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# 1
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: James 1:9

Have you ever noticed the words listen and silent have the same letters?


Application:

While this curiosity may be merely coincidental, it is nonetheless true that you cannot have one without the other. Only in silence can we truly listen and obey the command of Scripture to be “quick to listen, slow to speak” (James 1:9).



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# 2
Author: Jonathan Edwards / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Unknown

"The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied…. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends are but shadows, but enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean."


Application:

Joy can be found in many places, but “fullness of joy” can only be found in one place—in the presence of God (Psalm 16:11).  The ultimate experience of joy comes as a result of drawing closer to God.  That's why the angels described the incarnation of the Son of God as, "good news of great joy" (Luke 2:10).  The event signified God coming near.  



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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 22:19
Published: "As Sewol crew is scorned, young worker hailed as heroine" by Madison Park and Stella Kim, published CNN, Wed April 23, 2014

In the aftermath of one of the most tragic ferry accidents in recent history, a story of heroism and selfless sacrifice is beginning to take shape. It's the story of a young woman, Park Jee Young, just 22 years old.

Two years ago, after the death of her father, Park dropped out of college to help support her family. She took a job with a ferry company, and was just recently promoted to serve on the ill-fated Korean ferry, the Sewol, which sank off the coast of South Korea last week (April 16, 2014).

The ferry was carrying 476 people, most of them high school students from the Danwon High School in Ansan City. The students were on a class trip to a nearby resort island. After initial search and rescue attempts, more than 300 of the passengers are either dead or missing and presumed dead.

While nearly half of the ferry's 22 crew members have been arrested in connection with negligence and dereliction of duty, Park gave her life to save as many passengers as possible. CNN reports:

By witness accounts [she] helped passengers escape and distributed life jackets -- one after the other to students -- as the stricken ferry began to sink. When she ran out of jackets, she ran to the next floor to grab more. When she was asked why she wasn't wearing a life jacket, Park said that crew members would be last and that she had to help others first …

Even more amazingly, it was her quick thinking and assessment of the gravity of the situation which led so many to safety.

In an interview with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield, survivors described the scene and her actions. They recounted how the severe listing of the ship nearly immediately turned walls into floors. Passengers were panicked and disoriented. A large, open door now created a gaping hole in the new "floor," and it was too wide for passengers to safely step or jump over it. One crew member was lying on the floor nearby, grasping a mic and instructing passengers to stay put, and telling them they would be fine if they just stayed where they were. 

Park instinctively knew that staying put was not an option. Witnesses say she grabbed some keys from her fellow crewman and forced the door shut, then locked it to be sure it stayed that way. She then led nearly 50 desperate passengers across it, creating, as one grateful survivor described it, a "bridge to safety." She was standing right by the exit, he said, yet she refused to save herself, insisting that the needs of the passengers came first.

Alongside the flowers at her memorial is a simple message, "We will always remember your sacrifice." 


Application:

Jesus is our "bridge to safety." While the whole world was saying stay put and everything will be fine, He realized the gravity of the situation and took action. He knew that staying put in our separation from God was not an option, so He gave His life to close the gap between us and God. Like Park Jee Young, He put himself last in order to save as many as possible.

Just as Park Jee Young's family "will always remember [her] sacrifice," we are called to perpetually remember Jesus' sacrifice each time we gather at the Lord's Table to observe communion.

"And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).



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# 4
Author: Mike Deese
Contributor: Mike Deese
Scripture: Romans 6:11; John 15;4

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# 5
Author: W. Graham Scroggie
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 7:37
Published: Adapted from a sermon by W. Graham Scroggie, published in NELSON’S ANNUAL 2005, p. 37

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# 6
Author: T.S. Eliot
Contributor: Fred Gates
Published: unknown

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# 7
Author: Ken McIntosh
Contributor: Ken McIntosh
Scripture: Matthew 5:6
Published: Personal Experience

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# 8
Author: Chuck Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 6:7-9
Published: QUEST FOR CHARACTER, p. 123.

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 9:23; Luke 22:19
Published: GreatFaithStories.com

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# 10
Author: John Williams III
Contributor: Francis Balla
Scripture: John 3:16; John 14:6; John 1:12
Published: Abraham Lincoln as cited by Donald G. Barnhouse; "God's River" Grand Rapids; Erdmans 1958. p 39

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# 11
Author: Raymond McHenry
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-30
Published: MCHENRY'S STORIES FOR THE SOUL, by Raymond McHenry, p. 166

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 6:8, Romans 8:26
Published: Homiletics July 2004 and Reader's Digest Online

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# 13
Author: C.S. Lewis
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: John 15:5
Published: "Who Said That" by George Sweeting

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From the related category : Devotion


Illustrations : 69
# 1
Author: Ron Henson
Contributor: Ron Henson
Scripture: Matthew 16:26

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# 2
Author: Erin Bunting
Contributor: Pat Sage
Published: Unknown

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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 130:6
Published: “Dog stands guard over deceased owner’s grave for six years” by Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News, 9/13/12

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# 4
Author: Raymond McHenry
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58
Published: MCHENRY'S STORIES FOR THE SOUL, pp. 47-48

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# 5
Author: Ricky Sanderford
Contributor: Ricky Sanderford
Scripture: Matthew 13:45-46
Published: Brett Blair

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# 6
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Published: geology.com

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 25:39-40; Proverbs 19:17
Published: "French Tourist Who Gave Food to 'Hobo' Richard Gere: 'I Don't Believe This'" by ABC News, as featured on Good Morning America, published on ABC News Blogs, retrieved 4/29/14

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# 8
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: various
Published: "Just How Dangerous Is Daydreaming While Driving?" by William Hampton, published Popular Mechanics, 9/17/13

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# 9
Author: francis Balla
Contributor: Francis Balla
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21
Published: CNN.COM

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 34:8
Published: “Understanding Catfish Senses,” September 28, 2010, GameAndFishMag.com

"A catfish just 6 inches long has more than a quarter-million taste buds on its body. … The mouth and gill rakers are packed with taste buds, and the sensory organs cover the outside of the catfish as well – the whiskers, fins, back, belly, sides and even the tail. If you were a catfish, you could taste a slice of pizza just by sitting on it. ‘Catfish’ says Dr. John Caprio of Louisiana State University, ‘are swimming tongues.’” - Game and Fish Magazine


Application:

As a catfish forages through the muck at the bottom of a pond, his mouth, his gills, his whiskers, his fins, his back, his belly, his sides, and even his tail are designed to sense the presence of the sustenance he seeks, just by brushing up against it.

The same is true of the believer. As we forage through life seeking greater communion with God, we are equipped with a comprehensive set of physical and spiritual sensory organs capable of sensing God's presence—in the beauty of the night sky, in the sound of the rushing wind or pounding surf, in the soft touch of a child's hand, in the promises of Scripture, or in the prayers of faithful friends. God can be found everywhere in His creation.

Like the catfish, be on alert for the true sustenance of life. Always be prepared to sense His presence, no matter how you might brush up against Him.

"Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). 

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# 11
Author: Leonardo Blair of the CHRISTIAN POST
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:30
Published: "Pennsylvania Hospital Opens America's First Treatment Center for Internet Addicts" BY LEONARDO BLAIR , Christian Post Reporter, published CHRISTIAN POST, September 23, 2013

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# 12
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Hebrews 12:2
Published: Robert Pusateri, Facebook devotional thought, posted 2/14/13

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# 13
Author: Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5; Philippians 2:13; Revelation 5:12
Published: Willow Creek Leadership Conference (August 2002)

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# 14
Author: Don Shirley
Contributor: Don Shirley
Scripture: Psalm 119:11
Published: Personal Experience

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# 15
Author: Francis de Sales
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:1; Ecclesiastes 10:2
Published: DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS by Richard Foster, p. 29

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# 16
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Matthew 4:4
Published: First We Feast

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# 17
Author: Darren Chester / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Darren Chester
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7

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# 18
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
Published: UK Telegraph 2/18/11

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# 19
Author: Patrick Ronan / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 2:15
Published: "Doughnut-less Honey Dew to open in new Quincy YMCA" by Patrick Ronan, published in THE PATRIOT LEDGER, February 26, 2014

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# 20
Author: Jesse Carey, Contributor, RELEVANT Magazine
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:17, 24-14
Published: "2012: The Year of the Outspoken Christian Athlete" by Jesse Carey, RELEVANT contributor, retrieved 12/26/12

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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 4:34
Published: “What Are We Eating,” on creditloan.com, Jul 12, 2010

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# 22
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Song of Solomon 6:3; 2:4

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# 23
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Romans 12:1
Published: unknown

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# 24
Author: Robert J. Hutchinson
Contributor: Seth Dillon
Published: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible, 2007

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# 25
Author: Martin Luther
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Colossians 3:17, 23-24
Published: original source unknown

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# 26
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Revelation 4:11

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# 27
Author: Thomas Andrufski
Contributor: Thomas Andrufski
Scripture: Titus 2:13

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# 28
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Published: “Divine Inflammation” by Ellen Walterscheid, THE SCIENCES, July/August 1997, 11.

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# 29
Author: Sam Smith
Contributor: Sam Smith
Scripture: John 15:11

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# 30
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:17, 23-24
Published: various, including Zondervan Publishing House

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# 31
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:11-12
Published: FoxNews.com 5/3/11

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# 32
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15
Published: “'The Vow' Real Couple Hoped for More Faith in Film” by Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter, February 17, 2012

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# 33
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 10:14, 27
Published: "At a crowded party, your partner's voice is easiest to hear — and to ignore" by Melissa Dahl, published NBC News, Dec. 29, 2013

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# 34
Author: George Barna
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 2:15
Published: George Barna, as quoted in Luis Palau Responds E-zine, June 15, 2000

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# 35
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Revelation 3:20
Published: "Christians mark 500 years of ‘Holy Robe’ pilgrimage" by Ruby Russell, RNS, Apr 18, 2012

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# 36
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Michael tuazon
Scripture: Psalm 84:10

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# 37
Author: Judy Zmerold
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5; James 4:4-5
Published: Variously attributed to Judy Zmerold, published MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, 1/17/98

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# 38
Author: Senator John McCain
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 3:20
Published: "VETERANS DAY: NEVER FORGET THEIR DUTY" by Senator John McCain, November 10, 2002. Originally appeared in the November 10, 2002 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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# 39
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:31
Published: REACHING FOR THE INVISIBLE GOD by Philip Yancey, p. 168

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# 40
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 12:1
Published: "'Tis the season to be busy... Women 'begin 49 hours of Christmas party preparations from today'" By DAMIEN GAYLE, PUBLISHED: UK DAILY MAIL, 11 November 2013

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# 41
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 1:21
Published: original source unknown

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# 42
Author: Jim White
Contributor: Pat Sage
Published: Unknown

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# 43
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Matthew 20:28

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# 44
Author:
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 1:3
Published: "Elon Musk: ‘With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.’" by Matt McFarland, WASHINGTON POST, posted 10/24/14

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# 45
Author: Fox News Science Staff
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Exodus 33:13
Published: "Scientists discover dogs' preferred bathroom position" by Fox News Staff, Published FoxNews.com, January 02, 2014

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# 46
Author: Jim Cymbala
Contributor: chris warner
Scripture: Mark 11:17; Isaiah 56:7
Published: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire p. 28

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# 47
Author: Frederick W. Robertson
Contributor: John Reed
Published: "Sermons," Third Series published in 1900

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# 48
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 19
Published: Christian Post, December 30, 2010

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# 49
Author: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:7-8
Published: "Hyenas Hunt In Ethiopia When Lent Makes Scavenging Impossible" By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer, Published: 04/04/2012 on LiveScience, Huffington Post

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# 50
Author: Thomas Merton
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Matthew 11:29
Published: unknown

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# 51
Author: Stuart Sacks
Contributor: Pat Sage
Scripture: Hebrews 10:22
Published: Unknown

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# 52
Author: Paul Flannery
Contributor: Paul Flannery
Scripture: 4:21-24

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# 53
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Paul Schronce
Scripture: Matthew 6:31-34; Matthew 16:26
Published: Illustration #532 in Something to Think About

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# 54
Author: Max Lucado
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matt 2:1-2
Published: One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger

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# 55
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Colossians 3:17
Published: FleetSafe.org

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# 56
Author: Marilyn Ehle
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 1:38
Published: As quoted on Thoughts About God

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# 57
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 4:7
Published: "Applebee’s Fires Waitress Who Posted Nontipping Pastor’s Check Online" by Kevin Dolak, published ABC News, 2/1/13

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# 58
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:1

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# 59
Author: John Woolman, as quoted by Richard Foster
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:6-8; Matthew 6:33
Published: "Excerpts from the Journal of John Woolman," as quoted in DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS, by Richard Foster, p. 257

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# 60
Author: Francis de Sales
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:10
Published: As quoted in DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS BY Richard Foster, p. 28

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# 61
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Mark 12:17, cf. Matthew 22:21; Luke 20:25
Published: “On tax deadline day, death and taxes may go hand in hand; study shows spike in auto fatalities” by Associated Press, Published: April 10, 2012 on www.WashingtonPost.com

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# 62
Author: Merle Unger
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Unger's Bible Dictionary ("Cross")

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# 63
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 10:27; Deuteronomy 6:5
Published: “At 102%, His Tax Rate Takes the Cake” by JAMES B. STEWART, New York Times, 2/3/12

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# 64
Author: H.G. Wells
Contributor:
Scripture: James 2:19
Published: As quoted in THE NEW EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell, p. 318

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# 65
Author: Unkown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 10:4; Titus 3:14
Published: unknown

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# 66
Author: Francis de Sales
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: (2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10
Published: Francis de Sales, as quoted in DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS by Richard Foster, pp. 26-27.

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# 67
Author: Craig Groeschel
Contributor: Pat Sage
Scripture: Revelation 3:20
Published: The Christian Atheist (Zondervan, 2010)

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# 68
Author: Pat Sage
Contributor: Pat Sage
Scripture: Ephesians 4:30
Published: Nancy Guthrie, editor, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Crossway Books, 2008), pp. 38-39

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# 69
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 15:18-20; Matthew 5:10-12
Published: "White House Condemns Possible Execution of Iranian Pastor" By Joshua Rhett Miller, FoxNews.com, 9/29/11

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From the related category : God's Accessibility


Illustrations : 14
# 1
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Romans 10:13
Published: "Civil War Message Decoded: No Help Coming," The Associated Press, FoxNews.com 12/25/2010

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Hallmark Corporate Website

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# 3
Author: Tom Halloran
Contributor: Tom Halloran
Published: Wikipedia

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# 4
Author: David Hamburg
Contributor: David Hamburg
Scripture: Hebrews 4:16
Published: Fox News Service; Worchester, MA Telegram & Gazette (01/28/10)

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# 5
Author: Rito Jr. Saquing
Contributor: Rito Jr. Saquing
Scripture: John 14:6

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# 6
Author: Bernard Asbel
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 4:8
Published: WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT YOU by Bernard Asbell, pp. 18-19

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# 7
Author: Chris Cottrell, REUTERS correspondent
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: (Ephesians 4:26:27; James 1:19-20; Proverbs 29:11; 1 Peter 5:7
Published: “Germans blow off steam with swearing hotline” By Chris Cottrell, REUTERS, Berlin, Wed Jul 25, 2012, retrieved 9/14/12

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# 8
Author: John Williams III
Contributor: Francis Balla
Scripture: John 3:16; John 14:6; John 1:12
Published: Abraham Lincoln as cited by Donald G. Barnhouse; "God's River" Grand Rapids; Erdmans 1958. p 39

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# 9
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7:49
Published: N/A

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalms 46:1-3, Romans 10:13
Published: THE WASHINGTON TIMES, “IRS Help Line Sets Low Bar for Service,” Thursday, January 7, 2010

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# 11
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: James 1:19
Published: CHALKDUST: Prayer Meditations for Teachers by Elspeth Campbell Murphy

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:5
Published: “Batman In Brazil: Impersonator Hired To Patrol Crime-Ridden Town” by David Moye, Huffington Post, 3/9/12 and “Holy Vigilante, Batman” on Relevant.com, 3/9/12

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# 13
Author: Victor Lane
Contributor: Victor Lane
Scripture: Psalm 122:1
Published: Victor-LaMonte Lane

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# 14
Author: Darla J. Shockley
Contributor: Nathan Shockley
Scripture: Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

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From the related category : Dependence on God


Illustrations : 21
# 1
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 1 John 4:16

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# 2
Author: Chris Jordan / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Mishayla Brewer
Scripture: John 15:5

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# 3
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Dave Rigg
Scripture: John 15:5
Published: Various

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# 4
Author: Steve Goodier
Contributor: Steve Goodier
Scripture: Philippians 4:13
Published: Steve Goodier, Blog

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# 5
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10
Published: various

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 14:29-31
Published: PETER PAN: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up by J.M. Barrie, as quoted from the dedication

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# 8
Author: Leroy Larson
Contributor: Leroy Larson

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:6
Published: The Telegraph Newspaper, UK, "Pensioner's Seven Year Jigsaw Baattle Ends With One Piece Missing," By Andrew Hough, 17 May 2010

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 1:17; Revelation 5:12
Published: Thanking of You (internet interactive gratitude page)

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# 11
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Acts 17:28

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# 12
Author: Billy Hallowell
Contributor: Johnny Cox
Scripture: Psalm 121:2
Published: The Blaze

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# 13
Author: Paul Stewart
Contributor: Paul Stewart
Scripture: John 8:12

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# 14
Author: Chris Horton
Contributor: Chris Horton
Scripture: Matthew 19:25-26

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# 15
Author: Hudson Taylor
Contributor: Lee Turner
Scripture: John 15:5
Published: Hutson Taylor and the China Inland Mission (London: China Inland Mission, 1955), p. 206

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:10
Published: About.com

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# 17
Author: Mary Natl, Women's Encourager Coach
Contributor: Bruce Kay
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:10
Published: Celebrate Recovery

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# 18
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Galatians 1:10
Published: various

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# 19
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "9/11 Traced New Spiritual Lines," by Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today, 8/19/11

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# 20
Author: Golda Meir / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Published: Various

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# 21
Author: A.W. Tozer
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Published: The Pursuit of God

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From the related category : Submission


Illustrations : 28
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Published: "Runner finishes marathon by mistake" by Kristi Umbreit, AP Sports Writer, published in the PRESCOTT COURIER, et al, May 22, 1990

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# 2
Author: Seth Dillon
Contributor: Seth Dillon

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# 3
Author: Max Anders
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:22: Romans 6:22
Published: THIRTY DAYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE by Max Anders, p. 43.

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# 4
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 1 John 4:10

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# 5
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:13-14; Romans 13:1,5
Published: “Hero of A Lost Cause” By GEOFFREY C. WARD, editor of American Heritage magazine, Published: November 22, 1981, as a NY TIMES book review of LEE: THE LAST YEARS By Charles Bracelen Flood

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# 6
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10
Published: various

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# 7
Author: Leroy Larson
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Romans 7:22-23

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# 8
Author: Rob Guevarra
Contributor: Rob Guevarra
Scripture: Luke 6:46

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# 9
Author: James David Pedida
Contributor: James David Pedida
Scripture: Proverbs 3:6

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# 10
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:6
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 11
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28

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# 12
Author: Warren Wiersbe
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 8:31-35
Published: THE INTEGRITY CRISIS by Warren Wiersbe, p. 22.

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Various

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# 15
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 3:6
Published: unknown

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
Published: various

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# 17
Author: Roger Swedzinski
Contributor: Roger Swedzinski
Scripture: I Peter 5:8; James 4:7
Published: Life's experience

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# 18
Author: Thabit Anyabwile
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 13:17
Published: “Don't Make Your Pastor a Statistic?” By Thabiti Anyabwile, 5.25.2011, on 9Marks.org

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# 19
Author: Mother Teresa
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink (Harper,1997)

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# 20
Author: Mother Teresa
Contributor: Illustration Exchange

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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Samuel 1:10-11; 2:1-2

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# 22
Author: C. S. Lewis
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: The Great Divorce

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# 23
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:6
Published: N/A

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# 24
Author: Josh McDowell
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 1:1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Published: EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell, p. 21

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# 25
Author: Charles Spurgeon
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:3
Published: MORNING AND EVENING by Charles Spurgeon, p. 201

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# 26
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 2:9-11
Published: “Pittsburgh's mayor 'Tebows' in defeat” by CNN news blog editor Mallory Simon, CNN's Brad Lendon, 1/10/12

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# 27
Author: Andrew Murray
Contributor: Aaron Aarons
Published: Unknown

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# 28
Author: Max Anders
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Published: The Good Life, p. 261

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From the related category : Obedience


Illustrations : 51
# 1
Author: Aaron Bartmess
Contributor: Aaron Bartmess
Scripture: James 1:21-25

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 119:9-11
Published: various

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# 3
Author: Anne Paden
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Joshua 24:15
Published: "Chickens" as told by Anne Paden in STORIES FOR THE HEART, compiled by Alice Gray, pp. 74-75

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 119:15
Published: "Dallas teen died speeding to meet parental curfew" by Shon Gables, WFAA News, Dallas, 4/7/13

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
Published: “Prosper police are rewarding good drivers” by STEVE STOLER, WFAA News, Posted on December 12, 2011

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# 6
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: James 1:22; Matthew 5:16

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# 7
Author: Joseph Griffin
Contributor: Joseph Griffin
Scripture: Galatians 5:25

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# 8
Author: John McCaslin
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: The Washington Times "Inside the Beltway" (11-12-03)

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# 9
Author: Susan Maycinik
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Galatians 3:3
Published: As quoted in CHOICE CONTEMPORARY STORIES AND ILLUSTRATIONS FOR PREACHERS, TEACHERS, AND WRITERS by Craig Brian Larson, p. 160

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# 10
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: Grounded In Grace

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# 11
Author: Seth Dillon
Contributor: Seth Dillon
Scripture: 1 John 5:3

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 2:8
Published: “Jesuit seminarian took photographs of Titanic's infamous voyage” By Sarah MacDonald, Catholic News Service, 4/10/12

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# 13
Author: Chuck Swindoll/Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15
Published: GREAT LIVES: JOB, A MAN OF HEROIC ENDURANCE

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 26:7
Published: "When in doubt: UPS avoids left turns. How a simple rule increased our drivers' efficiency," posted UPS COMPASS, July 2012

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# 15
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange

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# 16
Author: VERNON HAMMETT
Contributor: VERNON HAMMETT
Scripture: Matthew 28:17-19

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# 17
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange

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# 18
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 9:27
Published: "Jackie's Last Days" in READER'S DIGEST, May 2004, p. 181

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# 19
Author: E. Stanley Jones
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Homeletics, Aug 2006

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# 20
Author: E. Stanley Jones
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:22; Romans 8:2; John 8:36; Galatians 5:1
Published: ABUNDANT LIVING by E. Stanley Jones, p. 179

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# 21
Author: Janet Malone
Contributor: Janet Malone
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

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# 22
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:26
Published: various

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# 23
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: The movie "It's A Wonderful Life."

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# 24
Author: Fox News Science Staff
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Exodus 33:13
Published: "Scientists discover dogs' preferred bathroom position" by Fox News Staff, Published FoxNews.com, January 02, 2014

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# 25
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Animal Planet

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# 26
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9
Published: Louisiana State University / Robie Project

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# 27
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Published: Our Daily Bread

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# 28
Author: Paul Lee Tan
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 11:28
Published: In his book "Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations"

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# 29
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Feb 16, 600 AD Pope Gregory decrees "God bless you" correct response to sneeze" by Elizabeth Gorski in Examiner.com

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# 30
Author: Tim Mawson
Contributor: Tim Mawson
Scripture: Acts 17:11

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# 31
Author: John Kenneth Galbraith
Contributor: chris warner
Scripture: John 14:23
Published: "A Life in Our Times"

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# 32
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: WHY YOU SAY IT by Webb Garrison, p. 9

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# 33
Author: Jonathan Pokluda
Contributor: Jonathan Pokluda
Scripture: Galatians 6:9

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# 34
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 5:16
Published: "Major League Torture" by Rick Reily on SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (CNNSI.com), Thursday October 12, 2000

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# 35
Author: Oswald Chambers
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 10:36
Published: Unknown

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# 36
Author: Luis Sandoval
Contributor: Luis Sandoval
Scripture: Proverbs 21:2

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# 37
Author: Craig Brian Larson
Contributor: Seth Dillon
Published: Preaching Today

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# 38
Author: Vox Day
Contributor: Rod Crowell
Scripture: James 1:25
Published: The Irrational Atheist, pages 259-260

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# 39
Author: Scott Maclean
Contributor: Scott Maclean
Scripture: James 1:23-24

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# 40
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Ephesians 4:21-24
Published: “Adolescent Sexual Intercourse, Strategies for promoting abstinence in teens,” by Lawrence E. Kay, M.D., Postgraduate Medicine 97, no. 6 (June 1995): 121

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# 41
Author: Marilyn Ehle
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 1:38
Published: As quoted on Thoughts About God

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# 42
Author: Bryan Hughes
Contributor: Bryan Hughes
Scripture: John 8:31-32

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# 43
Author: Max Anders
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Published: The Good Life, p. 261

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# 44
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Ephesians 6:11
Published: New World Encyclopedia

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# 45
Author: Thomas Merton
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS, by Richard Foster, p. 62

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# 46
Author: Brian Harvison
Contributor: Brian Harvison
Scripture: James 1:22

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# 47
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Reaching for the Invisible God, p. 44

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# 48
Author: Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:28
Published: Jean-Pierre de Caussade, as quoted in DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS by Richard Foster, p. 230.

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# 49
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 139:16; Jeremiah 29:11

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# 50
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Genesis 1:28
Published: “Workplace and Workforce Trends: The Future Is Now,” by Carl Camden, President and COO, Kelly Services, a speech delivered to the Japan World Expo, Tokyo, Japan, July 14, 2005, published in VITAL SPEECHES, August 15, 2005, p. 648.

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# 51
Author: Thomas Merton
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Devotional Classic’s by Richard Foster, p. 63

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From the related category : Rest


Illustrations : 24
# 1
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 11:28-29
Published: various

How heavy does something have to be, to be too heavy? Consider the following story:

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."


Application:

She continued:

"The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early … as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV).



# 2
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 1 John 4:18, Psalm 4:8

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# 3
Author: Alton Gansky
Contributor: Rich Wilbur
Scripture: Titus 3:4-5
Published: 40 DAYS by Alton Gansky, as quoted in Today In The Word

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# 4
Author: Jonathan Fulton
Contributor: Jonathan Fulton
Scripture: Isaiah 40:31

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# 5
Author: Matt Chandler
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Matthew 11:28
Published: Sermon "A Call To Prayer" the Village Church 01/01/12

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# 6
Author: Richard Swenson
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:12; Psalm 127:2; Proverbs 20:13; Proverbs 24:33-34
Published: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by Richard Swenson, p. 53

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# 7
Author: John Reed
Contributor: John Reed
Scripture: Luke 10:42

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# 8
Author: Phil Callaway
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 18:2
Published: The Total Christian Guy, Harvest House, 1996, p. 127

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 1:17; Hebrews 1:3
Published: "Stanford Student Sir Ravi the Juggler Solves Rubik’s Cube While Juggling" By Daniel Clark, Published on ABCNews.com, Mar 1, 2013

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# 10
Author: Jim Kutnow
Contributor: Jim Kutnow

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# 11
Author: John Wesley
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: from "Restoring Your Spiritual Passion by Gordon MacDonald

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:7
Published: Homiletics, Oct-Dec 1996, p. 24

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# 13
Author: Phil Booe
Contributor: Phil Booe
Scripture: Luke 12:22-34

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# 14
Author: T. S. Eliot
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Rumors of Another World" by Philip Yancey, Zondervan 2003, p.26

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# 15
Author: Mchenry
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Published: Mchenry's Stories for the Soul

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 62:5
Published: various

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# 17
Author: Wayne Muller
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 4:9-11; Psalm 46:10
Published: As quoted in Credenda Agenda, 2000, Vol. 12, No. 2, p.3.

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# 18
Author: Bianca London / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 11:29
Published: "Put down that carving knife! Christmas day stress peaks at 12.56pm - and it's down to turkey-related tension" by Bianca London for [UK] MailOnline, posted 17 December 2013

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# 19
Author: Chuck Swindol
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Matthew 11:28
Published: "Seasons of Life, p. 377

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# 20
Author: US News and World Report
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 46:10; Proverbs 3:5
Published: "Sleepless in America," U.S. News and World Report, 10/16/00

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# 21
Author: Rod Crowell
Contributor: Rod Crowell
Scripture: Psalm 4:6-8
Published: "Late Night TV/Computer Linked to Depression," Fox News, 7-24-12

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# 22
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 5:16
Published: "The Popularity of 'Time' Unveiled" BBC News 6/22/2006

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# 23
Author: Henri Nouwen
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: From "Making All Things New, " pp. 95-97.

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# 24
Author: Rhea Boone
Contributor: Rhea Boone
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

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