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Firefighters Struggle for Hours to Save 700 lb Man

Sin Spiritual Health Excess

Source: “FDNY Needs 6 Hours To Lower 700-Pound Man From Hamilton Heights Apartment” by CBSNewYork, posted 4/10/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We all know life is difficult for the extremely obese, and an example of that was seen in Hamilton Heights on Friday. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the FDNY struggled for six hours to remove a 700 lb man from his sixth-floor apartment.

The patient was lowered by a hand-rigged system of ropes and pulleys down the six flights of stairs. Once on the ground, it took ten firefighters to lift him into the ambulance.

This wasn’t the first time, reports REUTERS, that firefighters had to rescue the man. Neighbors say it was the second time in recent months.

“The weight has always been an issue, so this has been really difficult,” said Sandra Jenkins (a friend of the patient).

Obviously, the best possible solution to this ongoing health and safety issue would be for the patient to lose the necessary weight to not only improve his health, but to help him ambulate in and out of his apartment under his own volition. Short of that ultimate solution, however, Fire Chief Tom Fitzgerald confirmed that the non-profit organization that operates the apartment building has plans to accommodate the man's infirmity and transfer him to a ground floor apartment once he’s released from the hospital.

APPLICATION

Just as an overindulgence of food packs on the pounds, leaving us physically ill and and weighted down, so indulgence of sin (of any variety!) weighs us down in our spirits, immobilizing us from advancing on our spiritual journey.

For too many of us, “the weight has always been an issue.”

The solution is not to make accommodation for our sin, but to actually rid ourselves of anything that stands in our way of becoming spiritually healthy and mature.

Jesus has called us to a race—a race of faithfulness and fruitfulness. He likewise calls us to “strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up” that we might “run with endurance the race God has set before us” (Hebrews 12:1, NLT).

We Cannot Control Our Enemy

Preparation Enemies

Source: History Is Fascinating and I Can Prove It

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2020-10-22

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 ; Psalms 23:4

Author: Homer Adams
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ILLUSTRATION

During the meeting of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, one of the members moved “that the standing army be restricted to no more than 5000 men at any one time.”

George Washington, being the chairman, could not offer a motion, but he turned to another member and whispered [sarcastically], “Amend the motion to provide that no foreign enemy shall invade the United States at any time with more than 3000 troops."

APPLICATION

As Christians, we find ourselves engaged in a great, cosmic battle for souls. We can know the strategy of the enemy. We can study his tactics. We can see what he does in the lives of others and we can see the path of destruction that is left in the lives of those who follow him. What we cannot do is control him.

But we can put on the whole armor of God so that we are prepared for the fight. 

What's Your Favorite Pair Of Shoes?

Christlikeness

Source: preacherpollard.com

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2020-03-08

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:21 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Growing up, I heard my dad preach a sermon comparing different types of shoes to various people’s religious attitudes. You can imagine the application of such shoe types as the slipper, the loafer, the work boot, the Sunday shoe, the combat boot, etc. It was a clever illustration to encourage everyone to live a faithful Christian life and avoid a mentality that hurts the church.

Do you have a favorite kind of shoe? I’d venture to guess that you even have a favorite pair or couple of pairs of shoes. Usually, you’ll find me either in a pair of cowboy boots or in a pair of running shoes. What goes into why you favor a pair of shoes? Quality? Style? Comfort?

APPLICATION

To make a spiritual point by referring to footwear is more ancient than my dad’s efforts to do so. No less than the apostle Paul referred to “having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph. 6:15). Indirectly, Isaiah and Paul give attention to this very idea by complimenting the “beautiful feet” of those who bring good news of good things (Isa. 52:7; Rom. 10:15). 

You would think, to borrow dad’s analogy, that some “shoes,” figuratively, shouldn’t be adorned as part of our Christian armor. Flip-flops aren’t good (Jas. 1:8). Neither are skate shoes (Rom. 12:11; Col. 3:23). Camouflage boots can be a liability (Rom. 12:2). It would seem counterproductive for a preacher or teacher to favor tap dancing shoes (2 Tim. 4:3), since our responsibility is to stand firm (Eph. 6:11,13,14). 

Staying with the analogy, some shoes are excellent if used according to their design. Running shoes are essential to running the Christian race (1 Cor. 9:24,26; Heb. 12:1), but not to run in vain (Gal. 2:2; Phil. 2:16), run with sinners to sin (1 Pet. 4:4), or run after false teachers (Luke 17:23). Work boots can be misused in prioritizing occupation and career over the kingdom, but when used in the exercise of our talents and resources to grow the kingdom they are worn well (Mat. 5:16; 9:37-38). 

You get the idea, and you can no doubt add to the analogy with your own ideas. But, spiritually, what is your favorite pair of shoes? John the Baptist suggests that Jesus, like most all others of His day, wore sandals (Mark 1:7). John felt unworthy to even untie them. Yet, Peter, later on, would say “follow in His steps” (1 Pet. 2:21). Jesus’ shoes carried Him to Samaria to minister to the woman at the well. They presumably walked on water. They took Him to Lazarus’ tomb. He doubtless wore them as He ascended the mountain to preach the greatest sermon ever delivered. Was He permitted to wear them as He carried His cross to Calvary? 

We aren’t qualified and worthy to be in His shoes, but, as the song suggests, we must be “trying to walk in the steps of the Savior.” Another hymn avers, “Where He leads me, I will follow.” Our favorite shoes should be the ones revealing the footsteps of Jesus. We follow Him and anyone can follow us (1 Cor. 11:1). They will help us walk in good works (Eph. 2:10), in a worthy manner (Eph. 4:1), in love (Eph. 5:2), and carefully (Eph. 5:15).

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2019-10-06

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

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

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