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Sorry I'm Late

Addiction Judging Encouragement

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2024-01-10

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24 ; Ephesians 4:29

Author: Illustration Exchange


An alcoholic friend of famed author and speaker Philip Yancey was once purported to have said:

When I'm late to church, people turn around and stare at me with frowns of disapproval. I get the clear message that I m not as responsible as they are.

But when I'm late to AA, the meeting comes to a halt and everyone jumps up to hug and welcome me. They realize that my lateness may be a sign that I almost didn t make it. When I show up, it proves that my desperate need for them won out over my desperate need for alcohol.


If AA can get this right, shouldn't we, as the Church, all the more get it right?

Let's focus on each other's victories, rather than shaming and guilting each other for our failures (whether real or presumed).

"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works" and faithfulness, and perseverance, and obedience, and ... (Hebrews 10:24, NLT).

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29, ESV).



Bringing Down the Mighty Sequoia

Defile/Defilement Addiction Desires

Source: "How tiny beetles are killing California's giant sequoia trees" By Mark Saunokonoko, Senior Journalist 9:27am Oct 19, 2020, retrieved 4/15/23

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Contributed By: John Smith | Date Posted: 2023-04-15

Scripture: James 1:14 ; 1 Corinthians 10:23

Author: John Smith / Illustration Exchange


If there was ever a David and Goliath battle, this is it. A pinhead-sized beetle, no more than a couple of millimetres long, versus a giant sequoia tree, taller than a football field and older than the Bible. And the tiny beetle, well, swarming armies of beetles, are winning. — Mark Saunokonoko, Senior Journalist, reporting for 9News.

And now, on the Western slopes of the Rocky Mountains, a giant Sequoia — one of many — lies rotting.

It was a growing sapling when Christ walked the shores of Galilee. When Columbus discovered America, it was reaching maturity, and it looked down from lofty heights during the American Civil War. It seemed destined to live many centuries more. 

Then, a few years ago, a tiny beetle started to burrow into its bark and lay eggs that would produce other beetles. It seemed like an unequal battle at first, but the few beetles multiplied into hundreds, then into thousands, and finally into millions. First they attacked the bark, then they worked deeper into the trunk, and finally, they were eating the very heart and strength of that magnificent forest giant. 

Then one day, after withstanding the elements for centuries, the rain came, the winds blew, the lightning flashed, and the giant tree fell. Not because of the elements, but because of the weakening effects of those tiny beetles. — Author Unknown


"The beetles," Saunokonoko continues, "Phloeosinus punctatus, bury inside the bark of the sequoias, eating the giants from the inside out, until they topple over and fall to the forest floor." 

Click into the article here to watch a video about the plight of the mighty Sequoias.


Bad habits do the same thing to people. They slowly take a toll, eating away at our hearts, our souls, our integrity, from the inside out, until the day comes when a person's life comes crashing down, just like those majestic Sequoia trees.

"But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death" (James 1:14-15, ESV).

"You say, 'I am allowed to do anything'—but not everything is good for you. You say, 'I am allowed to do anything'—but not everything is beneficial" (1 Corinthians 10:23, NLT).

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


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."]


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)

Wife of the Year?

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-11

Scripture: Galatians 6:1

Author: Illustration Exchange

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A Stomach Full of Socks

Sin Addiction Foolishness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-22

Scripture: Proverbs 26:11

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Drinking Deaths Every 10 Seconds

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-16

Author: Kate Seamons, Newswer Staff Writer / Illustration

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Addiction Denial Bondage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-12-16

Scripture: Proverbs 23:29 ; Proverbs 20:1

Author: Elizabeth Landau, CNN

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Internet Addiction Runs Rampant

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-25

Scripture: Matthew 5:30

Author: Leonardo Blair of the CHRISTIAN POST

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The Transformative Power of Fatherhood

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-10

Scripture: Titus 2:7

Author: Meredith Melnick

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Discipline (Self) Spiritual Growth Addiction

Contributed By: James Hubbard | Date Posted: 2013-01-18

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7 ; James 2:12

Author: R. C. Mortimer

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