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Stop Everything and Listen

Word of God Bible Advice

Source: TV Commercial

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2022-05-20

Scripture: Romans 10:17 ; Hebrews 4:12

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

A 1970s TV Commercial features a couple of men in a busy restaurant. At the surrounding tables, people are noisily chattering away and two waiters are putting food on the table. The men are talking about finding good stocks and one says, "My broker is E.F. Hutton and Hutton says ..." In that instant, everything stops and everyone leans in to hear what might be said. Silent seconds pass. Then a narrator says, When EF Hutton speaks, people listen." 

APPLICATION

There is more noise and distractions in the world than ever before; more voices; more options; more to do and to say; and more that demands our attention. Nevertheless, God speaks. We need only to want to heed his voice and do His will.

A good stock tip might swell your bank account but the Word of God will fill your heart and guarantee you treasure in heaven.

"But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him." (Habbukuk 2:20)

CrazyJewishMom An Instagram Hit

Motherhood Advice Co-Dependency

Source: “Mother, Daughter Force Behind Viral Instagram ‘Crazy Jewish Mom’” Interview on ABC’s NIGHTLINE

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

“Your nagging mom has nothing on this Brooklyn woman’s crazy Jewish mom,” reports the NY DAILY NEWS.

Kate Siegel, a 26-year-old video producer, is chronicling her “crazy” mom’s comically intrusive rants via a dedicated Instagram account which she has aptly named CrazyJewishMom. “She first started posting screenshots of texts from her mom after she dramatically read some at a friend's party, much to her audience’s delight,” she told the Daily News. They were such a hit, she decided to go public. In addition to her nearly half million Instagram followers, she now also hosts a dedicated FaceBook page by the same name.

“I think a lot of people see a piece of their own mother in mine,” she said.

Siegel says she receives anywhere from 50 to 60 texts from her mom each day. They smack of both levity and maternal license. Here’s just a few:

“Kate, really upset that u didn’t go to the gym today. Unless you are carrying my Grandchild, go to the gym and stop eating garbage.”

“Kate I sat next to the nicest young man at Starbucks today. Yale. Lawyer. I showed him your Facebook picture and gave him your number.”

“Happy Birthday spawn. Welcome to the wrong side of 25. The expiration date on your eggs is officially in sight. Tick Tock.”

“You WILL give me grandchildren!”??

ABC’s NIGHTLINE followed the mother-daughter duo for a day and sat down with them for an interview.* The two are obviously very close. Mom’s intrusive rants are given as much tongue-in-cheek as they are received. But it’s not all fun and games. Mom, former TV producer Kim Friedman, really does want her daughter to marry “well” (and soon! Tick tock!). She really does want her to eat right, exercise often, and dress to “catch the catch.”

While many see her texts as overbearing and nagging, NIGHTLINE’s guest anchor simply says, “What I see is love.”

*Click the link to source above to view the interview in its entirety.

APPLICATION

Moms, let’s not smother-love our children (unless of course you want to become the fodder of social media maligning!). Friedman’s daughter may take it all in stride, but yours might not.

“Fathers and mothers!, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4, NLT).

Encouragement Can Make A President

Encouragement Advice Discipleship

Source: Destiny of the Republic

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Contributed By: Joel Southerland | Date Posted: 2014-07-15

Scripture: Proverbs 25:11 ; Ephesians 4:29

Author: Joel Southerland
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ILLUSTRATION

When President James Garfield was tragically shot and subsequently died, Vice President Chester Arthur became president. Arthur was a political mess. A ruthless New York politician named Roscoe Conkling controlled him. He had never held an elected office in his life. He wanted nothing to do with the office of President.
 
On top of all that, many were accusing him of having James Garfield shot so that he could become president. Arthur was visibly distraught. Many thought that when he became president that he would be controlled by others and ruin the nation.
 
Those fears never came to be. Not only did he serve the country well, he successfully carried out much of James Garfield’s agenda. All of the fears that surrounded him becoming president did not come true. How? What made the difference?
 
One unknown invalid lady, Julia Sand, made all the difference. Julia wrote Arthur 23 letters (that he kept) with encouraging statements like:
 
But making a man President can change him!  Great emergencies awaken generous traits which have lain dormant half a life.  If there is a spark of true nobility in you, now is the occasion to let it shine.
 
Do you feel flattered how awfully surprised people are, whenever you do anything good. Well, go on surprising them. But I am never surprised because I expect it of you. If you had done otherwise, I should have been dismally disappointed.
 
She was so encouraging that Arthur took her as his own unofficial political advisor. Her letters of encouragement changed him. 

APPLICATION

That is the power of encouragement. A kind word, a gracious letter, or an unexpected hug can help someone who is having a difficult time find the courage to continue on. 

When you want a leader, a child, or someone else to change - why not encourage them?

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver" (Proverbs 25:11). 

Ken and Barbie Together Again?

Relationships Romance Advice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-04

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Bad Advice For Free

Advice Doctrine-False Worldliness

Contributed By: Jody Schmidt | Date Posted: 2013-06-22

Scripture: 1 John 2:15

Author: Jody Schmidt
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I Don't 'Care' What You Think

Listening Advice Empathy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-23

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1 ; Galatians 5:14

Author: Unknown
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Who Would You Save?

Problem Solving Advice Morality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-24

Scripture: Psalms 119:105 ; Proverbs 5:22

Author: Editors, Homiletics
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Have A Mint!

Humor Humility Advice

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2010-10-23

Scripture: Proverbs 19:20

Author: H. Jackson Brown Jr. / John Reed
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It's not WHAT you know; it's WHO you know!

Dependence on God Wisdom Talents

Contributed By: Dwight Davis | Date Posted: 2024-05-15

Scripture: John 15:5 ; Philippians 4:13

Author: Dwight Davis
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Are you wasting your life?

Time Management Wisdom Lifestyle

Contributed By: Chris Huff | Date Posted: 2024-05-14

Scripture: Ephesians 5:16 ; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Author: Chris Huff
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