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Sermon Illustrations From A Spammer?

Here's an interesting piece of spam:


Sermon Helper 2.5 is offering its new Cd-Rom with over 350 sermon outlines and over 9,000 sermon illustrations by topic.

This is an awesome Cd-Rom for any preacher that wants to expand their sermon study. Over 9,000 Quotes, Stories and illustrations as well as 350 outlines that offer scripture for each and every point.
All of this is only $52.00 this month.

$52.00 for a full CD-ROM of sermon helps, and free updates as they come in.

If you want the link to the site where you can find out more about this great tool as well as download demos of the outlines, email me at t qdcb1@aol.com . Simply type sermon helper in the subject line and I will email you the link to the website where you can find out how to get this awesome tool.

If you think you have recived this messege in error email unsermonhelper@frontcourt.com and you will be removed from further mailings.


There are a number of reasons why this spam is interesting. Let me enumerate them for you:

1. The email is sent on a hotmail account. The given contact email address is an aol account. The unsubscribe email address is a frontcourt address. If you've read other articles on this site, you know why; this guy is violating the terms of service of his email providers, and so needs multiple addresses to ensure that after some of his accounts have been disabled, you can still get in touch with him.

2. He does not provide a link to his web address. Most likely it's hosted on a free user page on yahoo, or something like that, and he knows he's in violation of that Terms of Use policy as well. So he protects not just his email address, but also his website.

3. I went to google, and typed in the search term: "Sermon Helper 2.5". Here's what google said: Your search - "Sermon Helper 2.5" - did not match any documents. That in itself should tell you something about this fly-by-night operation.

Finally, I would like to say that this piece of spam did provide me with a good sermon illustration. Proverbs 24:19 says "Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked; for there will be no future for the evil man." And I think this guy is probably a good example of that. We already know from past experience that it will only take a few days for his email addresses, and his website to get shut down, and then where will he be? Remember - anything worth doing is worth doing well and honestly, because that's the only way it will prosper in the long run.

Or...here's another one. In Matthew 23:27, Jesus tells the Pharisees they are like a graveyard: they look nice on the outside, but underneath they're just rotting flesh and maggots. Heh heh. Think about that.

Oh! Wait! Here's one more! Philippians 1:17 talks about people who "proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives."

There you go...three free sermon illustrations, and you didn't even need to buy a CD to get them!


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