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Runner's Cause Of Death: Struck By An Airplane

Repentance Justice Death

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2021-02-22

Scripture: Luke 13:3

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Running certainly has its hazards, but never has aircraft been one of them.  But, that is exactly what caused the death of Robert Gary Jones who was running on the beach on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  The 38-year-old husband who was the father of two apparently never heard the single-engine plane, which had lost its propeller, as it made an emergency landing on the beach.  The pilot had engine troubles and was trying to get to the Hilton Head airport.  The coroner’s office said that this type of plane, an Experimental Lancair IV-P, is so quiet that Jones might not have heard it even without his earphones on (news information via WTOC.com).

 

APPLICATION

Whenever such a random, tragic act occurs, we are baffled.  It certainly points out that life could not be more uncertain and we cannot possibly anticipate the future (cf. Jas. 4:13). We might be tempted to wonder what this man did wrong to die such an unlikely death.  Jones may have been an evil man, but he could just as easily have been an upstanding citizen and model husband and father.

Jesus warns against such thinking that would see this as an act of divine judgment or punishment.  Luke 13:1-5 says, “Now on the same occasion, there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them,’ Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’”  

His message is universal in scope.  Everybody has the same individual responsibility.  We must live holy lives, repenting of the sin in our lives.  We may suffer some terrible earthly tragedy that is in no way brought on by our own sinfulness.  In a fallen world, these kinds of things occasionally happen.  Our task is to live ready for eternity in every moment!

A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

Shayna Hubers thought she was getting a new shot at life when a judge overturned her conviction of murder and ordered a new trial after it was discovered that one of the jurors was a convicted felon, something Kentucky law doesn't allow. She had been convicted of murdering her boyfriend but claimed she shoot him 6 times in self-defense. The conviction came with a 40-year sentence.

At the second trial, she took the stand in her own defense, something she had not done the first time. However, there was video of her alone in an interrogation room dancing around and saying, "I did it, I did it." After deliberating only 5 hours, a jury of her peers found her guilty, again. Unfortunately, the recommendation from the jury was not 40 years, but LIFE!

She probably wishes this was a second chance she had never received. 

APPLICATION

What good is a second chance at justice if you're guilty? But isn't it good to know that God's idea of a second chance involves the complete forgiveness of our sins?

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'" (Matthew 21:21-22). 

A Restraining Order On God

Meditation Justice Sin

Source: “Man seeks restraining order against God,” By Stuart Winer, TIMES OF ISRAEL, May 4, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-10

Scripture: 1 John 2:1 ; Colossians 2:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Stuart Winer, with TIMES OF ISRAEL, reports: 

An Israeli man has petitioned the Haifa Magistrate’s Court for a restraining order against God, claiming the Almighty has been particularly unkind to him.  The initiator of the request, a resident of the northern port city, represented himself in court, the Walla news site reported on Wednesday.

A protocol of the hearing noted that God did not turn up for the session, although it did not specify how the court determined the Omnipresent was not in fact there, as opposed to merely exercising the right to remain silent.

The petitioner, who was not named in the report, noted that he had tried to obtain the restraining order from police for the past three years but that police had merely sent a patrol car to his home on 10 occasions.

He argued that over a three-year period, God had exhibited a seriously negative attitude toward him, although details of just what divine mischief he had borne the brunt of were not mentioned in the report.

Presiding Judge Ahsan Canaan denied the request, which he said was ludicrous, asserting the applicant needed help not from the court but rather from other sources.

APPLICATION

The judge may have thought this man “ludicrous,” but haven’t most of us had the feeling we were being treated unfairly by the All Mighty? If the courts can’t help us at such times, to whom do we turn? Who will be our advocate? And if it's important to have an advocate when we're feeling unfairly treated, how much more when we have sinned against God? 

“My dear children ... we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).

“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).

The High Cost Of Justice

Mercy Justice Good Works

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-12

Scripture: Titus 3:5 ; Matthew 9:13

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How Do You Want Your Bread Buttered?

Justice Integrity Karma

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:2

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Standing Before the Highest Judge

Sin Confession Justice

Contributed By: Barry Fowler | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Luke 12:2 ; Numbers 32:23

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SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision a Strange Dichotomy

Sexuality Justice God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-28

Scripture: 1 John 4:8 ; Romans 3:23

Author: Seth Dillon
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Nude Westerners Blamed for Deadly Malaysian Earthquake

Blame Justice Superstition

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Georgia Students Fight for Integrated Dance

Prejudice Acceptance Justice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-22

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; 1 Corinthians 12:13

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Justice in Norway

Justice Mercy Evil

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Psalms 85:10

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