- ("Some years ago a book was written by Gene Smith, a noted American historian. The title was When The Cheering Stopped. It was the story of President Woodrow Wilson and the events leading up to and following WWI. When that war was over Wilson was an international hero. There was a great spirit of optimism abroad, and people actually believed that the last war had been fought..." and many more)
- Corrie Ten Boom was a famous Christian whose testimony of suffering in Nazi concentration camps and God's grace through it all touched millions of lives. A few years ago, in a press conference following a ceremony in which Corrie Ten Boom was given an honorary degree, one of the reporters asked her if it was difficult remaining humble while hearing so much acclaim. She replied immediately, "Young man, when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments in the road and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?" She continued, "If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in his glory, I give him all the praise and all the honor."
- ("I was just a girl when it all began, but the events of those last days are as clear to me as this morning's first light. Aah, I had the best of childhoods—the only daughter of a Roman general...")
- I spent 10 of my growing up years in Savannah, Georgia, where my father was the pastor of a church. On March 17th of each year Savannah has the second largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the country. The whole city turns out for the parade. They dye the river green. Everybody wears green. They eat green grits. Some drink green - well, beverages. For several years, I went to that parade and enjoyed watching it. But then when I was in the 10th grade I was in ROTC, military training, and I marched in that parade. No longer was I a parade watcher, a bystander. I became a participant. Everyone loves a parade. Anyone can be a bystander. It takes a little something extra to be a participant...
- ("Scott Black Johnston is the pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. He met with a seventh-grade class recently and had them write down questions they wanted to pose to their pastors. Four of the twelve cards asked: 'Is Jesus the only way to salvation?' At that point, he says: 'Being an annoying pastor, I told them that before I would answer that question, they had to answer one for me...")
- ("There is a time-honored story about a little boy who was sick. It was Palm Sunday and the children waved palm branches to open the service. But this young man stayed home from church with his mother. His father returned from church holding a palm branch. The little boy was curious and asked, 'Why do we wave palm branches on Palm Sunday, Dad, and why do we call it Palm Sunday?'...")
- ("Jackie Robinson made history when he became the first black baseball player by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. But, it wasn't easy. He took verbal abuse from other players and many fans. One afternoon he was having a rough time and the fans were shouting 'boos' from the stands. Pee Wee Reese, the team captain and shortstop, walked over to Jackie and put his arm around him in the middle of the game..." and other illustrations)
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- ("There is no better day for Palm Sunday to fall upon than April Fool's Day. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is a classic 'April Fool' experience. First, the two disciples Jesus chose to go 'borrow' that colt in Bethphage must have been waiting for Jesus to say 'April Fool'. But he doesn't. Instead Jesus seriously instructs his disciples to go and commit the first-century equivalent of 'grand theft auto'...")
- ("I once read about a man, the chaplain at the University of Richmond, who traveled to Harvard to attend his brother's graduation ceremony. His father had driven there to pick him up and take him home. It turned out that they needed to leave before the ceremony was over, and they were walking across Harvard yard at just the moment when degrees were being granted..." and other illustrations)
- ("Victor Hugo tells the similar story in one of his novels about a paroled convict who stopped at the home of a priest and asked for something to eat. The priest invited him into his home, served him his finest wine, called for his housekeeper to set the table with the finest silver, and prepared his best meal. After supper he served his best brandy and cigars..." and other illustrations)
- ("Norm Seli tells of a time when he attended an unusual event at the York Equestrian Centre in Toronto, Canada. About a thousand people were in attendance that day to see a man named Monty Roberts. Roberts is known as The Horse Whisperer, and is the inspiration for the Robert Redford movie of the same name...")
- ("the Jesus who rode in on that humble beast of burden, and who ended the week on a cross, is the same one whom Anselm addressed in his song of Christâs goodness, saying: 'Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you; you are gentle with us as a mother with her children...")
- ("About 3 centuries ago the Spaniards were besieging the little town of St. Quentin on the frontier of France. The walls of the city were battered; fever and famine raged within destroying the defenders. There was good reason for pessimism and discouragement. One day the Spaniards sent a shower of arrows over the wall with parchment notes attached promising that if they would surrender and submit their lives and property they would be spared...")