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A Team Any Loser Can Join

Grace Faults Justification (Positional)

Source: Putting Amazing Back Into Grace, p. 89

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-11-29

Scripture: Ephesians 1:6

Author: M. Horton
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ILLUSTRATION

In his book, "Putting Amazing Back Into Grace," M. Horton suggests, "God has chosen a team that any 'loser' can join: not an entirely unattainable qualificaiton for many of us."

APPLICATION

The author continues, "Knowing that God has chosen us reminds us that we are loved though not lovely; chosen, even though we're not necessarily choice in the eys of the boss, the spouse, the parents, or the folks at church.  We are accepted--not becasue we are acceptabe ourselves, but because 'he hath made us accepted in the beloved' (Eph. 1:6)."

Pruning Isn't Just Good For Plants

Repentance Spiritual Growth Faults

Source: Urban T. Holmes III in Spirituality for Ministry, Christianity Today, Vol. 32, No. 2.

Contributed By: Pat Sage | Date Posted: 2010-11-05

Scripture: John 15:2

Author: Urban T. Holmes III
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ILLUSTRATION

Urban T. Holmes III has written:

"Any good gardener knows that beautiful roses require careful pruning. Pieces of a living plant have to die. It cannot just grow wild."  

APPLICATION

Holmes adds,

"We cannot simply 'celebrate growth.' It is more than to be regretted, it is tragic that we seem to have lost the insight that growth in Christ requires careful pruning. Pieces of us by our intentional action need to die if we are to become the person that is in God's vision."

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful" (John 15:1-2).

Spiritual Quarantine

Cleansing Sin Salvation

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

Scripture: Romans 10:9 ; Leviticus 13:

Author: Shane Waldron
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ILLUSTRATION

You may have heard the story of Carl Goldman. He and his wife were on a cruise in Asia, and one of the passengers contracted COVID-19. The cruise ship was quarantined for 10 days, and during that time Carl got the coronavirus. 

When everyone was released from the cruise ship, Carl was quarantined in a bio-containment center in Nebraska. His room was completely sealed off from other people. Cameras and two-way video monitors allowed him to communicate with people outside the room. No one came inside unless they were wearing a hazmat suit. Carl was sealed off like this for 12 days. 

Then he was released into a different area of the hospital, where he was quarantined with other patients who had the virus. So he was able to have more contact with other people. He couldn’t leave the hospital until he tested negative for COVID-19. Unfortunately, his tests kept coming back positive long after his symptoms abated. Finally, after he was quarantined for 30 days in the hospital, Carl tested negative for COVID-19 two times in a row, and he was allowed to go home. Adding the time he was on the cruise ship, Carl was quarantined for a total of 40 days. 

APPLICATION

We are in a similar situation as Carl. But instead of being quarantined from people, we are quarantined from God. Our sin separates us from Him because God cannot be in the presence of anything unholy. That's why we need Jesus - to cleanse us from our sin and release us from spiritual quarantine.

But unlike Carl, the moment we place our faith and trust in Christ, we are cleansed.  There are no stages or tests that have to be passed first.  The salvation Christ offers us is instant and it is eternal. 

"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved" (Romans 10:9-10). 

Getting Through The Security Gate

Salvation Confession Sin

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-08-11

Scripture: Revelation 21:27 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Corey Sawyers
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Troubled

Trouble Sin Comfort

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-07-29

Scripture: Psalms 6:1 ; Psalms 6:10

Author: Corey Sawyers
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The Peril Of "Covering Up"

Sin Confession Spiritual Health

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-31

Scripture: Isaiah 29:15 ; Numbers 32:23

Author: Neal Pollard
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The Broken Xylophone

Sin Human Nature God's Love

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: Romans 3:9 ; 1 John 4:10

Author: James Miller
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Evil Is "Make-Believe"

Evil Sin Nature Naive

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-09-09

Scripture: Mark 7:21

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Town That Banned Death

Death Sin Nature Victory

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Heaven Series--Surprise #5: You Won’t Be Bored In Heaven!

Heaven Series Sin Nature Unbelief

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; Jeremiah 17:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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