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# 1
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Romans 8:28; Psalm 31:15; Isaiah 49:8
Published: RAFFIC CALMING: STATE OF THE PRACTICE, Chapter 2, “Brief History of Traffic Calming,” p.10.

Civil and traffic engineers the world over have tried any number of interesting methods to get traffic to slow down. Traffic lights, policed speed traps, digital speed displays, speed bumps, “Slow! Children Playing” signs, flashing “Reduced Speed Ahead” signs, and myriad other measures have all been employed with varying levels of success.

One particularly interesting measure was instituted in the Dutch city of Delft:

“European traffic calming began as a grassroots movement in the late 1960’s. Angry residents of the Dutch city of Delft [turned] their streets into ‘woonerven,’ or ‘living yards.’ What were once channels for the movement of cars became shared areas, outfitted with tables, benches, sand boxes, and parking bays jutting into the street. The effect was to turn the street into an obstacle course for motor vehicles, and an extension of home for residents.

“Woonerven were officially endorsed by the Dutch government in 1976. Over the next decade, the idea spread to many other countries. Laws and regulations were changed to permit woonerf designs in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, France, Japan, Israel, Austria, and Switzerland. By 1990, there were more than 3,500 shared streets in the Netherlands and Germany, 300 in Japan, and 600 in Israel. …

“The twists and turns, plus brick pavement and periodic raised areas, brought motorists down to ‘walking speeds,’ meaning about 15 kph or 9 mph.”

I can only imagine the reaction of American motorists zooming down a busy street only to encounter a sofa, a table or a sandbox strategically placed as a road block to slow them to a more agreeable speed.


Application:

Ever feel like God is throwing all manner of crazy roadblocks in your way as you are zooming toward your desired destination in life? Any manner of strategically placed road blocks (illness, financial distress, broken relationships, you name it) can slow us down, or even stop us in our tracks.

Trials can be God’s road blocks to slow us down, cause us to focus on what really matters in life, and ultimately save us from calamity. In the end, God knows better than any civil engineer where you need to be and when you need to be there.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). “My times are in your hands …” (Psalm 31:15). “Thus says the Lord, ‘In an acceptable and favorable time I have heard and answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you…’” (Isaiah 49:8).



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# 2
Author: Michael Duduit
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1
Published: unknown

Winston Churchill had nearly reached the height of political power in Britain early in his career; by the age of 33 he was a cabinet minister and one of the nation’s most popular speakers. Yet a series of events and unpopular positions caused Churchill to lose his political standing and become a subject of ridicule and rejection. By the early 1930s, he had been excluded from the seats of power. Churchill’s prophetic warnings about Adolf Hitler were ignored by an English public that preferred to hear comforting worlds of peace.

When Britain was plunged into World War II, Churchill was already 65 years of age, eligible to retire on a government pension. Yet that is the moment when the nation turned to him, and Churchill became the prime minister who inspired the British people to remain firm during her darkest day of the war.

[Michael Duduit is the founder/editor of Preaching Magazine and the founding dean of the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University.]

Application:

Each new day, each new year lies before us like an open book. Regardless of what successes or failures have come and gone, we don't know how God will choose to use us in the future. It could be that the disappointments and rejections of the past were just what you needed to prepare you for what's coming. Rest assured, God will use you, as you yield to His timing and His purposes.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
 
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From the related category : God's Care


Illustrations : 59
# 1
Author: Raymond McHenry / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-7
Published: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT by Raymond McHenry, p. 141

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# 2
Author: Tim White
Contributor: Tim White
Scripture: Philippians 1:6

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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 31; Jeremiah 29:11
Published: LEARNED OPTIMISM by Dr. Martin Seligman

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# 4
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Jeremiah 22:16
Published: IN HIS IMAGE by Philip Yancey, p. 245

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 65:24
Published: "First man to hear people before they speak" by Helen Thomson, published New Scientist Magazine, Issue 2924, NewScientist.com, July 3, 2013

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# 6
Author: Max Anders
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Deuteronomy 4:31; Deuteronomy 31:16
Published: 2 UNBREAKABLE LAWS by Max Anders, pp. 118-119

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Audubon Society

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# 8
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-7
Published: Varioius

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 12:20-25
Published: “Buccaneers sign Eric LeGrand” by Pat Yasinskas, Espn.com, May 2, 2012, retrieved 5/28/12

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# 10
Author: Thomas Louis
Contributor: Thomas Louis
Scripture: Galatians 4:6

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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 56:8; Revelation 21:4
Published: Lachrymatory.com

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# 12
Author: Phillip Link
Contributor: Phillip Link
Scripture: Psalms 8:3,4

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 4:8
Published: unknown

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# 15
Author: Phillip Howle
Contributor: Phillip Howle
Scripture: Isaiah 41:10
Published: World Magazine, August 14, 2013

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# 16
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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# 17
Author: Attributed to Anonymous Confederate Soldier
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: As quoted in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE CHRISTIAN SOUL, p. 356

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# 18
Author: Karl Haffner
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Published: “Hound Dogs in a Hurry” on e-GraceNotes.org, by Karl Haffner, reprinted from the North Pacific Union Conference Gleaner, April 2007.

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# 19
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: James 1:17
Published: WHO.org

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# 20
Author: Frances Ridley Havergal
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Kings 10:13
Published: various

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# 21
Author: Steve Goodier
Contributor: Steve Goodier
Scripture: Romans 8:26

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# 22
Author: Leroy Larson
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Hebrews 4:16

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# 23
Author: E. Stanley Jones/Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: ABUNDANT LIVING by E. Stanley Jones, p. 207

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# 24
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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# 25
Author: Chuck Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Exodus 16:4
Published: GROWING STRONG IN THE SEASONS OF LIFE, pp. 295-6.

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# 26
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:6
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 27
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 121:4; Isaiah 55:8-9
Published: “Panicked woman met by snoring 911 dispatcher after husband's collapse,” Published May 22, 2012 by NewsCore

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# 28
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Revelation 22:13
Published: "If You Can Raed Tihs, You Msut Be Raelly Smrat," published FoxNews.com, March 31, 2009

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# 29
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 15:4; Matthew 18:12
Published: N/A

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# 30
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Romans 8:28; Psalm 31:15; Isaiah 49:8
Published: RAFFIC CALMING: STATE OF THE PRACTICE, Chapter 2, “Brief History of Traffic Calming,” p.10.

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# 31
Author: Editors, NELSON’S ANNUAL
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 23; Revelation 7:17
Published: NELSON'S ANNUAL, 2003, p. 339

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# 32
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:7
Published: unknown

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# 33
Author: Ellen Goodman
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13
Published: “The NETH-erlands” by Ellen Goodman, Washington Post Writers Group, as published in READER’S DIGEST, 6/97, p. 216

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# 34
Author: Mark Twain
Contributor: Leroy Larson

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# 35
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalms 139; Jeremiah 1:5
Published: "A Mother's Touch" by Daniella Ashkenazy, Israeli Magazine-On-The-Web, January 2001

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# 36
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:35; 1 John 4:19
Published: "Teen Locked in Autistic Body Finds Inner Voice" by Alan B. Goldberg and Lauren Putrino, 8/6/09

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# 37
Author: Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:2
Published: unknown

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# 38
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Will Lohnes

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# 39
Author: John Carpenter
Contributor: John Carpenter
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:11
Published: Sermon

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# 40
Author: Dave Ridder
Contributor: Dave Ridder
Scripture: Matthew 7:11

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# 41
Author: Sam Murrell
Contributor: Sam Murrell
Scripture: Matthew 7:9

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# 42
Author: Victor Lane
Contributor: Victor Lane
Scripture: Psalm 122:1
Published: Victor-LaMonte Lane

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# 43
Author: George Washington
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:18
Published: George Washington Papers, Library of Congress

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# 44
Author: Billy Hallowell
Contributor: Johnny Cox
Scripture: Psalm 121:2
Published: The Blaze

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# 45
Author: Erik Estep
Contributor: Erik Estep

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# 46
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 37:23-24
Published: “10 Minutes Of Fear - Pilot Clings To Door of Plane,” by Richard H. Stewart, Boston Globe, Sept. 4, 1987

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# 47
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Exodus 16:15, 31; Romans 8:28
Published: Exodus 16:15, 31

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# 48
Author: J. Stuart Holden
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 148:3-4
Published: "The Majesty of God's Mercy" by J. Stuart Holden, as published in CLASSIC SERMONS ON THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, compiled by Warren Wiersbe, p.23

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# 49
Author: Victor Lane
Contributor: Victor Lane
Scripture: 1 John 3:1

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# 50
Author: Charles Spurgeon
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Psalm 121:3-4
Published: CLASSIS SERMONS ON THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, compiled by Warren Wiersbe, sermon by Charles Spurgeon, p. 126

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# 51
Author: Raymond McHenry
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 4:10; 7:38
Published: MCHENRY'S STORIES FOR THE SOUL

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# 52
Author: Andrew Murray
Contributor: Aaron Aarons
Published: Unknown

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# 53
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 4:13-14
Published: Water.org

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# 54
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 103:2
Published: THANKS!: HOW THE NEW SCIENCE OF GRATITUDE CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER by Robert Emmons, p. 1

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# 55
Author: Eric Fellman
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Daily guideposts October 1998, p. 290

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# 56
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-2, 7
Published: CNS/Reuters, "Men central to Pennsylvania 9/11 events find strength in Catholic faith" by Bruce A. Tomaselli

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# 57
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Washington braces for prolonged government shutdown" by Karen Tumulty and Lori Montgomery, Published: October 1, THE WASHINGTON POST

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# 58
Author: Oscar Wilde
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Matthew 7:26
Published: Unknown

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# 59
Author: Father Robert Barron
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Philippians 2:7
Published: wordonfire.org

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From the related category : God's Faithfulness


Illustrations : 17
# 1
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Hebrews 6:18

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# 2
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Matthew 6:26
Published: various

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# 3
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13

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# 4
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon

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# 5
Author: Max Lucado
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:13
Published: AND THE ANGELS WERE SILENT, p. 175.

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# 6
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin

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# 7
Author: Tom Halloran
Contributor: Tom Halloran
Scripture: Proverbs 30:5

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# 8
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalms 37:4
Published: The Peanuts Collectors Club

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# 9
Author: Based on observations by the Editors of Nelson's Annual Preacher's Soursebook
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 33:16, Psalms. 23:1, Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19
Published: Based on an illustration published in Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook, p. 354

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# 10
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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# 11
Author: D.L Moody
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 5:15
Published: Unkown

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# 12
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: Exodus 20:2-3
Published: Associated Press

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# 13
Author: unknown
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; John 17:3

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# 14
Author: USA Today Sports Staff Writers / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:28
Published: "The Ten Hardest Things To Do In Sports" as compiled by USA Today Sports staff writers, published USAToday.com, 5/20/05.

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# 15
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalms 34:8; James 1:2
Published: "Truck Tips, Freeing 14 Million Bees, River of Honey" by Greg Wilson, 7/12/11

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 27:14

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# 17
Author: Bob Moore
Contributor: Bob Moore
Scripture: Romans 8:28

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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
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
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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# 6
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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# 16
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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# 17
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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# 24
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3
Published: “Israel crowns 'Miss Holocaust Survivor'” Published June 29, 2012, Associated Press

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# 25
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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From the related category : God's Sovereignty


Illustrations : 12
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Revelation 22:13
Published: READER'S DIGEST, Dec 2003, p. 79, by Johnathan Powell

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# 2
Author: Francis E. Su, et al / Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 55:9
Published: "Seven Shuffles" by Francis E. Su, et al, published in Math Fun Facts

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# 3
Author: Victor Frankl
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: recounted from his book "Man's Search for Meaning"

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# 4
Author: uknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:28
Published: various

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# 5
Author: Ron Berget
Contributor: Ron Berget
Scripture: Genesis 37 ff. and Romans 8:28

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# 6
Author: Pat Sage
Contributor: Pat Sage
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Published: http://archive.org/details/discoursesofepic033057mbp

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# 7
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: Romans 8:28
Published: varous

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# 8
Author: A. W. Tozer
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Unknown

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: The movie "It's A Wonderful Life."

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# 10
Author: R.B.Kuiper
Contributor: E Schrock
Published: Unknown

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# 11
Author: Erik Estep
Contributor: Erik Estep

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# 12
Author: Father Robert Barron
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Philippians 2:7
Published: wordonfire.org

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From the related category : Experiencing God


Illustrations : 41
# 1
Author: Leroy Larson
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Colossians 1:18
Published: For a list of 2000 uses see http://www.wd40.com/

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# 2
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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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Hallmark Corporate Website

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# 4
Author: Anonymous Chasidic Storyteller
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 5:16; Mark 1:35; Matthew 14:23; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:28
Published: TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GOD: A Modern Jewish Approach, by David J. Wolfe, p. 44

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# 5
Author: Gary R. Habermas and J.P. Moreland
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Various
Published: As paraphrased from Gary R. Habermas & J.P. Moreland, Immortality - The Other Side of Death, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992, p. 245

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# 6
Author: Thomas Andrufski
Contributor: Thomas Andrufski
Scripture: Titus 2:13

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# 7
Author: unknown
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:8
Published: various

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# 8
Author: Peter Kreeft
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 55:8-9
Published: Peter Kreeft, author of MAKING SENSE OUT OF SUFFERING, as quoted by Lee Strobel in THE CASE FOR FAITH, p. 32

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# 9
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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# 10
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7:49
Published: N/A

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# 11
Author: Bryce Thorpe
Contributor: Bryce Thorpe
Scripture: Jude 1:24

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# 12
Author: George Buttrick
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: As quoted in DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS by Richard Foster, p. 100

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: James 4:3
Published: See Diogenes Laertius Socrates ii. xxxiv.

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# 14
Author: Frederick Buechner
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 20:29
Published: As quoted in REACHING FOR THE INVISIBLE GOD by Philip Yance, pp. 42-43

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# 15
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 103:12; 1 Peter 3:18; Revelation 3:20
Published: "How you can save your soul: In 140 characters or less" by Bob Smietana, USA TODAY, July 17, 2013

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# 16
Author: Vincent van Gogh
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-8, 16
Published: various

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# 17
Author: Linda Carroll, MSNBC Reporter
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 12:1; Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:10
Published: “You are what you read, study suggests” by Linda Carroll, retrieved from The Body Odd on MSNBC.com, 5/14/12

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# 18
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 1:19-20; Psalm 19:1; Acts 17:27-28
Published: “Why some see the face of Jesus in their toast” by Linda Carroll, The Body Odd on MSNBC.com, December 1, 2011

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# 19
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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# 20
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: John 17:3
Published: “Julie Powell’s recipe for success” by Natalie Haughton in LA Daily News 8/4/09

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# 21
Author: David Grinder
Contributor: David Grinder
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-21

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# 22
Author: Chuck Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 6:7-9
Published: QUEST FOR CHARACTER, p. 123.

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# 23
Author: Dr. James Schaap
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:17
Published: "A Nest of Hooks" by Dr. James Schaap. Published, BANNER, Dec 8, 1007 (vol 132, No 36), pp. 24-27 (as summarized in CURRENT THOUGHTS & TRENDS, March 1998, p. 7.

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# 24
Author: Annie Dillard
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 12:28-29
Published: TEACHING A STONE TO TALK by Annie Dillard, p.52

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# 25
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Published: “Bartender recovering from 16-story fall” Published 2/21/2007, USAToday.com by Associated Press

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# 26
Author: Bill Bright
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 14:12
Published: BELIEVING GOD FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE by Bill Bright, p. 33

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# 27
Author: M.R. DeHaan
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 28:19
Published: THE CHEMISTRY OF THE BLOOD by M.R. DeHaan, p. 66. As quoted in STORIES, ILLUSTRATIONS AND QUOTES by Rober J. Morgan, pp. 86-7

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# 28
Author: Thomas Bevers
Contributor: Thomas Bevers
Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

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# 29
Author: Table Talk
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Genesis 22:11, 46:2; Exodus 3:4; 1 Samuel 3:10; 2 Samuel 18:33; Matthew 27:46; Luke 10:41; 22:31; Matthew 23:37
Published: Tabletalk, April, 1990, p.18

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# 30
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 18:20; Psalm 46:1
Published: "Flying Church Helps Russia's Paratrooper Priests Lift Soldiers' Spirits” by David Moye, Huffington Post, 3/14/12

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# 31
Author: Chuck Swindoll
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Galatians 6:9
Published: GROWING STRONG IN THE SEASONS OF LIFE, Chuck Swindoll, p. 48

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# 32
Author: Ben Patterson
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 4:16
Published: Ben Patterson, as quoted in LEADERSHIP, 10 May 2002, p. 3

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# 33
Author: Editors, HOMILETICS MAGAZINE
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Isaiah 63:9
Published: HOMILETICS, June 2004, p. 59

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# 34
Author: Editors, HOMILETICS MAGAZINE
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 1:26-33
Published: HOMILETICS, 1999, P. 63

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# 35
Author: Roy L. Smith
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15
Published: various

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# 36
Author: unknown contributor
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14
Published: Reader's Digest Online, Funny Jokes for the Holidays, retrieved 11/25/12

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# 37
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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# 38
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Published: RUMORS OF ANOTHER WORLD, by Philip Yancey, p. 35

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# 39
Author: M.R. DeHaan
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: 1 John 1:5
Published: THE CHEMISTRY OF THE BLOOD

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# 40
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: Psalm 37:4
Published: The Holy Land Mall

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# 41
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 103:2
Published: THANKS!: HOW THE NEW SCIENCE OF GRATITUDE CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER by Robert Emmons, p. 1

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From the related category : God’s Will


Illustrations : 69
# 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: Stephen Nordbye
Contributor: Seth Dillon
Scripture: Hebrews 12:2
Published: Fresh Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching

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# 3
Author: Seth Dillon
Contributor: Seth Dillon

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 65:24
Published: "First man to hear people before they speak" by Helen Thomson, published New Scientist Magazine, Issue 2924, NewScientist.com, July 3, 2013

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# 5
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 11:33

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# 6
Author: Tim White
Contributor: Vince Erins
Scripture: James 4:2-3; 1 John 5:14
Published: "The Value of Wisdom: Let's Make A Deal," a sermon delivered by Pastor Tim White to the First Baptist Church of Eula - Clyde, Texas

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:25
Published: How Stuff Works

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# 8
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 27:14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Lamentations 3:25; Colossians 3:11
Published: "Civilian use of MIRTs should get red light" by Warren Brown. Republished in the LA TIMES, 11/12/03 (originally published in THE WASHINGTON POST)

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# 9
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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# 10
Author: C.S. Lewis
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:11
Published: Mere Christianity, 1960

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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Algebra.com

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# 12
Author: Ted W. Engstrom and Edward R. Dayton, editors
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Murphey's Law," Christian Leadership Letter (February, 1981), p. 1

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon

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# 14
Author: Michael Gibney
Contributor: Brandon Buford
Scripture: Proverbs 3:6
Published: SermonCentral.com Newsletter

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# 15
Author: Rick Warren
Contributor: Rich Wilbur
Scripture: Luke 6:46
Published: Sermon: “Standing Courageously For the truth."

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# 16
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 4:13-15
Published: unknown

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# 17
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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# 18
Author: David Cranford
Contributor: David Cranford
Scripture: Proverbs 29:18; Job 31:7-

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# 19
Author: Homiletics Staff
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:18
Published: Homiletics December 2004

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# 20
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Published: Justin Thompson, CareerBuilder.com

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# 21
Author: Martin Luther
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Colossians 3:17, 23-24
Published: original source unknown

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# 22
Author: John Reed
Contributor: John Reed
Scripture: Proverbs 4:7; Luke 7:35

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# 23
Author: Michael Smith
Contributor: Michael Smith
Scripture: Romans 8:26

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# 24
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 8:26

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# 25
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14
Published: Romans 12:2

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# 26
Author: Jim Cymbala
Contributor: chris warner
Scripture: Mark 11:17; Isaiah 56:7
Published: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire p. 28

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# 27
Author: C. S. Lewis
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: The Great Divorce

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# 28
Author: Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 46:10
Published: DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS by Richard Foster, p. 231

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# 29
Author: Martha Brockenbrough
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:28
Published: "The Greatest Mistakes of All Time" by Martha Brockenbrough, ENCARTA Online, retrieved 8/1/01

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# 30
Author: Tim Hansel
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: EATING PROBLEMS FOR BREAKFAST by Tim Hansel, p. 64

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# 31
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11
Published: "Fluid Goals for Changing Times," MyGoals.com.

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# 32
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: The movie "It's A Wonderful Life."

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# 33
Author: Bill Hane
Contributor: Bill Hane
Scripture: Psalm 119:105

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# 34
Author: Scott Richert
Contributor: Scott Richert
Scripture: Proverbs 6:28
Published: personal idea

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# 35
Author: D.L. Moody
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: John 3:16
Published: Unknown

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# 36
Author: Faith Dillon
Contributor:
Scripture: Psalms 37:4
Published: Kathy Troccoli and Dee Brestin, FALLING IN LOVE WITH JESUS (Word, 2001)

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# 37
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "What 147 Elk Taught Me About Prayer," Christianity Today (March 2006)

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# 38
Author: Mother Teresa
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography by Kathryn Spink (Harper,1997)

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# 39
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 1:7
Published: REACHING FOR THE INVISIBLE GOD by Philip Yancey, p. 59

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# 40
Author: Janie Seltzer
Contributor: denise myles
Scripture: Romans 12:2

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# 41
Author: Editors, HOMILETICS MAGAZINE
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 2:41-52
Published: From the sermon, “The Resolution to End All Resolutions” from HOMILETICS, January-March, 1995, pp. 3-5.

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# 42
Author: A. W. Tozer
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:3

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# 43
Author: Various
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Various

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# 44
Author: Josh Harris
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: I KISSED DATING GOODBYE

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# 45
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Exodus 20:7; 2 Peter 1:20

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# 46
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "Rumors of Another World" by Philip Yancey, Zondervan 2003

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# 47
Author: Elizabeth Cody Newenhuyse
Contributor: John Reed
Published: Marriage Partnership, vol. 7, no. 3

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# 48
Author: Alexander Campbell
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Psalm 119:18

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# 49
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: IN SEARCH OF GUADANCE by Dallas Willard

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# 50
Author: Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24
Published: TRANSCOMPETITION by Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley

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# 51
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
Published: "Can we learn to beat the reaper" by Jeffrey Kluger, published TIME Magazine, January 21, 2002 (Vol 159, No 3), p. 102.

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# 52
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Ephesians 2:7

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# 53
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Animal Planet

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# 54
Author: Bruce Jenner
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: Hebrews 13:20-21; Philippians 2:12-13
Published: As quoted in POWERFUL PRAYERS by Larry King and Irwin Katsof, p. 165

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# 55
Author: Oswald Chambers
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 10:36
Published: Unknown

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# 56
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: A 3rd SERVING OF CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, pp. 225-29.

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# 57
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 8:26
Published: Published on the Grounded In Grace Facebook page

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# 58
Author: Richard Swenson
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "More Than Meets The Eye" by Richard Swenson, p. 164

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# 59
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 14:12, et al
Published: “Last words of a terrorist” in The Observer, Sunday September 30, 2001

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# 60
Author: Barry LePatner
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: unknown

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# 61
Author: Thomas Merton
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS, by Richard Foster, p. 62

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# 62
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Fred Gates
Published: I Was Just Wondering, pp. 167-171

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# 63
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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# 64
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 139:16; Jeremiah 29:11

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# 65
Author: Good News Publishers/Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Erik Estep
Scripture: Psalm 119:35

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# 66
Author: Janet Malone
Contributor: Janet Malone
Scripture: 1 Samuel 20:24-42

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# 67
Author: Vox Day
Contributor: Rod Crowell
Scripture: James 1:25
Published: The Irrational Atheist, pages 259-260

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# 68
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: (Romans 114:7, 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5
Published: DEVOTIONAL CLASSICS by Richard Foster, p. 230.

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# 69
Author: kevin english
Contributor: kevin english
Scripture: I Corinthians 12:12-27
Published: Hebrews 10:36

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