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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).

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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ILLUSTRATION

This past weekend, my youngest son and I had the opportunity to take a short trip together. We flew to Knoxville, TN, then drove over the Smokies to Gastonia, NC. There I gave a Bear Valley Bible Institute presentation and Q&A, preached Sunday morning, and spoke in their Sunday Night Summer Series. We then drove back to Knoxville before flying back to Denver on Monday. 

While waiting in line on the incline toward the security gate in Knoxville, Gannon and I were shocked by two things. First, there were a lot of signs with pictures of guns which had been confiscated in recent months at that very security checkpoint. Those guns ended up in the TSA agents' hands for, potentially, a variety of reasons. Perhaps some innocently forgot. They may have been licensed to carry a weapon and forgot to leave it behind. Others might have intentionally tried to sneak the weapons on because they thought the rule did not apply to them. Perhaps they never would have thought of hurting anyone; but they believed they could get away with not keeping the rules. It also may have been that some tried to sneak those weapons on because they intended to hurt others. While I cannot be sure of their intentions, I am confident that those individuals did not make it through the security gate (thankfully!).

The second shock came right before we reached the x-ray machines. Gannon realized he had a half-full water bottle in his backpack. So, when we placed our bags on the conveyer belt, I told the officer of our error and showed her the bottle. She smiled and said, "That is okay. Just throw it away in that can under the belt." We complied and passed safely through the gate. 

APPLICATION

I am not sure what the security checks will be to pass into life eternal, but I wonder if sometimes we think we can get away with carrying sin like some have weapons at the airport. Some may not realize their sins. Some may think they can fool the Lord. Some may think this or that particular command of the Lord does not apply to them. However, the Bible is clear that no sin will enter into that eternal place of rest (Rev. 21:27). 

On the other hand, the Bible tells us that we have one who is on our side: Jesus (I John 2:1-2). Those who are in Him (I John 1:7) must only confess those sins (I John 1:9). When we do, His blood washes them away. 

The only way we could get through the security gate was to admit our error, and do what was required of us. The only way we can make it through "Heaven's Security Gate" is to admit our wrongs and do what He requires of us. It is the only way we can be sure that some glad morning, as we sing, we'll "fly away!"

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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Heaven Series--Surprise #10: The Perfect Ending!

Heaven Series Millennial Kingdom Sin Nature

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

Scripture: Genesis 1:31 ; Revelation 20:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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