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More Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks

Wayne Rice
More Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks
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More Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks

Wayne Rice

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These lively stories, parables and anecdotes are guaranteed to grab teenagers' attention! Thought-provoking, biblical application accompanies all 100 illustrations from veteran youth-worker Wayne rice. Approximately 235 pages, from Zondervan.

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These lively stories, parables and anecdotes are guaranteed to grab teenagers' attention! Thought-provoking, biblical application accompanies all 100 illustrations from veteran youth-worker Wayne rice. Approximately 235 pages, from Zondervan.
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Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks -- Wayne Rice's original collection of stories, parables, and anecdotes -- was an instant bestseller. Youth workers clamored for more. And here they are! Wayne has assembled another 100 illustrations from his own files and from the files of youth ministry's best speakers -- Tony Campolo - Doug Fields - Laurie Polich - Miles McPherson Brennan Manning - Les Christie - Bill McNabb - Joel Lusz -- and many more! Here are all kinds of stories for all kinds of youth talks -- devotionals, Bible lessons, openers, humorous anecdotes, poignant narratives, fables, real-life stories. They're all indexed by topic, and they all work with teenagers. They're just the thing to give your youth talks that extra spark you're looking for. If you've used Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks (or used it up!), welcome to this all new collection. If this is your introduction to Hot Illustrations, you're in for a treat -- and your kids will love you for it!
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This new collection follows the original Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks. Popular youth speakers have proven that these stories and illustrations are effective for livening up talks with youth and for communicating God's Word.
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More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks: 100 more attention-getting stories, parables, and anecdotes. Copyright 1995 by Youth Specialties Youth Specialties products, 300 S. Pierce St., El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Rice, Wayne. More Hot illustrations for youth talks: 100 more attention-getting stories, parables, and anecdotes / [compiled by] Wayne Rice. p. cm. "Youth Specialties" Includes index. ISBN-10: 0-310-20768-1 ISBN-13: 978-0-310-20768-9 1. Youth sermons-Outlines, syllabi, etc. 2. Homiletical illustrations. I. Rice, Wayne. BV4310.M67 1995 251.08-dc20 95-35691 CIP Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition), copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. "The Bridge Operator" is adapted with permission from "To Sacrifi ce a Son" by Dennis Hensley. Some stories in this book may contain fi ctionalized characters, events, or details. The illustrations are intended to communicate biblical, faith-related concepts as opposed to factual or historical accounts. Please use the stories with this in mind. The material in this book may be photocopied for local use in churches, youth groups, and other Christian-education activities. Special permission is not necessary. However, the contents of this book may not be reproduced in any other form without written permission from the publisher. All rights reserved. Edited by Noel Becchetti and Lorraine Triggs Typography and Design by J. Steven Hunt and PAZ Design Group Printed in the United States of America 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 - 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 A Candle in the Darkness Several years ago in Timisoara, Romania, Laszlo Tokes became pastor of Timisoara's small Hungarian Reformed Church. Tokes preached the Gospel boldly, and within two years membership had swelled to fi ve thousand. But success can be dangerous in a Communist country. Authorities stationed police offi cers in front of the church on Sundays, cradling machine guns. They hired thugs to attack Pastor Tokes. They confi scated his ration book so he couldn't buy food or fuel. Finally, in December 1989, they decided to send him into exile. But when police arrived to hustle Pastor Tokes away, they were stopped cold. Around the entrance of the church stood a wall of humanity. Members of other churches-Baptist, Adventist, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Catholic-had joined together to protest. Though police tried to disperse the crowd, the people held their post all day and into the night. Then, just after midnight, a 19-year-old Baptist student named Daniel Gavra pulled out a packet of candles. He lit one and passed it to his neighbor. When Tokes peered out the window, he was struck by the warm glow refl ecting off hundreds of faces. That moment, he said later, was the "turning point in my life." His religious prejudices evaporated. Here were members of the body of Christ, completely disregarding denominational divisions, joining hands in his defense. It was a moving testimony to Christian unity. The crowd stayed all through the night-and the next night. Finally police broke through. They bashed in the church door, bloodied Pastor Tokes' face, then paraded him and his wife through the crowd and out into the night. But that was not the end. No, the religious protest led-as it always does-to political protest. The people streamed to the city square and began a full-scale demonstration against the Communist government. Again Daniel passed out his candles.
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Meet the Author

Wayne Rice

Wayne Rice conducts parenting seminars for HomeWord, a ministry that provides resources for families in San Juan Capistrano, California. He is also an associate faculty member at Bethel Theological Seminary in San Diego, California.

His other books include Read This Book or You're Grounded; Enjoy Your Middleschooler; Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks;Reinventing Youth Ministry (Again)From Bells and Whistles to Flesh and Blood and Up Close and Personal (an ECPA Gold Medallion winner). With Ken Davis, he created the video curriculum Understanding Your Teenager. An accomplished musician, Rice has played and recorded albums with several different bluegrass bands. He currently hosts Bluegrass Special weekly on KSON in San Diego.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction 7
  • How To Choose And Use Illustrations 9
  • A Candle In The Darkness 17
  • A Case Of Mistaken Identity 19
  • A Diet For Losers 21
  • A Million Frogs 23
  • A Picture Of God 24
  • A Stranger At The Door 25
  • A Vision Of Jesus 27
  • A Visit From Space 28
  • All-points Bulletin 30
  • Alligators In Your Pond 31
  • The Animal School 33
  • The Antique Vase 35
  • Are You God? 36
  • Bad Luck, Good Luck 38
  • The Balloon Man 39
  • The Beggar's Rags 42
  • Blackout! 44
  • The Bridge Operator 46
  • The Burning Hut 47
  • But Is He Safe? 48
  • The Call Of The Barnyard 49
  • Chippie's Bad Day 51
  • The Dead Cat 52
  • Desert Pete 54
  • The Devil's Triangle 56
  • The Emperor's Seeds 58
  • The Empty Chair 61
  • The Evangelist And The Post Offi Ce 63
  • 'excuse Me' Or 'forgive Me'? 64
  • The Face On The Puzzle 66
  • Fake Christians 68
  • Fishing Eagles 69
  • G.i. Life Insurance 70
  • Get Off My Back 72
  • Good Grief! 73
  • Grab A What? 74
  • Grandma's Gift 75
  • Great Answers But No Help 78
  • Great Babies 79
  • The Great Dane And The Alligator 80
  • Haven't I Smelled You
  • Somewhere Before? 82
  • Help Is On The Way 84
  • The Horse Trader 86
  • How Embarrassing! 88
  • I Ain't Lost 90
  • Inside The Fence 91
  • Jesus' Family Tree 92
  • Jimmy And The Genie 95
  • Jump! 97
  • Just A Hyphen 98
  • The Keeper Of The Spring 99
  • The King's Driver 101
  • The Lantern 103
  • Life Inside The Womb 104
  • Armed For Salvation 106
  • The Logic Exam 107
  • Lost And Found 108
  • Love And The Cabbie 109
  • Make Me Like Joe 112
  • Medical Terms You Need To Know 114
  • Melody In F 116
  • The Mice In The Piano 117
  • The Milkman's Gift 118
  • The Mud Flats 119
  • The Native American And The Cricket 121
  • The Native American And
  • The Rattlesnake 123
  • The New Gorilla 125
  • Nobel's Legacy 127
  • Not-so-identical Twins 129
  • One More Year 131
  • The Orphan Girl 132
  • The Painting In The Warehouse 134
  • Palm Monday 136
  • Table Of Contents
  • 6
  • Phamous Phobias 137
  • The President And The Little Boy 138
  • The Puppy Nobody Wanted 140
  • The Quaker And The Atheist 142
  • Rats In The Tub 143
  • The Reasonable Hunter 144
  • The Roadkill Grill 145
  • The Roar Of The Crowd 146
  • Sarge 147
  • Save The Starfi Sh 149
  • The Seagull 151
  • Pinhole Glasses 153
  • Squirt Squirt 154
  • Smart Hopis 156
  • Stephen's Egg 157
  • Tear It Down 158
  • Too Helpful 159
  • Too Much Prayer? 161
  • True Or False? 162
  • Two Scoops Of Anti-freeze,
  • Lice-killer With Chocolate Sauce! 164
  • Unbaptized Arms 166
  • What Will My Reward Be? 168
  • When Nothing Goes Right 170
  • Who, Me? 171
  • Wolves O' Plenty 173
  • You Know The Psalm 174
  • The Zurka Bird 176
  • Index To Topics 178
  • Index Of Contributors 184

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A Candle in the Darkness Several years ago in Timisoara, Romania, Laszlo Tokes became pastor of Timisoara's small Hungarian Reformed Church. Tokes preached the Gospel boldly, and within two years membership had swelled to fi ve thousand. But success can be dangerous in a Communist country. Authorities stationed police offi cers in front of the church on Sundays, cradling machine guns. They hired thugs to attack Pastor Tokes. They confi scated his ration book so he couldn't buy food or fuel. Finally, in December 1989, they decided to send him into exile. But when police arrived to hustle Pastor Tokes away, they were stopped cold. Around the entrance of the church stood a wall of humanity. Members of other churches---Baptist, Adventist, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Catholic---had joined together to protest. Though police tried to disperse the crowd, the people held their post all day and into the night. Then, just after midnight, a 19-year-old Baptist student named Daniel Gavra pulled out a packet of candles. He lit one and passed it to his neighbor. When Tokes peered out the window, he was struck by the warm glow refl ecting off hundreds of faces. That moment, he said later, was the 'turning point in my life.' His religious prejudices evaporated. Here were members of the body of Christ, completely disregarding denominational divisions, joining hands in his defense. It was a moving testimony to Christian unity. The crowd stayed all through the night---and the next night. Finally police broke through. They bashed in the church door, bloodied Pastor Tokes' face, then paraded him and his wife through the crowd and out into the night. But that was not the end. No, the religious protest led---as it always does---to political protest. The people streamed to the city square and began a full-scale demonstration against the Communist government. Again Daniel passed out his candles. First they had burned for Christian unity; now they burned for freedom. This was more than the government could tolerate. They brought in troops and ordered them to open fi re on the crowd. Hundreds were shot. Young Daniel felt a searing pain as his leg was blown off. But the people of Timisoara stood bravely against the barrage of bullets. And by their example they inspired the entire population of Romania. Within days the nation had risen up and the bloody dictator Ceausescu was gone. For the fi rst time in half a century, Romanians celebrated Christmas in freedom. Daniel celebrated in the hospital, where he was learning to walk with crutches. His pastor came to offer sympathy, but Daniel wasn't looking for sympathy. 'Pastor, I don't mind so much the loss of a leg,' he said. 'After all, it was I who lit the fi rst candle.' The candle that lit up an entire country. With a candle, a nineteen-year-old boy sparked a revolution that is still being felt today. Romania is a free country thanks to the efforts of people like Daniel Gavra who were willing to put their lives on the line for the sake of the Gospel and for basic human rights. You can make a difference wherever you are if you are willing to take a stand. Don't wait for everyone else to do it. Be the fi rst to light your candle. A Case of Mistaken Identity Little River Community Church was located just down the street from First Memorial Church. Since they were located on the same street in the same town, the two youth groups from the two churches were often competing with each other. They participated in the same softball league, the same basketball league, and had become intense rivals. Little River Community was always trying to outdo First Memorial and vice versa. One Sunday, following a Bible study on serving others, the youth group at Little River Community Church decided to go out into their community and put their faith into action. The youth pastor organized the kids into 'ministry teams' and challenged them go out and to serve others. They could do anything---but they needed to remember: 'Do what Jesus would do.' So the youth group from Little River Community Church fanned out into the neighborhood and starting serving. One group washed cars for people up and down the street. Another group pumped gas for free at a selfservice gas station. Another group went to a convalescent home and sang songs to the shut-ins who lived there. After the time was up, all the ministry teams returned to the church and reported what they had done. Each group had stories to tell, as they shared what they learned and how it made them feel. One of the groups told of how they had gone to serve a woman who lived close to First Memorial Church. When First Memorial, their rival, was mentioned, everyone groaned. 'We mowed grass, raked leaves and did yardwork for her,' said one of the students. 'She was real nice. And after we were through, she invited us in and prayed for us. And then she said, 'You young people from First Memorial Church are always doing such nice things for us old folks.'' 'Oh no!' said the youth pastor. 'She thought you were from First Memorial? Well, I hope you set her straight. Did you tell her that you weren't from First Memorial but from Little River Community?' 'Well . . . no we didn't,' said the student, surprised by the youth pastor's question. 'You told us to do what Jesus would do, didn't you? We decided that Jesus would just keep his mouth shut.' This true story (the names have been changed) is remarkable because most of us would probably have been quick to let the woman know she was wrong to credit someone else for the work we had done. But the way of Jesus is not concerned with who gets the credit. In fact, the way of Jesus is to actually rejoice in the good fortune of others. It is to put others fi rst, ourselves last. When we serve, we should not be concerned with getting credit for it, but with glorifying God. He is the one who should receive praise and thanks. The object of service is not to make ourselves look good, but to direct people's attention to God. A Diet for Losers If you are interested in losing weight, I present to you the incredible new'Loser's Diet.' Just follow this diet and you are sure to lose. BREAKFAST 1/2 grapefruit 1 slice whole wheat toast 8 oz. skim milk LUNCH 4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast 1 cup steamed zucchini 1 Oreo cookie Herb tea MID-AFTERNOON SNACK Rest of the package of Oreos 1 quart rocky-road ice cream 1 jar hot fudge DINNER 2 loaves garlic bread Large pepperoni and mushroom pizza Large pitcher of root beer 2 Snickers bars Entire frozen cheesecake, eaten directly from freezer DIET TIPS: * If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories. * If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out. * When eating with someone else, calories don't count if you both eat. * Food used for medical purposes never counts, such as: hot chocolate, toast, and Sara Lee cheesecake. * If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.

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  • Catalogue Code 94974
  • Product Code 0310207681
  • EAN 9780310207689
  • UPC 025986207687
  • Pages 186
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Messages/devotions
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Jan 1996
  • Sales Rank #23183
  • Dimensions 285 x 215 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.462kg

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