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A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Shayna Hubers thought she was getting a new shot at life when a judge overturned her conviction of murder and ordered a new trial after it was discovered that one of the jurors was a convicted felon, something Kentucky law doesn't allow. She had been convicted of murdering her boyfriend but claimed she shoot him 6 times in self-defense. The conviction came with a 40-year sentence.

At the second trial, she took the stand in her own defense, something she had not done the first time. However, there was video of her alone in an interrogation room dancing around and saying, "I did it, I did it." After deliberating only 5 hours, a jury of her peers found her guilty, again. Unfortunately, the recommendation from the jury was not 40 years, but LIFE!

She probably wishes this was a second chance she had never received. 

APPLICATION

What good is a second chance at justice if you're guilty? But isn't it good to know that God's idea of a second chance involves the complete forgiveness of our sins?

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'" (Matthew 21:21-22). 

What Happens When A Homeless Person Is Given $100,000?

Wisdom Riches Second Chances

Source: “THAT TIME SOMEONE GAVE A HOMELESS PERSON $100,000 JUST TO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN,” by Karl Smallwood ,October 18, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 3:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Karl Smallwood with Today I Found It, reports:

In 2005 a homeless man called Ted Rodrigue stumbled upon a briefcase filled with crisp $20 and $50 bills totaling $100,000 (about $123,000 today). Ted was then told by screenwriter Wayne Powers that the money was his to keep and do with as he wished, so long as he would allow a film crew to document the result. Rodrigue, understandably, jumped at the opportunity, leading to a somewhat controversial documentary- Reversal of Fortune.

According to an interview with Powers, the genesis of the documentary stemmed from his time in LA where he was frequently asked for money by the homeless, prompting him to ponder, “What would a homeless person do if I gave them a million dollars?” Powers was curious if such a substantial amount of money could change a person’s life for the better or if it’d simply make it worse. He took this idea to an executive …  executives loved the idea, but weren’t exactly thrilled at the idea of paying out a million dollars, eventually talking Powers down to $100,000.

... With funding in hand, all Powers needed was a homeless person to give the money to. According to him, he picked Ted after filming several conversations with him and coming to the conclusion that Ted was a man who’d been dealt a bad hand and deserved a break for once.

Mostly homeless for about two decades when filming began, the then 45-year-old Rodrigue survived by collecting cans and bottles. On an average day, he noted he could make about $20 or so doing this- enough to buy himself food, alcohol, and cigarettes. On a good day, he could sometimes earn as much as $35.

... the filmmakers didn’t interfere with Ted’s life or his spending in anyway, merely observing and documenting his day-to-day life. They did, however, give Ted access to a financial advisor whose advice he was free to solicit or ignore as he chose.

So what was the result?

Soon after finding the money, news of Ted’s wealth spread to his associates in the homeless community who came to him asking for help. Being a generally nice guy, Ted kindly obliged, paying off many of his “friends” debts and providing for them financially. Around this time, Ted also met a woman who magically became attracted to him the moment she found out he’d acquired $100,000.

... About a year later, Ted appeared on Oprah in an episode entitled “Are You Ready for a Windfall?” 

... It was on this episode that Ted sheepishly revealed that he’d spent or given away all $100,000 within 6-8 months of receiving it, and that he was, once again, homeless.

Powers concluded:

So to answer the question of what happens when you give a more or less drug-free, reasonably psychologically sound homeless person $100,000… pretty much the exact same thing that often happens when you suddenly give a non-homeless person a relative fortune compared to what they’re used to- as with many big ticket lotto winners, they often end up worse off or in the same state as before they got the cash, perhaps with a little depression added in for good measure, something of a Flowers for Algernon effect.

APPLICATION

This cautionary tale teaches that if you’re a fool with little, you’ll be an even bigger fool with much.  The lesson being that the greatest disadvantage isn’t being financially poor but being poor in wisdom. Wisdom is life’s greatest treasure.

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding.  For it is better than getting silver and fine gold.  She is worth more than stones of great worth. Nothing you can wish for compares with her.  Long life is in her right hand. Riches and honor are in her left hand.  Her ways are pleasing, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her. Happy are all who hold her near” (Proverbs 3:13-18, NLT). 

The Devil's Work

Racism Guilt Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-06-06

Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; Romans 2:11

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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There was a time in this country when blacks were forced to feel ashamed because of the color of their skin. That was pure evil.

But now another race is being pressured to feel ashamed because of the color of their skin. This is equally evil.

APPLICATION

If you have ever been guilty of racism toward another person, you must, for the sake of your own soul, go back and apologize. But if you’ve stood against racism your whole life, then have more respect for yourself than to confess to sins you’ve never committed.

False guilt and false shame are the Devil's work.

God’s work is redemptive, releasing us from our actual shame and guilt.

God doesn’t hold us accountable for sins we haven’t committed, but the Devil does. God doesn’t hold us accountable for the sins of previous generations, but the Devil does. God doesn’t seek to keep us locked under the bondage of shame and guilt, but the Devil does.

But God does hold us accountable for the sins we have actually committed. And by the power of Jesus' blood, He promises to wash them away.

In your search for redemption, make sure you seek it at the right altar.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). 

"God does not show favoritism" (Romans 2:11). 

Jesus Saves

Jesus, Savior Redemption Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-02-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 3:16

Author: Charles Krieg
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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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Jesus Is The Trashman

Redemption Jesus, Savior Salvation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-23

Scripture: Hebrews 10:11 ; John 1:29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Free To Be A Walmart Greeter

Redemption Servanthood Motivation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-27

Scripture: Colossians 3:10 ; Colossians 3:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Redemption's Price

Redemption Value (True Worth) Blood (of Jesus)

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-09-21

Scripture: Romans 7:14 ; 1 Peter 1:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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The Life of Pi

Worldview Redemption God's Love

Contributed By: Paul Barreca | Date Posted: 2015-06-19

Scripture: Colossians 1:13

Author: Paul Barreca
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Lessons From the Josh Duggar Fallout

Redemption Restoration Judging

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Ephesians 1:7

Author: Dr. Michael Brown / Illustration Exchange
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