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The Gum Wall

Sin Cleansing Repentance

Source: “Cleaning up Seattle's gum wall” By Kirsten O'brien, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF, November 3, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-31

Scripture: 1 John 1:9 ; Revelation 3:19

Author: Illustration Exchange


According to SEATTLE PI:

For the first time in 20 years, Pike Place Market's famous gum wall is getting a scrub down.

According to a news release from Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority, the beloved attraction in Post Alley will be steam cleaned starting Nov. 10. The gum wall has grown to 8-feet high and more than 54-feet wide, with approximately 150 pieces of gum per brick. 

The cleaning is needed because the sugar in the gum is starting to erode the surface of the bricks. By some accounts, an estimated 1 million gum wads cover the wall.

Seattle's "Gum Wall" has become a popular attraction, visited by millions from around the world. For those who fear that the cleaning might mean the end of the wall, the public has been assured that people will be allowed to once again cover the wall after it has be cleaned. In fact, this is the third time in the wall's history that the gum as been removed.

The Pike Place Market Facebook page posts the Gum Wall saying, "I have to admit, after 20 years, I'm feeling a little icky, sticky and in desperate need of a good scrubbing to make me sparkle again."


Some people find certain sins exciting, colorful, and even something to celebrate. But give it time and eventually our sins will begin to “erode the bricks.” Sin takes us further than we really want to go, and although the damage it does is not always readily apparent, there comes a time when we have no choice but to address it.

Are you feeling “a little icky, sticky and in desperate need of a good scrubbing”?

Here’s God's promise to you: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

God promises to steam clean your sin away. He promises to put a halt to the deterioration caused by your sin; He promises “to make you sparkle again!”

But just like Pike Place Market's famous "Gum Wall," your sins will immediately begin to accumulate again even after being cleaned. Sin is like that. The moment we confess and turn from our current struggles, new ones arise. It was estimated that over a million wads of gum had been allowed to accumulate on the famous Gum Wall before it was finally washed. Don't let that happen to you! Since we sin daily, to "sparkle again" we must repent daily.

"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent" (Revelation 3:19).

Desserts and a Cleanse

Cleansing Worship Freedom

Contributed By: Sam Shin | Date Posted: 2014-09-13

Scripture: Isaiah 44:22

Author: Sam Shin


I was at the grocery store with my wife staring at some delectable desserts in the counter of the bakery section. Two women were standing next to me eyeing the same desserts.  When I told them that they looked delicious and I wanted to try all of them, one of them responded, "I feel free to eat them because I am going to go on a cleanse tomorrow."  

It was interesting how the cleanse of her system cleansed her conscience. She felt free to eat anything she wanted.


The effects of a body cleanse are temporary.  Even the "freedom" it offers to eat anything is temporary. But the washing of our souls is eternal. It cleanses our conscience before God and provides us with the freedom to return to Him and worship.

"I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free" (Isaiah 44:22).

Too Dirty For A Shower

Cleansing Salvation Confession

Contributed By: James Younis | Date Posted: 2013-11-19

Scripture: Jeremiah 2:22 ; John 13:8

Author: James Younis


I hear people say they want to come to Jesus, but not until they've cleaned up their act. They want to come to Jesus already clean. But that's not how Jesus wants us to come to Him. He wants us to come just as we are, so He can cleanse us of our sins. Would it make any sense to come in from working in the yard, all dirty and sweaty, and refuse to take a shower until you've first cleaned yourselves up?


The shower in your house exists to take your dirt away. You don't clean up before you shower, you shower in order to clean up. And so it is with coming to Christ.

You don't clean up to come to Christ, you come to Christ to clean up.

"Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD" (Jeremiah 2:22).

""No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me" (John 13:8).

Clean Your Cables

Cleansing Filled With The Spirit Communion

Contributed By: Mike Deese | Date Posted: 2013-10-02

Scripture: Romans 6:11 ; John 15:

Author: Mike Deese

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Sponges And Sinks And Rags, Oh My

Cleansing Forgiveness Good Works

Contributed By: Leroy Larson | Date Posted: 2013-05-13

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: Leroy Larson

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A Dirty Penny

Object Lessons Children's Lesson Cleansing

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-30

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Lindsay Hawkes, Staff Writer, Focus on the Family

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Related By Blood

Blood (of Jesus) Cleansing Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-11

Scripture: 1 John 1:7 ; Romans 5:9

Author: By Clifton Fadiman, Andre Bernard

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Happy New Year Thai Style

New Year's Idolatry Cleansing

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-20

Scripture: various

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Simon the Leper

Forgiveness Grace Mercy

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2020-01-13

Scripture: Matthew 26:6

Author: Thomas Bevers

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Debt Canceled

Forgiveness Grace Debt

Contributed By: Charles Schuyler | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; Ephesians 2:8

Author: Charles Schuyler

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