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African American Sermon Illustrations

Resources offered by the African American Lectionary to clergy and church leaders include an extensive selection of sermon illustrations provided by prominent African American theologians and clergy, indexed by title. Access the collection here.

For Example: 

T. P.
There was a woman who religiously read her bible daily and sought to walk by biblical principles. One day her son came home, and after a meal he picked up her bible which was worn from much use. As he looked through it, he saw penciled above certain bible verses the letters T. P. T. P. was printed above “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” T.P. was printed above “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear… .” T. P. was printed above “All things work together for good, for they who love the Lord.” Throughout her bible “T.P” appeared above certain verses.
Her son said, “Mom, I can tell you’re a bible student, but I noticed above certain verses, you wrote the letters T. P. What do these letters mean?” His mother responded, “Son, I don’t just read the bible, I believe and obey God’s word. “T. P.” stands for tried and proven. Son, God’s Word works!”
Anonymous. Versions of this illustration have been used by many




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