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Jesus Is Just A Crutch

Jesus, Savior Weakness Dependence on God

Source: Mark Kahill

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-05-13

Scripture: John 15:5 ; Matthew 11:30

Author: Illustration Exchange


Crutches are an extremely helpful medical device if you are taken lame by either injury or surgical intervention. The premise is simple. Pop them under your arms and let them bear your wait so that you can stand and ambulate.

Of course, they’ve become quite the metaphor for “weak” people needing to lean on something or someone to be able to get along in life.

The last words you want to hear is someone telling you that you are leaning on a crutch in life. They might as well say, “Man, what’s wrong with you? You’re so weak and impotent. Grow up and stand on your own two feet.”

If you are a Christian, you’re probably no stranger to someone accusing you of leaning on your faith as a crutch.


To that point, author/speaker Mark Cahill has this to say:

Next time you hear someone say that Christianity is just a crutch for weak people say, "Yes, it is. I've had a bad fall into sin and I'm crippled. Without Jesus, I can do nothing!!"

"... for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5, NIV).

Own your crutch! Wear it like a badge of honor. Place your whole weight squarely on Jesus. Yoke yourself to Him, and He will bear your obligation, your sin, your burden. “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30, NIV).

Stealing Baby Jesus

Christmas Jesus, Savior Persecution

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-12-24

Scripture: John 1:5 ; Matthew 28:20

Author: Illustration Exchange


Efforts to scrub Christianity from our culture, even our history are growing exponentially in this post-Christian era. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ever widening epidemic of the vandalizing and theft of Christmas Nativity scenes, specifically the theft of Baby Jesus. Just look at these recent headlines.

- Vintage Baby Jesus, other nativity props stolen from Alexander County church

- Grinch Strikes Again, Baby Jesus is Missing – Again!

- Stolen Baby Jesus returned to local restaurant’s Nativity scene

- Surprising number of people stealing baby Jesus from nativity scene

- Baby Jesus stolen from nativity scene in Solihull

- Statue of baby Jesus stolen from Grosse Pointe Farms church's nativity display

And here’s a particularly sad one …

- "So Much Hatred': Vandals Smash Ancient Church's Nativity Scene, Decapitate Joseph Figurine in      'Barbaric' Attack

Then there’s this one which went viral just this week, as the thieves were caught on camera absconding with the the Christ child figurine …

- Man Runs Off With Baby Jesus Stolen From Sundance Square Nativity Scene

Some people are are giving up and just not putting out their annual displays. Others are looking for a solution, and even for protection. As one news station has reported:

As Christmas approaches, many people are looking for divine intervention, or in some cases insurance to prevent more trouble in Bethlehem. "There is a company that will insure your manger set.  There's a company that has a special ‘baby Jesus’ rider for churches and for stores,” said Pastor James Carney of Seattle Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, whose church display has been vandalized repeatedly. 


They cannot hide Him; they cannot dismiss Him; they cannot diminish Him; they cannot extinguish Him.  Try as they may, they cannot rob the world of Baby Jesus. 

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it" (John 1:5, NLT). 

Bad Passwords

Salvation Trust (In God) Jesus, Savior

Source: "The Worst Passwords' by Michael Duduit, published Preaching Magazine,, October 14, 2015

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Contributed By: Lawrence Dake | Date Posted: 2020-09-18

Scripture: Acts 4:12 ; John 1:12

Author: Michael Dudui


I like to keep things simple, but sometimes simple can be dangerous.

I recently read an article about the worst passwords. You’ll never guess the worst one: 123456. That, indeed, takes some creativity, as did these other examples in the top 20: 12345, 12345678 and 123456789. As a change of pace, there was also 111111.

The #2 most dangerous password? Password. Yes, the word password. So if you’ve been using that one, feel free to add this line to your Facebook page: “Please, hacker, come steal my stuff, because I have no imagination whatsoever.”

Among the rest of the top 20 worst passwords were: baseball, football, monkey, dragon and mustang. However, I was particularly unhappy with the 20th worst password on the list: Michael. Yes, somehow my name ended up being used and abused as a password. So I guess now I need to change all my passwords.


Many people try to use their own name as a password to get into heaven, relying on all their efforts and accomplishments to gain access into God's domain. But only one name has been given under heaven by which we can be saved, that name is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).  

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).

[To read more from Michael follow him on Twitter @MichaelDuduit]

Christ Our Captain

Victory Jesus, Messiah Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-05-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:22 ; Romans 5:19

Author: Shane Waldron

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Jesus Saves

Jesus, Savior Redemption Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-02-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 3:16

Author: Charles Krieg

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The Heart And Soul of Christmas

Christmas Jesus, Savior Incarnation

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Luke 2:12 ; John 1:14

Author: Charles Krieg

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A Day In The Life Of A Pastor

Jesus, Savior Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon

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The Hidden Door

Witness Salvation Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: John 10:9

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Jesus is Still the Only Way

Jesus, Savior Salvation Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Scripture: John 14:6 ; John 3:16

Author: Seth Dillon

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Changed By The Arrival Of A Child

Christmas Incarnation Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: 1 John 4:19

Author: Howard Harden

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