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Father's Embrace Saves Girl from Death in Building Collapse Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/october/2102416.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Death , Love , God's Love , God's Will Source: Preaching Today Ethan Adams tells the story of a father who sacrificed himself to save his daughter. It is appropriate for John 15:13, 1 John 4:16, and Jeremiah 31:3. London Structure Burned to Commemorate Anniversary of Devastating Fire Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/september/9091916.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Death , Atonement , Change , Cross Source: Preaching Today Ethan Adams tells the story of a tradition that burns a replica city to commemorate a devastating fire and makes a connection with our commemoration of the cross. Appropriate for Galatians 3:13, 1 Corinthians 1:18, and... New Commercial Pairs Together People of Opposite Political Opinions Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/may/2051517.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Enemies , Gospel , Reconciliation , Illustration Source: Preaching Today Ethan Adams describes an experiment in which people complete cooperative tasks and achieve camaraderie; then they find out they are political "enemies." This can illustrate how the gospel opens doors to people who differ. Uber Names Top Forgotten Items in 'Lost and Found' Index Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/may/2050117.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Salvation , Jesus , Illustration Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration, Ethan Adams uses a list of lost and found items from Uber cars to illustrate the truth of lost sinners being found by God as expressed in 1 Timothy 1:15. Competitiveness is a Better Motivator than Encouragement Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/november/2112116.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Discipline , Community , Spiritual Growth , Maturity Source: Preaching Today Iron sharpens iron, especially in the weight room. Ethan Adams offers an exploration of pride and praise, competition and encouragement. Is there room for competition in spiritual matters? How Telling Small Lies Tricks Your Brain into Telling Big Lies Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/november/2110716.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Culture , Lying Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration by Ethan Adams discusses how small lies can lead to larger lies because the human brain becomes increasingly accustom to being dishonest. Restaurant Stumps Wi-Fi Seekers with Calculus Password Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/november/2111416.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Church , Seekers , Community , Visitors Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration by Ethan Adams shares a story of a complex math problem used as a Wi-Fi password as an example to how churches can create a complex barrier to visitors. Bill Gates Regrets Creating 'Control-Alt-Delete' Function Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/october/2100917.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Creation , God's Will , Assurance Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration, Bill Gates regrets a decision he made in designing the Microsoft computer. For Ethan Adams, this can remind us that God never second guesses his design of creation. Former Cold War-Era Nuclear Missile Silo Listed on AirBnb Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/december/2121117.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Change , God , New Life , Beauty Source: Preaching Today In Kansas, a missile silo from the Cold War era has been converted into a living space. Ethan Adams suggests that this illustrates how Christ transforms us from being destructive to being beautiful. An Accidental Invite at Thanksgiving Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/december/2121216.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Love , Evangelism , Thanksgiving , Compassion Source: Preaching Today An illustration about a text that invited an unknown person to Thanksgiving dinner and challenging the church to take the mission of loving its neighbor seriously, appropriate for Matthew 5:16, Romans 12:13, and Romans 13:8. Missing a Groom, Italian Woman Decides to Symbolically 'Marry Herself' Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/october/2101617.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Illustration , Happiness , God's Love , Contentment Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration for Genesis 2:18, Jeremiah 31:3, or Romans 8:38-39 focuses on self-reliance versus an identity in Christ, demonstrating that while contentment can't depend on someone else, it also can't depend solely on ourselves. Burger King's 'Who's the King?' Campaign Draws Criticism Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/june/2061217.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: God , King , Commandments , Love Source: Preaching Today An amusing illustration taken from the "Who's the King?" contest by Burger King. It can illustrate a serious issue: "Who's the King" in one's life - there can be only one (Matthew 6:24). Family Creatively Admits Defeat to Neighbors' Christmas Decorations Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams https://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/december/2122616.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Christmas , Family , Gospel , Neighbor Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration tells of a family who creatively admitted they couldn't compete with their neighbor's Christmas light display, suggesting that sometimes it's easier to give up and let someone else get the credit. Woman Receives 1000 Percent Tip Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/september/1092616.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Work , Generosity , Goodness , Good works Source: Preaching Today This story of surprising generosity by a total stranger should inspire Christians to be equally surprising and intentional about their generosity. It also encourages us to work knowing God will one day reward our labor. Workers Are Less Productive with Christmas Music Playing Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/november/1112017.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Christmas , Consumerism , Distraction , Illustration Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration uses a research study showing that Christmas music in the workplace decreases productivity to demonstrate the difficulty of tuning out commercialization during Christmas time. Children and Adults Really Are Afraid of the Same Things Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2016/october/2103116.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Faith , Fear , Doubt , Illustration Source: Preaching Today In this sermon illustration for Genesis 15:1, Deuteronomy 31:6, or Joshua 1:9, the similarities between the fears of children and adults demonstrate that when life gives us worries, placing our hope in earthly things is dangerous. Van Pulled Over for Mountain of Belongings Strapped to Top Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/july/2072417.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Idolatry , Belonging , Materialism , New Life Source: Preaching Today Are there possessions in your life that you find hard to leave behind? In this sermon illustration, a driver is pulled over for strapping so much to his van's roof that its height was nearly doubled. Remote Town Uses Sheep to Generate Google Street View Images Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/december/2120417.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Incarnation , Nativity , Illustration , Bethlehem Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration for 2 Chronicles 16:9, Job 28:24, or Psalm 33:13-14 focuses on the birth of Christ, demonstrating that Christ was born in a remote and unknown place instead of in a king's castle. Police Officer Helps Four-Year-Old Inspect Home for 'Monsters' Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/august/2081417.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: God , Care , Comfort , Illustration Source: Preaching Today This sermon illustration uses a police officer's willingness to help a young child search for monsters in her home as a demonstration of God's concern for what matters to us, no matter how insignificant it seems. 167 Drivers 'Pay it Forward' at McDonald's on Father's Day Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2017/july/2071017.html Sermon Illustration by Ethan Adams Topics: Generosity , God , Stewardship , Compassion Source: Preaching Today This story about "paying it forward" at McDonald's is an inspiring example of generosity. It can be used to discuss discussing themes of stewardship, giving and love for neighbors.

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