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I've Decided to Carry Narcan

Witness Spiritual Death Addiction

Source: “I've decided to carry Narcan. I'd ask you to consider it, too,” Tweet by Kyle Clark, 2/21/22.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-02-23

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 ; Romans 1:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The drug problem has gotten so bad in our major cities, that Kyle Clark, a journalist and newscaster on 9News, Denver, Colorado, tweeted out this week that he has decided to carry Narcan* with him at all times.

“It’s a simple thing that we can do to save lives, as fentanyl kills hundreds of Coloradans a year. The City of Denver is now mailing Narcan to any resident who asks for it. … All across Colorado, you can ask for Narcan at a pharmacy and get it without a prescription. 

"If you know someone who is having an opioid overdose, you can easily administer Narcan as easily as you do an allergy spray, and potentially save their life. And it can’t hurt them or someone else accidentally. 

"We learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver on the off chance that we could someday use it to save a life. Same thing with CPR. 

“I’m gonna carry Narcan; and I ask you to consider it, too.”

Note that Narcan does NOTHING to stop substance abuse. In fact, even its lifesaving, overdose-reversing effects are strikingly temporary, and further medical intervention has to be immediately sought, following its administration. 

As such, some commentators were quick to point out that such efforts might save a life “in the moment,” but the person will still die if their addiction is not permanently addressed.

*[Narcan according to the SAMHSA, is “a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids, such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone, [and fentanyl."]

APPLICATION

As Christians, we’ve been given the life-saving remedy that can save not just the body, but the very soul of a man. But do we carry it with us at all times? Are we prepared to administer the cure at a moment's notice? Do we even recognize the enormity and the urgency of all the dying souls around us?  And we're not just talking about addicts.

We are confronted daily by the walking dead – in our classrooms and offices, and subway cars, and grocery stores; on our sidewalks, and highways, and street corners; even in our churches, and in our own living rooms! People all around us are spiritually dying and need the cure of the saving grace of Jesus.

Clark is right. We’re willing to learn the Heimlich Maneuver and CPR.  Some might even be willing to carry Narcan.  But will we carry the truth of the Gospel both in word and deed, always at the ready to share with a dying soul?

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1 Pet 3:15 (NKJV)

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Rom 1:16 (ESV)

“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Rom 10:13-14 (ESV)

England’s Darkest Tourist Attraction

Sin Disobedience Spiritual Death

Source: “Welcome to the Alnwick Poison Garden, where everything wants to kill you,” by Lauren McMah, NEWS.COM.AU, May 14, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-26

Scripture: 2:16 ; Proverbs 8:36

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Lauren McMah, with NEWS.COM.AU, reports:

AT FIRST glance it seems like a typical English country garden: lush trees billowing over manicured topiaries, pretty blooms dotted along gravel paths, and everything neatly enclosed in an antique-style, wrought-iron fence.

But on closer inspection, nothing here is really that innocent.

On the gate leading to this green oasis is a grim message, a genuine warning of what lurks inside: “These plants can kill.”

That is the sign that greets intrepid visitors to the Alnwick Poison Garden in Northumberland, UK, a sinister botanical wonderland that is home to 100 of the world’s most lethal plants.

Tourists have fallen ill and fainted here, having flouted stern advice to not smell or touch anything that grows inside.

... Among the deadly flora at Alnwick are foxgloves, atropa belladonna — also known as the deadly nightshade — and hemlock, the plant that killed the philosopher Socrates.

There is also ricinus communis, which can annihilate internal organs with a single seed, and nux vomica, which is the source of the pesticide strychnine.

Even some common plants are seriously dangerous: a daffodil bulb can kill a person, and leaves from the seemingly innocuous laurel hedge are not much safer.

... Datura is an incredible poison, but an amazing aphrodisiac, too, and you see it everywhere.

In Argentina, even nowadays, some people put a bell of datura ... on a baby’s pillow at night, then take it away after five minutes and the baby has gone to sleep. If it were left all night the baby would be dead in the morning.

APPLICATION

This is not the first garden to come with an ominous warning. Neither is it the first time that warning wasn’t heeded, with dire consequences.

Like Adam, we are free to enjoy most of what we find in life. But there are certain restrictions placed upon us by God.  Paul writes, “ … Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world” (Colossians 3:5, NLT).

But just as it was in the Garden, sin continues to hold an allure for us today.  Partake at your own peril, but don’t be surprised at the consequences that are sure to follow.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17).

“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:36, KJV).

LIght-years From Life

Church Health/Growth Spiritual Death False Teachers

Source: REVELATION 1-11 MACARTHUR NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY by John MacArthur, pp. 107-08.

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

Scripture: Revelation 3:1 ; Matthew 21:19

Author: John MacArthur
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John MacArthur, in his commentary on the Book of Revelation, makes the following astute observation:


The vast distances of interstellar space are unimaginably immense. The nearest starts to us are trillions of miles away. Those large distances have forced astronomers to come up with an appropriate measurement unit, the light-year. One light-year equals the distance that light, traveling at more than 186,000 miles per second, travels in one year—more than 6 trillion miles.

The enormous distance to even the nearest stars presents an interesting possibility. If a star 30 light-years away from the earth exploded and died five years ago, we would not be able to tell by looking at it for another 25 years. Though no longer in existence, the light from that star would go on shining as if nothing had changed.

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

APPLICATION

"That illustration," he concludes, "perfectly sums up the situation in many churches."

They still shine with the reflected light of a brilliant past. Looking at them from a distance, one might think nothing had changed. Yet the spiritual darkness of false teaching and sinful living has extinguished the light on the inside, though some of their reputation may still remain.

Such a church was the church at Sardis. It was reputed to be alive, but the Lord Jesus Christ pronounced it to be dead. The downward spiral depicted by these churches, beginning with the Ephesian church’s loss of its first love for Jesus Christ and continuing with Pergamum's worldliness and Thyatira’s toleration of sin, reached a new low at Sardis. The church at Sardis could well be nicknamed the First Church of the Tares. It was a church dominated by sin, unbelief, and false doctrine. Like the fig tree in Jesus’ parable, it bore leaves, but no fruit (Matthew 21:19).

Vaccinated Against Spiritual Ebola

Salvation Spiritual Death Witness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-06

Scripture: Romans 3:23 ; Romans 6:23

Author: Jim Denison
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The Ruins of St. Paul's Macau

Spiritual Death Religion Authenticity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-07

Scripture: John 4:23

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In Dog Years, I'm Dead

Perspective Spiritual Death Worship

Contributed By: Larry Lewis | Date Posted: 2013-12-16

Scripture: John 4:24

Author: Larry Lewis
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What Good Is A Dead Cat

Spiritual Death Transformation Resurrection

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-21

Scripture: Romans 6:8

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Preaching to the Dead

Spiritual Death Legalism Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-22

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You're Invited to a Death Dinner

Death Spiritual Death Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Scripture: Matthew 10:27 ; Luke 12:5

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Caught In Greed's Snare

Greed Priorities Spiritual Death

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-07-14

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:9

Author: Clovis Chappell
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