Free sermons and illustration databases designed especially for Evangelical Christian workers
SID for 2016 is here
Check out the details of the 64-bit database here
|Inner links:||Main installation files - SID or Kerux2010 or Access2002|
|Illustration collections / annual supplements|
|Sermon collections / supplements|
|History of uploads and software developments|
|Plea for help on future developments|
|Information on updating your database (more thorough advice is here)|
Welcome to the Kerux Sermon and Illustration Database, a collection of tens of thousands of sermons and sermon illustrations. (Kerux) is Greek for Preacher and these files will be useful for those who preach the Word, though anyone can have them. It is the same thing as the old Holwick Database - I am taking my name off to reflect the contributions so many others have made to this material.
The records in this database contains are referenced with titles, Bible references and other searchable and sortable data. Think of it as a huge card file that can be searched in seconds. It is also useful for storing your own sermons and illustrations. The database has been compiled by Rev. David Holwick with help from pastors and programmers all around the world. It is offered free of charge and is intended to be used for the glory of God. It may not be sold, and may not be re-packaged without consent.
The easiest approach is to download the mega-database file. It is quite large but contains everything you need. After you download it, you double-click on the filename and it will install itself on your computer. When you open the program you can search for records and then copy them to your word processor the data you want. (There is also a version for those who have Microsoft Access - the same data files are contained in both.)
(Click on blue filename to begin download)
|Main files - S.I.D. users only|
[contains all supplements]
The latest version of SID can be installed on any version of Windows and
is 32-bit and 64-bit compatible. All features, including Import, are
now functional. You can paste fully-formatted Word documents into
the database or format illustrations and sermons within the program itself
since it now has its own formatting editor. Fonts, colors,
underlining and indentations are all preserved.
The latest version fixes a glitch with the Import
The file is self-installing and creates a directory on your hard-drive and puts an icon on your desktop. It is a big file, so don't try it with a dial-up modem. The mega-database contains over 36,000 sermon illustrations and 26,000 sermons.
If you are a current user and upgrading causes you to
"lose" all your sermons and illustrations so
that nothing shows up in searches,
this to fix it.
After the download is complete, you double-click the file on your hard drive. You will be prompted for a password. The simple registration link is below each file name. Your personal information is never shared with anyone. You will receive the password immediately. (Check out the summary of who uses the SID database.)
Mar 3, 2016
|New supplements||A special page has annual supplements which bring your database up to speed with the latest records. Previous versions of SID had problems importing formatted records (bold, italic, etc) but the latest version 4.0.7 fixes that. You can either download the SID4 Upgrade file below, or download a new Mega-database above.|
Upgrade for those
who have already installed versions earlier than 4.0. (This version
is 4.0.7) Copy the files in this zipped file into your SID directory
so that it copies over existing files. It does not affect the data
in your database (in other words, it does not copy over /data/kerux.mdb).
This version contains a RTF editor, Import and Export functions, and other
for more info on how upgrades work.
If upgrading upgrading causes you to "lose" all your sermons and illustrations so that nothing shows up in searches, read this to fix it.
Mar 3, 2016
Information on how to use the SID version with
Linux open-source software.
SID installation problems?
Some users with 64-bit Windows 7 or Windows 10 get an error message that
says "Unable to load odbcji32.dll". SID is currently a 32-bit
program and your computer may have 64-bit versions of this DLL installed
which creates this error. Downloading either of these "runtime"
files should install the correct DLL on your computer:
MS Access runtime for Access 2010:
MS Access runtime for Access 2013:
A Note on Update Capabilities
The data sets (they contain the sermons and illustrations) are improved all the time. New ones are added and old ones are modified or even replaced. All the versions of the Kerux database have a simple process for keeping up-to-date. For users of SID, after you download a supplement, just open the database and click the "Import" icon. Browse to find the supplement and select it. The contents will be added to your existing database. Important - do not add supplements or sets that are older than what you already have, or your new material will be overwritten with old material. One way to check is to sort your records by "date entered" or "date modified". The final date shows how current you are, and you can add supplements that are more recent than that date.
Always back up your database before updating it. (see warning below for some helpful advice)
You should only download a mega-database once. After that, use supplements to keep current. I have been grouping each year's changes in large annual supplements of sermons and illustrations. Be careful - any changes you have made to these illustrations or sermons will be overwritten. Read the description of each file carefully.
Three times now I have wiped out my database. It makes me thankful that I have put all this material on the internet, but I have always lost several weeks of work when this happens. The warning to backup your database should be taken seriously. In my opinion, there is only one practical way to do this - I recommend getting an external hard drive. For around $100 you can get one that holds over 100 gigabytes. They are fast, you can program them to do massive backups overnight, and you can store it in a different location so a fire or other disaster does not wipe out your backup, too. "A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." Proverbs 22:3
For those who are not prudent, I now offer a database recovery service. If your database becomes corrupted and you cannot open it, burn the database onto a CD or DVD and mail it to me. For $49 I'll recover it and send it back on another disk. If I cannot recover it, you don't pay. This service is for those who have accumulated a fair number of their own illustrations which they don't want to kiss away.
I need some help. Not money, just technical advice; see my projects page.
Go to homepage, Holwick.com
Go to sitemap
for links to other files.