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# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 12:10

The average life span of a Major League baseball is only 7 pitches.  In tennis, balls are changed out after every 7 games. The reasons are similar for both. Dirt, moisture, the oil from the players’ hands all serve to effect the way the balls handle and perform. Seems some things in life lose their usefulness pretty quickly. 


Application:

Sadly, the same can be said for people. As soon as they fail to perform to our specs we quickly toss them aside. Don’t treat the people in your life like a baseball, discarding them after just 7 pitches.

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).


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# 2
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

I was once asked to help a friend unload a new delivery of baby chicks at his chicken farm . Many hands were needed in order to spread the chicks from one end of the huge coop to the other. Without such facilitation, the danger existed that the 45,000 chicks being delivered that day, might bunch up in a big pile and suffocate one another. 

As the hatchlings were being emptied one ben at a time, I noticed that one chick bore a small black mark on its back. My friend pointed to it and said, 'that's a mark of death." He then explained that chicklings will not tolerate variation of any kind. A light or a dark spot, being undersized or oversized, possessing a scratch or even a slight lump is all it takes to become a target. The other chicks are drawn to these distinctive markings and will begin to savagely peck at them until they have killed the marked chick. 


Application:

Most of us know what it feels like to be singled out as different in someway. Children, like soft cuddly chicks, can appear innocent but be just as ruthless to their peers who bear a distinguishing mark. How were you different? Where you the "fat" kid, or the "dumb" kid, or the "ugly" kid, or the "brace-face" kid, or the "slow", "short," or "nonathletic" kid? Whatever your weakness was, there was sure to be someone who could find it and get the pecking started. 

The world demands our conformity. Stand out and you can expect to be targeted and viciously attacked. This was Jesus' warning to all those who would choose to break from the world in order to follow Him.

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:13).

"We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead" (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).



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# 3
Author: Darin Freeson
Contributor: Darin Freeson
Scripture: John 1:12; John 6:37
Published: “Sorry, You’re Nobody’s Type; Dating Sites Now Reject Some Applicants Upfront; Flunking the Personality Test.” Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition).New York, N.Y.: Jul 30, 2003. pg. D1

Popular online dating magnet, eHarmony, claims to reject approximately 20% of all applicants because they do not meet their profile criteria. Jane Spencer of the WALL STREET JOURNAL recounts one such rejection: “Nik Bosyk considers himself a decent catch. The six-foot-four, blue-eyed voice-actor makes great calamari, likes sappy movies, and never forgets birthdays. But after a recent dating dry spell, the 25-year-old swallowed his pride and turned to the refuge of the semi-desperate: online dating. 'It seemed like you were guaranteed to meet someone,' he says.

"He was wrong. After completing a mandatory 40-minute personality test on the match-making site eHarmony.com, Mr. Bosyk experienced the latest — and arguably most extreme — form of courtship humiliation: He was rejected by an online dating service.”

Below is eHarmony’s response to those who are rejected:

eHarmony is based upon a complex matching system developed through extensive research with married couples. One of the requirements for successful matching is that participants fall within certain defined profiles. If we find that we will not be able to match a user using these profiles, we feel it is only fair to inform them early in the process.
We are so convinced of the importance of creating compatible matches to help people establish happy, lasting relationships that we sometimes choose not to provide service rather than risk an uncertain match.
Unfortunately, we are not able to make our profiles work for you. Our matching model could not accurately predict with whom you would be best matched. This occurs for about 20% of potential users, so 1 in 5 people simply will not benefit from our service. We hope that you understand, and we regret our inability to provide service for you at this time.

Application:

Rejection is one of the most emotionally charged and damaging of life’s experiences. In life we all “test” each other by our own lists of criteria and reject as many as we accept (maybe even more!).

Did you know, though, that God is "courting" us, and He also has a list of criteria for those whom He would welcome into relationship. Unlike eHarmony, however, the test failure rate is not 20%. It’s not 50%. It’s 100%. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”—His standard is absolute perfection (Romans 3:23). In this point I would take issue with Ms. Spencer and say that being rejected by God clearly trumps being turned away from an online dating service as "arguably the most extreme form of courtship humiliation."

BUT before you slink away—embarrassed … depressed … rejected—know that the Scriptures make this promise:,"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18). This is possible because, “To all who believed him and accepted him [Jesus], he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12) ... "And whoever comes to me I will never reject" (John 6:37).

There it is—eternal acceptance, eternal relationship! It’s what we’re all looking for—eHarmony, eternal harmony, with God.



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# 4
Author: Chris Abel, for Relevant Magazine
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 4:24; Matthew 13:57; Mark 6:4; John 4:44
Published: "Can Rejection Be Good for You?" by Chris Abel, for Relevant Magazine, 3/27/12

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# 5
Author: Webb Garrison
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:6-7; Ephesians 4:32; Galatians 6:1
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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# 1
Author: Chuck Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: GROWING STRONG IN THE SEASONS OF LIFE, pp. 270-271

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# 2
Author: David Slagle
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: USA Today (12-28-07)

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# 3
Author: Phil Callaway
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 18:2
Published: The Total Christian Guy, Harvest House, 1996, p. 127

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# 4
Author: Keith Johnson
Contributor: Keith Johnson

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# 5
Author: Rod Crowell
Contributor: Rod Crowell
Scripture: Galatians 5:15
Published: Wichita Eagle, 6-15-97, p. 12C

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# 6
Author: Dana Mack
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Proverbs 13:24
Published: Washington Post Weekly, February 7, 1994, pp. 24-25

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# 7
Author: Gary Richmond
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Ephesians 5:24-35
Published: Gary Richmond, “When Families Break Up: The Human Toll,” Focus on the Family, August 1989, 4.

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From the related category : Blame


Illustrations : 6
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 6:20; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Proverbs 28:13; Ezekiel 18:20
Published: "14-year-old driver crashes Jeep on Parkway East: Crash closes parkway for hours" by WTAE News, Pittsburgh, PA, 8/13/12

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:10
Published: “Some fans of the late Whitney Houston vent anger at her ex Bobby Brown” by Jo Piazza, published February 12, 2012, FoxNews.com

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# 3
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: Unknown

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 51:3-4
Published: “Englewood woman owes $100k in George Washington Bridge toll fees, reportedly because of drug-addicted son” by S.P. Sullivan, on NJ.com, published: Monday, February 20, 2012

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 12:10
Published: Fox News, Science and Technology, "Italian Seismologists Charged With Manslaughter for Not Predicting 2009 Quake," 5/27/11

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Author: Drs. Blair and Rita Justice
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 1:21
Published: University of Texas Health Leader Magazine

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Illustrations : 13
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 3:16; Colossians 2:14
Published: U.S. Supreme Court Case File United States v. Wilson, 32 U.S. 7 Pet. 150 (1833)

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# 2
Author: Richard L. Dunigan
Contributor: Paul Gleason
Published: Preaching Today

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# 3
Author: Dr. Bill Bright and Dr. James O. Davis
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 7:22-23
Published: BEYOND ALL LIMITS, pp. 19-20

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Author: Paul Flannery
Contributor: Paul Flannery

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# 5
Author: The BBC/Illustration Exchange
Contributor: TC Buthe
Scripture: John 10:10; Matthew 23:27-28; 1 Corinthians 15:56-57
Published: BBC News

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# 6
Author: Joshua Harris
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrew 10:17
Published: Dug Down Deep (Multnomah, 2010), p. 101

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# 7
Author: Dan Oliva
Contributor: John Reed
Published: Unknown

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# 8
Author: John Ankerberg and John Weldon
Contributor: Darin Freeson
Scripture: Daniel 12:2; Matthew 5:22; Matthew 10:28; Mark 9:44; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:9-15
Published: Reprinted in TO HELL AND BACK by Maurice S. Rawlings, M.D., pp. 81-83

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# 9
Author: Ed Newton
Contributor: Ed Newton
Scripture: Matthew 25:31-34

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Albigensian Crusade" in Encyclopaedia Britanica

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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:1
Published: Flamingo Flats and Chili Pepper Magazine

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# 12
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: Matthew 16:26
Published: AMAZING FACTS AND TRIVA by Quentin Compson, p. 119.

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# 13
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 8:7
Published: FoxNews.com 6/8/11

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From the related category : Contempt


Illustrations : 1
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:15
Published: "The Man Behind Lady Gaga's 'Get Out of Hell Free Card'" by Erin Sun, thechristianpost.com, 5/15/11

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From the related category : Hatred


Illustrations : 7
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 5:44; Proverbs 24:17
Published: USA Today Online, 5/2/11, "Bin Laden Death Prompts Celbration, Reflection" by William M. Welch

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Titus 3:5
Published: “Former white supremacist sheds hate and embraces Christianity” by Aaron Aupperlee, July 2, 2012, RNS

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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 15:18-19
Published: www.anecdotage.com

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# 4
Author: Johnathan Swift
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: various

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 2:10
Published: "Layer: Lesbians assault on gay man can't be hate crime" by Richard Weir, Boston Herald, 2/25/12.

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31; James 4:12
Published: "Americans Are as Likely to Be Killed by Their Own Furniture as by Terrorism," by Micah Zenko, in The Atlantic, JUN 6 2012

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Author: Various
Contributor: Illustration Exchange

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From the related category : Judging


Illustrations : 32
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 12:32
Published: Inbox (letters to the editor), TIME MAGAZINE, May 2, 2011, p.10.

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Author: John Koessler
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: in a sermon entitled, "Blessed Are The Merciful"

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Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Colossians 2:14
Published: unknown

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# 4
Author: Kent Crockett
Contributor: Matt Neace
Scripture: Matthew 7:5
Published: The 911 Handbook, (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003), 97-98.

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Author: Christine Sneeringer
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Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:2
Published: “Tarnished image” by Christine Sneeringer, CHRISTIAN SINGLE, Oct 2001 (Vol 23, No 7), pp. 16-18 (as summarized in CURRENT THOUGHTS AND TRENDS)

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# 6
Author: Chuck Colson
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Published: "The Body"

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# 7
Author: Anonymous
Contributor: David Jones
Scripture: James 3:9

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 13:5; Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12
Published: "Elton John: George W. Bush taught me a lesson" By Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge & Sherisse Pham on Power Players, Yahoo News – Wed, Jul 25, 2012

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Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Psalm 51:5
Published: ILLUSTRATIONS UNLIMITED by James S. Hewett, p. 308

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# 10
Author: Mark McMinn
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Published: from the book, "Why Sin Matters"

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# 11
Author: Bruce Larson
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: There's More To Health Than Not Being Sick

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Author: Julia Gronnevet
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 6:41
Published: "Norwegian killer complains of prison conditions" By JULIA GRONNEVET, Associated Press, Yahoo News, 11/9/12.

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# 13
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:15
Published: "The Man Behind Lady Gaga's 'Get Out of Hell Free Card'" by Erin Sun, thechristianpost.com, 5/15/11

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# 14
Author: Bruce Thielemann
Contributor: Charles Schuyler
Scripture: 1 Sam 16:7
Published: www.preachingtoday.com

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 31:30; 1 Corinthians 15:57
Published: GodVine.com

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 8:7; Romans 2:1; Matthew 5:28
Published: “Church Conducts 'Adults Only' Services for Sex Offenders, Others” by Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter, March 19, 2012

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Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Romans 1:26-27; Romans 3:23; John 8:7
Published: “High school student sues over right to wear t-shirt” by BY NINA MANDELL / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Matthew 23:24
Published: “New JFK security breach” by PHILIP MESSING and JOSH MARGOLIN, NY Post, March 3, 2012

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Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Luke 6:42; Matthew 7:3-5
Published: Yahoo News Online, 1/6/11

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Author: Richard Swenson
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:5; Matthew 7:1; Romans 14:10
Published: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE by Richard Swenson, p.65

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Author: JoHannah Reardon
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Sycamore, Illinois; source: newsletter introduction from ChristianBibleStudies.com

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# 22
Author: Joseph Stowell
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40
Published: FAN THE FLAME: LIVING OUT YOUR FIRST LOVE FOR CHRIST by Joseph Stowell, p. 52

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Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 7:1; Romans 14:10, 13
Published: various

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 12:3, 16
Published: "Family of 13-year-old autistic boy disgusted after hate-filled letter is slipped under their door urging them to ‘euthanize’ boy for being a neighborhood ‘nuisance’" by Trudi Bird and Joe Kemp for NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 8/20/13

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Author: Jennifer Cronk
Contributor: Jennifer Cronk
Scripture: Mark 3:1-6

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# 26
Author: Ben Patterson
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 1:18
Published: WAITING: FINDING HOPE WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT by Ben Patterson, pp. 33-35

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# 27
Author: Jennifer Cronk
Contributor: Jennifer Cronk
Scripture: "I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness." Isaiah 61:10
Published: Isaiah 1:18

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# 28
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15
Published: "Anderson Cooper: "The Fact Is, I'm Gay'" by Andrew Sullivan, published on The Dish in The Daily Beast, 7/3/12.

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Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 8:7
Published: FoxNews.com 6/8/11

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# 30
Author: Webb Garrison
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 2:6-7; Ephesians 4:32; Galatians 6:1
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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# 31
Author: Darin Freeson
Contributor: Darin Freeson
Scripture: John 1:12; John 6:37
Published: “Sorry, You’re Nobody’s Type; Dating Sites Now Reject Some Applicants Upfront; Flunking the Personality Test.” Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition).New York, N.Y.: Jul 30, 2003. pg. D1

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# 32
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Job 34:19; Romans 2:11
Published: WHO PUT THE BUTTER IN BUTTERFLY by David Faldman

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