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Roller Coaster Lines

Death Fear Judgment of Believers

Source: Personal Observation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54 ; 2 Corinthians 5:10

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

I love roller coasters. I have all of my life. There is something great about the thrill of being slowly pulled up that first hill and waiting in great anticipation for the first stomach wrenching drop. Waiting in line is a job, picking the correct line, watching to see how many people are in front of you. Wondering why some people in front of you seem hesitant, holding back when there is clearly room for them to move up. Getting close enough to begin counting how many times the cars must be loaded and unloaded before it is your turn. Then the inevitable choice as to where to sit. In the front to get the best view, in the back to get the best ride. In the middle to get on more quickly. The closer I get the more the excited and enthusiasm rises.

However, the story is quite different for my wife. She is terrified of roller coasters. The few times I have convinced her to ride one, she was filled with nothing but fear. The closer we got, the more nervous she became. She was one of those who didn't want to move when the line opened up in front of us. I raised my hands in exhilarating excitement, while my wife held on for dear life.

APPLICATION

We are all waiting in line to face the next stage of existence. The closer we get to the end of our lives, the more we begin to anticipate what awaits us. For the Christian, getting closer stirs our faith. We approach death with confidence in the promises of God and in the hope of the glory that awaits us. 

But for the nonbeliever, it's a different experience. The closer they get to life's final ride, the more they're filled with fear and apprehension. The believer raises his hands in exhilarating excitement, but the lost man holds on for dear life.

"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). 

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10). 

 

The Rule of Love

Law (of God) Fear Jesus' Love

Source: “North Korea stepping up security after 'first' bank robbery,” By Elizabeth Shim, UPI.COM, April 29, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-28

Scripture: John 1:17 ; 1 John 4:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Elizabeth Shim, with UPI.COM, reports: 

SEOUL, April 29 (UPI) -- North Korea is investigating its "first" bank robbery after a break-in at a branch of the country's central bank.  A source in North Hamgyong Province who spoke to Radio Free Asia on the condition of anonymity said the robbery occurred April 4, in the Shinam district of Chongjin, a city near the China border.

"Because this is the first time the bank has been robbed since the founding of the country, many people are fixated on the incident," the source said.

… The bank robbers … took off with a total of 70 million North Korean won, a currency for which there is no official exchange rate. 

APPLICATION

Perhaps more than in any other country on earth, the rule of law is unyielding and unforgiving in Jong-un's North Korea.  As a result, in a country where even the smallest infractions of the law are severely punished, bank robberies and other such crimes are nearly unthinkable and virtually non-existent. 

But the near perfect compliance of the citizenry has not created the utopia one might expect. Instead, the iron fisted rule of Kim Jong-un has created a fearful, hellish existence for most of the over 24 million who populate the country.

Herein lies an important lesson: While strictly enforced laws bring order to a society, they cannot bring joy and happiness to that society. That's because the law, even the law of God revealed through Moses, was never intended to be the principle by which man was to be ruled. Rather than the rule of law, what the world needs, and what God promises to provide, is the rule of love. This is promised in the coming reign of Christ. At His return, Jesus will bring in a Kingdom of both love and order--something dictators like Kim Jong-un have never been able to do. 

“For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17, NLT). 

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18). 

God Watches Over Every Atom

God's Care Fear Apologetics

Source: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by Richard Swenson, p. 18

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-26

Scripture: Colossians 1:17

Author: Richard Swenson / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The human body contains 10 to the 28th power atoms (1 followed by 28 zeros). The universe itself contains perhaps only 10 to the 20th power stars (estimates range as high as 10 to the 24th power). In light of such comparisons, I teach young doctors that the human body is a million times more complex than the universe. Before you get too puffed by it all, understand that a cat has 10 to the 26th power atoms and thus is also more complex than the universe—and don’t they know it!

According to isotope studies, 90 percent of our atoms are replaced annually. Every five years, 100 percent of our atoms turn over and become new atoms. Aren’t you glad that doesn’t hurt? Aren’t you glad your doctor can’t charge you for it?

In the last hour, one trillion trillion of your atoms have been replaced. If all the people on earth were to set about counting this rate of atomic turnover in your body, each person would have to count ten billion atoms per second to keep up….

[Richard A. Swenson, MD, is a medical doctor and award winning author of several acclaimed books. He travels extensively, speaking to a variety of business, denominational and government groups on issues of faith and reason, stress, complexity, social change, and management.]

APPLICATION

Swenson continues:

Who is watching over this atomic exchange? You? Your physician? Only God can monitor something of this magnitude—a process that causes such dramatic exchange and disruption, yet holds all things together.

The things of which we are aware in life are greatly eclipsed by the frenzy of activity that takes place just beyond our view. Every moment of life is carefully and thoughtfully orchestrated by the sovereign and loving control of a God who takes care of details we can't begin to comprehend. Nevertheless, despite being so wonderfully and profoundly shepherded, we lapse into fear every time life becomes uncertain. We think God won't be there for us when we need Him, completely unaware of how "there" He really is in every moment.

If in the last hour God took the time to replace one trillion trillion of your atoms, won't He also watch over you!

"If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:30).

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" (Colossians 1:17).

Good Fear

Fear Wisdom Guidance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-01

Scripture: Proverbs 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Step Out of the Waiting Places

Opportunity Fear Complacency

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-25

Author: AJ Julian
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Afraid of the Light

Light Truth Fear

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-03-07

Scripture: John 3:20

Author: John Lennox
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The Woman Who Knew No Fear

Fear Persecution God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Scripture: 1 John 4:18 ; Matthew 10:28

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jehovah is Peace

Anxiety Peace Fear

Contributed By: Ernie Scalabrin | Date Posted: 2014-12-05

Scripture: Judges 6:24

Author: Ernie Scalabrin
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Irrational Fear

Jesus' Death Love (Divine) Fear

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

Scripture: 1 John 4:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Don't Hold Your Breath

Superstition Fear False Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-29

Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:10 ; 1 Timothy 4:7

Author: Melanie Eversley, USA Today / Illustration Exchang
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