Some Have Class And Some Don’t! | Pastoral Sermon Illustration

There is a lot to be gained in a barber shop by anyone with a watchful pair of eyes and a tuned in set of ears. As a young man, I learned a lot in the barber shop about life, love and the pursuit of the Almighty dollar! No, it wasn’t quite that bad, but it was always a very rewarding experience with the potential of making a lot of money with bribery! lol

This humorous story is one such example about the unique education one can receive in the barber shop. Some folks want to be a blessing and others want to GET the blessing. Some people, as you know, have a touch of class about them, while others think that class is what kind of Mercedes Benz they drive. I will let the reader decide if this story is Fiction or Non-Fiction!

(The following story was forwarded to me in an email. I have since found many versions of this online.)

The Haircut

Day #1 -

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber
replied, “I cannot accept money from you , I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop.

Day #2

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a “Thank You” card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.

Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop.

Day #3

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a “Thank You” card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I can not accept money from you. I’m  doing community service this week.” The Congressman was very happy and left the shop.

Day #4

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.


Now that is quite funny! It’s kind of like this… Some folks are like the soft falling snowflakes which lay upon the ground to bring much needed nitrogen to the soil, while others are like the harsh current of a swollen river which cuts away into valuable farm land! Whatever you think about this story, we can learn to be “givers” and not some much a “taker”!

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Originally posted 2011-02-03 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

We Can Learn A Lot From Children! | Pastoral Sermon Illustration

From time to time I get some great emails which put me in a better frame of mind to face the day! I received one such email today and thought I would share it with my readers.

I am not necessarily proposing that we will gain some great Biblical insight by what these children wrote, but the Scriptures do indicate that we can benefit greatly from children! We can sure learn a lot from them!

(Psalms 8:2Psalms 8:2
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. ordained: Heb. founded  

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) “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”  (KJV)

 Through A Child’s Eyes…


It is amazing what kids think, isn’t it? I have five children, all under the age of eleven, and I get an education every day! I thought these notes would encourage you today and maybe serve to add a little sizzle in a message you might preach on children in the future!

(Disclaimer: I got these picture in an email… not sure of their origin. If they offend, then please forgive me)

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Originally posted 2011-03-04 09:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

You Reap What You Sow | Pastoral Sermon Illustration

Have you ever stopped and thought about the good deeds you have performed? Have you ever considered the fact that what you thought was not very important was EVERYTHING to the person you helped? Sometimes we feel like we are forgotten and left to rot on the vine of life. After reading this sermon illustration, I think you might change your tune.

Occasionally, I get good sermon illustration via email. I received this the other day and thought it was great. Just when we thought, “Can anything good come from those forwards?”…


“Good morning,” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground.

The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new.. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before..  “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.

She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked.

“No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the president. Now go away.”

The woman’s smile became even broader. Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm.

“What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily. I said to leave me alone.

Just then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked..

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”

The officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”

“See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”

“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go in there!” Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up. “Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”

“This is a good deal for you, Jack” the officer answered. “Don’t blow it.”

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived…

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. “What’s going on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this, is this man in trouble?”

“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.

“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that here is bad for business..”

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now if you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled…. “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”

“Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”

“And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?”

“What business is that of yours?”

I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”


The woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.” She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”

“No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”

“Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”

“Yes, mam. That would be very nice.”

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel, “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.”

The officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his place,” he said.

“That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently..  “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally, I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said.

“I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said.

“Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus… He led me to you.”

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways…..

“Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said.

“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And… And thank you for the coffee.”

You cannot escape the fact that God sees all, hears all, and knows all. When we sow a good deed, we will reap the same. Remember also… when you and I sow a bad deed, we should look to reap that as well!

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Originally posted 2011-01-06 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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