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Never Try To Catch The Catcher

Grace (Pictures of) Jesus, Savior Works Salvation

Source: Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journeys

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-01

Scripture: Acts 16:31 ; John 19:30

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

In the world of trapeze performance, there are "flyers" and there are "catchers." Imagine yourself a trapeze flyer sailing through the air, flipping as you go. Then at the end of your rotation, as you hang in mid-air, you see the catcher. Your natural impulse is to reach out and grab for him.  That’s certainly what I would do.  I’d grab anything I could -- his hands, his arms, his shirt, his hair.  It wouldn’t matter. I’m grabbing a hold of something, anything, and hanging on to it for dear life! 

But the flyer is trained to resist this impulse.  He understands that it is preemptive for him to attempt to catch the catcher.  Any such attempt would actually prevent the catcher from performing his task.  In the world of high wire acrobatics, this principle has been reduced to a well-known axiom, attributed to Rodleigh of The Flying Rodleighs, which says, “The flyer is the one who lets go and the catcher is the one who catches. The flyer must never try to catch the catcher!”

APPLICATION

One of the great lessons of the spiritual life is to learn not to strive when God has called you to rest, or rest when God has called you to strive.  The most important place of rest and trust is in the promise of salvation. The Bible says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). In other words, don’t try to catch God, let God catch you!

When it comes to the salvation of your soul, you are the one who must let go and trust God to catch you. Those who insist on catching God will only prevent Him from doing what He has promised to do. It isn’t your job to finish the work of Christ, but to rest in the finished work of Christ.  This means you must cease from striving to earn your salvation and put your trust in God’s promise to save you.  As Jesus declared, “It is finished!”  So, let the Catcher catch you!

The World Celebrated A Full Tomb

Resurrection Easter

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2019-10-06

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

In 1922, Howard Carter made what is probably the greatest archeological discovery in history. He found the ancient tomb of the Pharaoh, known as Tutankhamun or King Tut. This was significant because, unlike other tombs that had been emptied by grave robbers, this tomb was full of priceless artifacts, as well as the body of King Tut himself.

It took eight years to remove and document the contents of the tomb. The mummified remains and his treasures were sent all over the world. Millions upon millions of people stood in line for hours just to catch a glimpse of a dead king. The whole world celebrated because that tomb was NOT empty. 

APPLICATION

As Christians, we celebrate because of the tomb that WAS empty! When the tomb of Jesus was discovered by women two thousand years ago, they expected to find his body. But instead, an angel said, “He is not here. He is risen!” (Matthew 28:6). 

The empty tomb of Jesus Christ is filled with more reason to celebrate than the full tomb of King Tut!

Living In Glass Houses

Criticism Golden Rule

Source: Words To Live By

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Charles Panati
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ILLUSTRATION

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Lexicographers have traced the proverb back to Geoffrey Chaucer's poem Troilus and Criseyde (c. 1385), written when glass windows were extremely rare. Most windows, depicting biblical scenes in "stained glass," were found in churches.

Based on a Greek legend, the 8,239-line poem is the tragic love story of Troilus, son of the Trajan King Priam, and Criseyde, the widowed daughter of the deserter priest Calchas. Tolerance and sympathy are major themes of the tale, for many people want to keep the lovers apart--and in the end succeed (p. 210). 

APPLICATION

At some point, the saying came to mean that those who are vulnerable should not attack others (ibid.). Truly, in the broadest sense, the fact we are all sinners should keep us from hypercriticism with the faults of others (Romans 3:23).

But, a proper sense of our own faults, in marriage, childrearing, and Christian living, should cause a humility that addresses the faults of others not with stones but with prayer and compassion, "considering ourselves lest we also become tempted" (Galatians. 6:1). 

Giving Quotes Part 2

Giving Quotes Part 2

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Author: Various
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Forgiveness Quotes Part 2

Forgiveness Quotes Part 2

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Temptation Quotes

Temptation Quotes

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Good Friday Quotes

Good Friday Quotes

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Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness Quotes

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Faith in the Father

Faith

Contributed By: Dontorrio Armstrong | Date Posted: 0000-00-00

Scripture: Luke 22:31

Author: Dontorrio Armstrong
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