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German Officer Defies Hitler to Honor Scripture

Word of God Doctrine-Sound Israel

Source: THE ROAD TO THE HOLOCAUST by Hal Lindsey, pp. 2-3

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-20

Scripture: Genesis 12:3 ; 2 Timothy 3:16

Author: Hal Lindsey
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My friend’s father was the head of the German army officer’s union, which in English is called the Steel Helmet. Hitler, Hess, Goring, Dr. Goebbels, and many other top Nazi leaders came to my friend’s Bavarian home to negotiate with his father. Hitler desperately needed the support of the German army officers' union to grasp control of the government.

My friend remembers many long and heated discussions around the fireplace between his father and the future leaders of the Third Reich. His father actually agreed with Hitler about many of the reforms that he wanted be bring to Germany. But when he began to grasp Hitler’s “Final Solution” plan for the Jews, he flatly disagreed. He was an evangelical Christian, a Plymouth Brethren who believed in a literal interpretation of prophecy and the covenants God made with the Israelites. In other words, he was a true Premillennialist … in his beliefs concerning Bible prophecy. …

As God swore to Abraham and reconfirmed to his successors, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse …” (Genesis 12:3).

[Hal Lindsey (1929 - ) is an American evangelist and Christian writer, often referred to as  the "Jeremiah of his generation" for his keen understanding of biblical prophecy. He is a best selling author, known especially for his book The Late, Great Planet Earth.]

APPLICATION

At considerable personal risk and financial loss, he packed up the family, sneaked out what money he could, and came to the U.S.A. He left Hitler’s Germany for one fundamental reason—he believed God’s Word when it said concerning Israel, “For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you [Israel], for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye’” (Zechariah 2:8, NASB).

Theology matters. Sound doctrine matters. Your view of Scripture and its role in life and practice does indeed matter. May we all uphold and honor the Word of God in such a way that we are emboldened to courageously stand against the torrent of human opinion whenever and wherever it contradicts the teachings of His Word.

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"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right" (2 Timothy 3:16, NLT).
 

How Strong Is Your Radio Signal

Hearing God's Voice Doctrine-Sound Repentance

Source: "How Strong is the Radio Signal?" by Kent Crockett, as published on KentCrocket.blogspot.com, Thursday, June 5, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-16

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3 ; John 10:27

Author: Kent Crockett
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"When you're driving your car and listening to a radio station, you’ll get the clearest signal when you're closest to the tower," says Christian author Kent Crockett. "It’s easy to hear the station’s music because you are near to the source. But if you're driving out of town and going away from the tower, the radio signal gets weaker and starts breaking up. When you stop hearing that station, you’ll start picking up radio signals from other stations." 

Kent Crockett graduated from Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the senior pastor of the Church of Living Water in Prattville, Alabama. He is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.

 

APPLICATION

He continues:

That's what happens in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually close to God, we are able to clearly hear Him. But if we start drifting away, or if we're deliberately running away from God, the signal gets weaker and it becomes hard to hear His voice. It’s at that point we become susceptible to hearing voices that are contrary to God. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine…and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Jesus said, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). His sheep hear Him speak because they are following Him. When we stop following, we stop hearing.

Are you away from God? If you want to hear His voice again, turn the car around and start heading in His direction. As you draw close to Him in your heart, you will begin to hear His voice speaking to you again. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8). He wants to speak to you but He doesn’t force Himself on anyone. You must make the first move by seeking His face and then He will respond by drawing near to you.

Cockroach Theology

Compromise (Convictions) Defile/Defilement Doctrine-Sound

Source: LibraryPreservation.org

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-14

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:3 ; Titus 1:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Cockroaches are the scourge of domestic civilization. The sight of one can bring maddening screams of fright or disgust. Germy, pesky creatures—they invade our lives and our nightmares. Americans spend billions of dollars a year on pesticides and extermination services to rid themselves of these and similarly dirty, defiling creatures. But beyond their threat to the sanitation of your kitchen and bath they pose a less well-known danger—to our libraries! 

You know that sticky, brown goo you sometimes see on the bindings and pages of old books. Well, guess what? It’s not glue! It’s a sexual attractant emitted by the American cockroach as it seeks to build a home for itself among our literary holdings.

“There are four types associated with damage to library materials: the American cockroach, the Australian cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the German cockroach. All four species have . . .  a fondness for starch, thus book cloth and paper are especially vulnerable.”

APPLICATION

We tend to be more sensitive to those things which defile or threaten where we spend the balk of our lives, in the kitchens and the baths of life's everyday experiences. More subtle is the threat to our literary holdings, to our doctrine. Compromise and equivocation are the defiling scourge, eating away at the pulp of our doctrinal soundness. These threats must be exterminated to protect the health and vitality of our doctrinal integrity.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Timothy 4:3). We must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that we may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).

Who Are The Elect?

Election God's Will Doctrine-Sound

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2013-01-31

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: D.L. Moody
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Sound Doctrine Takes a Load Off Our Minds

Doctrine-Sound Peace Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-08

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15 ; Titus 1:9

Author: Charles Swindoll
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No Appetite For Healthy School Lunches

Doctrine-Sound Spiritual Health Carnality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-10

Scripture: Hebrews 5:12

Author: Vivian Yee, NY Times
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The Word Is A Forest

Word of God Doctrine-Sound Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: Henry Ward Beecher
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What Do You Believe?

Seeker Doctrine-Sound Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-27

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: unknown
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Let The Scriptures Speak For Themselves

Listening God's Will Doctrine-Sound

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2012-08-04

Scripture: Psalms 119:18

Author: Alexander Campbell
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All Problems and Solutions Are Theological

Doctrine-Sound Devotional Thoughts Cultural Trends

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-06

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:7

Author: A.W. Tozer
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