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House Republicans Sing Amazing Grace

Grace Witness Misconceptions

Source: "House Republicans Sing 'Amazing Grace' Together to Open Debt Limit Meeting" BY MORGAN LEE , CP CONTRIBUTOR, published CHRISTIAN POST, October 15, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-17

Scripture: Ephesians 2:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

House Republicans opened a debt limit meeting Tuesday morning with a group singing of "Amazing Grace."

"All three verses, without the words written out," Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) told a New York Times reporter. "Isn't that impressive?"

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) was not impressed. "Isn't that usually sung at funerals?" he told The Huffington Post.

APPLICATION

"Amazing Grace" is a celebration of life and vitality, not death and despair. But if we carry about the message grace in a spirit of despair, we shouldn't be surprised when it is received that way.

"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved" (Ephesians 2:4-5).

You Are a Soul

Misconceptions God's Image Worldly Mindset

Source: Unknown

Contributed By: Tom Halloran | Date Posted: 2012-06-09

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:16

Author: C.S. Lewis
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ILLUSTRATION

"You don't have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body."

C.S. Lewis

APPLICATION

With our materialistic mindset, we tend to give greater emphasis to our physical bodies.  But it's our physical frame that is transitory and frail, not our souls. This being so, we must learn to place the greater emphasis on the development and welfare of that part of us which is eternal.   

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16 New International Version).

What Should We Really Fear?

Fear Worry Misconceptions

Source: Newsweek Magazine (5-24-2010)

Contributed By: Tom Halloran | Date Posted: 2010-09-06

Scripture: Philippians 4:6

Author: Claudia Kalb and E. White
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ILLUSTRATION

Newsweek magazine recently made a side-by-side comparison of "threats" of which people have an inaccurate perspective.

Murders: 14,180 (2008)—Suicides: 33,289 (2006)

Children abducted by strangers: 115 (1999)—Children who drown in pools: 288 (2006)

Burglaries: 2.2 million (2007)—Identity thefts: 8.3 million (2005)

Shark attacks: 28 (2009)—Dog bites: 4.5 million (estimate)

Americans killed in terrorist attacks worldwide: 33 (2008)—Americans who die from seasonal flu: 36,171 (est.)

Deaths by allergic reaction to peanuts: 50-100 (est.)—Deaths by unintentional poisoning: 27,531 (2006)

Fatalities in airline accidents: 321 (2005)—Fatalities in car crashes: 34,017 (2008)

APPLICATION

We spend an inordinate amount of time fretting over the wrong things.  The result is needless anxiety.  This list illustrates our sometimes unfounded or misplaced fears and worries, and reveals just how far from reality our misconceptions sometimes take us. 

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6).

Comparing Ourselves To Others

Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01
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When Evil Became Good

Lies Deceived/Deception Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Lingutla Raja | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 ; Luke 11:35

Author: Lingutla Raja
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How To Can The Gossip

Gossip Reputation Testimony

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-07

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Half Of Nothing

Resentment Foolishness Divorce

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Hebrews 12:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Doubling Down On Stupid

Teachability Foolishness Pride

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-25

Scripture: Proverbs 26:11 ; Proverbs 16:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Corpse Brides In Demand In China

Church/Bride of Christ Death Superstition

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-23

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:55 ; 2 Corinthians 11:2

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The Man With The Dragon Tattoo

New Birth Meaning of Life Parenting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-17

Scripture: Romans 6:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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