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Twenty Dollar Bill Launches APB

Anxiety Worry Pessimism

Source: “Note on Kidnapping Sets Off False Alarm,” Published: June 25, 1997, New York Times

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Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-02-08

Scripture: Matthew 6:34

Author: Fred Gates
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ILLUSTRATION

 
An employee at a Massachusetts store found a $20 bill wrapped around a note on the restroom floor that set off an All Points Bulletin for a “presumed missing” Oklahoma couple. Written on one side of the note: “HELP KIDNAPPED CALL HIGHWAY PATROL,” followed by two phone numbers. Written on the other side: “MY FORD VAN CREAM & BLUE OKLA.”
 
Police began a search, and family awaited word anxiously as news outlets around the country posted appeals for public assistance in finding the “missing” couple—until, that is, Mr. Floyd Rupp, age 62, called his office in Sand Springs, Okla., to check on business. “I'm sitting here enjoying the view of the ocean,'' he said to the office manager, Brenda Ward, who replied, “You have no idea what's going on, do you?'' 
 
What was going on was a preemptive security stunt by Mrs. Rupp, age 57. She had traveled together with her husband for a wedding and tour of New England. Now seaside in Maine, Mrs. Rupp wasn’t enjoying her vacation; she had already begun fretting about the drive back to Oklahoma which she knew she would be making alone. 
 
Fearing the worst, Rupp prepared, in advance, a plea for help and folded it inside a $20 bill (which she was sure would attract more attention than a mere slip of paper) just in case of an emergency. Well, the note accidently fell out of her handbag at a rest stop, setting off an emergency all its own.

APPLICATION

Fretting doesn’t avert trouble, it just exacerbates it.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

Blowing Out the Light of Hope

Pessimism Optimism Faith

Source: As quoted in EATING PROBLEMS FOR BREAKFAST, by Tim Hansel, p. 28

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-21

Scripture: Genesis 50:20

Author: Michel de Saint-Pierre
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ILLUSTRATION

“An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?”  

Michel de Saint-Pierre

APPLICATION

To walk by faith is to live optimistically. It means believing that because God is always good, there will always be something good in everything He allows. So, the next time you catch yourself blowing out a light, or choosing to look only at the down side, ask yourself where is the faith in your response to your circumstances.

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people" (Genesis 50:20).

Grace Robbers

Grace Pessimism Perfectionism

Source: “How To Be A Grace-giver,” DISCIPLESHIP JOURNAL 92 (Mar/Apr 1996), 52-58.

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-05-30

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Robert Crosby
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ILLUSTRATION

Robert Crosby distinguished between “grace-robbers” and “grace-givers.”  He types “grace-robbers” into three categories:

1.  Some are PESSIMISTS—their negative words and carping spirit destroys others;
2.  Some are PERFECTIONISTS—they set up others and themselves for failure;
3.  Some are PEDAGOGUES—they are our resident know-it-alls who can do no wrong.

Robert C. Crosby is senior pastor of the Christian Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. He has written for Focus on the Family magazine, Christian Parenting Today, New Man, and Discipleship Journal.

APPLICATION

All three rob us of grace by hindering our joy and freedom in Christ.  The pessimist does this by undermining our faith in a God who can work in any set of circumstances. The perfectionist does this by causing us to forget that we are whole in Christ. The pedagogue does this by pretending they don't need God's grace.

Let us live in such a way that our words, attitudes and actions impart grace to everyone we meet, believer and unbeliever alike.  This is the ONLY way we can be true to the Gospel of Grace and to the salvation we have received!

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone" (Colosians 4:6). 

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Curing The "Yips"

Intimidation Confidence Fear

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-08-14

Scripture: Philippians 3:10 ; Ephesians 6:19

Author: Neal Pollard
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The Scarlet Letter

Judging Criticism Sin

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-07-19

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18 ; Matthew 7:1

Author: Charles Krieg
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Strong Hands Soothe Fear

Fear Fatherhood Confidence

Contributed By: Ben Kurz | Date Posted: 2019-11-25

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 41:10

Author: Ben Kurz
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Living In Glass Houses

Criticism Golden Rule

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

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Charles Panati
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The Sanguine Blood Of Jesus

Blood (of Jesus) Palm Sunday Optimism

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2019-04-15

Scripture: 1 John 1:7 ; Hebrews 9:22

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Roller Coaster Lines

Death Fear Judgment of Believers

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54 ; 2 Corinthians 5:10

Author: Thomas Bevers
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The Rule of Love

Law (of God) Fear Jesus' Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-28

Scripture: John 1:17 ; 1 John 4:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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