Holwick provides many links to websites that provide free sermon illustrations, rating them based on quality. Among the websites linked to are websites that offer free illustrations by email, such as Belief Net and Preaching Now, secular websites such as Reader's Digest and more traditional websites, such as Sermon Illustrations.
While every website linked to on Holwick offers free illustrations, many of them also include subscription-based services. Preaching Today, Sermon Illustrations and Sermon Search all ask users to pay an annual subscription fee to gain access to the majority of their illustrations. In exchange for the subscription fee, each of these websites continually updates their illustration collections, publishing new illustrations on a weekly basis. Each also offers a trial service, so users can decide whether or not the illustrations provided by the subscription are worth paying for.
Pastor Eric McKiddie of Pastoralized suggests using non-traditional websites to find sermon illustrations, as well. McKiddie says material such as songs and jokes can be easily used for illustrations, making websites such as Song Lyrics, Song Meanings, Laugh Factory and Great Clean Jokes useful sources for free illustrations. Sermons created from these illustrations can also have the added benefit of letting the pastor connect with youth through utilizing pop culture references.