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Before My Feet Hit the Ground

Experiencing God God's Care Prayer

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-21

Scripture: Isaiah 26:9 ; Psalms 63:1

Author: Unknown / Illustration Exchange
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Dear Lord,

So far today God, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped; I haven’t lost my temper; I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over indulgent. 

I am really glad about that!

But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot of help.

Amen

APPLICATION

Spend some time at the beginning of each day, before your feet even hit the ground, seeking the grace you will need to get through that day.

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9, KJV).

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is …” (Psalm 63:1, KJV).

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A Scientific Analysis of Light

Trinity Light Experiencing God

Source: THE CHEMISTRY OF THE BLOOD by M.R. DeHaan, p. 66. As quoted in STORIES, ILLUSTRATIONS AND QUOTES by Rober J. Morgan, pp. 86-7

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-09

Scripture: Matthew 28:19

Author: M.R. DeHaan
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"In his book, THE CHEMISTRY OF THE BLOOD, M.R. DeHaan, founder of the Radio Bible Class, notes that in saying 'God is light,' the biblical authors are telling us something about the Trinity. A scientific analysis of sunlight reveals that it consists of three kinds of rays:

1. Chemical rays or actinic. These rays are invisible and can neither be seen or felt.
2. Light rays. These rays can be seen but never felt.
3. Heat rays. These rays are felt but never seen."

APPLICATION

"DeHaan writes, 'God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. We know the Godhead consists of Three Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father corresponds to the chemical rays of sunlight; No man hath seen God at any time. The Son, who is the light of the world, corresponds to the light rays, the One whom we can see but not felt. The Holy Spirit corresponds to the heat rays, since He is felt in the lives of believers but never seen.'"

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).

Heaven Is For Real Because The Bible Tells Me So

Heaven Word of God Experiencing God

Source: “Boy Who Claimed He Went to Heaven Recants, Publisher Pulls Book” by Rachel Bertsche, published Yahoo! Parenting, January 16, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-21

Scripture: Revelation 21:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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“The best-selling book that documents a 6-year-old’s journey to heaven and back during the two months he spent in a coma is being pulled from shelves after the boy, who is now 17, recanted his story,” reports Yahoo! News.

Young Alex Malarkey was in a car crash in 2004 that left him in a 2 month long coma, and ultimately left him paralyzed. When he emerged from his comma, he claimed to have visited heaven. He subsequently co-authored a book with his father, Kevin, about his experience. The book—THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN—sold more than a million copies.

Tindale House Publishers is now pulling the book from distribution because Alex (17 yrs old at the time of this writing) has recanted his story, claiming that it was entirely fabricated as an attention-getting ploy.

“Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.

It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven  ... I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.”

According to the WASHINGTON POST, Alex's mom claims that she has not profited financially from the book, since the contract was exclusively with Alex’s father, Kevin. She also claims that she has tried, for years, to make the publisher and distributors aware that the book was not based on actual experience.

Alex has also tried to sound the alarm, but, as his mom recalls, “When Alex first tried to tell a ‘pastor’ how wrong the book was and how it needed to be stopped, Alex was told that the book was blessing people.” Now, with this open letter, Alex himself has stepped forward to try to publicly right the wrong of the deception.

APPLICATION

Alex’s book is just one of a number of books which publishers and media have recently labeled “heavenly tourism.” Such books as NINETY MINUTES IN HEAVEN and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL have also become major best-sellers, the latter even becoming a high-grossing Hollywood movie.

While Alex’s recanting does not automatically nullify the veracity of other, similar “heavenly tourism” publications, it does give us cause for pause to consider the weight of his premise: We don’t need a supernatural experience to know about and understand heaven. As Alex reminds us, “The Bible is sufficient … the Bible is Enough.”

Indeed, Heaven is for real, not because Alex or anyone else tells us so. It is for real because God Himself, in the pages of Scripture, tells us so.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (Revelation 21:1-5, ESV).

Miracle on 34th St First Premiered in Summer

Christmas Love (Divine) Experiencing God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-17

Scripture: John 3:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Taste Them Again For The First Time

Experiencing God First Love Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-29

Scripture: Revelation 2:4 ; Psalms 34:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God's Fingerprints

God's Provision God's Presence Experiencing God

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2014-05-26

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Implications of the Resurrection

Resurrection New Birth Experiencing God

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2014-04-07

Scripture: Various

Author: Gary R. Habermas and J.P. Moreland
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Legislating Piety

Legalism Experiencing God Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-21

Scripture: Colossians 3:17

Author: Dr. James Schaap
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Catching a Little Faith

Faith Experiencing God Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Bryce Thorpe | Date Posted: 2013-10-19

Scripture: Jude 1:24

Author: Bryce Thorpe
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Saving Your Soul In 140 Characters or Less

Forgiveness Experiencing God Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-19

Scripture: Psalms 103:12 ; 1 Peter 3:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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