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Different Questions, Same Answer

Dependable Reliable Christlikeness

Source: GROWING STRONG IN THE SEASONS OF LIFE by Charles Swindoll, pp. 22-23

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-23

Scripture: Hebrews 13:8

Author: Chuck Swindoll
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Chuck Swindoll poses several questions which he says are all different, yet share the same answer:

What will guard us against foolish extremes?
What characterizes those who are habitually successful in sports or sales or some skill?
What single quality in a business builds respect deeper than any other?
What brings security in relationships?
What makes us choose a particular brand name over all others?
What's needed most by parents in the home?
What draws you to the same restaurant time and again?
What do you want most from your paperboy…or milkman…or postman?
What will add more weight to your witness for Christ than anything else?

And, I might add, what one thing will most help you win tennis matches?

Dr. Charles R. Swindoll has served as pastor of some of our nation’s most prominent churches, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and Bible teacher on the internationally syndicated radio program Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP, LAUGH AGAIN, THE GRACE AWAKENING, and the million-selling GREAT LIVES FROM GOD'S WORD series.

APPLICATION

The answer, he says:

CONSISTENCY. That's the answer to all the questions, and you know it's true. Steadiness. … In biblical terms, constancy is a subtle, supple thread woven into the fabric of scriptural truth.

Let our model be Jesus. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

Are You A Selfish Monkey

Selfishness Reliable Trustworthy

Source: "Study: Monkeys Shun Meanies" By Yue Wang, Published on TIME NewsFeed, March 12, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-19

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; James 3:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Don't like selfish people? Well you're not alone. It turns out that Monkeys don't like them either. According to a study published in the journal NATURE COMMUNICATIONS this month (Mar '13), primates consistently avoid interactions with humans which "come off as selfish."

In the study, seven highly social and cooperative capuchin monkeys watched two actors interact. The two people either helped or refused to help the other open a jar with a toy inside. They then offered a free treat to the monkeys ... The capuchins showed no preferences between the two people when help was given but consistently turned down food from the person who was available to help others but declined to do so.

Kiley Hamlin, a developmental psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, explained that the monkeys perceived the refusal to help as a sign that the selfish subject was "dangerous." She based that opinion on the fact that wild capuchins greatly depend on cooperation with others of their kind for survival. Selfish monkeys are not dependable. Selfish monkeys cannot be trusted. Therefore, selfish monkeys are dangerous monkeys.

APPLICATION

We've all known some selfish monkeys. People who offer to teach Sunday School, but then don't show. People who offer to help you move, but only come to eat the donuts and chat by the truck. People who say they'll keep a secret, but then turn and tell all. People who seem to love your home, or your car more than they love you. People who say they only want the best for you, then throw you under the bus to get ahead themselves.

We find ourselves innately pulling away from such "friends"--even when they appear to be handing us a "free treat"--because we've come to view them as unreliable, undependable, untrustworthy. Dangerous.

We are commanded in Scripture to not be selfish, but to think of the interests and needs of others above our own (Philippians 2:3-4). Why? Because selfish people are dangerous people. "You want what you don't have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can't get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them" (James 4:1-2, NLT). Selfish people murder and covet and fight and quarrel. And where "jealousy and selfish ambition exist," says James, "there will be disorder and every vile practice (James 3:14-16, ESV).

Don't be a selfish monkey!

Giving Quotes Part 2

Giving Quotes Part 2

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Author: Various
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“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” [Jack London (1876-1916), American author, journalist, and social activist, most famous for his works THE CALL OF THE WILD and WHITE FANG.]

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” [John Bunyan (1628-1688), English Christian writer and preacher, best known for his work PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.]

“I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” [Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th president of the United States, author of the Gettysburg Address and champion of the Emancipation Proclamation.]

"The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall: but in charity there is no excess; neither can angel nor man come in danger by it." [Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author.]

"A man there was, though some did count him mad. The more he cast away, the more he had." [John Bunyan (1628-1688), English Christian writer and preacher, best known for his work PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.]

"Help thy brother's boat across and lo! thine own has reached the shore." [Hindu proverb]

"When our cup runs over, we let others drink the drops that fall, but not a drop from within the rim, and call it charity; when the crumbs are swept from our table, we think it generous to let the dogs eat them; as if that were charity which permits others to have what we cannot keep." [Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery.]

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Forgiveness Quotes Part 2

Forgiveness Quotes Part 2

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Author: Various
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Good Friday Quotes

Good Friday Quotes

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Scripture: Various

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Forgiveness Quotes

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Scripture: Various

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Protecting Your Identity

Identity

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 0000-00-00

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; 2 Corinthians 10:5

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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