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Glorify God Ministry Spiritual Life

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2016-07-05

Scripture: Matthew 4:4 ; 2 Corinthians 5:19

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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The waitress at the cafe serves you the meal she did not purchase or prepare. The cafe owner purchases the food and the cook labors over every detail of the preparation. Yet, they remain hidden, unknown and unseen. The waitress takes orders and places the food on the table and is the one who hears the words, "Thank you!"

APPLICATION

In much the same way, pastors take prayer requests and serve you the Good News of Christ. It is appropriate to give them an occasional "thank you," but be sure to give the ultimate credit and glory to God for all that you receive in life, the tangible and the intangible, the physical and the spiritual. 

"But he answered, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)

Loving Thanksgiving for What It Isn't

Thankfulness Humility Glorify God

Source: “Happy Thanksgiving” By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog, posted CAPITOL REPORT NEW MEXICO, November 28th, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-02

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:8

Author: Rob Nikolewski
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“Thanksgiving may be my favorite holiday,” writes journalist Rob Nikolewski.

After all, any holiday where you can watch football while the lovely ones in your life ply you with food and drink is, by definition, a great holiday in my book.

But it’s also a wonderful holiday for what it is not.

It’s not a holiday that comes with an attendant production number, such as the “Christmas season.”

It’s not a holiday of forced sentiment such as Valentine’s Day.

It’s not a holiday that has morphed into an excuse for excess and associated dopey behavior like you see on New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day.

It is not accompanied by a sense of false piety … that often comes with Easter.

It does not require the purchase of neckties like Father’s Day.

It does not include the use of fireworks, sparklers or any other explosive, flammable or incendiary material as seen on the Fourth of July.

It’s a holiday that hasn’t been ruined by adults who have co-opted it from children and used as an excuse to indulge in ludicrous dress and/or activity like Halloween.

It’s more fun than Arbor Day and less sanctimonious than Earth Day.

[Rob Nikolewski is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist with a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master's in public administration from Columbia University.]

APPLICATION

"Thanksgiving, instead, is a day devoid of pretension," says Nikolewski "… There is also something humble about this day. It doesn’t glorify or boast — except possibly to a higher power beyond our own capacity to take credit for. …[It is a ] blessed, unassuming day."

There is indeed something quite innately humble about the virtues of gratitude and thanksgiving. Quite possibly, as the writer suggests, because all focus is on those things, those people, and that “higher power” to whom we owe gratitude, rather than on ourselves.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8).

Shout Your Abortion or Shout to the Lord

Abortion Arrogance Glorify God

Source: “Why Women Are Shouting Out Their Abortion Stories On Twitter” by Nina Bahadur, Deputy Editor, HuffPost Women, posted HUFFINGTON POST, 9/21/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:31 ; 1 Corinthians 5:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The HUFF POST reports:

Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison started the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag on Sept. 19 [2015], in response to the news that the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood. West asked people on Twitter to use the hashtag to share how their lives have been impacted by safe, legal abortion.  Women who have had abortions told their stories, and allies used the hashtag to show support for a woman's right to choose.

Some representative Tweets read as follows:

My abortion was in '10 & the career I've built since then fulfills me & makes me better able to care for kids I have now. #ShoutYourAbortion

Honestly, my abortion at 20 was one of the first responsible, non-self-destructive, grown-ass choices I ever made. #ShoutYourAbortion

I've had 2 abortions. I don't have to justify or explain them to anybody. My life is more valuable than a potential life. #shoutyourabortion

My abortion was in '07. I didn't want kids then and still don't. I'm managing my own wellness. #ShoutYourAbortion

I've never wanted to have children, so I had an abortion. I'm thriving, without guilt, without shame, without apologies. #ShoutYourAbortion

I haven't needed an abortion yet, but I don't know of ANY regrettable ones. If you need a ride to yours, let me know.  #shoutyourabortion

Not all the Tweets have been in support of the abortion boasts. In fact, many have used the hashtag to counter it:

Destroying Sea Turtle eggs: Felony. Destroying Eagle eggs: Felony. Destroying a Fetus(Human): Get high fives on Twitter. #ShoutYourAbortion

I kept my baby. Because her divine right to live trumped my selfish desire not to take responsibility for my choices. #ShoutYourAbortion

Abortion does not make you unpregnant. It makes you the parent of a dead child. #ShoutYourAbortion

Instead of using the hashtag#ShoutYourAbortion why not drop the PC language and say #IKilledMyBabyAndImProudOfIt? 

Perhaps one of the more balanced responses came from one tweeter who said, “Regardless of your stance on abortion, why can't we all agree it's not something to brag about? Why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Ugh.”

APPLICATION

Indeed, why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Not only are we sinners, but we are proud sinners. While we should be mourning our sin, instead we revel in it. As one internet blogger put it, “The idea seems to be that boasting is magical -- it can turn even the most shameful atrocities into good deeds worthy of praise. What a disgraceful delusion.”

All the boasting in the world cannot magically transform sin into sanctity, or murder into morality. 

We must guard our own hearts, however, from the equally dangerous delusion of boasting in our own righteousness. The Apostle Paul was quick to point this out to the Corinthian believers who, rather than dealing with the gross immorality in their midst, chose instead to be proud of themselves for being so much better (1 Corinthians 5:2).

Long story short, there is only one cause for boasting: “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord'" (1 Corintians 1:31).

Women Compete to Be Bitten by Mosquitoes

Competition Glorify God Fruitfulness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-07-20

Scripture: John 15:8

Author: By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
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God's Glory Is Stitched In Your Genes

God's Image Glorify God Value (True Worth)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-18

Scripture: Genesis 1:27 ; Ephesians 2:10

Author: Lecrae / Illustration Exchange
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Reflecting the Beauty of Christ

Witness Glorify God Obedience

Contributed By: Geoff Follas | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Author: Geoff Follas
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What Do You Use Those Muscles For

Glorify God Boasting Purpose

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-05

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31 ; Acts 12:23

Author: Kent Crockett
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Get A Panda Express Gift Card In Exchange For Thanksgiving

Thankfulness Reward Glorify God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-22

Scripture: Psalms 50:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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We Are God's Advertisements

Witness Glorify God Distractions

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-19

Scripture: Matthew 5:16 ; 1 Corinthians 9:22

Author: Illustration Exchange / David Lamoureux
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Monuments to His Glory

Evangelism Glorify God Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-19

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:2 ; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Author: NY TIMES Staff
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