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Rumors

Rumors Gossip Doubt

Source: Seasons of Life, pp. 105-106

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-02

Author: Charles Swindoll
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ILLUSTRATION

"Abraham Lincoln's coffin was pried open twice.  The first occasion was in 1887, twenty-two long years after his assassination.  Why?  You may be surprised to know it was not to determine if he had died of a bullet fired from John Wilkes Booth's derringer.  Then why?  Because a rumor was sweeping the country that his coffin was empty.  A select group of witnesses observed that the rumor was totally false, then watched as the casket was resealed with lead.

A second time, fourteen years later, the martyred man's withered body was viewed again--this time by even more witnesses. Why again? For the same grim purpose!  Rumors of the same nature had again implanted doubts in the public's mind. The pressure mounted to such proportions, that the same ghoulish, grotesque ceremony had to be carried out.  In spite of the strong protests of Lincoln's son Robert, the body was exposed a second time.  Officials felt the rumors should be laid to rest along with the Civil War president.  Finally--the corpse was permanently embedded in a crypt at Springfield.  

APPLICATION

 Swindoll offers four suggestions for silencing gossip:

1. Identify sources by name.  If someone is determined to share information that is damaging or hurtful, request that the source be specifically stated.

2. Support evidence with facts.  Do not accept hearsay.  Refuse to listen unless hoest-to goodness truth is being communicated.

3. Ask the person, 'May I quote you?'  

4. Openly admit, 'I don't appreciate hearing that.'  This approach is for the strong.  It might drive a wedge between you.and the guilty . . . but it's a sure way to halt the regular garbage delivery to your ears.  

Jesus' Burden Is Light

Rest Relationships Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-02-02

Scripture: Matthew 11:29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Every human relationship carries with it a certain set of expectations. That responsibility differs depending on the nature of the relationship.  I have one set of responsibilities to those who hold authority over me, like my boss or my pastor.  I have another set of responsibilities to my friends, to my neighbors, to those I mentor, to my spouse, and yet another to my children. 

Needless to say, some of these relationships carry a weightier burden of responsibility than do others. 

APPLICATION

But who places the heaviest burden of expectation on you? For the Christian, the answer is easy, that would be God.  Right? After all, He is our Creator and all that we have we owe to HIm. 

Nevertheless, Jesus said that the burden of expectation He places on us is, comparatively speaking, is light.  This is really an astounding statement.  How can our burden of responsibility to God be lighter than it is to others? Aren't we more accountable to Him than to anyone else? Absolutely! In a sense, every moral obligation we have to others goes back to God, Himself.

But the message of grace is that Jesus has taken all of the burdens of God's expectation from us and has placed them on Christ. So, according to Jesus, the lightest burden we will ever bear in any relationship will be with our Savior, who fulfilled all of our obligations. Who else in our life has ever released us like this? 

Jesus has fulfilled all that God expected of us and has replaced those expectations with an unconditional love that has freed us to just love Him back.  Truly, what was a burden has, in Christ, become a joy. 

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30). 

The Search for the Perfect Man

Humor Romance Relationships

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-03-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Unknown
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ILLUSTRATION

Can you answer this riddle? The perfect man, the perfect woman, the tooth fairy and Santa Claus are all in a car accident. Who survives? 

Answer: The perfect woman. The other three don't exist!

APPLICATION

That doesn't stop women, the world over, from looking for him. But lost in the list of desirable characteristics posted on various women's websites and in magazines is the quality that makes all the difference.  The Bible suggests that what a woman ought to be looking for is not whether her dream man has a feminine side or rock hard abs, but whether he loves just like Jesus.

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). 

The Dark Side Of Winning The Lottery

Temptation Betrayal Jealousy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-02-02

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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How Your Girl Friend Reads Your Mind

Marriage Relationships God's Omniscience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-25

Scripture: Hebrews 4:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Cousin Craziness

Heaven Relationships Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Matthew 12:49

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Lunatic, Liar or Lord?

Jesus, Savior Apologetics Reputation

Contributed By: Tom Halloran | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Tom Halloran
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Man Robs Bank To Escape Wife

Contentiousness Marriage Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-15

Scripture: Proverbs 25:24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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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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Equal and Opposite Pressure

Cynicism Endurance God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-30

Scripture: 1 John 4:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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