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The Hope Effect

Hope Word of God Faith

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-10-22

Scripture: Isaiah 40:31

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

I’ve recently been struggling with what the doctor tells me is Athlete’s Foot.  You know, at this point of my life, I am glad to be associated with the word athlete no matter how uncomfortable it may be. 

So I’ve been using this over the counter stuff and it works, but when I stop using it, the Athlete's Foot immediately returns. So, I went back to my doctor and told him, “You know, I need something more powerful to kick this thing.  I'd like to completely get rid of it.” 

He said, "Ok, I’m going to give you the most powerful drug on the market." 

After I got the prescription filled, I read the little paper that came with it. It contained a list of all of the weird things this drug might do to those who administer it. 

There, I also found the results of a controlled study.  Sixty percent of the people found the drug effective.  Of course, in a controlled study, there are those who are given a placebo, instead.  Forty-four percent of those who took the placebo also found it effective.

I was amazed to read that forty-four percent of the time the placebo did the job.  That’s almost as good as the actual medication!  As I considered those numbers, I thought to myself, that is an illustration of the power of hope!

APPLICATION

When we expect something to help us, it is incredible how helpful that can be all by itself.  Hope, even an empty hope, can change our lives for the better. 

Perhaps, the next time I see my doctor, I should tell him,  “Listen, just give me a prescription for the placebo.  It’s cheaper and it’s almost as effective!” 

Of course, the problem with this idea is that once we are aware that we are taking a placebo, it doesn't work! Right?  The Placebo Effect requires a genuine belief.  The medicine doesn't have to be genuine but the hope does.  Without a sincere belief, there is no Placebo Effect. 

This tells us that the Placebo Effect is really the Hope Effect.  And if hope is powerful without anything behind it, think of how much more powerful it will be when the words of God are behind it! 

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31). 

Man may be executed for failing Bible quiz.

Bible Discipleship Word of God

Source: Christian Post

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2020-03-08

Scripture: Joshua 1:8

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

A headline in the Christian Post caught my attention this week. It read, “Iranian Christian convert fears execution if deported for giving wrong answers on Bible quiz.” Yes, you read that right. Perhaps you have taken a Bible quiz. You probably did not have to worry about be executed for failing it.

Is this real and how does something like this happen? Reza Karkah, a former Muslim, became a Christian while living in Iran, a criminal offense there which is punishable by death. For that very reason, he fled to the United Kingdom seeking asylum as a refugee. An immigration hearing was scheduled to determine if Mr. Karkah’s claim of conversion is true. At that hearing, a judge gave him a test with 150 Bible questions. The reasoning goes, if he is truly a Christian, he should have a certain knowledge of the Bible and be able to pass the test. If he does not pass, he is faking conversion as a pretext for immigration.

APPLICATION

Imagine knowing that you had to take a test to evaluate your knowledge of the Bible. Pass it, and you get to stay in the country. Fail it, and you are deported and executed! Ask yourself this question: How hard would you study the Bible if you knew your life literally depended on it? Now ask yourself another question: Isn’t that exactly how hard you should study the Bible anyway? Philippians 2:16 refers to Scripture as the “word of life.” God’s Word brings life and when heeded, can save your life. So yes, read the Word of God as if you will die if you don’t! Cling to it as you would a life jacket while drifting at sea.

In case you’re wondering how Mr. Karkah did, he failed the test in part because he could not remember that Judas was the disciple who betrayed Jesus. It has yet to be decided if he will be deported and executed for that mishap. Perhaps we should all stop and pray for Mr. Karkah and his family.

The Mine That Keeps Giving

Word of God Bible Wisdom

Source: Fox News

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: GENE LAVALLEY | Date Posted: 2019-05-23

Scripture: Proverbs 25:2 ; Psalms 12:6

Author: James Rogers
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ILLUSTRATION

A mine in Australia has produced what its owner believes are two of the biggest gold specimens in recorded history.

The biggest of the stones came in at 198 pounds and is estimated by the company to contain about 143 pounds of gold, a total that at current prices would be worth around $2.6 million

The second-biggest piece weighed 132 pounds and was valued at about $1.95 million.

Early estimates from RNC Minerals have put the total take of coarse gold from the cut at more than 562 pounds, or more than $10.4 million worth.

Airleg driller Henry Dole has been credited with uncovering the astonishing find at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt gold mine near Kambalda.

APPLICATION

Here is what I like about this story…

They have been digging at this mine for 45 years….

And still getting gold, and not only that, but their biggest piece ever!

That is so much like the Word Of God. 

Dig in it for years and years, and still haven’t seen it all or exhausted its treasury,

In fact, I believe that the greatest revelation and truth are still to come!

"And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times" (Psalm 12:6). 

Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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The Delphic Oracle

Word of God Warnings Prophecy

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-09-17

Scripture: Psalms 18:30 ; 2 Corinthians 4:2

Author: Charles Krieg
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Devotional Crumbs

Word of God Bible Faith

Contributed By: Joe Ballard | Date Posted: 2018-07-19

Scripture: Matthew 15:26 ; Job 23:12

Author: Joe Ballard
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Misusing the Bible

Bible Word of God Obedience

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-04-15

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: Neal Pollard
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Are Alarms Going Off In Your Life?

Wisdom Consequences Word of God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-16

Scripture: Psalms 119:105 ; Psalms 19:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Eating Daily

Devotion Word of God Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2017-04-12

Scripture: John 6:58 ; Acts 2:46

Author: Thomas Bevers
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The Coming Super Bloom

Second Coming Word of God Holy Spirit

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-17

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 35:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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