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The Lost Cause

Grace Forgiveness God's Patience

Source: “Sammy Luciano, Martin County man, arrested for 34th time after driving a stolen car at 110 mph” By Scott Sutto, ABC ACTION NEWS, Feburary 22, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Palm City man has been arrested for the 34th time! Scott Sutto, with ABC ACTION NEWS, reports:

On Sunday, Martin County deputies said they caught Sammy Luciano, 39, driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Okeechobee County.

Just after 4 a.m., deputies spotted the vehicle with Luciano driving recklessly at speeds of more than 110 mph.

... Luciano has an extensive criminal history for crimes such as burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery, fleeing and eluding, battery on a law enforcement officer, violation of probation, possession of drugs, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and causing serious injury or death by failing to stop. This time he was charged with felony drunk driving, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.

He has now posed for a mug shoot 34 times!

APPLICATION

What do you do with a man who has posed for his mug shoot 34 times, and counting? Is it time for the system to give up on Mr. Lucianio, to consider him a lost cause, to lock him up and throw away the key? Before you register your “Amen,” reflect on how many times you’ve broken God’s moral laws.  Are you a repeat offender?  Has God ever given up on you?

“Then Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times? "No, not seven times," Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-22, NLT).

The Poor Farmer and the Banker

Forgiveness God's Patience Sin Nature

Source: "Straightening Out the Self Centered Church" - Commentary on Titus

Contributed By: Jason Grubbs | Date Posted: 2013-07-01

Scripture: Titus 2:8 ; Matthew 18:26

Author: John Benton
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A poor farmer went to his banker and said, "I've got some good news and some bad news."  Which one do you want to hear first?

The banker replied, "Well let's get the bad news over with first."  
 
The farmer said, "Ok, I've had a bad year and I can't pay the mortgage I owe you on my house."  The banker was pretty disgruntled.
 
The farmer said, "And, I've had such a bad year that I can't repay any of the money I borrowed for my new machinery either."  The banker was even more troubled.
 
The farmer added, "And, the money I borrowed to buy seeds and fertilizer, I have had such a bad year, that I can't pay you for any of that either."
 
The banker said, "That's terrible. I sure could use some good news now.  So, what's the good news?"
 
The farmer said, "The good news is that I still intend to do business with you."

APPLICATION

Aren't you glad that despite your total spiritual bankruptcy, God still wants to do business with you?

“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt" (Matthew 18:26-27).

God's Relentless Pursuit of Man

Disobedience God's Patience Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-23

Scripture: Genesis 3:9 ; Nehemiah 9:17

Author: John Chrysostom
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“Suppose, after we had sinned, God had given up on us and let us lie where we had fallen. Then none of us ever should have been saved.

“But God does not act that way. He loves men … He desires their salvation above all things …
 
“When Adam disregarded God’s command and fell into sin … God did not say: ‘What is the use of helping him now? He ate the fruit, he fell into sin, he transgressed the law, he believed the devil, he dishonored My commandment, he was wounded, he became subject to death and died, he came under the judgment. What need have I to speak to him now?’”
 
John Chrysostom (c. 347–407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his eloquence in preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic sensibilities.

APPLICATION

Chrysostom continues, “But God said none of those things. Rather, He came immediately to Adam, spoke to him, and consoled him. Again God gave Adam another remedy—the remedy of toil and sweat. God kept right on doing everything and exerting Himself until He raised up fallen man, rescued him from death, led him by the hand to heaven, and gave him greater blessings than he had lost.”

God does not allow our disobedience to short-circuit His great love and compassion. “You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love” (Nehemiah 9:17). On the contrary, He is relentless in pursuit of relationship with us. “But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:9).
 
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Just a Common Lump of Clay

God's Patience Spiritual Growth Glorification

Contributed By: Bill Stright | Date Posted: 2012-05-17

Scripture: Isaiah 64:8

Author: Bill Stright
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A Picture of Pure Love

Love for God God's Love New Birth

Contributed By: DEAN KAHLICH | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:19

Author: DEAN KAHLICH
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The Generous Thief

God's Promises Death Resurrection

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: John 11:25 ; Job 1:21

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Drawn to the Well

Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard
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The Broken Xylophone

Sin Human Nature God's Love

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Romans 3:9 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: James Miller
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Real Men ... Love

Love (Divine) Men's Concerns Husbands

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2018-10-02

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:1 ; 1 Corinthians 16:14

Author: Corey Sawyers
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