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Subtle Killer

Lukewarm Apathy Indifference

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Contributed By: Ron Henson | Date Posted: 2014-07-10

Scripture: Revelation 3:16

Author: Ron Henson
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ILLUSTRATION

Every year between 60,000 and 200,000 people will die from a medical condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Usually the DVT occurs in a person's legs where blood has pooled, allowing a blood clot to form. Once formed, the danger is that the clot might circulate to the lungs or brain where it can cause respiratory failure or a stroke.

The tragic thing about DVT's is that they are not caused by irresponsible behavior, but by simply being inactive. Simply sitting or laying down too long is all it takes for one of these clots to form.

APPLICATION

There are sins of commission and then there are sins of omission. When we blatantly do those things that God forbids, we expect that there might be serious consequences. But, because sins of omission are so subtle, we tend to think of them as more benign. Nevertheless, sometimes it's the person who lays around and does nothing who faces the gravest danger. 

"So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth" (Revelation 3:16).

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Too Busy Being Lucky

Blessings/Blessedness Indifference Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2012-11-03

Scripture: Psalms 145:2

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

Sometimes I am so busy being lucky that I forget to be blessed.

APPLICATION

There is so much of life that I simply take for granted. It takes time and effort to stop and be thankful for the many blessings we all enjoy everyday. Don't just be fortunate, be blessed by acknowledging God's goodness in all things.

"Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever" (Psalm 145:2).

Mitchell W. Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

An Exclamation Point on the Harsh Realities of Life

Compassion Hardness of Heart Indifference

Source: "Brandon And Connor Moore, Missing Staten Island Brothers, Found Dead After Hurricane Sandy" By EILEEN AJ CONNELLY, Huffington Post, 11/01/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-03

Scripture: Isaiah 58:7 ; Matthew 25:35

Author: Illustration Exchange
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NEW YORK -- Two young brothers swept from the arms of their mother by the violent sea at the height of Superstorm Sandy were found dead in a marsh Thursday, a tragic exclamation mark on an epic storm.

The boys, 2-year-old Brandon and 4-year-old Connor Moore, were ripped from the arms of their mother, Glenda Moore, as she tried to shield them from the rising waters.

Ms. Moore fought wind, rain and water currents as she banged on doors in the largely evacuated neighborhood begging for help to find her boys. Allegedly, her pleas were ignored by those few residents who remained behind.

Exhausted and exasperated, she clung to a toppled tree on the front porch of an abandoned home and rode out the storm through the night. In wasn't until 7 a.m. the next morning that she was able to flag down a passing rescue vehicle. By then, it was too late. Both boys perished.

APPLICATION

Stories like this one do indeed put "a tragic exclamation mark" on the already harsh realities of life. The death of these two young boys is made so much more tragic by the fact that there were pleas for help that went unanswered. Not only should these deaths have been prevented, this incident involved a responsibility that should have been taken. When we turn away and harden our heart to our brother in need, we are turning away and hardening our heart to the Lord Himself.

"…Share your food with the hungry and … provide the poor wanderer with shelter--when you see the naked, … clothe him, and do not to turn away" (Isaiah 58:7). "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'" (Matthew 25:35-40).

The Glories of Everyday Experience

Gratitude Indifference Lost Opportunity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-21

Scripture: Psalms 118:24

Author: Tony Campolo
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The Tragedy of Indifference

Indifference Compassion Responsibility

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2012-06-09

Author: Elie Wiesel
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Watch Out for Orange Peels

Humility Pride Indifference

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-21

Scripture: Proverbs 16:17 ; 1 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Stemming The Tide Of Evil

Evil Indifference Racism

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-02-18

Scripture: Genesis 11:1

Author: Philip Yancey
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Willingly Duped

Poverty Compassion Indifference

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-10

Scripture: Luke 3:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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We Must Be Ready

Urgency Indifference Watching for Jesus

Contributed By: Myke Merrill | Date Posted: 2011-03-18

Scripture: Matthew 24:44

Author: Myke Merrill
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Are You Ready For Company?

Procrastination Second Coming Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Bren Glass | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Matthew 24:44 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:4

Author: Bren Glass
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