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Coffee In The Cockpit

Witness Social Issues Communication

Source: Mike Ahlers, CNN.com January 6, 2011

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-22

Scripture: Romans 10:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

January 5, 2011, the pilot of United Airlines Flight 940 (a Boeing 777-200 headed from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany) spilt a cup of coffee onto the cockpit control panel, inadvertently setting off a false hijacking in progress signal and culminating in the plane's emergency landing in Canada.  Fortunately, no jets were scrambled to bring down the supposedly hijacked passenger jet, neither did any other mechanical problems threaten the integrity of the aircraft, and the plane landed safely. The incident, having set off a chain reaction of communication failures, has prompted Federal Aviation Authorities to re-examine the prudence of beverages on or around the control consoles of aircraft.  

APPLICATION

Talk about sending the wrong signal!  Aircraft that send the "hijack in progress" signal are in danger of being shot out of the sky. This is serious stuff. Fortunately, the pilot was able to set the record straight.  

Even more serious is the message of God's grace sent to a world facing eternal condemnation.  Our mission is so important, and the stakes are so high, that we dare not send the wrong message.  We must carefully examine not only the words we use to communicate our message, but the signal sent by our actions, as well.  

For example, does the homosexual community hear our message of a loving, forgiving God who sent His Son for the redemption of all people, or do we engage this topic in a way that sends the false signal, "only heterosexuals are welcome in heaven?"  Let us proclaim to the world that Jesus purchased a place in heaven for every single person, no matter who you they are!  All any of us have to do is accept it.

It is imperative that the modern church not spill its coffee on the social issues of our day, sending our world false signals. 

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13).

Choose Heresy?

Unity Doctrine-False Social Issues

Source: BreakPoint with Charles Colson

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-02-02

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

"If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy."

[Peter James Lee, one of 60 Episcopal bishops who voted to approve the appointment of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as a bishop.]

APPLICATION

This approach, while helping to preserve the organization, is counter-productive when it comes to preserving the Faith.  When we consider the basic doctrines and beliefs of Christianity to be negotiable, it is only a matter of time before they become extinct. One has to wonder why it is so important to preserve an organization once it no longer represents the Christian faith.  

 "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear"  (2 Timothy 4:3).‚Äč

 

When Evil Became Good

Lies Deceived/Deception Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Lingutla Raja | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 ; Luke 11:35

Author: Lingutla Raja
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ILLUSTRATION

One day Good and Evil met on the seashore. They said to one another, "Let us bath in the sea." Then they disrobed and swam.

After a while, Evil came out and put on the garment of Good and walked away.

When Good came ashore, she could not find her true garment. To hide her nakedness, she had no choice but to robe herself with the garment of Evil and walk away.

APPLICATION

When Evil steals the garment of Good, Good is left with no choice but to wear the garment of Evil. That's what we see happening in the world today, as evil actions and attitudes are lauded as good.  In such a world, those who do good are given no choice but to assume the role of being considered evil. 

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (Isaiah 5:20). 

"Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness" (Luke 11:35, NLT). 

Jesus is Still the Only Way

Jesus, Savior Salvation Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Scripture: John 14:6 ; John 3:16

Author: Seth Dillon
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The Half-Life Of Facts

Truth Cultural Trends Gospel

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-11-27

Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 ; Matthew 5:18

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Eternal Life Worldly Mindset Priorities

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:33

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Where Have All The Bibles Gone?

Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

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Say It With Beef

Men's Concerns Cultural Trends Valentine's Day

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: John 15:12

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Servanthood Spiritual Gifts Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-07

Scripture: Matthew 20:28

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Righteousness Sin Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-22

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20

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