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Scientists Discover Whole-Body Regeneration Switch

Resurrection Easter Hope

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-04-18

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Philippians 3:11

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Harvard Scientists have discovered a DNA power switch that controls genes for regeneration, with the potential to adjust the range of regeneration. It is hoped that the discovery will one day lead to the ability to regrow limbs, like the salamander, or mimic the jellyfish's ability to regenerate their entire bodies after being cut in half.

But it's Christians who should be most excited by this discovery, for we know the One whose hand is on the switch. After all, God wrote the code!!

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What makes this a double discovery is that it was found among what scientists call "Junk DNA," DNA that was allegedly left lying around by Evolution, with no real purpose. What an incredible treasure to find amongst the so-called "junk!" Finds like these demonstrate that there really is no such thing as "Junk DNA," just junk science!

Rather, there is a purpose behind all of the code our Creator has written into our DNA. Just because we have yet to discover its purpose doesn't mean that it has no purpose. It just means there's a lot we don't know.

But there is no excuse for ignorance when it comes to regeneration.  The Scriptures inform us that it is God's intent to one day make full use of that whole-body regeneration switch!

When Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die," wasn't He also saying, "Don't worry, the code for whole-body regeneration is real and I know that code!"?

No Better Hope Than Heaven

Heaven Hope Resurrection

Source: "Inside the Funeral Homes Posing The Dead Like They're Still Alive" by Drew Schwartz

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-08-14

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 2 Corinthians 5:4

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It's called "extreme embalming"--posing the deceased, not in a casket, but sitting or standing up, with the appropriate supports of course.  It might be the body of an 18-year-old young man, slumped in an office chair with a PS4 controller in his hand, as if he were playing his favorite game NBA2K--with favorite snacks at hand.  Or, a boxer propped up at the far end of a makeshift ring, in his robe and gloves.  Or a Southern belle socialite, sitting on a bench in designer clothes, with a feather boa, her hand cradling a champagne flute.

This is how their families wanted to remember them; frozen in a fond memory.

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When we lose a heavenly focus, it's natural to cling to the experiences of this life.  We look back instead forward.  We choose denial of the reality of death over hope in the reality of heaven. 

However, if we believe in Jesus who is the Resurrection and the LIfe, and trust Him to pay for the sin which condemns us to mortality, then we can look forward with confidence to something far better than a posed funeral service--to an eternity too wonderful to even imagine!

"But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). 

Date Miserable People

Hope Faith Dating

Source: “New dating app 'Date Miserable People' launches in Phoenix,” Source: Datemiserablepeople.com Posted: Oct 21, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-04-20

Scripture: Romans 8:18

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CBS channel 3 TV (Phoenix) reports:

You've probably heard the expression "misery loves company." And if that holds true, a new dating app should be very successful!

The app 'Date Miserable People' …[is] the brainchild of Shaun Price. He says he created the site so people could engage in online dating while keeping it real and honest without feeling intimidated.

"D.M.P is an online platform that allows people to engage in online dating honestly and within the realities of their daily lives," Price said.

... "The majority of the sites, everybody's perfect," said Price. "Everybody's got a beautiful picture, everybody loves to travel, everybody loves to hang out with their friends but that's not really who they are. 

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Many believe that keeping it real means keeping it miserable.  As though one can't be honest about the struggles in their life without also being disconsolate.  But isn't that the difference faith is supposed to make? Because of Jesus, Christians can keep it real without keeping it miserable. We can face the moment in the light of eternity. 

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

A Guaranteed Reservation

Heaven Hope Inheritance

Contributed By: Glenn Newton | Date Posted: 2016-07-19

Scripture: Philippians 1:6 ; 1 John 4:13

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Explaining Eternity

Eternity Hope Uncertainty

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-07-05

Scripture: 1 John 2:17 ; Ecclesiastes 3:11

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God’s Mural

Trials Hope Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-02

Scripture: Revelation 21:4 ; 2 Corinthians 4:17

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It's Always Darkest Just Before . . .

Light Salvation Hope

Contributed By: Scott Roberts | Date Posted: 2015-12-04

Scripture: John 8:12 ; Luke 2:

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Magician Raise Thyself!

Resurrection Easter Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:21

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City of Refuge

Refuge Hope Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-17

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

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An Angel Among Us

Salvation Gospel Hope

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-04

Scripture: Mark 16:15 ; Isaiah 61:1

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