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Don't Be A Pot Shot

Selfishness Ambition Disloyal

Source: WHY YOU SAY IT by Webb Garrison, pp. 251-52

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-21

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Romans 2:8

Author: Webb Garrison
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“Medieval sportsmen developed elaborate rules that governed hunting. By the time chivalry began to decline, such regulations had become well-entrenched customs. There were seasons for various game animals and birds, and restrictions designed to give quarry a sporting chance.

“A householder who simply wanted something to put in his pot tended to ignore the rules of good sportsmanship. Such a fellow seldom hesitated to shoot a young animal, or one out of season. Sometimes fields were even baited so that birds could be slaughtered from ambush.

“All rules were thrown aside when a person was shooting for the sake of fattening his own pot. Hence, we call a less than sporting attack … a pot shot.” 

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book before his death in 2000.

APPLICATION

We still fatten our pots today, but the game has changed. How willing we are to put others down to benefit ourselves and fatten our own pots!  

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians  2:3).
 
“But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:8).
 
“But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice” (James 3:14-16).
 
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The World Celebrated A Full Tomb

Resurrection Easter

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2019-10-06

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

In 1922, Howard Carter made what is probably the greatest archeological discovery in history. He found the ancient tomb of the Pharaoh, known as Tutankhamun or King Tut. This was significant because, unlike other tombs that had been emptied by grave robbers, this tomb was full of priceless artifacts, as well as the body of King Tut himself.

It took eight years to remove and document the contents of the tomb. The mummified remains and his treasures were sent all over the world. Millions upon millions of people stood in line for hours just to catch a glimpse of a dead king. The whole world celebrated because that tomb was NOT empty. 

APPLICATION

As Christians, we celebrate because of the tomb that WAS empty! When the tomb of Jesus was discovered by women two thousand years ago, they expected to find his body. But instead, an angel said, “He is not here. He is risen!” (Matthew 28:6). 

The empty tomb of Jesus Christ is filled with more reason to celebrate than the full tomb of King Tut!

Living In Glass Houses

Criticism Golden Rule

Source: Words To Live By

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Charles Panati
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ILLUSTRATION

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Lexicographers have traced the proverb back to Geoffrey Chaucer's poem Troilus and Criseyde (c. 1385), written when glass windows were extremely rare. Most windows, depicting biblical scenes in "stained glass," were found in churches.

Based on a Greek legend, the 8,239-line poem is the tragic love story of Troilus, son of the Trajan King Priam, and Criseyde, the widowed daughter of the deserter priest Calchas. Tolerance and sympathy are major themes of the tale, for many people want to keep the lovers apart--and in the end succeed (p. 210). 

APPLICATION

At some point, the saying came to mean that those who are vulnerable should not attack others (ibid.). Truly, in the broadest sense, the fact we are all sinners should keep us from hypercriticism with the faults of others (Romans 3:23).

But, a proper sense of our own faults, in marriage, childrearing, and Christian living, should cause a humility that addresses the faults of others not with stones but with prayer and compassion, "considering ourselves lest we also become tempted" (Galatians. 6:1). 

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