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God Found Me in the Aisle of a Lucky's Supermarket

Backslide Spiritual Gifts God's Care

Source: “Walking in faith” By - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 27, 2002

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-02

Scripture: Luke 15:4 ; Matthew 18:12

Author: WASHINGTON TIMES / Condoleeza Rice / Illustration
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“Trained as a girl to be a concert pianist and a competitive ice skater, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, 47, is undergirded by her Christian beliefs. During an Aug. 4 Sunday school class at National Presbyterian Church,” reports the WASHINGTON TIMES, “she explained what inspires her. Here is an excerpt:

Although I never doubted the existence of God, I think like all people I've had some ups and downs in my faith. When I first moved to California in 1981 to join the faculty at Stanford, there were a lot of years when I was not attending church regularly. …

One Sunday I was in the Lucky's Supermarket not very far from my house. I was among the spices and an African-American man walked up to me and said he was buying some things for his church picnic. And he said, "Do you play the piano by any chance?"

I said, "Yes." They said they were looking for someone to play the piano at church. It was a little African-American church right in the center of Palo Alto. A Baptist church. So I started playing for that church. That got me regularly back into churchgoing. …

"My goodness, God has a long reach." I mean, in the Lucky's Supermarket on a Sunday morning.

APPLICATION

Have you lost your way? Stopped using your gifts? Whether through sin or simple complacency, rest assured, God will come looking for you! It is His will to restore you to a place of fellowship and service.

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn't he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4, cf. Matthew 18:12).

“I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.” (Psalm 119:176).

Spiritual Health

Backslide Spiritual Health Spirituality

Source: Andy Stanley Sermon

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Contributed By: Zack Lee | Date Posted: 2013-05-07

Author: Zack Lee
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Long before Dr. J or Magic or Michael, there was Pistol, Pistol Pete Maravich. He was a scrawny guard from LSU who treated the basketball court like a stage. When Pete came onto the court, the fans went wild. He turned a game into a show.

A three time all American, Pistol was the master of the behind the back, no look pass. When he dribbled, it looked like the ball was connected to his hand. He set many records and averaged 44.2 points for his NCAA career.

He wore his hair long and shaggy and his socks always looked a few size too big. Although rail thin, he appeared to be in fantastic physical shape. Maravich never seemed to tire as he wowed fans and player alike with his "street ball" style of play.

But just a few years removed from playing his grueling 70+ game schedule, on January 5, 1988, while playing a pickup basketball game--Pistol Pete collapsed and died of a heart attack at the age of 40. An autopsy revealed that his death was due to an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. 

APPLICATION

Stories like Pistol Pete--pictures of perfect athleticism who tragically and suddenly dropped dead of a heart attack at a relatively young age--confront us with a sobering truth: A PERSON'S PHYSICAL APPEARANCE DOESN'T REFLECT THE HEALTH OF THEIR HEART!

Likewise, A PERSON SPIRITUAL APPEARANCE DOESN'T REFLECT THE HEALTH OF THEIR HEART!

We've all known people who were the picture of the healthy Christian, attending all the services, involved in Bible study, worshiping God with all their heart, when suddenly...A young Christian wife walks out on her husband...A Christian father walks out and leaves his kids....A teenage Christian suddenly quits attending services and begins to run with the world.

It doesn't matter what we look like on the outside. It's what we look like on the inside that matters.

Wandering From The Truth One Tuft At A Time

Backslide Worldly Mindset Truth

Source: As quoted in A BARREL OF FUN: AN A-Z OF WEIRD STORIES, WONDERFUL WORDS, AND WACKY WISDOM by J. John, Mark Stibbe, Mark W.G. Stibbe, p. 188

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-19

Scripture: James 5:20

Author: Mike Yaconelli
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Says Mike Yaconelli:

I live in a small, rural community. There are lots of cattle ranches around here, and, every once in a while, a cow wanders off and gets lost … Ask a rancher how a cow gets lost, and chances are he will reply, "Well, the cow starts nibbling on a tuft of green grass, and when it finishes, it looks ahead to the next tuft of green grass and starts nibbling on that one, and then it nibbles on a tuft of grass right next to a hole in the fence. It then sees another tuft of green grass on the other side of the fence, so it nibbles on that one and then goes on to the next tuft. The next thing you know, the cow has nibbled itself into being lost."

APPLICATION

Yaconelli concludes:

People are in the process of nibbling their way to being lost. … We keep moving from one tuft of activity to another, never noticing how far we have gone from home or how far away from the truth we have managed to end up.

"My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back,you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins" (James 5:20).

A Reason To Attend Church

Fellowship Encouragement Backslide

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2013-02-23

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25

Author: Editors, Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook
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He Acts As If He Has No Relatives

Accountability Church/Body of Christ Backslide

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-11

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27 ; Galatians 6:1

Author: David W. Murray
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Getting Farther And Father Away

Backslide Dependence on God Productivity

Contributed By: Dave Rigg | Date Posted: 2013-01-01

Scripture: John 15:5

Author: Unknown
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Reclaim Their Future

Backslide Restoration Friendship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-19

Scripture: Matthew 18:12 ; Luke 15:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Where Have All The Bibles Gone?

Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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England’s Darkest Tourist Attraction

Sin Disobedience Spiritual Death

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-26

Scripture: 2:16 ; Proverbs 8:36

Author: Illustration Exchange
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CHARLIE HEBDO Says Don't Pray for Paris

Prayer Religion Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-20

Scripture: John 14:27

Author: Illustration Exchange
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