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Illustrate Like Max and John (pt. 1)

Seven skills for finding daily life examples for preaching

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In When God Whispers Your Name, Max Lucado writes:

I rolled out of bed early—real early. I'd been on vacation for a couple of weeks, and I was rested. My energy level was high, so I dressed to go to the church office. My wife, Denalyn, tried to convince me not to go.
"It's the middle of the night," she mumbled. "What if a burglar tries to break in?"
There had been an attempted break-in at the office a few weeks previously. [Ignoring my wife's concern, I drove to the church,] entered the office complex, disarmed the alarm, and then re-armed it.
A few seconds later the sirens screamed. Somebody is trying to break in! I raced down the hall, turned off the alarm, ran back to my office, and dialed 911. After I hung up, it occurred to me that the thieves could get in before the police arrived. I dashed back down the hall and re-armed the system.
"They won't get me," I mumbled defiantly as I punched in the code.
As I turned, the sirens blared again. I disarmed the alarm and reset it. I walked ...

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