Apr 24 2011 dcfc english Worship [The Master & The Disciple] Luke 24: 28-36

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The Bus Driver's Gift

Date: 8/2006.101

Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks 4 P105
One afternoon a bus driver was taking 40 children home from school. As the bus made its way down a steep grade, the brakes failed. The driver was unable to steer the bus to the left because of a high embankment or to the right because of a steep cliff.

As the bus hurtled down the hill, the driver recalled that there was a narrow gate at the bottom which led into a field. He decided to try to steer the bus through the gate and into the field, figuring that it would eventually come to a safe stop. He hoped that no cars or other obstacles would get in his way before he got to the gate.

When the bus reached the bottom of the hill, the driver saw the gate approaching fast. But to his horror, he noticed a small child sitting on the gate, waving at the bus.

It was too late to change plans now. If the driver tried to avoid the gate, 40 children would die. He cried out in anguish as the bus slammed directly into the gate. The innocent child died instantly in the collision, but the bus and all of its passengers were saved.

Emergency vehicles were the first to arrive on the scene, followed shortly by relieved parents and grandparents. Many of them wanted to show their appreciation and gratitude to the driver who had kept the bus under control long enough to save their children. But the driver was nowhere to be found. They asked the police officer where he had gone.

"They've taken him to the hospital," the officer said. "He's suffering from severe shock."

"Well, that's understandable," they replied.

"No, you don't understand," said the officer. "You see, that little boy on the fence was his own son."


God's decision to save us came to us at a great expense to himself. Jesus cried out in the garden, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me" (Matthew 26:39). But it was God's love for us that sent Jesus to the cross (John 3:16). He gave his only son so that we could live.


The Draw Bridge Operator – Gospel

Date: 6/2006.101

YOC - July 2006 - Lock in: Be A Mountaineering Guide (Mark)

Apr 29 2012 DCFC Chinese [Worship Acceptable to God] Mal 1:1-5 A call to respond to God’s love

More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks P46
There was once a man who worked in a small town as the operator of a drawbridge on a river. A train track ran across the bridge, and the operator's job was to keep the bridge up when no train was coming so that the boats could pass underneath. When the train approached, he was to blow the whistle and let down the bridge.

One sunny Saturday morning, the man brought his seven-year-old son along to work with him. The boy could frolic along the river, skip rocks on the water, chase butterflies or even try to catch a fish.

Shortly before noon, a passenger train was due to come through the area. The man began to make preparations to let the bridge down so the train could pass safely across the river. As he examined the bridge, he noticed that someone - a small child - had somehow climbed over the guardrail next to the bridge, and was playing at the very spot where the bridge would come down. As he looked closer, he realized with horror that the child was his son. In desperation, he yelled out his son’s name, but the sound of the approaching train drowned out his screams. He knew he had to make a quick decision. If he lowered the bridge now his son would die as the train plunged into the river. He barely had time to think.

As he screamed in agony, the main thrust forward the lever to lower the bridge just as the train arrived. His son died instantly. And as the train passed by, the people just smiled and waved as they passed by the man in the control booth, with his head bowed low, oblivious to what had just taken place.


Isn't this what God did for us?

The Train and the Boy
I would like to tell you a story about a man named John Griffith. John was the father of an 8-year-old boy during the 20’s and 30’s. John was very fortunate during those times, because he had job. John loved his son very much. He was the apple of his eye. John’s son was a normal little boy who constantly wanted to go to work with his father. John decided he would take his boy to work with him one day. John was bridge conductor across the Mississippi River. John was in charge of raising and lowering the bridge so that boats could get through and trains could pass. John’s son was so amazed at the gears and all the things that went along with his father’s job. They had brought their lunch to work with them that day and decided to eat their lunch on the bank of the river. John and his son was eating lunch and John had realized that in about 3 minutes the Memphis Belle carrying 300 passengers was getting ready to cross the bridge, but the bridge was not lowered. John didn’t want to alarm his son so he patted him on the shoulder and told him to sit right there and he would be right back. John hustled up the stairs, he grabbed the lever to lower the bridge and he had realized that somehow his son had climbed to the bridge and had fallen in between the gears of the bridge. John could hear the train coming carrying the 300 passengers. In his mind he started going over ways he could get his son from the gears and still lower the bridge, but he knew he had to make a choice. John lowered the bridge just in time for the train to pass crushing his son in between the gears. John looked at the train passing by and saw a man reading his newspaper a woman drinking her tea and another talking to his wife. John screamed at the top of his lungs “Hey, Don’t you know what I’ve just done for you” they didn’t hear him so he screamed again “Hey, Don’t you know what I’ve just done for you” But again they just went along with their lives not ever realizing what John had done for them. God is asking us the same question “Don’t you know what I’ve done for you. I sent my only son to this earth for you. He died a terrible death so that you could spend eternity with me. Why are you going on with your busy meaningless live not serving me, and some of you have not even accepted me as your savior. I love you so much.



The Puppy Nobody Wanted - Jesus Paid the Price For US!

Date: 6/2006.101

DCFC English Worship 22 April 2007 - Rom 12:1-2

Sept 2007 FWC Retreat: The Kingdom is Here - Kingdom Transformation Rom 12:1-2

Sept 3-5 2011 RCCC Retreat [Renewing our first love for Christ] Renewing our minds for worship Rom 12:1-2


More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks P143

The sign on the door said "PUPPIES FOR SALE" and so the little boy went inside to look. The man inside the pet shop showed him 5 little puppies who were ready now to leave their mother. They were about the cutest dogs the little boy had ever seen.

"How much are they?" the little boy asked.

The man replied, "Some are fifty dollars, some are more."

The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change. After counting it, he said, "I have a dollar and forty-seven cents."

"Well, I am afraid I can't sell you one of these puppies for a dollar and forty-seven cents, little boy. You'll have to save your money and come back next time we have more puppies for sale."

About that time, the pet store owner's wife brought out another puppy that had been hidden in the back of the store. It was smaller than the other puppies and had a bad leg. It couldn't stand up very well and when it tried to walk, it limped very badly.

"What's wrong with the puppy?" asked the little boy. The pet store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp and always be lame.

"Oh, I wish I had the money to buy that puppy!" exclaimed the little Boy with excitement. "That's the puppy I would choose!"

"Well, that puppy is not for sale, son. But if you really want him, I'll just give him to you. No charge."

But the little boy got quite upset at this. He looked straight at the pet store owner and said, "No, I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as the other dogs you have for sale. I'll give you a dollar and forty-seven cents now and I'll give you fifty cents a month until I have paid for this dog in full."

The pet store owner was perplexed. "You don't really want to spend your money on this little dog, son. He is never going to be able to run and play with you like the other puppies."

Then the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left, and supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the pet store owner and said, "Mister, I don't run and play too good myself. I figure this little puppy is going to need someone like me who understands."


Scripture says that you were "bought with a price." Jesus paid a very high price for you when he went to the cross. He did it because he loves you and wants you to be with him. And he understands what you are going through. As it says in the book of Isaiah, he was the "Suffering Servant" who "bore our iniquities." He tool all of the pain we deserve upon himself. You may feel like an outcast, a nobody. You may think nobody likes you, that nobody wants you. You may be suffering, going through difficult times. Through all of that, you can be sure that Jesus understands. He knows exactly how you feel.

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