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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 -- ...

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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780310863069
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 513,528
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Wayne Rice is founder and director of Understanding Your Teenager (UYT), an organization serving parents of teens and pre-teens. He is adjunct professor of youth ministry at Bethel Theological Seminary (San Diego) and at North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls. He lives with his wife in Lakeside, CA.
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More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks

100 more attention-getting stories, parables, and anecdotes
By Wayne Rice

Zondervan

Copyright © 1995 Youth Specialties
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-20768-1


Chapter One

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 five thousand.

But success can be dangerous in a Communist country. Authorities stationed police officers in front of the church on Sundays, cradling machine guns. They hired thugs to attack Pastor Tokes. They confiscated 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 reflecting off hundreds of faces. That moment, he saidlater, 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 first 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 first candle."

The candle that lit up an entire country.

[Check] APPLICATION

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 first to light your candle.

A Case of Mistaken

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 self-service 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."

[Check] APPLICATION

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 first, 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.

Movie-related foods don't count because they are simply part of the entire entertainment experience and not a part of one's personal fuel.

Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breakage causes calorie leakage.

[Check] APPLICATION

This diet sounds a lot like how some people try live the Christian life, doesn't it? We start off great in the morning-maybe even with a little Bible reading and prayer. But then things start to disintegrate and by the end of the day, we discover that we have blown it big time. We rationalize our behavior with statements like "Well, if no one sees me sin, then it's really no big deal." Or, "If I sin with my friends, then it's okay because everyone is doing it."

That kind of Christianity, of course, is just as ridiculous as the "diet for losers." When we commit ourselves to Christ, we commit ourselves to following Jesus over the long haul. As Paul wrote in Philippians 3:14, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Paul not only started well, but he ended well. He didn't give up every time the going got a little rough. He didn't try to change the rules. Instead, he hung in there and finished the race. So can you.

A Million Frogs

A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs.

The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog legs! The farmer replied, "There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs-millions of them. They croak all during the night and are about to drive me crazy!"

So the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.

The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs. The restaurant owner said, "Well ... where are all the frogs?"

The farmer said, "I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!"

[Check] APPLICATION

Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs.

Also-remember that problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever lain in your bed at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming-like a million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take a closer look, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

A Picture of God

A little boy sat down at the kitchen table with his crayons and a big sheet of blank paper, and he started to draw.

His father, noticing the youngster hard at work at the table, stopped to look. "What are you doing, son?"

"I'm drawing a picture of God," said the little boy.

"But son," said the father, "You can't draw a picture of God. Nobody knows what God looks like."

The little boy thought for a moment and said, "Well-they will when I get through!"

[Check] APPLICATION

Most people would agree with the father in the story. No one knows what God looks like. But maybe that's one of the reasons God created us and called us to serve him. He created us "in his own image" so that we could-in a sense-show the world what God looks like. When we are being conformed into the image of his son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29), people can see in us a reflection of our Heavenly Father.

All of us have the ability to represent God to the world-and to do it in our own way. You don't need to worry whether your picture of God looks like everybody else's. You are to serve God uniquely, with the gifts and abilities that God has given to you, and when you get through, people will have a little better idea of what God looks like. They will see God in you!

(Continues...)



Excerpted from More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice Copyright © 1995 by Youth Specialties. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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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
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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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First Chapter

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.
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
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