, "are those who leave us poorer, and the plus those who leave us richer." The one group is characterized by selfishness and fault-finding and other traits that detract from human happiness; the other group by generosity and appreciation and love. In such a classification there can be but one choice for the Christian who would follow his Master's example. We can give no more effective witness for Him than to live in such a way that others shall be richer in spirit because their lives have been touched by ours.—Christian Observer.

Unknown Influence

A story is told of a young woman who was a great lover of flowers. She set out a rare vine at the base of a stone wall. It grew vigorously but did not blossom. Day after day she cultivated and watered it and tried in every way to coax it to bloom. One morning as, disappointed, she stood before the plant, her invalid neighbor, whose lot adjoined her own, called to her and said;

"You cannot imagine how I have been enjoying the blooms on that vine you planted."

The owner looked on the other side of the wall and there was a mass of bloom. The vine had crept through the crevices and bloomed on the other side. Poor girl! She thought that her plant was a failure when all the time it was proving a blessing to one who sorely needed it. The invalid was enriched and blessed in every way because of the faithful efforts of that girl in cultivating a single vine, even though she could not see results.

How important it is, then, that we seek to create the right kind of influence. The way we live, worship, act and play, may count for more than we think. A mother whose sons all became sailors, attributed their decision to a picture of a great sailing vessel which hung over the fireplace where they spent their childhood.—The Pentecostal Testimony.

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