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Jesus is Still the Only Way

Jesus, Savior Salvation Worldly Mindset

Source: "Americans Love God and the Bible, Are Fuzzy on the Details" By Bob Smietana, Life Way Research, September 27th, 2016

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

Scripture: John 14:6 ; John 3:16

Author: Seth Dillon
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According to the Nashville-based LifeWay Research group,

Six in 10 [Americans] say everyone eventually goes to heaven, but half say only those who believe in Jesus will be saved. And while 7 in 10 say there’s only one true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—two-thirds say God accepts worship of all faiths.

APPLICATION

These survey results reveal a troubling trend among Christians toward a more "politically correct" way of thinking.  In the current cultural environment, the claim that Christ is the only way is deemed offensive and arrogant.  For this reason, a large percentage of Christians are backing off and changing their tone, adapting to the hypersensitive environment in which they find themselves. But Christ made this claim unapologetically:  "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"  (John 14:6).

Our response should not be to contradict Christ by adopting a more tolerant, all-views-are-valid mentality. Instead, we must do a better job communicating the Gospel message. Christ did not say He was the only way because He was arrogant; He said it because of the real and terrible cost of sin.  Being generally "good" isn't enough to reconcile us to a holy God; we're all sinners (Romans 3:23), and no amount of good behavior can overcome that reality.

We must be blameless.  But we can only be blameless by allowing Christ -- who was perfectly blameless -- to be our substitute.  There is nothing narrow or limited or arrogant about this path to salvation. God provided this way for us out of love, extending undeserved salvation to absolutely anyone who would accept it (John 3:16), simply because He is a God of love and grace. 

Getting Your Digital Life In Order

Eternal Life Worldly Mindset Priorities

Source: “Is Your Digital Life Ready for Your Death?” By Tim Herrera, New York Times, JAN. 18, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:33

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Tim Herrera with The New York Times reports: 

You’ve probably thought about what will happen to your finances, your possessions and maybe even your real estate when you die. But what about your Facebook account? Or your hard-drive backups?

For the past two decades, most of us in the modern world have gradually shifted our central living space online. That’s 20-ish years of documenting our real-life experiences while also creating entirely new versions of ourselves in countless places online.

These digital lives are basically immortal, so you may as well figure out while you’re still alive what will happen to them after you’re gone.

Here's what you should know about the websites and services that offer help:

Facebook

Whom do you trust to mind your central online presence after your death? That’s probably the person you want to be your Facebook legacy contact.

This person will be able to write a post that will remain at the top of your profile, update your profile photo and respond to friend requests. You can also allow that person to download an archive of your public activity (including posts, photos and “likes”), but he or she can’t read your messages, so your most intimate secrets will be safe.

Alternatively, you can set your account to delete everything once Facebook is notified of your death.

Google

Google lets you choose up to 10 people to be the executors of your account once you die or your account becomes inactive via its inactive account manager feature.

To set this up, choose an amount of time between sign-ins for your account to be designated “inactive.” Once that threshold is met (for example, you don’t sign into any Google service for a certain number of months), your chosen contact will get a prewritten email from you with, presumably, your wishes for your account.

Twitter

Twitter has no equivalent to a legacy contact or a way to plan for your online data after your death. It does, however, let a “verified immediate family member of the deceased” delete your account if that person can provide your death certificate and other official documents.

APPLICATION

Should the digital footprint we leave behind really be a point of great concern? What possible difference will that make to you once you’ve died? But the condition of your eternal soul will make a difference, an eternal difference.

What the New York Times will never publish is an article entitled, “Are You Spiritually Ready for Your Death?” The world thinks we should be more concerned about our digital lives than we are about our spiritual lives, about things that don’t really matter than things that do.

Don’t be so foolish! Flip your worries!!

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33). 

The Day of Fools

Righteousness Sin Worldly Mindset

Source: “Motorist wakes up to find council has painted disabled bay around his car... and given him fine,” by Mark Molloy, TELEGRAPH, April 5th, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-22

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Mark Molloy with The TELEGRAPH reports:

A motorist from south London was left stunned when he woke up and found a disabled bay painted around his car, along with a £110 fine ($158 US Dollars) on his windscreen.

Matt Armstrong, who lives in West Norwood, thought he had been the victim of an April Fool’s Day prank when he stepped outside his door and saw the ticket.

The theatre worker said he was “absolutely livid” with Lambeth Council over the penalty charge notice.

“It must have been on March 31 they painted round it, because I saw it on April Fool’s Day,” he told Mail Online.

APPLICATION

Ever feel like you’ve awakened and it’s a different world, a world where the old rules have been rewritten, where what was once right is now wrong, and what was wrong is now right?  Do you ever feel like someone has repainted all the lines? No, it’s not April Fools Day, but it just may be the Day of Fools!

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, NASB).

Walking In The Fast Lane

Compassion Competition Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-30

Scripture: Romans 15:1 ; Acts 20:35

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Have Your Peeps And Drink Them Too

Easter Satisfaction Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2015-03-08

Scripture: John 4:13 ; Psalms 34:8

Author: Larry Lewis
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Turn the World Around

Worldly Mindset Spiritual Warfare Transformation

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:3

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Research Claims Online Dating Most Successful

Dating Marriage Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2015-01-08

Scripture: Proverbs 18:22

Author: Fred Gates
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Don't Get Punked

Reward Worldly Mindset Riches

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2014-10-10

Scripture: Matthew 6:20

Author: Charles Schuyler
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"Building" A Name

Reputation Worldly Mindset Pride

Contributed By: Nathan Stoker | Date Posted: 2014-08-14

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:11

Author: Ryan Dueck
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Grasping Spider Web Steeplejack Falls to His Death

False Hope Worldly Mindset Expectations

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-27

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:11

Author: Dr. James Merritt/Illustration Exchange
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