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What's A Moon Tree?

New Birth Sin Nature Holy Spirit (Walking In)

Source: “This concept sprouted from an astronaut's imagination in 1971” by Starre Vartan, April 8, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Mother Nature Network reports:

Moon trees were grown from seeds astronaut Stuart Roosa carried in his personal kit on the Apollo 14 mission in early February 1971. About 500 loblolly pine, redwood, sweet gum, sycamore and Douglas fir tree seeds went up with him and orbited the moon 34 times. (Roosa stayed on board while astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell made the third moon landing.)

Roosa had been a smoke jumper (that's a forest fire first responder) for the U.S. Forest Service prior to becoming an astronaut, and he brought the seeds not only to honor the service, but also to run a simple test: Would the seeds that had gone to the moon sprout as easily as Earth-only seeds?

About 450 of the seeds sprouted in similar numbers and as typically as their Earth-only control seeds. After a few years of care at NASA, the now-baby trees were planted in locations across the United States, many as part of the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.

Where are the trees? According to NASA, 

A loblolly pine was planted at the White House, and trees were planted in Brazil, Switzerland, and presented to the emperor of Japan, among others. Trees have also been planted in Washington Square in Philadelphia, at Valley Forge, in the International Forest of Friendship, and at various universities and NASA centers." 

...Roosa died in 1994, but a moon sycamore grows at his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

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APPLICATION

As it turns out, a moon tree is no different from its earthly counterpart.  Merely visiting the moon didn’t change the nature of the seeds.  All that changed was the world’s estimation ... it made them famous. 

One has to wonder why anyone ever thought that simply orbiting the moon 34 times would somehow change the nature of a seed.  Likewise, one has to wonder why it is so many seem to believe that simply attending a church every week will somehow change the nature of a person. 

The truth is, people who go to church are subject to the same temptations as people who don’t attend.  And many of them fail, just like their non-church attending counterpart.  Human nature doesn’t change just because we've spent time in close proximity to a church. However, faith in God’s promise does invite the presence of God's Spirit, resulting in a new capacity to desire the things of God. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

Where’s The Beef?

Discipline (Self) Drunkenness Holy Spirit (Walking In)

Source: "1/3 of vegetarians eat meat when drunk," NZ HERALD, Monday, 12 October 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-21

Scripture: Ephesians 5:18 ; Galatians 6:1

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The following study has found that a third of vegetarians admit to eating meat when drunk:

One in three admitted to eating meat every time they were under the influence and noted kebabs and burgers as their meat cheat of choice.

Of the 1700 vegetarians surveyed, 27 per cent said they ate bacon, 19 per cent ate fried chicken and 14 per cent went for pork sausages.

Almost three quarters of confessors said they kept their meat meals a secret.

The survey was conducted by a British money saving website, Voucher Codes Pro.

George Charles, the founder, said he knew of "vegetarians who sometimes crave meat, but it seems that a few are giving into their cravings when drunk.”

Charles adds:

I think it's important for friends of these vegetarians to support them when drunk and urge them not to eat meat as I'm sure they regret it the next day.

APPLICATION

Most people who consume alcohol do so to relax and have a little fun. But, as with many things, too much of a good thing can quickly become a bad thing, especially when it comes to alcohol. With overindulgence, relaxation can quickly cross-the-line and become a loss of self-control. This is when even deeply held convictions become most vulnerable.

For the Christian, even weightier things are at stake. Things like character, integrity, and marital and familial commitments are all threatened by the weakening of resolve that comes with intoxication.

If we are willing to use constraint to protect our diet, shouldn’t we be willing to use constraint to protect our relationship with God?

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

And what about the rest of us who see our brothers and sisters lapsing into vulnerable situations? Perhaps it's best to echo the sentiments above: We must come along side them, encouraging them to exercise constraint.

"Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).

A Taste for the Word of God

Spiritual Health Word of God Holy Spirit (Walking In)

Contributed By: Scott Maclean | Date Posted: 2014-05-06

Author: Scott Maclean
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In areas of Vietnam rats are a delicacy and freely available in supermarkets next to the chicken; on the Ivory Coast, people love cats, especially in spicy sauce! On the Italian island of Sardinia a special kind of cheese that is fermented to the point of decomposing and containing maggots is a big seller.

APPLICATION

Obviously, each of these foods is an acquired taste. So it is with the things of God. We don't naturally desire God's Word but must, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, develop a taste for it.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matthew 5:6).

"Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare" (Isaiah 55:2).

Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Guidance Holy Spirit (Walking In) Truth

Contributed By: Gordon | Date Posted: 2014-03-26

Scripture: John 16:13

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Longing To Be Disabled

Holy Spirit (Walking In) Carnality Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-07-23

Scripture: Galatians 5:16

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Rejecting Jesus' Authority

Jesus' Authority Submission Rebellion

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2019-10-12

Scripture: Proverbs 28:25 ; Jeremiah 17:7

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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Setting Your Mark

Followership Discipleship Goal Setting

Contributed By: Joe Palmer | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

Author: Joe Palmer
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Forget What's Behind

Jesus' Preeminence Followership Worry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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"The Moscow Rules"

Satan Spiritual Warfare Submission

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: James 4:7 ; 2 Corinthians 2:11

Author: Neal Pollard
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