Today’s Illustration: A Simple Effective Illustration

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I have read many books of illustrations, and some of those books are replete with illustrations from another era of history.  One of the aims of “Today’s Illustration” is that they reflect “TODAY.”


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Tony Evans stated . . . .

“Now remember, for every spiritual principle, there is a physical illustration.”
— [Audio Clip Link The Heart]

Evans is a master at illustrations and specifically analogical illustrations.
Evans states that he constantly looks for illustrations from ordinary life!

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Today’s Sermonic Example:

The article [see below] states that the “Big picture” is the pesence of a severe housing crisis in the United States.  The selling price of a home in America has gone up approximately 20% — to an average price of $341,000.


“There aren’t enough houses being built to account for population growth, aging and destroyed units, or even to replace all the haunted farmhouses.”

When I read that article I wanted to say — “Tell us something we don’t know!”  

What many people may not know is what Jesus said about housing . . . . 

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
There will never be a housing shortage in God’s “housing development.”  He visited our neighborhood — as celebrated at Christmas, and we ae moving into His neighborhod because of what is celebrated at Easter — the resurrection from the dead and life-everlasting!
The population growth has been fully taken into account, none of the houses are aging and none will be demolished, and there will be no hauted farmhouse!
In fact the Lord has a lot to say about houses as recorded in the Scriptures . . . .

1. Tony Evans:

H.B. Charles, Jr.: You’re also known for very powerful illustrations — are –. what is that — and at this point. The first book I’m checking — if I need an illustration or something — is your book of illustrations are is that.

Dr. Tony Evans: It is that heavy crafting?  are you — over the years — on your feet . . . . illustrating — What is your philosophy of sermon illustration?

Well it’s you use a great word, and that was the word “philosophy” because I assume something – OK – and the assumption is everything is an illustration.

And because I operate with that assumption — it’s kind of hard — sometimes I do it’s when I’m with preachers — I tell them — point to point out something in the room, and they’ll just point out anything — and I’ll immediately turn into an illustration.

And maybe some of that is personality, but it’s also philosophy

because I assume that everything created has been created by God or is in opposition to God and therefore has a spiritual, theological framework it can illustrate something in the spiritual realm

and because I’ve operated that way I see illustrations all the time

so I have some planned, and some come on the spot

and some events happen while I’m a while I’m preaching — something happens then it becomes an illustration at the moment — but the practice of that turns it into a mental orientation that that flows out because the more you do it — the better you get at it.

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Bring in Bob, He’s Got Work to Do

Get ready for the most intense season of House Hunters you’ve ever seen, because construction of homes in the US in the last 20 years is 5.5 million units short of historical levels, according to a report released yesterday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

The pandemic only made the bad, worse, when supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages throttled new development. Now, the US is experiencing a housing affordability crisis: The median price of an existing home hit an all-time high of $341,600 in April, up 19% from 2020. 

Big picture: There aren’t enough houses being built to account for population growth, aging and destroyed units, or even to replace all the haunted farmhouses.

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 4 million people say they fear being evicted or foreclosed upon in the coming months, just as two studies released Wednesday found that the nation’s housing availability and affordability crisis is expected to worsen significantly following the pandemic.

The studies come as a federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month. The moratorium has kept many tenants owing back rent housed. Making matters worse, the tens of billions of dollars in federal emergency rental assistance that was supposed to solve the problem has not reached most tenants.

The housing crisis, the studies found, risks widening the gap between Black, Latino and white households, as well as putting homeownership out of the reach of lower-income Americans.

The reports were released on the same day as Census Bureau’s biweekly Household Pulse Survey came out. It showed that nearly 4.2 million people nationwide report that it is likely or somewhat likely that they will be evicted or foreclosed upon in the next two months.


2 thoughts on “Today’s Illustration: A Simple Effective Illustration

  1. “Now remember, for every spiritual principle, there is a physical illustration.”
    In my early years as a youth director, that was the driving principle behind planning fun time s for teens. they would experience games, tasks, something fun physically that helped them understand a spiritual principle brought out in the short talk or wrap up later. For example, a scavenger hunt physically…good times!
    Do you know how many people spend their whole life on a scavenger hunt looking for happiness, peace inside? Joy? and you get the set-up for talking points.


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