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The Rat Race

Worldliness Humor Transformation

Source: 1956, The Golden Ham: A Candid Biography of Jackie Gleason by Jim Bishop, (Undated letter from Jackie Gleason to Gen (Genevieve, estranged wife Gleason)), Quote Page 258,

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-28

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:7

Author: Jackie Gleason / Lily Tomlin
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ILLUSTRATION

Lily Tomlin's version of a Jackie Gleason quote is as follows:

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat."

APPLICATION

The Apostle Paul spoke of a different kind of race.  One in which those who run are transformed, not into rats but into the image of Christ!

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7).

The Problems Of The Two-Headed Snake

Worldliness Unreliable Decision Making

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-09-27

Scripture: James 1:7 ; James 4:8

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

A woman in Woodbridge, Virginia, saw a rarity in her front yard: a two-headed copperhead snake. The snake only has one heart and one set of lungs, but each head has its own brain. This leads to multiple problems.

Both heads want to eat, but since eating takes time, the snake is vulnerable to predators for twice as long. Further, each head wants to go its own way. That means they can't respond as quickly when under attack. Even getting water can be precarious, as one head can drag the other down when drinking.

An expert at the Wildlife Center of Virginia said, "Based on the anatomy, it would be better for the right head to eat, but it may be a challenge since the left head appears more dominant" (Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post, 9/24/18). Experts also say that these internal conflicts prevent these rare "dual-cephalic" creatures from living very long.

 

APPLICATION

James tells us that the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (1:7), and implies that double-mindedness reflects impurity of heart (4:8). 

Jesus taught, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth" (Matthew 6:24). We must choose to whom we will listen if we are to avoid spiritual peril (Joshua 24:15). 

Paul wrote, "They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Romans 8:5-6).

We cannot live for the world and the Lord. It is an either/or proposition. Jesus says, "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters" (Luke 11:23). 

Don't let double-mindedness leave you more vulnerable to spiritual attack, steer you the wrong way, or drag you down. Make the right choice to be single-minded in your dedication and devotion to the One true Head of the Church, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22).

At A Loss For Words

Prayer Worldliness Communion

Source: “We Can’t Stem the Tide of Language Death,” By Laura McPherson, Los Angelos Review of Books, OCTOBER 19, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Matthew 6:8 ; Romans 8:26

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Laura McPherson writes:

BEFORE THE TURN of the next century, more than half of India’s 780 languages may die out. In this respect, India can be seen as a microcosm of the world, with experts warning that thousands of little-spoken languages are at risk for extinction within the century.

These reports might act as a call to keep teaching these languages to new users and ensure they are passed on to the next generation. But we have to be realistic, too. Without an unlikely transformation in political, socioeconomic, and ethnic conditions, it is naïve to think we can stem the tide of language death.

Yet, for obvious reasons, none of the research touches on the extinction of perhaps the most important language of all—prayer.

APPLICATION

As our societies become more and more secularized, the proliferation of the global language of secular humanism threatens to swallow up the spiritual dynamic of prayer, as it sweeps across the globe. 

Yet those who desire to commune with God need never fear the death of the language required.  God hears our hearts.  He knows our needs before we can even express them (Matthew 6:8).  And when we don’t even know how to pray, “The Spirit of God Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26)

The Colonel's Not So Secret Disappointment

Church/Body of Christ Justification (Positional) Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-06

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25 ; Ephesians 4:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Floor Covering and Sin

Repentance Sanctification Worldliness

Contributed By: Jake Bec | Date Posted: 2016-01-08

Scripture: James 1:27 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Jake Bec
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The Curse Of Being Cool

Worldliness Love for God Self-promoting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-28

Scripture: 1 John 2:15 ; Matthew 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Ambiguous Wedding Dress Color Causes Internet Stir

Truth Relativism Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-16

Scripture: Judges 17:6 ; Proverbs 12:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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2014 Top Christmas Toys As Tech Savvy As An Apollo Mission

Christmas Technology Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-09

Author: Victoria Ward / Illustration Exchange
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I Know My Rights

Birthright Liberty (Christian) Worldliness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-16

Author: Gail Russell Chaddock / Illustration Exchange
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Alive from the Dead

Spiritual Growth Dead (to sin) Worldliness

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Scripture: Romans 6:11 ; Ephesians 2:1

Author: Rachel Pritchett
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