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The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Source: The Defiance Crescent News, Feb. 19, 1985

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Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

Back in the 80s, I worked for a kind-hearted man who owned a small sign shop. He was far from the most successful businessman I'd ever met, but he treated his customers with respect and fairness. I remember how downhearted he was when he told me his pickup had been stolen. A couple of months later, the truck was returned but in a very unusual way. The story, which made national news, was featured by Paul Harvey.

Here's how it appeared in the local paper:

DEWITT, Mich. (UPI) -- Kelly Terrell says the person who stole his 1975 Chevrolet pickup truck can take it again "any time he wants to." That's because Terrell, whose truck was taken from a shopping mall in December, got the vehicle back Sunday --with a fresh coat of paint and a number of other repairs. Terrell told police Monday he had received a call from a stranger who lectured him about his truck's poor condition. The stranger then told Terrelll he could find the pickup in the parking lot where it had been stolen.

When Terrel arrived at the lot, he found his truck and a three-page list of repairs made by the thief. In addition to sanding and painting the pickup, the thief performed bodywork and made a number of mechanical repairs. 'It is not a practical joke,' Terrell said. 'I have no idea who the man is. It is all very strange, but that man can steal my vehicle any time he wants to.'

APPLICATION

The Bible tells us that God gives but He also takes away (Job 1:21).  Our health, our earthly treasures, and even our life will all one day be taken. But there's nothing that God takes away that He will not return to us, only in much better than it was before!

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live" (John 11:25, ESV). 

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The Shadow Of Things To Come

Prophecy Feasts of Israel God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-08-23

Scripture: Colossians 2:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A shadow can give us an indication of who is coming toward us, but it is still just a shadow. The reality is found, not in the shadow but in the person casting the shadow. 

Likewise, the Feasts of Isreal provided a foreshadowing of an approaching person, the Messiah of Israel. Each one anticipates some aspect of His arrival and redemptive work.  

APPLICATION

"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ" (Colossians 2:16-17). 

Life Can Change In a Feline Flash

God's Promises Eternal Security Circumstances

Source: “Woman run over with her own car trying to escape cat attack,” WKMG, Jan. 5, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Florida Today reports:

A woman said a cat jumped into her car and attacked her, and as she was trying to escape the feline's fury, she was run over by her own vehicle as it rolled in reverse, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol.

... Troopers said the car rolled over the woman, leaving her with critical injuries. 

APPLICATION

Life can change in a feline flash. From one moment to the next, we live on the edge of potential chaos.  Disaster can come at any moment and from any direction.  

Nothing and no one is safe from the precarious nature of life.  Even Julius Caesar met his untimely end just one month after being declared dictator for life.

Calamity and destruction can find anyone, even the child of God. But while nothing is secure or guaranteed in this life, the believer does find security in the promises of God.  What we commit to God, and only what we commit to God, we keep forever!

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Not only is the believer eternally secure in the promises of God, everything they do in the power of His love is eternally secure, as well.

Heaven Series--Surprise #4: A Room Prepared Just For You!

Heaven Series God's Provision God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Psalms 23:6 ; Luke 24:39

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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One Strange Looking Carrot

God's Promises Heaven Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-17

Scripture: Matthew 19:29 ; Revelation 21:5

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God Does Give Us More Than We Can Handle

Trials God's Promises Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13 ; 2 Corinthians 12:10

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Our Predetermined Destiny

God's Sovereignty Prophecy God's Promises

Contributed By: Louis Harrison | Date Posted: 2016-12-12

Scripture: Revelation 21:5

Author: Louis Harrison
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Giving God's Promises Testing God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4

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The Perpetual Mouse Trap

Gospel God's Promises Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-28

Scripture: Matthew 28:20

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God Will Bring Us Home

Resurrection Heaven God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-31

Scripture: Psalms 139:13 ; Revelation 21:4

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