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The Two Lives Of Mr. Black

Hypocrisy Integrity Testimony

Source: “'Loving wife' and 'longtime girlfriend' place dueling obituaries after N.J. man's death,” by Brian Hickey, PhillyVoice Staff, August 5th, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-01-07

Scripture: James 4:8

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Brian Hickey, with PhillyVoice, reports on the strange case of a Mr. Black, who required two obituaries. 

In the first obit, his “loving wife, Bearetta Harrison Black” gets top survivor billing. In the second, however, Bearetta is nowhere to be found, but “his long-tome (sic) girlfriend, Princess Hall” appears in her place.

A man answering the phone at Greenidge Funeral Homes told PhillyVoice that the obituaries were placed separately because "the wife wanted it one way, and the girlfriend wanted it another way." But he did not anticipate any problems because everybody knew it was happening.

APPLICATION

Mr. Black had lived two separate lives, acknowledged in two separate obituaries. How about you? How many lives do you live?  Do you present one persona to one group of friends and something quite different to another?  If an honest report were given, would you require one obit or two? 

“... Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8). 

How To Can The Gossip

Gossip Reputation Testimony

Source: “China: No, we are not sending cans of human flesh to Africa,” By Adam Taylor, Washington Post, May 19, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-07

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:12

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China's ambassador to Zambia, Yang Youming, is attempting to stop a terrible rumor. What's the misinformation that has the ambassador so concerned? According to Adam Taylor with the Washington Post, it's that, "China was taking dead bodies, marinating them, putting them in cans and then selling them in African supermarkets." 

Adam Taylor reports: 

Some reports quoted people who allegedly worked in Chinese meat factories as saying that the practice had begun because China had run out of space to bury their dead or that Beijing reserved its good, nonhuman meat for more powerful countries.

Of course, the rumors are false. In fact, the photographs posted online of this "human flesh" were taken from a 2012 marketing stunt for the video-game Resident Evil 6. 

APPLICATION

Have you ever found yourself questioning whether a wild sounding rumor might be true? Why do the Zambian’s believe they're being served human flesh? Turns out, there was a violation of trust that took place long before the rumors began to fly.  The Zambian’s mistrusted the Chinese because they had a reputation of allowing dangerous working conditions on their projects, which led to an explosion at a factory in 2005, killing more than 50 Zambian workers.

There is no sure way to avoid becoming a victim of unfair gossip, but maintaining a good reputation will help. When we have a good reputation, it undermines the credibility of any falsehoods that might arise. 

"Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (1 Peter 2:12) 

Witnesses to the Resurrection

Resurrection Testimony Persecution

Source: "NBC’s Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest" by By Travis J. Tritten for Stars and Stripes, Published: February 4, 2015

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Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

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In Feb 2015, NBC's leading journalist and news anchor, Brian Williams, was pressured into recanting his claim that he had come under enemy fire while imbedded with US forces in Iraq. Williams had made the claim at different times over the years, most recently while covering an event honoring a retired soldier. “The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG,” Williams said on the broadcast. “Our traveling NBC News team was rescued, surrounded and kept alive by an armor mechanized platoon from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry.”

When those who remembered the actual events of the day challenged Williams' claim, pressure began to mount--from the Network, from the media, from the Armed Forces, and even from his fans--for Williams to come clean and admit that he'd not told the truth. It was clear that he faced losing not only his job, but his good name and reputation.

Under the weight of the pressure, Williams finally admitted that events had not played out as he'd previously reported. “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Williams said. “I want to apologize. ... No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft.”

APPLICATION

The pressure for Williams to recant his account of the Iraq event was powerful. He stood to lose his job.

The pressure for the disciples to recant their account of the resurrection was far greater. They stood to lose their lives--and indeed, eleven of the twelve ultimately did.

If the disciples had in any way invented or even simply exaggerated the story of the resurrection, surely, under such duress, at least one of them would have admitted it. But that never happened. They knew without a doubt it was the truth, and were willing to face death because of it.

"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also." (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  

When I Say I Am A Christian

Authenticity Testimony Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Author: Carole Wimmers
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There Is No Testimony Without A Test

Testing Testimony Ministry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-07-03

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

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The Eyes Tell It All

God's Glory Testimony Christlikeness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-01-21

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:18

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Costco Marks the Bible As Fiction

Bible Cultural Trends Testimony

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-22

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:3

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Pastor Gives God 10 Percent and Waitress Nothing

Generosity Devotion Testimony

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-22

Scripture: 1 John 4:7

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How Close To The Edge Can You Get

Sin Testimony Reputation

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2013-06-22

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12

Author: Joel Beeke
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Stomping on Jesus

Testimony Reverence Blasphemy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-26

Scripture: Hebrews 10:29

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