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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).

The Scarlet Letter

Judging Criticism Sin

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Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2020-07-19

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18 ; Matthew 7:1

Author: Charles Krieg
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ILLUSTRATION

In the book of Isaiah we read, “Though your sins be like scarlet they may become white as snow; though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.”

The color scarlet is a visual symbol of sin. In the classic novel The Scarlet Letter”  by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is ostracized from her society because of her sin. Hester committed adultery and must spend her life wearing the scarlet letter "A" as a badge of shame.

But the subplot indirectly asks what letter ought the other members of the society be wearing. What is their sin? 

 

APPLICATION

Hester Prynne was forced to wear a scarlet A to announce her sin of adultery. Of course, if we all had to wear letters for our sins, we would need the whole alphabet!  To avoid hypocrisy here, we must acknowledge that sin is sin, and that we are all guilty of our own rebellions.  Sure, sin must be confronted, but in a spirit of humility, accompanied by the offer of restoration, forgiveness, and hope. 

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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Spiritual Quarantine

Cleansing Sin Salvation

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

Scripture: Romans 10:9 ; Leviticus 13:

Author: Shane Waldron
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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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