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The Town That Banned Death

Death Sin Nature Victory

Source: “DEAD COLD Inside remote icy town where you’re NOT ALLOWED TO DIE,” By Susannah Keogh, The Irish Sun, March 10, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Susannah Keogh, with the Irish Sun, reports: 

Longyearbyen, [Norway], a tranquil town in the middle of nowhere, is so remote that residents are not allowed to die there. 

Dying has been banned on the island since 1950, when it was discovered that bodies in the local cemetery were not decomposing because of the chilly temperatures.

The island’s climate is so arctic that in the 2000’s, scientists ... tested corpses buried there who succumbed to the 1917 influenza virus – and to their amazement, retrieved live samples of the virus.

Residents had been living among the deadly virus for decades, without even realizing it.

The graveyard no longer takes any new inhabitants because of fears disease will spread throughout the island, meaning that even those who have lived their whole life on the island, cannot be buried there.

Instead, terminally ill residents have to be shipped to the mainland to prepare for death.

APPLICATION

This little Norwegian town had a big problem, but it wasn’t really with death. It was with the fact that death was not allowed to finish its job, to complete the process of mortification.  

The same is true with us.  Our biggest problem isn’t with death but with everything that falls just short of death.  If we are to overcome sin, we must die completely to sin.  Anything that falls short of that, allows sin to live on.

Of course, dying to selfish impulses provides momentary relief, but real victory only comes through the grave.  

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). 

Sharing In Jesus' Victory

Victory Salvation Law (of God)

Source: "Ex-Marine Can Wear Medals He Didn’t Earn. A Court Calls It Free Speech" By CHRISTINE HAUSER, January 13, 2016New York Times

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Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2016-01-19

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:14 ; Luke 9:51

Author: CHRISTINE HAUSER
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According to the NEW YORK TIMES:

A federal court in California has ruled that a former Marine can wear service medals he did not earn, saying that displaying them was a form of free speech.

The case involving Elven Joe Swisher, an Idaho man who enlisted in the Marines after the Korean War, touched on a sensitive issue that has wound through Congress and the courts, and has been scrutinized by groups dedicated to confirming when people, either motivated by profit or status, claim to be military heroes but are not.

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled that Mr. Swisher, who was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1957, had the right to wear the medals, including the Purple Heart and the Silver Star, even though he had not been awarded them.

Larry C. Kinard, the national president of the Korean War Veterans Association, ... said bogus claims were an affront to those like his friend, a former Korean War Marine who lost a leg and an eye.

“It is very important that those who wear any kind of decoration earned what they wear,” said Mr. Kinard.

One of the most extensive treatments on the subject is in the book “Stolen Valor: How the Vietnam Generation Was Robbed of Its Heroes and Its History.” A co-author of the 1998 book, B. G. Burkett, has said he helped expose the fictitious military stories of about 1,800 people.

APPLICATION

At first glance you might feel the same outrage I felt when I read this news report. How dare these people take credit for acts of courage and bravery they never performed. And yet, every believer in Jesus is very much like Elven Joe Swisher. None of us can claim the courage or bravery of Jesus as he "steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem," yet we share in His victory.

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere" (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Rats Can't Vomit

Death Sin Victory

Source: “Why rats can’t vomit” posted on www.ratbehavior.org, retrieved 4/10/15

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

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:55 ; Romans 8:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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According to RatBehavior.org:

Rats can't vomit. They can't burp either, and they don't experience heartburn. Rats can't vomit for several related reasons: (1) Rats have a powerful barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. They don't have the esophageal muscle strength to overcome and open this barrier by force, which is necessary for vomiting. (2) Vomiting requires that the two muscles of the diaphragm contract independently, but rats give no evidence of being able to dissociate the activity of these two muscles. (3) Rats don't have the complex neural connections within the brain stem and between brain stem and viscera that coordinate the many muscles involved in vomiting.

This poses quite a problem for the little vermin. You see, vomiting is the body’s primary means of purging the system of toxic substances. Since rats can’t vomit, rat poison, once consumed, stays in their system until it has accomplished its goal—the death of the rodent.

APPLICATION

Sin is the toxin of the soul. Once consumed, we lack the capacity to vomit it out. This posses quite a problem for the sinner. Since there is nothing we can do to purge ourselves of our sins, they remain in our system until they have accomplished their goal--physical and spiritual death. 

But God has promised to do for us what we can't do for ourselves:

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

"And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death" (Romans 8:2 NLT).

They'll Clap If You Get Up

Victory Sin Grace

Contributed By: Kevin Dalton | Date Posted: 2015-02-25

Scripture: Luke 15:7

Author: Kevin Dalton
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Two Natures

Spiritual Growth Sin Nature Victory

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-01-01

Scripture: Galatians 5:16

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Emperor Nero Competes For A Crown

Victory Integrity Reward

Contributed By: Paul Sana | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: 2 Tim. 4:6

Author: Catholic Answers
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The Headlines Are Scarey

Easter Evil Victory

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:55

Author: James W. Moore
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Only One Cure for Failure

Failure Encouragement Victory

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2014-03-29

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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Winning The Battle

Victory Success Perseverance

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-03-01

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Victories Are Won Now

Victory Sanctification Spiritual Warfare

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-03-01

Author: Robert Moffat/Mitchell Dillon
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