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Don’t Touch My Brisket!

Witness Risk Courage

Source: "Suspected brisket thief dies after shot by Central Texas police at H-E-B" by Joshua Fechter, in MYSA, Updated 3:03 pm, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-30

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Randall Lance Hughes, 48, was tazed by Waco police after drawing a knife. When the tazer had no affect, the Waco Police Department wrote in a Facebook post, "Our officers were forced to discharge their weapons in defense of their lives."

What was so important that Mr. Lance was willing to face down the police? Unless you happen to be a Texan, the answer might seem a bit strange to you. He was stealing a brisket! With the rising price of meat, a black market for brisket has emerged in Texas. Thefts have been reported in 19 H-E-B food stores, and thieves are selling the stolen briskets to local barbecue vendors.

One blogger wrote in response to the police incident, "To all you out of state invaders: This is Texas where we take our brisket seriously, stealing it is akin to stealing cattle. I propose a law to make BBQ theft punishable by public hanging, of course it should be at 1:00 PM, after a BBQ plate lunch is provided to the crowd."

APPLICATION

Apparently, Randall Lance Hughes was willing to risk it all for a brisket! Are you willing to risk it all for something that really matters? How about risking your friendships, your relationships in order to share the Gospel message with those you know and love.

Granted, you probably won’t be shot for mentioning Jesus to your friends. Nevertheless, there is a risk and many shrink from it.

“So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen” (2 Timothy 2:10).

Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

Courage Spiritual Leadership Spiritual Warfare

Source: "Courage and the Dog Soldier" by Mike Ford, Forerunner, "Ready Answer," September-October 2009

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Contributed By: Scott Roberts | Date Posted: 2015-09-25

Scripture: Joshua 1:6 ; 1 Kings 2:1

Author: Mike Ford / Scott Roberts
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ILLUSTRATION

The Cheyenne Indians of the 1800s, living on the Great Plains of the United States, had six warrior societies. Perhaps the greatest of these was known as the Dog Soldiers. English journalist Henry Stanley, upon viewing them, described the Dog Soldiers as the "Spartans of the plains." Each one wore a sash around his waist, called a dog rope, with a picket pin at the end. This picket pin was a pointed stake, typically tied to the end of a rope, that could be driven into the ground to tether a horse, which could then graze but not wander off.

In the case of the Dog Soldiers,

The pin was driven into the ground as a mark of resolve in combat. When a Dog Soldier was staked to the ground in order to cover the retreat of his companions, he was required to remain there even if death was the consequence. The Dog Man could pull the pin from the ground only if his companions reached safety or another Dog Soldier released him from his duty. (Richard S. Grimes, "Cheyenne Dog Soldiers" )

Try to imagine being a Dog Soldier. The tribe is under attack by a strong enemy, and the battle has turned against it. Everyone must flee to preserve his life and the lives of his loved ones, but the enemy is pressing the fight, eager to wipe out every man, woman, and child. So, despite being alone against hundreds, perhaps thousands, we turn to face the adversary, uncoil our dog rope, and drive our pin into the ground, prepared at least to delay the enemy so that others can escape.

Realistically, what chance do we have? Maybe it would be best to pull the pin or untie the dog rope and turn and run. But we cannot, for we are Dog Soldiers who had committed to give our lives, if necessary, when we were welcomed into the warrior society.

APPLICATION

David charges Solomon to be strong, to be a man.  God charges Joshua to be strong and courageous.  Each of these men was being called to take up the mantle of leadership and guide God's people faithfully. That takes courage and strength, for often the leader will find himself as the only one staked out and willing to fight and protect his people.

But not only are the high profile leaders called to be strong and courageous, each and every man and women is called to be strong and courageous in their service to Christ. We are all called to lead in the fight against encroaching darkness.

Sometimes we may find ourselves alone, the only one dogged in and willing to stand. Nevertheless, our call is to fight to the end. 

"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them" (Joshua 1:6).

How Virtue Becomes Virtue

Courage Testing Character

Source: The Unquiet Grave

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2015-03-03

Scripture: Proverbs 17:3

Author: C.S. Lewis / Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

 "Courage is not simply one of the virtures, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."

APPLICATION

The soul is refined when convictions are proved through testing. When what we believe survives the threat of persecution and trial, the courage involved is transformational. That's how character is formed. Put simply, a virtue is a belief that has proved itself.

 "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart" (Proverbs 17:3).

The Paradox of Courage

Courage Die To Self Death

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

Scripture: Joshua 1:9 ; Matthew 16:25

Author: G.K. Chesterton
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He ISN'T Safe, But He IS Good

Trust (In God) Courage God's Protection

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-06

Scripture: Deuteronomy 33:27

Author: John Eldredge / Illustration Exchange
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Overcoming The Past

Persistence Courage Faith

Contributed By: John Fitts | Date Posted: 2014-08-23

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Jim Donovan
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The Heart of a Mouse

Fear Courage Circumstances

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2013-07-15

Scripture: Joshua 1:9

Author: Max Lucado
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Divine Madness

Courage Enemies Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-20

Scripture: Micah 6:8 ; Luke 6:27

Author: Tom Kinder
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Call to Arms

Spiritual Warfare Courage Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2012-07-06

Scripture: Ephesians 6:11

Author: Larry Lewis
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Where Is Your Conviction

Conviction Hypocrisy Courage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-28

Scripture: Matthew 5:10

Author: Abraham Lincoln
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