Stories and Illustrations

Tension in the Toolbox by Tony Cooke

Tension in the Toolbox Tony Cooke This piece is not original with me.  I adapted, revised, and re-wrote it somewhat, but this story has appeared in various forms on the internet under the title, “The Carpenter’s Tools.”  I am unsure who the original author is.  The versions I read were ... read more

The Seed

The Seed Author Unknown A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.  He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next ... read more

Meet the Tater Family

Meet the Tater Family Note from Tony: “I came across this list years ago.  It is not original with me, and I’m not sure who the author is.  However, it is a humorous and insightful way to look at some of the people who attend church.” Dick Tater He’s the ... read more

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Your beliefs are a self-fulfilling prophecy, literally shaping the way you perceive your world. Let’s consider people (not you, of course) who believe that the world is a rotten place full of disgusting folks. What do they see when they look at the world? All the rotten and ... read more

Whoever Takes the Son Gets It All

Whoever Takes the Son Gets It All Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and ... read more

The Parable of the Push-Ups and the Donuts

The Parable of the Push-Ups and Donuts Note: A few versions of this story exist, and I’m unsure if it’s actual or fictional.  However, it makes a good point.  The authorship is also uncertain. There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending school in a western ... read more

Pastoral Search Report

Pastoral Search Report We do not have a happy report to give. We’ve not been able to find a suitable candidate for this church, though we have one promising prospect still. We do appreciate all the suggestions from the church members, and we’ve followed up each one with interviews or ... read more

Only One Life by C.T. Studd

Only One Life By C.T. Studd (1860-1931) Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. Only one life, yes only ... read more

You’re Not Home Yet

You’re Not Home Yet An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years, and they were returning to New York City to retire. They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President ... read more

Leadership Lessons from Noah

Leadership Lessons from Noah Plan ahead….It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. Stay fit….When you’re 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big. Don’t listen to critics….do what must be done. Build on high ground. For safety’s sake….travel in pairs. Two heads are better than ... read more

To My Child: What I Can and Cannot Do

To My Child: What I Can and Cannot Do I can share your life, but I cannot live it for you. I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. I can give you direction, but I cannot always lead you. I can allow you freedom, but I ... read more

Kids’ Answers When Asked What Love Is

KIDS’ ANSWERS… WHEN ASKED WHAT LOVE IS… "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love." (Rebecca – age 8) "Love is when you go out ... read more

Job Description for Church Staff

Job Description for Church Staff Senior Pastor * Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound * More powerful than a locomotive * Faster than a speeding bullet * Walks on water * Gives policies to God Associate Pastor * Able to leap short buildings in a single bound ... read more

Johnny, Sally, and the Duck A Story of Forgiveness

Johnny, Sally, and the Duck A Story of Forgiveness A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot.  He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck.  On an impulse he took ... read more

The Jerusalem Management Consulting Firm

MEMO TO: Jesus of Nazareth FROM: The Jerusalem Management Consulting Firm Dear Sir: Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken a series of tests, and we have not only run the ... read more

Trying to Do the Job Alone

The Bricklayer: Trying To Do The Job Alone Dear Sir: I am writing in response to your request for additional information for my insurance claim. In block number three of the accident claim form I wrote, "trying to do the job alone" as the cause of my accident. You said ... read more

Individual Worth

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It’s Funny…

It’s Funny… Funny how a $100 bill "looks" so big when you take it to church, But so small when you take it to the mall. Funny how long it takes to serve God for an hour, But how quickly a team plays 60 min. of basketball Funny how long ... read more

The Ideal Pastor

The Ideal Pastor The ideal pastor is difficult to find. But if your church is fortunate, you may be able to secure his services. Since he is the ideal pastor, it won’t cost very much – he lives by faith. Yet he can be counted upon to tithe heavily and ... read more

What’s it Like in Your Town?

What’s it Like in Your Town? Once there was an old and very wise man. Every day he would sit outside a gas station in his rocking chair and wait to greet motorists as they passed through his small town. On this day, his granddaughter knelt down at the foot ... read more

Great Statements Concerning the Bible

Great Statements Concerning the Bible "So great is my veneration for the Bible that …the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it ... read more

I Am Your Pastor

I Am Your Pastor Memo to: My Congregation  From: Your Pastor When you rise to your highest and best, I am your Pastor. When you yield to temptation and fall to your lowest, I am your Pastor. When you live in the Spirit and manifest the attitude of a Christian, ... read more

Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit - Author Unknown When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, ... read more