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.

Conclusion

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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Consistency – The Mark Of A Serious Christian

This sermon outline deals with the timely subject of consistency. The person of interest is Daniel, the Old Testament prophet. When studying his life you find that he was consistent in everything he did. May all of us learn from his godly example!

 
Title: “Consistency: The Mark Of A Serious Christian!”

Text: Daniel 6:10Daniel 6:10
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10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  

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(Daniel 6:10Daniel 6:10
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10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  

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) “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” (KJV)

Introduction:

• Daniel is known in the Scriptures to be one who was faithful, dependable, endowed with a good spirit, a man of prayer, a man who endured the lion’s den and a man who was a diplomat!
• Our text shows what Daniel did when crisis came.

“When crisis comes you find out what people are made of.”

• God said Daniel prayed like he consistently did previous to this adverse situation.
• Consistency, which is an earmark of solid leadership, and also of serious character, would also be a term that we could use to describe Daniel.
• Webster define the word “consistent” as: holding together; firm or coherent – agreeing; in harmony; in accord; compatible – holding to the same principles or practice.
• When I think of consistency, I think about words like: practice, continuing, perseverance, determination, and faithfulness!
• When I think of consistency, I think about people like: Moses, Joseph, Abraham, John the Baptist, and The Apostle Paul!
• When I think of consistency, I think about teachers I had like: My sixth grade teacher (I forget her name, but she made a lasting impression on me.); my new convert’s teacher, David Murrell; and my college professor, Pastor Richard Jones.
• When I think of consistency, I think about preachers like: Tom Malone, Bob Roberson, J. Vernon McGee, Curtis Hutson, and John Rice.

Proposition: There are three things I want us to consider about the subject of consistency!

I. We Need To Accept Nothing Less Than Absolute Consistency!

A. Consider the world’s insatiable appetite for consistency!

i. Example of athletes: Olympics & professional.
ii. Example of employers: demand of attendance.
iii. Example of employees: receive pay check on time.
iv. Example of military: skills; life or death depends upon consistency.
v. Example of farmer & equipment: breakdown – cost money.
vi. Example of doctors: if skills are not perfected, then sickness can result.

B. Consider the Bible’s admonition for consistency!

(2 Peter 3:182 Peter 3:18
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18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  

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) “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (KJV)

(1 Timothy 4:12-161 Timothy 4:12-16
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12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. to all: or, in all things 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  

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) “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (KJV)

(2 Timothy 4:1-82 Timothy 4:1-8
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4 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. make...; or, fulfil 6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  

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) “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (KJV)

John 8:31John 8:31
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31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  

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¶ “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;”

John 15:9John 15:9
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9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  

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¶ “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”

Acts 13:43Acts 13:43
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43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.  

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“Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.”

Acts 14:22Acts 14:22
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22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  

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“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

2Timothy 3:14 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;”

Acts 1:14Acts 1:14
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14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.  

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“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”

Acts 2:42Acts 2:42
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42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  

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¶ “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 8:13Acts 8:13
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13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. miracles...: Gr. signs and great miracles  

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“Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.”

Acts 15:35Acts 15:35
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35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.  

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“Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.”

Acts 18:11Acts 18:11
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11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. continued there: Gr. sat there  

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“And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”

Acts 19:10Acts 19:10
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10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.  

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“And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.”

C. Consider the dilemma!

i. We see how the world demands consistency and how the Bible declares that we as Christians should be consistent and continue, but why do we think consistency is not needed in our lives!
ii. The plain fact of the matter is that we are consistent in the things we think important!
iii. For example, if we think it is important to read our Bibles then we will consistently read it, etc.

II. We Need To Understand The Necessity Of Consistency!

A. As has already been stated, life or death can depend upon one being consistent!

B. Consistency could be the very trait that enables you to make it through your dark valley! It certainly drove Daniel to his knees when crisis came!

C. Daniel benefited tremendously from his previous consistent walk!

D. Consistency itself can be a friend that encourages you to press on and “stick by the stuff!”

III. We Need To Develop An Appetite For Consistency!

A. A sanctified, God-honoring walk with our Heavenly Father does not come about by chance, luck, good intentions or osmosis.

B. It does come about by an appetite that has been cultivated over a period of time!

C. We must acquire a standard, a disciplined mindset, and a consecrated desire for consistency!

D. This appetite should not be feasting on a self-promoting, and pharisaical motive.

E. No, our motive should be for God’s glory and should desire consistency in our life for His glory alone!

Conclusion:

To The Christian:

• Can you characterize your life as consistent?
• Prayer Time?
• Bible Time?
• Giving?
• Witnessing?
• Godly Attitude?
• Walk?

To The Sinner:

• Be saved!

Originally posted 2010-09-17 14:00:00. 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
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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…

Conclusion

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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When the light of the gospel enters the soul it brings with it a supernatural power that radically transforms the whole of life. This change is perhaps no more clearly seen than in the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children. Our age has witnessed an almost total collapse of the family unit, and in many places the majority of children are now being raised in ‘broken homes.’ Our society presents Christian parents and children with a unique opportunity of bearing witness to God’s love by just being different. Few things are more powerful than a Christian family in which the true relationship between parents and children is clearly seen. This may be one of the ways in which God will bringing many to a knowledge of the truth.

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

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