The Disciples (Luke 17:5-10) have a critical request, especially as they approach Jerusalem for the last time with the shadows of the cross becoming increasigly dark and ominous:  Jesus, increase our faith!  Paul (2Tim. 1:1-14) sensing that perhaps Timothy may be fearful about beginning his work as a missionary, encourages him to "rekindle" the faith.  Sound like a familiar personal plea?  Well, the object lesson that I used was an empty yougurt container with some surprises--and it has had a lot to do with me!