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Distracted And Delayed By Baggage

Greed Materialism Influence

Source: USA Today

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-05-11

Scripture: Luke 12:15 ; 1 Timothy 6:9

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

On May 7, 2019, in a USA Today article about the crashed Aeroflot plane that killed 41 of the passengers onboard, Bill McGee wrote: “Reports from people on the plane indicate the evacuation may have been slowed by passengers grabbing their bags. Videos show passengers taking their carry-on bags with them as they exited the plane.”

The AFA said in a statement. “We will never know if more lives could have been saved if the bags were left behind."

APPLICATION

In Luke 12:15, Jesus taught, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” The NASB translates the first part of the verse, saying, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed….”

Watching video footage of those passengers making an emergency exit with carry-ons in hand is a rather graphic illustration of Jesus’ point. Unfortunately, we do the same thing when we have the wrong priorities. 

Paul teaches that greed can be a “snare,” plunging men into “ruin and destruction” that pierces them “with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). It’s interesting that Paul’s inspired counsel is to “flee from these things” (v. 11).

Consider that an inordinate focus on material things not only hurts you, it also affects the people that come along behind you. That includes your children, grandchildren, and the other people who are influenced by your example. They see what you value most and what has your greatest attention and affection. 

Let’s be careful not to allow this world to cloud our judgment, making the things of this world seem more important than the souls of others. In reality, the stakes are even higher than an emergency exit from an airplane. 

Remembered

Influence Priorities Legacy

Source: New York Times

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-05-26

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10

Author: Dennis Hevesi
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ILLUSTRATION

The New York Times carried an obituary of Victor Dorman.  It read, "Victor Dorman, who helped change the way Americans buy cheese by putting the paper between the slices, as chairman of the Dorman Cheese Company, died on March 4th, at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 80."

Dorman actually graduated from a prestigious college and fought in WWII.  He lived an impressive and successful life.  But in the end, it was one quirky little thing that left a lasting impact.

APPLICATION

Pay attention to all of the details of your life.  The things that you do, big and small, can leave a lasting impact. 

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10).

The Butterfly Effect

Ministry Faithfulness Influence

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: Matthew 13:32

Author: James Miller
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ILLUSTRATION

In 1961, meteorologist Edward Lorenz developed a computer program to predict weather patterns.  One day he was in a hurry and set a computer calculation that was supposed to be .506127 to .506.  He figured a thousandth of a percent would be irrelevant.  Later in the day, he restarted the program and found a radically different prediction in weather patterns.  He produced a paper stating that a very small change in initial conditions could have a radical change in results. A fellow scientist said that if Lorenz was correct, a single flap of a seagull’s wind could change the course of the weather forever. 

In 1972, Lorenz presented a paper called, “Does the Flap of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?”  The idea that a little change somewhere in the world could produce huge changes somewhere else became known as the "Butterfly Effect."

[Edward Lorenz's findings were first published in 1963, in a paper entitled “Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow."  Lorenz shared the 1983 Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was awarded the 1991 Kyoto Prize.]

APPLICATION

A small act of faithfulness today can have huge ramifications in the future, far beyond anything we can anticipate, producing results that we may never see.  But it's not necessary for us to know the ultimate impact of these quite actions.  Our task is to simply focus on being faithful to God in small things. 

"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’" (Matthew 25:23). 

A Passion for Barney

Passion Influence Evangelism

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-02-20

Scripture: John 1:45 ; John 4:29

Author: Rob Tucker
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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa Your Boat!

Influence Gossip Legacy

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-08-12

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 ; 1 Timothy 4:12

Author: Neal Pollard
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Rock Star Janitor

Ministry Humility Influence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-19

Scripture: Mark 9:35 ; Matthew 20:26

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Tiny (Fake) Nations Convene At Microcon 2015

Kingdom of God Witness Influence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-13

Scripture: Revelation 5:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Not All Leaven Is Bad

Heaven Influence God's Power

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

Scripture: Matthew 13:33

Author: John MacArthur
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Christlikeness

Christlikeness Influence Authenticity

Contributed By: Geoff Smith | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Scripture: 1 John 4:12

Author: Keith Miller
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Don't Ever Ring The Bell

Perseverance Influence Worldliness

Contributed By: Rodney Kelley | Date Posted: 2014-05-29

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:10

Author: Rodney Kelley
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