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Asking The Wrong Question

Love for God Motivation Legalism

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-08-16

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

  • I’ve never heard the avid fisherman say, “Do I have to go back to the lake?”
  • I’ve never heard the shopaholic say, “How often do I have to go to the store?”
  • I’ve never heard the committed sports fan say, “How many games do I have to watch?”
  • I’ve never heard the foodie say, “How often do I have to try a new restaurant or dish?”
  • I’ve never heard the head-over-heels-in-love say, “How many times do I have to see him/her each week?”
  • I’ve never heard the devoted mom say, “How often must I hold my baby?”

APPLICATION

We’ve lost the battle when our sermons, articles, and classes center around answering the question, “How often must I assemble? How many times a week do I have to come to church? Are Sunday night and Wednesday night mandatory?”

How unnatural for a disciple, a committed follower of Jesus who is in love with Him and who has such a relationship with Him that He is priority number one, to approach the assemblies in such a way! MustHave to? You see, the question is wrong. The mentality and approach is where the work needs to occur.

When Jesus and His Church are my passion, the thought-process becomes “I get to,” “I want to,” and “I will!” Neither parents, grandparents, spouses, elders, preachers, siblings, nor anyone else should have to get behind to push the one who has put Jesus at the heart and center of their lives.

"Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25). 

Ordinary No More

Resurrection Love for God Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:41

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

I remember when I lived in the Northeast, there was this tree that blended in with all of the rest ... until Fall came. That's when it would become the most brilliant and the most beautiful of all the trees in our area. 

 

APPLICATION

Seeing that beautiful tree always made me think of the resurrection when some pretty ordinary people will literally burst forth and shine with differing degrees of glory, depending only upon their love for God.

Amazing stuff is coming people!

"The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:41-42). 

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). 

The Incredible Seashell Rooster

Love for God Jesus' Sacrifice Human Worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-01-30

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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A Lesson In Stacking Priorities

Priorities Love for God Success

Contributed By: Jason Sommerfeldt | Date Posted: 2017-10-07

Scripture: Matthew 22:37 ; Matthew 6:33

Author: Jason Sommerfeldt
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The Bride Who Wears Her Wedding Gown Everyday

Marriage Valentine's Day Love for God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-30

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:4 ; Ecclesiastes 2:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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How NOT To Love Jesus

Obedience Love for God Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-04

Scripture: John 14:15 ; Romans 2:13

Author: Selfie Dad, home produced video
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The Curse Of Being Cool

Worldliness Love for God Self-promoting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-28

Scripture: 1 John 2:15 ; Matthew 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Do You Hear His Voice?

Hearing God's Voice Listening Love for God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-21

Scripture: John 10:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The More I Get To Know People . . .

Self-examination Love for God Sin Nature

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-28

Scripture: Romans 5:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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