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A Picture of Pure Love

Love for God God's Love New Birth

Contributed By: DEAN KAHLICH | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:19

Author: DEAN KAHLICH
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ILLUSTRATION

Have you ever watched a child when she receives a brand new puppy?  I don't know who's happier, the puppy or the child.  There is a mutual affection that has a purity and a simplicity to it, even though the relationship remains to be developed. 

APPLICATION

It's similar to when a person begins a relationship with our loving God.  It's thrilling and all-encompassing.  It's the beginning of a wonderful journey, one in which the love never ends and the relationship never stops growing and maturing. 

"We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19). 

Extreme Makeover

New Birth Regeneration Transformation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-06

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

Makeover shows have become very popular. Whether it is a home, a car, or a person, it seems people love to see things transformed. 

Have you ever thought about how you would change yourself?  Maybe a tummy tuck, or hair plugs, or a nose job, or cellulite suction, or dental work?

The difference can be profound. Ugly can be made beautiful. But for how long?

Live in a house and soon it will return to its previous state of disrepair.  Put enough miles on a car and it will end up in the scrap yard.  And no amount of cosmetic surgery will overcome bad eating and lifestyle habits. 

APPLICATION

By contrast, when the Holy Spirit changes us, His changes are permanent.  As we read in 2 Corinthians 5:17, we become a "new creation."  That means what we became is not susceptible to decay, disrepair, destruction, or dilapidation. 

The stale is made fresh and it stays fresh. 

The unattractive becomes beautiful and it stays beautiful

The undesirable becomes wanted and is always wanted

The worthless becomes more precious than gold and it will always be precious.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

What's A Moon Tree?

New Birth Sin Nature Holy Spirit (Walking In)

Source: “This concept sprouted from an astronaut's imagination in 1971” by Starre Vartan, April 8, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Mother Nature Network reports:

Moon trees were grown from seeds astronaut Stuart Roosa carried in his personal kit on the Apollo 14 mission in early February 1971. About 500 loblolly pine, redwood, sweet gum, sycamore and Douglas fir tree seeds went up with him and orbited the moon 34 times. (Roosa stayed on board while astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell made the third moon landing.)

Roosa had been a smoke jumper (that's a forest fire first responder) for the U.S. Forest Service prior to becoming an astronaut, and he brought the seeds not only to honor the service, but also to run a simple test: Would the seeds that had gone to the moon sprout as easily as Earth-only seeds?

About 450 of the seeds sprouted in similar numbers and as typically as their Earth-only control seeds. After a few years of care at NASA, the now-baby trees were planted in locations across the United States, many as part of the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.

Where are the trees? According to NASA, 

A loblolly pine was planted at the White House, and trees were planted in Brazil, Switzerland, and presented to the emperor of Japan, among others. Trees have also been planted in Washington Square in Philadelphia, at Valley Forge, in the International Forest of Friendship, and at various universities and NASA centers." 

...Roosa died in 1994, but a moon sycamore grows at his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

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APPLICATION

As it turns out, a moon tree is no different from its earthly counterpart.  Merely visiting the moon didn’t change the nature of the seeds.  All that changed was the world’s estimation ... it made them famous. 

One has to wonder why anyone ever thought that simply orbiting the moon 34 times would somehow change the nature of a seed.  Likewise, one has to wonder why it is so many seem to believe that simply attending a church every week will somehow change the nature of a person. 

The truth is, people who go to church are subject to the same temptations as people who don’t attend.  And many of them fail, just like their non-church attending counterpart.  Human nature doesn’t change just because we've spent time in close proximity to a church. However, faith in God’s promise does invite the presence of God's Spirit, resulting in a new capacity to desire the things of God. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

The Japanese Adopt Adult Men

Adoption New Birth Kingdom of God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-12

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:50 ; Ephesians 1:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Secret To Losing Weight

Holy Spirit Temptation New Birth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-14

Scripture: Romans 7:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Why's That Smirk On Your Face?

New Birth Holy Spirit Sin Nature

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-05

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:4 ; Micah 6:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jesus Is My Light

New Birth Salvation Science

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-27

Scripture: John 1:4 ; John 3:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Light of Life

New Birth Light Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-20

Scripture: John 1:4 ; John 8:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Belief In God Is Good, Belief In Jesus Is Better

Followership Jesus' Love New Birth

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2016-06-21

Scripture: Hebrews 1:2 ; John 14:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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A Spending Spree To Regret

Salvation New Birth Blessings/Blessedness

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

Scripture: Luke 8:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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