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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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ILLUSTRATION

My son and daughter-in-law love to go to garage and estate sales. Most of the things they find would be classified as junk. The things they find in these sales are already on their way to the trash heap, but the owners set them out for others to sort through in hopes of making a little money from all that trash before it's taken away. 

When my son stumbles across something that catches his eye, he rescues it from impending doom, negotiates a price with the owner, takes it home, and then converts it into something of value. Some of the items that he has restored have taken on a whole new life. These previously condemned sale items become very attractive decorations, retro furniture, or artistic knickknacks. All they needed was for someone to see the value in them, make the purchase, and restore them to their previous beauty.

APPLICATION

Jesus did the same for us when He purchased us with His blood. Every one of us is already on the way to the eternal trash heap, but God sees the value in our worn out, damaged lives. He has chosen us, purchased us with Christ's shed blood, so that He can restore and transform us into something of infinite worth.

Without Christ, we are damaged goods and good for nothing, but we have been redeemed by a steep price. Because of this, and the infinite skill of the artist, the condemned sinner finds his true worth.

"You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20). 

A Day In The Life Of A Pastor

Jesus, Savior Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

One of the essential responsibilities of the pastor is to visit the sick. Recently, I set out for the ICU to visit a man who was recovering from complications brought about by a heart attack. I arrived at the front desk only to be told by the nurse that he was upstairs for tests and wouldn't be down for a while, but that his daughter was in the room waiting for him to return. So I went in and introduced myself to her as the pastor of a church where her mother and father occasionally visit with friends.

She was thrilled to meet me and so appreciative that I would come to visit her dad. We hugged, then I assured her that there were a lot of people praying for her father. As we waited together we began to talk about the weather, grandchildren, how the Miami Heat were playing, etc. We were having a great time getting to know each other.

Finally, I asked her about a particular therapy I knew they had planned for her father. "My father isn't receiving that therapy," she said, tilting her head slightly and staring curiously at me.

"Oh, well...umm...," I fumbled, "I'm pretty sure that's what I was told."

Then she asked, "What was the last name of the man you came to visit today?"

Yikes! The receptionist had given me the room number of another man with the same first name as the man I was actually there to visit! Can you say AWKWARD! As I slinked out the door I profusely apologized for the misunderstanding.

APPLICATION

What is so interesting to me about this little mishap is the way it pointed out the significance of a shared relationship. We had connected over what we thought was a common relationship. Once that relationship was removed, the connection went with it.

Isn't that exactly what Jesus was warning us of when He said, "No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Without a relationship with Jesus, we have no connection with the Father.

Mitchell Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

The Hidden Door

Witness Salvation Jesus, Savior

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: John 10:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Jason Barry, with CBS, reports:

Steve Humble is the founder of Creative Home Engineering in Gilbert. His company makes an assortment of secret doors that are used to hide secret rooms or closets in someone's house. His website's name -- HiddenPassageway.com -- basically says it all.

"We make doors that don't look like doors," said Humble. "It could look like a bookcase, or a dresser, or grandfather clock, or brick wall -- anything you can think of that isn't a door, ..."

Humble said that some of his clients want a secret door to hide a kids' play area or movie room. Others want a place to hide a large safe or some guns.

But personal safety is the No. 1 reason people call him.  High-end clients want custom-built panic or safe rooms where they can hide in case of a home invasion.

... All of the high-end secret doors open and close with a remote control that can be connected to anything around the house, which makes it kind of fun.

So fun, in fact, customers often have trouble keeping their secret rooms secret.

"The majority of clients come to us with the intention of telling no one, but it's not uncommon for them to be so proud and excited about it, they end up showing it off to the neighborhood," Humble said.

APPLICATION

People who build secret doors to secret rooms can’t wait to tell their neighbors, even though the rooms are supposed to be kept secret.  Are we, as Christians, as excited about telling people about the door that's not supposed to be kept a secret, the one that leads to life eternal? Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9).

Really cool secrets are hard to keep.  What cooler secret is there than the “Door” that leads to heaven?

Disaster On The East River

Easter Assurance Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-03-31

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jesus is Still the Only Way

Jesus, Savior Salvation Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Scripture: John 14:6 ; John 3:16

Author: Seth Dillon
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Jesus' Blood Was Shed For Me

Salvation Blood (of Jesus) Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-02-01

Scripture: Luke 22:19 ; 1 Corinthians 10:16

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Give Me Immortality And That's An Order!

Eternal Life Salvation Seeker

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:10

Author: Rod Crowell
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Heaven Series--Surprise #8: The People We Won’t Find In Heaven

Heaven Series Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Matthew 7:13 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Were Lost Sailors Really Lost?

Salvation Blame Warnings

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2017-11-04

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:2 ; Luke 15:24

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Flat Tire Delayed 50 Miles

Works Salvation Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-22

Scripture: John 3:3 ; Matthew 7:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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