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The Spider (Delivery) Man

Church/Body of Christ Spiritual Gifts Encouragement

Source: "Woman Orders Delivery So Driver Can Kill a Spider For Her" posted by RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-02

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 4:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

When Demi Sweeney, a college student in England, was confronted by a spider on the wall of her apartment, she didn't know what to do. Terrified of the creature, there was no one nearby to help. That's when a friend on the phone suggested she call and order food delivery, in the hopes the driver would be willing to kill the offending arachnoid. She received the following message from the food delivery company she contacted:

"You can most certainly request this in the 'delivery note' section when placing your order,"... (adding a spider emoji for extra emphasis). The only thing is, our rider may be more afraid of spiders [sic] than you are..." 

When the delivery driver appeared at her door 20 minutes later with her order of KFC, she begged, "Please, you have to help me – I only ordered food for your help." 

After directing Joe, the delivery guy, to the problem, he climbed on a chair and caught the spider and flushed it down the toilet. 

“I can’t believe the plan actually worked,” Sweeney wrote. “I thanked him so many times, I literally could have hugged him. He’s a hero.”

APPLICATION

Most people are willing to help others when given the opportunity.  The problem can be making sure those people are in our lives to begin with, so they’re there when we need them.  This is one of the important roles of the local church.  As our lives are allowed to overlap in fellowship with one another, we are already there to help and encourage each other as needs arise.  

No need to call the delivery man!

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT).

Do You Feel Plutoed?

Value (True Worth) Self-image Encouragement

Source: preacherpollard.coml

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: Galatians 2:20 ; Ephesians 1:7

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Poor Pluto. First, it’s a planet and then it’s not anymore. It has become the Rodney Dangerfield of our solar system. In an award-winning move that probably did not make the “sub planet” feel better, the term “plutoed” was declared the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society in Anaheim, California, a little over a decade ago. The word means “to demote or devalue someone or something.”

APPLICATION

Do you ever feel “plutoed”? Do you feel like people don’t appreciate you like they should? You may get that feeling on the job, when you’re working harder than anyone else and somebody else gets the credit, the promotion, and the attention. You may get that feeling in your marriage or in the home, whether you’re the husband, wife, parents, or children. You may even sometimes feel “plutoed” by the church. Maybe you feel that your difficulties or problems are being ignored. You might think your contributions or ideas are not taken seriously enough. I’m sure elders, deacons, preachers, Bible class teachers, their spouses, along with everyone else, has to deal with that “plutoed” feeling periodically.

Will you remember a few things? First, remember the value God placed on your soul by sending Jesus to die to save it (Galatians 2:20). Second, remember that God’s system of rewarding is on His time and His terms, but He will not let faithful service go unnoticed or unblessed (Matthew 6:4, 6, 16). Third, remember that you are valuable because of who you are, a child of God (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:5-6). Finally, remember your obligation to help everyone around you feel valued. Afterall, isn't that the way you prefer to be treated? (Luke 6:31). It’s the Christ-like way (Acts 10:38). There are plenty of people around you who are sorely in need of being “de-plutoed," even as God has uniquely equipped you for the task (1 Corinthians 12:8-12). 

Experience the value that God has attributed to you by showing it to all those for whom Christ died. 

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). 

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:18-19). 

Running the Race to the Finish - Together

Fact or Fiction? Encouragement Compassion

Source: “Human(e) Race,” as published on Snopes.com, retrieved 2/8/16

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-19

Scripture: Galatians 6:2 ; Philippians 2:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A story is widely circulated on the internet about a memorable track event at the Seattle, WA, Special Olympics some years ago.

As the story is told, nine special needs youth all gathered at the starting line, anxiously awaiting the flag to begin their 100 yard dash. A few yards in, one young man stumbled to the ground. Face down and defeated, he lay on the track sobbing. It is reported that the other eight, hearing his sobs, all stopped in their tracks (pun intended!) and returned to help him up. Upon raising him from the ground and wiping his tears, it’s further reported that all nine then linked arms and jogged to the finish line together.

It’s a beautiful story, isn’t it? Only thing is, it’s not true. At least not “all together” true.

Spectators at the 1976 Seattle Special Olympics recall that the race started as described, and one young man did indeed fall to the ground. At that point though, they recall, a “couple” of the other kids stopped, helped him to his feet, and joined him, crossing the finish line together.

It’s a subtle difference, but a significant one. We like to liken our experience in the Christian life to events such as these. But the similarities are true only to a point. Many Christian authors, bloggers, and commentators have referenced this event, likening it to the responsibility of the fellowship of believers to “be there” for each other, to see the hardships each one of us faces, and to help each other to finish line, in tact and mutually victorious. 

APPLICATION

Just as it is unrealistic to believe that every one of those special needs athletes were utterly selfless— much less even aware that the young man behind them had fallen— it is likewise unrealistic to expect that everyone in our church is ready to be utterly selfless, putting the needs and encouragement of others above their own. Neither is it realistic to think that everyone in our church is even aware of our downfall or need).

When we stumble and fall, the entire church may not see our dilemma or hear our cries for help. But if we’ve been faithful in fellowship, transparent in our relationships, and accountable in our actions, there will be those to whom we’ve drawn close who will see our trouble or hear our cries for help. 

We are indeed called to bear one another’s burdens. At the very least, as a church, we should function as this race really played out—with those of us who see or hear of another’s struggles stopping to lift our brother or sister up and help carry them over the finish line. In this way, we share in each other’s victorious, and indeed more fully share in the victory of Christ Himself.

“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:3-4).

I Murdered My Grandmother This Morning

Words (Power of) Fellowship Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-19

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Psalms 19:4

Author: Chuck Swindoll / Illustration Exchange
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Donuts Are Awesome!

Respect Complaining Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-11

Scripture: Colossians 4:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude

Thankfulness Happiness Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Psalms 136:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Pseudonymous Instagram Account Spreads Good Will

Encouragement Words (Power of) Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: Proverbs 15:23 ; Proverbs 25:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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I Wish My Teacher Knew ...

Community Transparency Encouragement

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

Scripture: Ephesians 4:16 ; Galatians 6:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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We Are Charlie, Or Are We

Words (Power of) Encouragement Politics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-15

Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 ; Ephesians 4:29

Author: Jesse Carey / Illustration Exchange
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The Potency of a Good Compliment

Encouragement Gratitude Honor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-19

Author: Staff Writers, Unstuck.com
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