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Man Builds Arsenal Using Airport Store Items

Christmas Jesus, Savior God's Deliverance

Source: "Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items Including a Gun, Grenade, Crossbow—and They All Work" By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff, Published on Newser.com, Nov 26, 2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-12-05

Scripture: Isaiah 9:6

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ILLUSTRATION

"You may already find it ridiculous that you can't bring the tiniest pair of scissors through an airport security checkpoint, but you'll find it even more absurd after reading this," says Newser staff writer Evann Gastaldo:

A North Carolina programmer is proving that even with all those security restrictions, it's still possible to get a weapon on a plane—by building it yourself, using items you can buy in airport stores after going through security. So far, Evan Booth has built nunchucks, a crossbow, a grenade, and even a shotgun—and all of them work.

On Booth's website are videos showing how each ... was made. For example, the shotgun is powered by lithium metal batteries. Combine them with water and the resulting chemical reaction will cause a bottle of Axe body spray to explode, shooting a bunch of pocket change with enough power to penetrate drywall. The grenade/bomb also uses the Axe-battery-water combo, plus a stainless steel coffee tumbler and a condom, and can be put together in less than 10 minutes ... .Booth sends all his findings to the Department of Homeland Security, and he's gotten the attention of the FBI ... .

APPLICATION

It seems so unlikely that someone would be able to construct an explosive devise in less than 10 minutes using only products purchased from airport gift shops. After all, what do airport gift shop items have to do with the materials needed to build a bomb?

Even more unlikely was what God was able to accomplish using the cast of characters in the genealogy found in the book of Matthew--the ancestry that serves to introduce the child in the manger. Among them we find patriarchs who lied and cheated, a king who was a murderer and an adulterer, another king who sacrificed children to pagan idols, and two prostitutes!

A motley crew if ever there was one. Nevertheless, God was able to use these flawed men and women to bring about a truly amazing thing. From the wreckage of humanity God was able to produce a sinless Savior. That's more than amazing; that's miraculous!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

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Gratitude Toward The Fixer

Gratitude God's Deliverance Compassion

Source: “Gratitude Is About the Future, Not the Past” by Dr. David DeSteno, published HUFFINGTON POST, 09/21/2013

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-11-12

Author: Dr. David DeSteno/Illustration Exchange
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Considerable research has been conducted on the benefits and effects of possessing an attitude of gratitude. It turns out, those benefits extend beyond the possessor. “Much research including his own,” says Dr. David DeSteno, “confirms that gratitude toward someone for past assistance increases the odds that we'll return the favor and help a benefactor in need."

In my lab, we've shown this using a simple framework. We stage events where individuals experience a problem and then have someone come to their aid just when it looked as if all hope were lost. The result? Lots of gratitude toward the fixer. But that's not the interesting part. It's what happens next that is the surprise. When these newly-grateful souls subsequently run into strangers who ask for help, they not only more readily agree to aid them than do individuals who weren't feeling grateful, but also expend a lot more effort in the act of helping itself. The more gratitude people feel, the more likely it is they'll help anyone, even if it's someone they've never laid eyes on before.

David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science, he is also editor-in-chief of the American Psychological Association's journal Emotion. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and has written about his work for publications including the New York Times and Boston Globe.

APPLICATION

Christians talk about being the hands and feet of Jesus to a needy world, but how does God equip us for such a task? The answer is He stages events where we experience a problem, and just when it looks like all hope is lost, He delivers us! The result? Lots of gratitude toward the Fixer. But the most interesting part is what comes next. When we run into strangers who ask for our help, we are much more willing to help them then those who haven't experienced God's help, even if it's someone we've never laid eyes on before.

"Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery... the Most High ...broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains. Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron" (Psalm 107:10-16, NLT).

"I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me" (Matthew 25:36, NLT).

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Where Does My Help Come From?

God's Deliverance Trials Trust (In God)

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-27

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Psalms 121:1

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Jim Lovell, famed astronaut and commander of the failed Apollo 13 mission to the moon (a mission which very nearly cost the life of Commander Lovell and his crew) was once asked if he had ever faced genuine fear or hopelessness before. He responded by recounting the events of a particular night mission over the Sea of Japan during WWII.

The fighter jet he was piloting was severely crippled. Both his radar and homing devices failed. He was flying blind, and knew that he wouldn’t even be able to see the lights of his aircraft carrier below because they were sailing in blackout mode due to the combat conditions. As he turned on his map light to try to get his bearings, all of his lights and instrumentation shorted out. Without his altimeter, he had no way of gauging how close he was to crashing into the darkness of the waters below.

Just when he felt all hope was lost he saw the faint, phosphorescent glow of a long trail of algae. He went on to explain that large ships churn up the algae in their wake as they cut through the ocean seas. He knew his carrier had to be close. "It was like a long carpet laid out for me, leading me home." Had his lights not failed, he would never been able to see the faint glow below. He wistfully recalled, "You never know what events will transpire to get you home."

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James "Jim" Arthur Lovell, Jr., (born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth by the efforts of the crew and mission control. Lovell was also the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit. Lovell is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice, and the only one to do so without making a landing.

APPLICATION

God often sends help from surprising sources. The psalmist asked, "I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from?" Have you ever looked up to the hills wondering from where help might come? The means by which God's deliverance might come is impossible to predict. He can use surprising things, like the lights shorting out at what seems like the worst possible moment.

But while the means may vary, the source of our salvation is always the same. The psalmist gives us that source as he answers his own question in the verse to follow. "My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth" (Psalm 121:1-2). You never know what events will transpire to lead you home—but rest assured, God does!

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end” (Psalm 48:14). “Even though I walk or run, or fly, or … through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). “The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11).

Can A Leopard Change Its Spots?

God's Deliverance Repentance Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-16

Author: Ray Ortlund
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Mother Loses Fourth Child to Gun Violence

Violence God's Deliverance Repentance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-30

Scripture: Romans 3:10 ; Isaiah 60:18

Author: Associated Press
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Father Takes the Hit to Save Son

Fatherhood Sacrifice God's Deliverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-11

Scripture: Genesis 3:14

Author: Daily Mail Reporter
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Bad Passwords

Salvation Trust (In God) Jesus, Savior

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

Scripture: Acts 4:12 ; John 1:12

Author: Michael Dudui
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Suffering Makes Us Glow

Suffering Sanctification Testimony

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-09-13

Scripture: Psalms 34:5 ; Romans 8:28

Author: Shane Waldron
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Spiritual Quarantine

Cleansing Sin Salvation

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-03-20

Scripture: Romans 10:9 ; Leviticus 13:

Author: Shane Waldron
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The Lifetime Pass That Was Never Used

God's Promises Faith Blessings/Blessedness

Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2019-10-11

Scripture: Proverbs 16:20 ; Matthew 7:24

Author: Howard Harden
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