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# 1
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Hebrews 6:18

If I told you that I was going to give away ten thousand dollars in cash to everyone here this morning and instructed you to meet me in the Fellowship Hall after the service, what kind of thoughts would run through your mind? Likely, you'd wonder what I was really up to. You might also have grave doubts because if you know anything at all about me, you know that I could not possibly come up with that kind of money. If you bothered to show up in the Fellowship Hall after church, it would probably be out of curiosity and to see how I would manage to talk myself out of this one. Surely no one here would have any real expectation (and rightly so) of receiving ten thousand dollars from my hand to yours.

However, what if Bill Gates showed up at our humble church service and made the same kind of promise? What kinds of thoughts might go through your mind upon hearing his promise? No doubt, many of you here would not even wait for the service to end before rushing off to the Fellowship Hall and forming a line. You'd be filled with expectation and anticipation. Why? You may not be able to guess at his motives, but you would have no doubt that Bill Gates has the ability to make good on his promise.


Application:

Great faith owes its existence and substance to the ability and integrity of its object. A survey of Bible history, both Old and New Testaments, demonstrates that God's word is true and he has the power to do what he says he will do. So, keep your spiritual eyes upon God and his provision in Christ and he will see to it that your faith is as strong as his unfailing word.

"So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us" (Hebrews 6:18, NLT).



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# 2
Author: Carla Adair Hendricks
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:12
Published: "86 Years of 'I Do': Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher maintain Guinness World's Record for longest marriage" by Carla Adair Hendricks, from: AARP Bulletin, Updated Feb. 14, 2011

Since 2008, one couple has held the Guinness World Record for Longest Married:

In a day when marriages begin and end with the greatest of ease, Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher are a rarity. The James City, N.C., husband and wife have been wed 86 years and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple.

Banners and signs celebrating that record decorate the front lawn of their ranch-style home. They’ve captured the attention of newspapers, magazines and websites everywhere. And just recently, they received a signed commendation from President Obama with a promise of an official invitation to the White House to meet him.

The hoopla over their accomplishment doesn’t faze them at all. Zelmyra, 103 [her husband is 105], scorns the idea that there’s some secret to the longevity of their marriage. “No secrets,” she says. “There isn’t any secret. It was only God that kept us together.”

Click here for a video interview with the record holding couple. Or follow the "tweeting" love birds on Twitter @longestmarried.

Amendment: 2013 longest US couple just named. Click here to read about John and Ann Betar, married 81 yrs!


Application:

"God kept us together" says it all. "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

 "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain." (Psalm 127:1)



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# 3
Author: Dave Thomas / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Numbers 30:2; Ecclesiastes 5:4; Psalm 50:14; Matthew 5:37
Published: "What Makes for Success?" A speech delivered to Hilldale College by Dave Thomas, Founder, Wendy’s International, July 1996

In 1943, legendary comedian and philanthropist Danny Thomas was struggling to raise his family while playing $5 per week gigs in second rate nightclubs when his uncle offered him a job cutting meat in his butcher shop. Danny struggled with doing the seemingly responsible thing versus following his dream.

He stopped into a church and prayed for direction and guidance, with the promise that he would someday show his gratitude for discovering the right path to follow. Soon after, he was "discovered" and his act was booked at the Chez Paris club in Chicago. The gig lasted for five years and ended up launching his TV career. Remember the beloved sitcom Make Room for Daddy?

But Danny's TV stardom didn't prove to be his greatest legacy. Rather, it was the founding of St. Jude's Children's Hospital that holds that honor.

How did it come about. Well, at first, Danny forgot his promise to God to express gratitude for His guidance. But several years later, while contemplating his new found success, it all came back to him. Thus, in 1957 he began funding the project.

Plenty of impossible things were made possible because Danny stuck to his [promise] like a bulldog. In 1962, only 4 percent of victims of acute lymphocytic leukemia survived the disease; by 1991 [the year Thomas died], 73 percent survived. Only 7 percent of patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma recovered; now, about 80 percent do. The list goes on and on. When people tell you about the "impossible," just think of St. Jude's Hospital.


Application:

Are there any forgotten promises in your life? Great things--seemingly impossible things--can happen when you keep your word.

"When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said" (Numbers 30:2). "When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow" (Ecclesiastes 5:4). "Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High" (Psalm 50:14). "Let your yes be yes …" (Matthew 5:37).

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:37
Published: Various

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From the related category : Commitment


Illustrations : 22
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:8
Published: "Captain and Tennille, musical duo of the ’70s, divorcing after 39 years of marriage" by BY DIANA REESE, Published WASHINGTON POST, January 23, 2014

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# 2
Author: Soren Kierkagaard
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 1:22; Matthew 7:24; Luke 6:46
Published: LET ME TELL YOU A STORY by Tony Campolo, pp. 81-82

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# 3
Author: Timothy Beougher
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 6:1
Published: “Is Your Faith Genuine” by Timothy Beougher, contributor, NELSON’S ANNUAL PREACHER’S SOURCEBOOK, 2004, p. 218

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# 4
Author: Jeff Burkhardt
Contributor: Jeff Burkhardt
Scripture: Proverbs 29:18; Philippians 3:14; Hebrews 11:9-10

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# 5
Author: David Cranford
Contributor: David Cranford
Scripture: Hebrews 2:1-4
Published: USA Today, Jan. 17, 2011

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Leadership, Summer 1996, p. 71

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# 7
Author: D. Foy Hutchins
Contributor: D. Foy Hutchins
Scripture: Genesis 2:24

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# 8
Author: Carla Adair Hendricks
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:12
Published: "86 Years of 'I Do': Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher maintain Guinness World's Record for longest marriage" by Carla Adair Hendricks, from: AARP Bulletin, Updated Feb. 14, 2011

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 3:23; 2 Timothy 2:13

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# 10
Author: John Wesley
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: from "Restoring Your Spiritual Passion by Gordon MacDonald

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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Yahoo News, 11/3/11, "Man suing photographer wants wedding recreated, despite divorce" By Zachary Roth,The Lookout

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 4:13
Published: various, and "300" - the movie

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# 13
Author: David Smith
Contributor: David Smith
Scripture: Joshua 24:15

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 20:28
Published: Associated Press, December 23, 2010

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# 15
Author: Helen Keller
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Matthew 16:24

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# 16
Author: Rob Guevarra
Contributor: Rob Guevarra
Scripture: 1 John 4:10

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# 17
Author: Chuck Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 26:2; Lamentations 3:4
Published: GROWING STRONG IN THE SEASONS OF LIFE, Chuck Swindoll, p. 231

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# 18
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Ephesians 5:24-25; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 2:24

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# 19
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: “Divorce Expo coming to Metro Detroit: Split Partners LLC sponsoring event, which will feature speakers, seminars,” Published On: Mar 06 2012, ClickOnDetroit.com

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# 20
Author: Alan King
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 5:25
Published: Unknown

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# 21
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:12

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# 22
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Published: “After 28 Years, Gene Simmons Finally Weds Shannon Tweed” Posted Yahoo Music, Wed Oct 19, 2011

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From the related category : Dedication


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

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From the related category : Trustworthy


Illustrations : 5
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 2:3-4; James 3:14-16; James 4:1-2
Published: "Study: Monkeys Shun Meanies" By Yue Wang, Published on TIME NewsFeed, March 12, 2013

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# 2
Author: Kent Crockett
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 25:21
Published: MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY by Kent Crockett, p. 46

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# 3
Author: Henry Morris, PhD
Contributor: kozel zhirinovsky
Scripture: Revelation 22:21; 2 Corinthians 1:20
Published: "The Amen" by Henry Morris, PhD, as published on ICR.org

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# 4
Author: Editors, HOMILETICS MAGAZINE
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11
Published: From “The Prisoner’s Dilemma” by Leon Felkins, June 12, 1998, www.magnolia.net as cited in HOMILETICS, September 200, p.34

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:25
Published: "Your Most Powerful Forgotten Weapon: Gratitude" by David Horsager, published FORBES.COM, 11/28/12

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From the related category : Devotion


Illustrations : 68
# 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: 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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# 6
Author: francis Balla
Contributor: Francis Balla
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21
Published: CNN.COM

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# 7
Author: Ricky Sanderford
Contributor: Ricky Sanderford
Scripture: Matthew 13:45-46
Published: Brett Blair

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# 8
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Published: geology.com

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# 9
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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# 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: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Song of Solomon 6:3; 2:4

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# 15
Author: Robert J. Hutchinson
Contributor: Seth Dillon
Published: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible, 2007

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# 16
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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# 17
Author: Don Shirley
Contributor: Don Shirley
Scripture: Psalm 119:11
Published: Personal Experience

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# 18
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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# 19
Author: Darren Chester / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Darren Chester
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7

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# 20
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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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
Published: UK Telegraph 2/18/11

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# 22
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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# 23
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Matthew 4:4
Published: First We Feast

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# 24
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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# 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: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Romans 12:1
Published: unknown

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

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# 31
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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# 32
Author: Thomas Andrufski
Contributor: Thomas Andrufski
Scripture: Titus 2:13

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# 33
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:17, 23-24
Published: various, including Zondervan Publishing House

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# 34
Author: Jim White
Contributor: Pat Sage
Published: Unknown

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# 35
Author: Jim Cymbala
Contributor: chris warner
Scripture: Mark 11:17; Isaiah 56:7
Published: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire p. 28

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# 36
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Matthew 20:28

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# 37
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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# 38
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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# 39
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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# 40
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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# 41
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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# 42
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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# 43
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Colossians 3:17
Published: FleetSafe.org

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# 44
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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# 45
Author: Marilyn Ehle
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 1:38
Published: As quoted on Thoughts About God

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# 46
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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# 47
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 1:21
Published: original source unknown

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# 48
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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# 49
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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# 50
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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# 51
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Michael tuazon
Scripture: Psalm 84:10

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# 52
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:1

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# 53
Author: Thomas Merton
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Matthew 11:29
Published: unknown

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# 54
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 19
Published: Christian Post, December 30, 2010

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# 55
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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# 56
Author: Frederick W. Robertson
Contributor: John Reed
Published: "Sermons," Third Series published in 1900

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# 57
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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# 58
Author: Stuart Sacks
Contributor: Pat Sage
Scripture: Hebrews 10:22
Published: Unknown

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# 59
Author: Paul Flannery
Contributor: Paul Flannery
Scripture: 4:21-24

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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: 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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# 62
Author: Craig Groeschel
Contributor: Pat Sage
Scripture: Revelation 3:20
Published: The Christian Atheist (Zondervan, 2010)

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# 63
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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# 64
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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# 65
Author: Merle Unger
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Published: Unger's Bible Dictionary ("Cross")

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# 66
Author: H.G. Wells
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Scripture: James 2:19
Published: As quoted in THE NEW EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT by Josh McDowell, p. 318

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# 67
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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# 68
Author: Unkown
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Scripture: Psalm 10:4; Titus 3:14
Published: unknown

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Illustrations : 29
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:16
Published: “Abercrombie To 'Jersey Shore': Ditch Our Brand” by Laurie Segall (courtesy CNN)

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# 2
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:7
Published: REACHING FOR THE INVISIBLE GOD by Philip Yancey, p. 90

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# 3
Author: Edmund Burke
Contributor: Leroy Larson

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# 4
Author: Bill Hane
Contributor: Bill Hane
Scripture: Matthew 13:3-23

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# 5
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Matthew 25:23
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 6
Author: Kent Crockett
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 16:10
Published: "Being Faithful With What You Have" by Kent Crockett, as published on KentCrockett.blogspot, September 25, 2013 and in MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY by Kent Crockett, pp. 149-50

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# 7
Author: Webb Garrison
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1
Published: WHY YOU SAY IT: THE FASCINATING STORIES BEHIND OVER 600 EVERYDAY WORDS AND PHRASES by Webb Garrison, pp.58-59

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# 8
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Proverbs 3:3-4

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# 9
Author: Peter John Kreeft
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Job 23:10
Published: Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith (Zondervan, 2001), p. 50

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# 10
Author: D. James Kennedy
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: D. James Kennedy, as quoted in NELSON'S ANNUAL PREACHER'S SOURCEBOOK, 2OO3, p. 361

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# 11
Author: James Needham
Contributor: James Needham
Scripture: Mark 10:14; Matthew 19:14; Deut 10:18-21; Proverbs 22:6

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 1:2-4
Published: Various and specifically, "Old Faithful slows, but grows". Billings Gazette. Archived from the original on October 9, 2007.

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Matthew 25:23
Published: snopes.com

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 1:12; 2 Timothy 2:12; Hebrews 12:1-4
Published: "NFL All Time Rushing Leaders" published on SportsCity, retrieved 4/3/13

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# 15
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 4:4; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7
Published: Yahoo Video Play of the Day, “Hungry Lion at Oregon Zoo Eyes Baby Through Glass” posted Thu, May 3, 2012, reported by ABC News

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# 17
Author: Jeff Ostrander
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Scripture: Galatians 6:9
Published: "It Matters" as told by Jeff Ostrander in STORIES FOR THE HEART, compiled by Alice Gray, p. 33

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Author: Edmund Burke
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Published: Various

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# 19
Author: Helen Keller
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Luke 16:10
Published: Unknown

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# 20
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Joel 2:8
Published: usatoday.com 10/6/04 by Associated Press

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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24-26
Published: USA Today online 10/25/10

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# 22
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:15
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 23
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Will Lohnes

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# 24
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 92:12-14; Isaiah 46:4
Published: “10 Famed Accomplishments Made Late In Life” by Molly Edmonds and Becky Striepe on Discovery: Fit & Health

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# 25
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15
Published: NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, REvised, v. 11, p. 1178

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# 26
Author: Augustine
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Matthew 10:28
Published: unknown

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# 27
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Woman Turns Down Drinks, Gets Hit With Bowling Ball" by Ivana Kvesic

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# 28
Author: Editors, songsandhymns.org
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Psalm 23
Published: www.songsandhymns.org

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# 29
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 25:23
Published: BEFORE I DIE, p. 262, *ILLUSTRATIONS UNLIMITED by James S. Hewett, p.188

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From the related category : God's Promises


Illustrations : 28
# 1
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 6:23
Published: various

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# 2
Author: Dr. David DeSteno
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Scripture: Romans 15:13
Published: “Gratitude Is About the Future, Not the Past” by Dr. David DeSteno, published HUFFINGTON POST, 09/21/2013

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# 3
Author: Wesley Taylor, UMC, Tualatin, Oregon
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:6
Published: HOMILETICS, May 2003, p.18

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# 4
Author: Editors
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Hebrews 7:27
Published: Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, 2003, p.240

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# 5
Author: Chris Horton
Contributor: Chris Horton
Scripture: Psalm 27:1

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Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 1:20
Published: Ann Landers' advice column

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# 7
Author: Roberta Kramer
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:17
Published: A BOOK OF CURIOSITIES by Roberta Kramer

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# 8
Author: Brian Kluth
Contributor: Steve Erickson
Scripture: Hebrews 6:18
Published: Maximum Generosity

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# 9
Author: Anonymous/Pat Sage
Contributor: Pat Sage

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# 10
Author: Regina Prude
Contributor: Regina Prude
Scripture: Isaiah 41:13
Published: Regina M. Prude's Blog

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# 11
Author: Rick Flann
Contributor: Rick Flann
Scripture: 2 timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:9-16; Psalm 40:8

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# 12
Author: Joseph Griffin
Contributor: Joseph Griffin
Scripture: Micah 5:2

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Psalm 16:11; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Romans 8:32

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# 14
Author: Henry Morris, PhD
Contributor: kozel zhirinovsky
Scripture: Revelation 22:21; 2 Corinthians 1:20
Published: "The Amen" by Henry Morris, PhD, as published on ICR.org

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# 15
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Titus 1:2
Published: "Beijing fights elusive Y2K bug" by Beijing Bureau Chief Rebecca MacKinnon, CNN, April 1, 1999

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:18; Psalm 119:89
Published: “Internet Archivist Seeks 1 of Every Book Ever Written,” FoxNews.com 8/1/11

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Author: Martin Luther
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Unknown

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# 18
Author: Charles Spurgeon
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 12:27
Published: MORNING AND EVENING by Charles Hadden Spurgeon, p. 175

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# 19
Author: Churck Swindoll / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:20; John 1:14
Published: THE GRACE AWAKENING by Chuck Swindoll, p.6

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# 20
Author: Janet Malone
Contributor: Janet Malone
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10
Published: http://www.experiencewa.com/Cities/Eltopia.aspx

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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 71:20-21; Isaiah 25:8
Published: “World Trade Center Victim's Name Misspelled on 9/11 Memorial” by Luiza Oleszczuk on www.christianpost.com, 9/13/11

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# 22
Author: unknown
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; John 17:3

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# 23
Author: Paul Bunyan
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Genesis 28:10-17; Isaiah 8:13-14
Published: THE ENTIRE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, Volume 2 by John Bunyan, Henry Stebbing, p. 404

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Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3
Published: “Israel crowns 'Miss Holocaust Survivor'” Published June 29, 2012, Associated Press

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Author: Max Lucado
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 2:25-32
Published: One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger

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# 26
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 28:16
Published: various

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# 27
Author: Charles Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: THE QUEST FOR CHARACTER, p.p. 81-82

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# 28
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54
Published: “Natural death is no crime, but D.C. detectives find it's no picnic” by Del Quentin Wilber of The Washington Post, published on MSNC.com, 10/21/05

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