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Rapper Layzie Bone Saves Life on the Road

Help Preparation Vigilance

Source: “Famous Hip-Hop Artist Helps Assist Man In Diabetic Shock In Wyoming” by Wendi Lane, posted KCWY13.com, May 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-20

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ILLUSTRATION

Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse—a famous Hip-Hop artist with the Grammy award winning, multi-platinum band Bone Thugs-n-Harmony—was driving through Wyoming on the way to a concert to promote his new album PERFECT TIMING, when out of nowhere a car came careening toward him.

“He went from one side of the road to the other side of the road, left, right, left, right and a quarter mile up, oncoming traffic was coming, so you know we were screaming we were scared for him.” The car narrowly missed several vehicles before spinning out and coming to a stop right in front of Layzie’s car.

He and other witnesses, sure that they would find evidence of alcohol or drugs, rushed to the vehicle to see if they could help. What they found was a man incoherently babbling with no smell of alcohol on his breath nor evidence of any in the car. It didn’t take long for them to come to the conclusion that this was possibly some kind of blood sugar issue.

Layzie quickly ran to his car and fetched fruit and chocolate which he was carrying as road snacks. He began frantically feeding the man, helping to stabilize his blood sugar until paramedics could arrive.

So what did the PERFECT TIMING rapper have to say about his efforts? “I guess I was in the right place at the right time to be of some assistance.”

APPLICATION

Quick thinking, a little preparedness, and a willingness to respond were all it took for Layzie Bone to save a life. Are you ready and willing to do the same as God presents you with opportunities to make a difference in the life of another—maybe even a complete stranger?

Spiritually and physically needy people are all around us. We are in the “right place at the right time” more than we care to acknowledge. All that’s lacking is a little quick thinking, a little preparedness, and a willingness to respond.

"Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others" (1 Timothy 6:17-18).

No Help From the Helpline

Help Prayer God's Accessibility

Source: THE WASHINGTON TIMES, “IRS Help Line Sets Low Bar for Service,” Thursday, January 7, 2010

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-07

Scripture: Psalms 46:1 ; Romans 10:13

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ILLUSTRATION

If you’re looking for answers or help with your taxes, you may not want to look to the IRS for help.  In 2001, 37% of the 80 million calls to the IRS were unanswered.  Of those that were answered, 47% were given incorrect information (US News & World Report, 4/16/01).  Things improved somewhat over the next several years, with the agency reaching a high of 87% answered calls in 2004.  But with recent changes in the tax code and multiple temporary tax incentives to help boost the economy, that number is once again expected to waiver. 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES reports, ”Three out of ten people who call the toll-free help line this 2010 tax season won't get through to a human being - and that's if the agency meets its goals to service 71%. Callers lucky enough to reach a representative will have to wait on hold an average of nearly 12 minutes, a level of service deemed unacceptable in a report issued Wednesday by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson.”  

APPLICATION

While the US Government, and the IRS in particular, may at times think they have the power of God, clearly, they fall short of His care. Thankfully, we will never receive a response “deemed unacceptable” when crying out for help from God Himself. 

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalms 46:1-3).

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).

Call Me Daddy

Dependence on God Maturity Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-09-05

Scripture: Galatians 4:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

At some point during childhood, most of us transition away from referring to our father as “Daddy,” opting instead for a more mature moniker, something like “Dad.”  This change comes as a natural part of our transition from the dependence of childhood to the growing independence of adolescents. 

But while we grow up to become more independent and leave home, spiritual maturity happens in exactly that opposite way.  Rather than become more independent, the Spirit of God prompts us toward a greater state of dependence.

This was the Apostle Paul’s point when he wrote, “because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6, NLT).  "Abba" is a term of intimacy and dependence.  It is equivalent in meaning to our English title "Daddy." 

APPLICATION

God wants us to call Him "Daddy.” That means rather than saying, “It’s ok, Dad, I’ve got this,” the Spirit prompts us to cry out, “I need You, Daddy!  He prompts us to say, “I need You in every moment.”  He prompts us to say, “I need Your thoughts and Your wisdom to illumine my own.”  He prompts us to say, “I need Your love, or else I am nothing.” He prompts us to say, “I need You to always be with me.” 

Growing in grace means growing more dependent. 

The Importance of Every Member of the Church

Spiritual Gifts Holy Spirit Church/Body of Christ

Contributed By: Joe Chebat | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12 ; Romans 12:4

Author: Joe Chebat
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Prairie Schooners

Missions Compassion Servanthood

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-10-06

Scripture: Matthew 25:29 ; Matthew 28:18

Author: James Miller
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Built to Sail

Discipleship Servanthood Great Commission

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-09-22

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

Author: James Miller
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From "Daddy" to "Dad"

Dependence on God Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6

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Go To Your Brother

Friendship Confrontation Self-absorbed

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-17

Scripture: Matthew 18:15

Author: Joseph Parker
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The Spider (Delivery) Man

Church/Body of Christ Spiritual Gifts Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-02

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 4:16

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Killfies

Self-absorbed Church Health/Growth Servanthood

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-06-27

Scripture: Philippians 2:3

Author: Neal Pollard
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