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# 1
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 6:33
Published: various

A well circulated internet fable drives home the point of proper priorities (can be used as an actual object lesson adaptable for any age group):

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
 
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
 
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  
They agreed it was.
 
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes."
 
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

Application:
"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things--your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
 
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
 
The sand is everything else--the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
 
"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your  spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
 
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend." 
 
"Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need" (Matthew 6:33, NLT).


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# 2
Author: Billie Wilcox, Contributor, Guideposts Magazine
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7
Published: Guideposts Magazine, publication date unknown

"While my husband Frank and I were living in Pakistan many years ago, our six-month-old baby died. An old Punjabi who heard of our grief came to comfort us. 'A tragedy like this is similar to being plunged into boiling water,' he explained. 'If you are an egg, your affliction will make you hard-boiled and unresponsive. If you are a potato, you will emerge soft and pliable, resilient and adaptable.'"

[Billie Wilcox, Contributor, Guideposts Magazine]


Application:

Wilcox concludes, "It may sound funny to God, but there have been times when I have prayed, 'O Lord, let me be a potato.'"

"So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7).

Can be used as an object lesson for youth or adults:  Place a pot of water on a hot plate and allow it to come to a boil before you begin to speak. Tell a story about personal trial or tragedy. As you speak, first drop an egg in the pot of boiling water. Then drop in a small potato. Let the two items boil away as you teach your lesson. When done (elapsed time of at least 15 minutes) use a slotted spoon to remove both from the pot. Then tell the story of Billie Wilcox. Use a fork to mash the potato as you drive home the point.

Barnett Gushin



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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Acts 4:12
Published: various

Object Lesson: Making  Mayonnaise

God is wholly holy. Man is wholly sinful. Like oil and water the two cannot mix. They are immiscible. Without the presence of an emulsifier—a third ingredient that can bond with both substances—we are in an immiscible mess. 
 
Finding a way to bring God and man together is a bit like making mayonnaise. It is primarily made of oil and vinegar--which is itself mostly made of water. Mayonnaise would be nothing more than vinegar and oil salad dressing were it not for the eggs that are added to the recipe.
 
You see, the lecithin, which is a protein in the egg yolk, acts as an emulsifying agent. This particular emulsifying agent has a feature that associates with the oil and a feature that associates with the vinegar (water). Thus the emulsifier (the egg yolk), acts as a bridge between both the oil and the water—making mayonnaise possible, much to the delight of sandwich lovers the world over!

Application:

Follow the link above to conduct an easy in-class science experiment demonstrating emulsification!

Jesus is our emulsifier. As the God-Man, he has properties which allow Him to associate with both God and man. HE is our BRIDGE which make the spiritual recipe of salvation possible!
 
“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity--the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). … “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1). … “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).


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# 4
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 4:13-15
Published: unknown

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# 5
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
Published: original source of quiz unknown

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 5:17-18
Published: Adapted as an object lesson from ILLUSTRATIONS UNLIMITED BY James S. Hewitt, P. 320

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 13:1; Psalm 10:1; Psalm 35:17; Psalm 44:24; Psalm 89:46; Job 13:24
Published: Based on a suggested object lesson from HOMILETICS, Nov 2001, p.15

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# 8
Author: Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 1:9
Published: "The Dirty Penny" by Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family, published on Focus on the Family of Canada

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# 9
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Published: N/A

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# 10
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Wade Kirk
Scripture: Colossians 3:12

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# 11
Author: Sam Murrell
Contributor: Sam Murrell
Scripture: Proverbs 10:19

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# 12
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 15:4; Matthew 18:12
Published: N/A

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# 13
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: Luke 17:6
Published: Better Basketball DVD series (Better Shooting)

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:7
Published: “Stewards of the Seed: Technology, Relationships and Lessons Learned in Agriculture,” by Hugh Grant, President, Chairman, and CEO of Monsanto Co., a speech delivered at the ASTA Annual Conference, Seattle, 6/22/05

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# 15
Author: Tim Hansel
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: EATING PROBLEMS FOR BREAKFAST by Tim Hansel, p. 64

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# 16
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Ephesians 4:32

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# 17
Author: Pastor Steven Degner
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Galatians 1:1-10
Published: “Keep the Gospel Pure” by Pastor Steven Degner, a message preached at Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6/10/2007

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# 18
Author: Matthew Smith
Contributor: Matthew Smith
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

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# 19
Author: Pastor Duane Sheriff
Contributor: Rusty McCormick
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:14-17; John 15:4-5
Published: Sermon by Pastor Duane Sheriff

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# 20
Author: Tara Bertic
Contributor: Tara Bertic
Scripture: Philippians 4:8
Published: tpcczerogravityyouth.blogspot.com

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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:10
Published: About.com

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# 22
Author: Tara Bertic
Contributor: Tara Bertic
Scripture: Jeremiah 2:9-13
Published: tpcczerogravityyouth@blogspot.com

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# 23
Author: Tara Bertic
Contributor: Tara Bertic
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1
Published: tpcczerogravityyouth.blogspot.com

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# 24
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: I Corinthians 8:1-2; Philippians 2:3; James 4:10
Published: N/A

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# 25
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Jonah 1
Published: N/A

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# 26
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9
Published: Louisiana State University / Robie Project

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# 27
Author: Maurice Sweetsur
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 5:3,4
Published: "Why does God allow suffering?" An Object Lesson Using Natural Science Laws by Maurice Sweetsur, published http://www.ms-objectlessons.blogspot.com/ , March 24, 2009.

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# 28
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7
Published: N/A

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# 29
Author: Wiliam Osman
Contributor: Wiliam Osman
Scripture: John 20:1-18

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# 30
Author: Don Scott
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Mark 16:15
Published: "Easter Talk- The Good News, posted on Children's Ministers Blog, April 1, 2012, by Don Scott

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# 31
Author: Aaron Batdorf
Contributor: Aaron Batdorf
Scripture: Philippians 1:12-13

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# 32
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 4:8; Psalm 42:3; Psalm 46:1; Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:9
Published: "From A Distance It Looks Like A Normal Painting, But When You Come Closer… WOAH!" as published on LifeBuzz.com, retrieved 7/3/14

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# 33
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Isaiah 61:10
Published: N/A

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# 34
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 John 1:9
Published: N/A

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# 35
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: John 2:11; John 20:30
Published: n/a

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From the related category : Children's Lesson


Illustrations : 25
# 1
Author: Emilia Burdick
Contributor: Emilia Burdick
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10

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# 2
Author: Editors, HOMILETICS
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:1
Published: HOMILETICS, June 2001,, p. 46

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# 3
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Published: N/A

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# 4
Author: Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 1:9
Published: "The Dirty Penny" by Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family, published on Focus on the Family of Canada

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# 5
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Wade Kirk
Scripture: Colossians 3:12

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 119:11
Published: "Hendersonville girl recites pi for more than 1,700 digits" by Tom Wilemon, published THE TENNESSEAN, March 20, 2014

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# 7
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Ephesians 4:32

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# 8
Author: Dennis Himm
Contributor: Dennis Himm
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15

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# 9
Author: Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 28:6
Published: "Death and Resurrection" by Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family, published on Focus on the Family of Canada

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# 10
Author: Kristin McPherson, Yahoo! Contributor
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Mark 16:15
Published: "Easter Object Lesson for Children's Church or Sunday School" by Kristin McPherson, Yahoo! Contributor Network, posted Apr 1, 2011, Yahoo! Voices

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# 11
Author: David Hall
Contributor: David Hall

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# 12
Author: Jennifer Cronk
Contributor: Jennifer Cronk

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# 13
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: I Corinthians 8:1-2; Philippians 2:3; James 4:10
Published: N/A

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# 14
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Jonah 1
Published: N/A

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# 15
Author: Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 59:2
Published: "The God Mat" by Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family, published on Focus on the Family of Canada

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# 16
Author: Wiliam Osman
Contributor: Wiliam Osman
Scripture: John 20:1-18

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# 17
Author: Don Scott
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Mark 16:15
Published: "Easter Talk- The Good News, posted on Children's Ministers Blog, April 1, 2012, by Don Scott

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# 18
Author: Homiletics Staff
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Published: Homiletics July 2002

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# 19
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:16

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# 20
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Romans 8:28

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# 21
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7
Published: N/A

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# 22
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Isaiah 61:10
Published: N/A

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# 23
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: John 2:11; John 20:30
Published: n/a

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# 24
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 6:8; Matthew 28:6

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# 25
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 John 1:9
Published: N/A

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From the related category : Youth Sermons


Illustrations : 6
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Acts 4:12
Published: various

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# 2
Author: Mike Sands
Contributor: Mike Sands
Scripture: Col 3:2

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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6
Published: 50 RULES KIDS WON'T LEARN IN SCHOOL: REAL-WORLD ANTIDOTES TO FEEL-GOOD EDUCATIONby Charles J. Sykes

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# 4
Author: Tara Bertic
Contributor: Tara Bertic
Scripture: Philippians 4:8
Published: tpcczerogravityyouth.blogspot.com

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# 5
Author: Tara Bertic
Contributor: Tara Bertic
Scripture: Jeremiah 2:9-13
Published: tpcczerogravityyouth@blogspot.com

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# 6
Author: Tara Bertic
Contributor: Tara Bertic
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1
Published: tpcczerogravityyouth.blogspot.com

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