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Bring A Better Face

Attitude Christlikeness Perspective

Contributed By: Kevin Truett | Date Posted: 2019-10-17

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31 ; Romans 13:14

Author: Kevin Truett
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ILLUSTRATION

Often times as a teenager, I would look at our family photos and complain that I looked terrible. My father would quickly reply, "If you want a better picture, bring a better face."

APPLICATION

I realized later in life that my father was trying to teach me something more than how to take a better picture. He wanted me to know that a poor attitude, whether anger, or upset, or bitterness comes through on our face. When this would happen, he would instruct me to wipe that look off of my face.  The problem wasn't with the camera but with my attitude. 

In life, the best way to be become a better person is to take on a better attitude. When we "put on Christ" we done ourselves with His character. His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control is expressed on our face.

When that happens, we will take better pictures!

"Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh" (Romans 13:14). 

Knowing Christ

Intimacy with God Christlikeness Discipleship

Contributed By: Paul Barreca | Date Posted: 2016-04-07

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; John 15:5

Author: Paul Barreca
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ILLUSTRATION

In today's world of Smart Phones, tablets and instant Internet access, there are many things that we can "know." If someone asks the questions, "How long is the Verrazano Bridge," a nimble person with a 4 G connection and an iPhone can ask Siri, "How long is the Verrazano Bridge," and they will get an almost instantaneous response.

But if we were sitting next to an 85 year old retired construction worker who spent 2 years of his life building the Verrazano bridge in his 20s, we would not only get the right information, we would get it with great passion.

APPLICATION

That's what it means to "know Christ and the power of his resurrection." It involves much more than repeating facts concerning Christ or the Bible. Knowing Christ involves an intimate relationship with Him, one that changes your life.

"I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death" (Philippians 3:10).

What Is Your Trajectory?

Christlikeness Eternity Decision Making

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2016-03-29

Scripture: Matthew 7:14 ; Matthew 25:46

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

The New Oxford Online Dictionary defines trajectory as “the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces” (n/p). The term is used of everything from ammunition to astronomy, but in its figurative sense can be used to speak of the law of sowing and reaping or cause and effect.  There appears to be three elements to this definition: the path, the object, and the action of given forces. Apply this to a person’s life and the discussion takes on eternal significance.

APPLICATION

  • The path: Jesus teaches that there are really only two paths to take, “the broad way” and “the narrow way” (Mat. 7:13-14).  Some have given no thought as to which road they are taking. Others convince themselves they are on the narrow way when an honest, objective look reveals it to be the other way. Some change roads, for good or bad. However, we cannot successfully argue that we are not on a path leading somewhere, whether the destination is “destruction” or “life.”
  • The object: Friend, the object (projectile) in this path of trajectory is the individual. It is you and me. We are moving closer to our eternal destination every day. God created a never-dying soul within us (Mat. 25:46; Ec. 12:7). As it was with the rich man and Lazarus (Lk. 16:19-31), we will lift up our eyes in either Abraham’s bosom or in torment. That soul was precious enough to God to pay the highest price to ransom it (John 3:16), but we may choose to give it away by allowing the trajectory of our life to miss the intended target (cf. Mat. 16:26).
  • The action of given forces: We are not helpless regarding this, but force implies pressure, resistance, and influence. The decisions we make, the people we allow to have influence on us, our choices, what we prioritize, and what values we establish become the forces moving us to the destination.  It is seen in our attitudes, words, and actions.

The earlier we figure this out, the sooner we will make it our aim to do everything we can to head in the right direction. We can change paths, but the longer we are aimed at the wrong target, the harder we make it on ourselves to change course. This is true with our finances, our physical health, our occupation, our marriage and family, but nowhere are the stakes as high than as concerns our eternal destiny. Let’s give thought to the trajectory of our lives and be sure that where we are heading is where we really want to go.

Honesty Pays!

Honesty Ethics Christlikeness

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2015-12-31

Scripture: Proverbs 12:17 ; Proverbs 14:25

Author: Neal Pollard
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Expanding Spiritually to Look More Like Jesus

Children's Lesson Christlikeness Object Lessons

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Ephesians 4:13

Author: Saira Apostolico, Children's Director, SLCC, FL
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We Are Fireflies

Light Witness Christlikeness

Contributed By: Scott Roberts | Date Posted: 2015-09-12

Scripture: Ephesians 5:8

Author: Scott Roberts
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The World According to Ronda Rousey, MMA Champ

Mercy Hatred Christlikeness

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2015-08-19

Scripture: Titus 3:3 ; Proverbs 13:15

Author: Rod Crowell
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Fast From, Feast On

Lent Fasting Christlikeness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-10

Scripture: Matthew 6:16

Author: William Arthur Ward / Illustration Exchange
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The Aroma of Christ

Christlikeness Witness Character

Contributed By: Scott Heins | Date Posted: 2015-01-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:14

Author: Scott Heins
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I'm Converted But Not That Far

Conversion Christlikeness Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-11

Scripture: Philippians 2:5

Author: E. Stanley Jones / Kent Crockett
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