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The Speech of Creation and God's Law Psalm 19 treats the law much like an owner’s manual for how to live a God-honoring, God-obedient life. The wise God-worshiper obeys the Law as given by God the Creator. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Doug Bratt I See Him Often Reflecting on the story of Shannon Mulcahy of losing her job and training her replacement, Kate Kooyman writes that we are deeply human—the image of our creator—when we are contributing something unique to the world. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Twelve Author: Kate Kooyman The Print on the Clay Pottery pieces are the inspiration for this blog piece about the "thumbprint" of our Creator and the creative aspects of our vocations. As ones marked by our maker, we become makers who leave marks. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The High Calling Author: Luci Shaw Black Holes and the Speed of Light A sermon from the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection on Genesis 1:1-2:4 and God as Creator. The nature of creation with all of its order, "chance," interdependence, and vulnerability reveals a great deal about who God is.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr The Work of a Maker Matthew Dickerson reflects on the Creator's care for creation, and the prospect of judgment for those who destroy it (Revelation 11:18). Building by children with Legos is used as an illustration. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The High Calling Author: Matthew Dickerson Making the Whale Mark Sprinkle introduces Tristin Lowe’s enormous whale sculpture. Sprinkle uses the artistic process as a metaphor for our desire to understand how the natural world works. The Creator is even now reaching out to touch us. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Biologos Author: Mark Sprinkle The Problem of Pleasure This quotation from Philip Yancey considers the problem of pleasure, suggesting that pleasure is a gift best enjoyed within the bounds of the Creator’s intent. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Philip Yancey Praise This sermon illustration combines Psalm 65:1-2, 148:1-4 with a book quote from Frederick Buechner. In this quote, Buechner encourages us to learn how to praise God by observing how creation praises the creator. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: Frederick Buechner For Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday resources for children's participation in congregational worship, including children's books, sermon scripts, readings, activities and more. Based on Psalm 8, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, John 16:12-16, and Romans 5:1-5. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Worshiping With Children Author: Carolyn Brown Sovereignty and Suffering This sermon starter on Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 considers the relationship between the sovereign rule of a loving God and the existence of sin, suffering, and death. It includes a personal anecdote as a sermon illustration. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Doug Bratt Scientist Says That Physics Points to the Creator This sermon illustration for Psalm 19:1, Colossians 1:15, or Acts 17:24 is a quote from physicist and minister John Polkinghorne demonstrating that the rationally structured order of the world is evidence of a creator. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Pallab Ghosh The Creator Is the Recreator This sermon illustration by Norman Vincent Peale recalls an event where a spiritual mentor explained that God can effect changes in people's natures because God is both creator and recreator. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Norman Vincent Peale The Creator's Desire This sermon illustration for Matthew 9:37 or John 4:35 is a quote introducing themes of creation and reaping: "It is certainly the Creator's will that the desires and talents...planted in us be realized." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Catherine Marshall Mount Rushmore Points to Its Designer/Creator This sermon illustration supports the idea that the complexity of a human body is evidence that points to a Creator, rather than an accidentally evolved form of life. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today New Olympic Ad; Misinterpretation Bites; Man Collapses and Dies Next to Fire Station; Are the Dead-end Days 'Gifts from God?'; Flappy Bird's Creator Pulls the Plug on Flappy; Why Are so Many Smart Philosophers Atheists?; A Picture of Self-Obsession These anecdotes illustrate several themes such as spiritual growth, interpretation of scripture, Apologetics, addiction, the church, vocation, integrity, atheism, and humility. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Mathew Woodley What Baltimore Needs, A Pro Baseball Games Sans the Fans, and Creator of Hollywood's Smallest Sounds A compilation of sermon illustrations drawn from daily news topics including social unrest, harsh evaluation, tracking technology, and credit card lending to demonstrate themes of motivation, Christian diversity, judgment, searching, kindness, and faith. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Matt Woodley People Who Walk into Fires, the 'Hope Creator,' and Saying Goodbye to the U.S. A collection of sermon illustrations taken from news articles about fire fighters, civilians ignoring evacuation orders, cell phone use, and others that introduce themes of sacrifice, sin, discipline, fame, satisfaction, legacy, and community. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Mathew Woodley Divine Littleness In this sermon illustration, Carlo Caretto talks about the humility of Christ seen in the incarnation and God experiencing "littleness" to show "us the right relationship between creature and Creator. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Carlo Caretto "Dilbert" Creator on Influence An illustration by James M. Kouzes and Barry Posner, appropriate for Hebrews 3:13, Romans 14:19, and Matthew 12:37, tells us how simple support of skills and abilities can change someones life and minister to them. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: James M. Kouzes Famous Atheist 'Almost' Certain God Doesn't Exist An illustration about faith and unbelief. The Telegraph reported on a surprising admission from the atheist Richard Dawkins. During a debate, he was less than 100 percent certain of his conviction that there is no creator. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Richard Dawkins
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