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The Man With The Dragon Tattoo

New Birth Meaning of Life Parenting

Source: "Dad Hastily Gets ‘F*** Life’ Tattoo Covered Before Daughters Learn To Read" HUFFPOST LIFESTYLE, 25/02/2016 12:53 | Updated 25 February 2016

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

Scripture: Romans 6:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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According to the HUFFPOST LIFESTYLE:

A father who had the words "f*** life" inked across his stomach in his youth has had the expletive covered by a huge dragon tattoo - for the sake of his kids.

Andy, 27, from Glasgow, has two young daughters under the age of five and, as a result, wanted to cover up the undesirable tattoo before they learned to read.

... He said he first had the tattoo when he was 18 years old because he was obsessed with the rappers Tupac, Eminem and 50 Cent. For him, it was a way of making him look "hard".


APPLICATION

Before a child is old enough to read your tattoos, they can read you. If your life is empty and meaningless, a tattoo dragon won’t hide it from your children. Ink can’t conceal the fact that you are dead in sin, in need of new life in Christ.

"Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness" (Romans 6:13).

Everything Means Something

Apologetics Meaning of Life God's Will

Source: "Fingerprints from the right index finger can reveal your ancestral background: study," by Jessica Firger, Posted on RAWSTORY with permission from Newsweek 29 Sep 2015 at 09:44 ET

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-09

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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The world is guided by two very different perspectives. The secularist believes that life is just a series of random events, with no deeper meaning or purpose. The religionist, on the other hand, believes that we are all the product of a thoughtful and purposeful Creator. So, either nothing means anything or everything means something. Either life is an accident or it’s replete with meaning.

These two sets of opinions could not be more diametrically opposed to one another. Surely, the evidence must point in favor of one over the other. Here’s one for the life is full of meaning category.

We’ve long known that the best way to identify a person is by the unique loops, ridges and whorls that make up their fingerprints. That’s because the odds are one in several billion that any two people could have matching fingerprints. But these patterns, also known as dermatoglyphics, may be used for more than identifying crime scene suspects. New research indicates that the fine details of our fingerprints may also tell the story of our individual ethnic origin and even predict our medical destiny.

According to Jessica Firger with NEWSWEEK:

For some time, anthropologists and forensic scientists have used fingerprints to learn more about identity … Anthropologists examine what’s known as Level 1 details, a close look at the pattern types and ridge counts. Forensic scientists focus on Level 2 details, fingerprint “minutiae,” or the specific variants of fingerprints …

A study published recently in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology is one of the first joint efforts to bridge the gap in the two fields by examining ... ancestry with a look at pattern type variation of Level 2 detail … While they weren’t able to detect any notable variations in the fingerprints of men versus women, the researchers did find Level 2 differences in the fingerprints of African-American people versus those of European-American descent.

[Also] a growing body of research has found that … there are some patterns, shapes and repetitions of fingerprint patterns that are unique to certain diseases and health conditions. One study suggests people with Alzheimer’s disease have more ulnar loops (loop patterns that flow toward the little finger) and fewer ridges and arches. Another study, published in the American Journal of Genetics, found that women with breast cancer were more likely to have a pattern of six or more whorls (coils or spirals) on fingers than women without the disease.  

APPLICATION

We use the expression “It’s written in the stars,” to speak of something that is predetermined or certain. Perhaps, what we should be saying is “It’s written on your finger tips!” For it appears that it is there, not in the stars, that we discover where we came from and what the future may hold for us.  

Before these recent studies, we knew that the random loops and ridges on the tips of our fingers offered a unique identifier, but they didn't seem to hold any meaning beyond that. What an amazing thing it is to discover that even these fine details hold specific meaning for each of us.

This raises an important question. If even the smallest details of our fingerprints can hold such personal and profound meaning, could there be a deeper meaning to the other small details of our lives?  Is it possible that the circumstances and people we encounter, easily dismissed as happenstance, might hold deeper meaning, too? The Apostle Paul certainly believed this to be the case when he wrote, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Just as your fingerprints are meaningful to you and to you alone, so your circumstances are meaningful to you and to you alone. It may not be immediately apparent how the finer details of your life will prove themselves to be God's will for you, but the earnest seeker discovers that everything has a purpose and so everything means something. 

What You'll Find At The Top

Meaning of Life God's Will Fulfillment

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Contributed By: Erik Estep | Date Posted: 2014-05-26

Scripture: Psalms 119:35

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Jack Higgens is a famous spy-thriller author who has written 60 novels. His most famous work is The Eagle Has Landed, which sold over 50 million copies.  After all of his success, he was asked, “What do you wish that you’d known as a boy that you know now?”  Higgens didn’t take long to answer.  He said, "When you get to the top, there's nothing there."  

APPLICATION

Don't wait to get to the end of your life's pursuit only to discover you've been climbing the wrong mountain! The meaning and significance we seek won't be found atop the mountain of personal accomplishments. To be satisfied with what we find at the top we must follow the path God has called us to along the way. We must find His path up the hill by serving His purposes during our ascent. Then, and only then will we find meaning and fulfillment atop our mountain.

"Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight" (Psalm 119:35)

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ABC Brings Resurrection to the Screen

Resurrection Lent Meaning of Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-26

Scripture: John 6:39 ; John 11:25

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A Theory of Everything

Meaning of Life Science Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-18

Scripture: Genesis 1:1 ; Colossians 1:19

Author: Dr. Richard Swenson
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The Myth of Sisyphus

Futility Meaning of Life Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-08

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58

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Meet Me At The Death Cafe

Meaning of Life Resurrection Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-05

Scripture: Luke 24:5 ; 1 Corinthians 15:17

Author: Jaweed Kaleem
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A Bad Dream?

Humor Meaning of Life New Year's

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-26

Scripture: 1 John 5:13

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Survival Based On Hope Not Health

Hope Health Meaning of Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-29

Scripture: Hebrews 6:9 ; 1 Peter 1:13

Author: Bruce Larson
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Lost Without the Internet

Word of God Cultural Trends Meaning of Life

Contributed By: Rich Wilbur | Date Posted: 2012-11-06

Scripture: Psalms 119:105

Author: Ben Bryant
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