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# 1
Author: Dr. Tony Evans
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 14:31
Published: WHAT MATTERS MOST by Dr. Tony Evans, p. 105

It has been said that there are three types of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it, but you get only chips and sparks. To get anything out of a sponge you must squeeze it. The more pressure you use, the more you get. But the honeycomb just naturally overflows with sweetness.


Application:

Says Dr. Tony Evans, "When God's people understand what He has done for them, no one will have to prime them or plead with them to give. They will give out of the overflow of their gratitude that He is such a great God."

"Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him" (Proverbs 14:31).

[Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. The first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), he served as an associate professor in DTS’ Pastoral Ministries Department in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. He has also served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship for over 34 years, witnessing its growth from ten people in 1976 to now over 8,500 congregants with 100 plus ministries.]



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# 2
Author: James S. Hewitt
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Deuteronomy 16:17
Published: ILLUSTRATIONS UNLIMITED by James S. Hewett, p. 462

Bible Illustrator James S. Hewitt shares this anecdote about the heart of giving:

It happened one time after a pastor had made an appeal in church for a great and worthy cause, that a certain woman, a member of the church, came to him and handed him a check for $50, asking at the same time if her gift was satisfactory. The pastor immediately replied, "If it represents you."

There was a moment of soul-searching thought and she asked to have the check returned to her. She left with it and a day or two later she returned handing the pastor a check for $5,000 and again asked the same question, "Is my gift satisfactory?" The pastor gave the same answer as before, "If it represents you." As before, a truth seemed to be driving deeply. After a few moments of hesitation she took back the check and left.

Later in the week she came again with a check. This time it was for $50,000. As she placed it in the pastor's hand, she said, "After earnest, prayerful thought, I have come to the conclusion that this gift does represent me and I am happy to give it." 


Application:

Does your giving represent you? In other words, does it represent how God has blessed and enabled you to give?

"Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you" (Deuteronomy 16:17).

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# 3
Author: john angst
Contributor: John Angst
Scripture: Luke 6:38,Psalm 84:11

A man longed to see the world, but his funds were very limited. He started to save his money toward a cruise and, after many years of scrimping and saving, even withholding God's tithe, he finally had enough to pay the passage on a liner for a trip across the ocean. He paid the fare, and, in the months before the long-awaited event, he stored up canned tuna for food, as he had heard the food available on a ship was expensive, and he knew he could never afford it on his limited budget. 

The great day finally arrived, and, loaded down with tuna and crackers, he boarded the ship for his dream vacation. Day after day, at mealtimes, he stayed in his cabin, munching his boring but nutritious meals while the wealthier passengers dined sumptuously and enjoyed each others company. On the last evening before arrival at their destination, the steward knocked on his cabin door, to make sure he didn't miss the big party scheduled that night.  When the frugal man humbly explained that he simply couldn't afford the party, the steward was dumbfounded. "Surely you don't expect that the cruise line would charge you extra for this event.  All the cost is included in your pre-paid fare, just like the meals!"


Application:

Our God is no miser.  On the cruise of the Christian life, God invites us to come out of the cabin of our own provision and feast freely on the generosity of His grace.

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).



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# 4
Author: Elizabeth Sherrill, Contributor, DAILY GUIDEPOSTS
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 5:17
Published: Elizabeth Sherrill, DAILY GUIDEPOSTS 1991, p. 18

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# 5
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 2:10
Published: As quoted from Vital Speeches, author unknown, Oct 1, 2004, p. 762

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 121:1-2
Published: Physics.org

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# 7
Author: Thomas Bevers
Contributor: Thomas Bevers
Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

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# 8
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Philippians 4:13
Published: As quoted from Vital Speeches, author unknown, Oct 1, 2004, p. 762

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

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Various

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# 11
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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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:7
Published: "New iPad app lets everyone explore Einstein's brain" by Michael Walsh, published NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 9/25/12

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# 13
Author: David Gargano
Contributor: David Gargano
Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-7

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

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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: Philippians 4:8
Published: unknown

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# 10
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: James 1:17
Published: WHO.org

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# 11
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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# 12
Author: Frances Ridley Havergal
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Kings 10:13
Published: various

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# 13
Author: Phillip Howle
Contributor: Phillip Howle
Scripture: Isaiah 41:10
Published: World Magazine, August 14, 2013

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# 14
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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# 15
Author: Leroy Larson
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Hebrews 4:16

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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: 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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# 18
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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# 19
Author: Thomas Louis
Contributor: Thomas Louis
Scripture: Galatians 4:6

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# 20
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 56:8; Revelation 21:4
Published: Lachrymatory.com

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# 21
Author: Phillip Link
Contributor: Phillip Link
Scripture: Psalms 8:3,4

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# 22
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon

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# 23
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Deuteronomy 32:6
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 24
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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# 25
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Luke 15:4; Matthew 18:12
Published: N/A

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# 26
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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# 27
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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# 28
Author: E. Stanley Jones/Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: ABUNDANT LIVING by E. Stanley Jones, p. 207

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# 29
Author: Steve Goodier
Contributor: Steve Goodier
Scripture: Romans 8:26

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# 30
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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# 31
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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# 32
Author: Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:2
Published: unknown

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# 33
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:7
Published: unknown

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# 34
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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# 35
Author: Mark Twain
Contributor: Leroy Larson

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# 36
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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# 37
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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# 38
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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# 39
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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# 40
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Exodus 16:15, 31; Romans 8:28
Published: Exodus 16:15, 31

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# 41
Author: Victor Lane
Contributor: Victor Lane
Scripture: 1 John 3:1

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# 42
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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# 43
Author: Raymond McHenry
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 4:10; 7:38
Published: MCHENRY'S STORIES FOR THE SOUL

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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: Victor Lane
Contributor: Victor Lane
Scripture: Psalm 122:1
Published: Victor-LaMonte Lane

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# 47
Author: Dave Ridder
Contributor: Dave Ridder
Scripture: Matthew 7:11

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# 48
Author: Sam Murrell
Contributor: Sam Murrell
Scripture: Matthew 7:9

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# 49
Author: George Washington
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:18
Published: George Washington Papers, Library of Congress

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# 50
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Will Lohnes

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# 51
Author: John Carpenter
Contributor: John Carpenter
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:11
Published: Sermon

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# 52
Author: Father Robert Barron
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Philippians 2:7
Published: wordonfire.org

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# 53
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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# 54
Author: Eric Fellman
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Daily guideposts October 1998, p. 290

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# 55
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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# 56
Author: Oscar Wilde
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Matthew 7:26
Published: Unknown

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# 57
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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# 58
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 4:13-14
Published: Water.org

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# 59
Author: Andrew Murray
Contributor: Aaron Aarons
Published: Unknown

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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 Deliverance


Illustrations : 6
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6
Published: "Man Builds Deadly Arsenal Using Airport Store Items Including a Gun, Grenade, Crossbow—and They All Work" By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff, Published on Newser.com, Nov 26, 2013

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# 2
Author: Ray Ortlund
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: YOU DON'T HAVE TO QUIT by Ray and Anne Ortlund, p. 81

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# 3
Author: Daily Mail Reporter
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Genesis 3:14-15
Published: “The incredible moment father shielded baby from runaway car... and miraculously both survived” By DAILY MAIL REPORTER, May 11, 2010

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# 4
Author: Dr. David DeSteno/Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: “Gratitude Is About the Future, Not the Past” by Dr. David DeSteno, published HUFFINGTON POST, 09/21/2013

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 23:4; Psalm 121:1-2; Psalm 48:14; Isaiah 58:11
Published: various

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# 6
Author: Associated Press
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 3:10-18; Isaiah 60:18
Published: "Chicago woman loses 4th child to gun violence" by Associated Press, published on Yahoo News, 1/28/13

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From the related category : God's Love


Illustrations : 67
# 1
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 1 John 4:16

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# 2
Author: Editors, READER'S DIGEST
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 2:8; 1 John 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 3:12
Published: “Vicks Vaporub Cubs” in READER’S DIGEST, News from the World of Science, p. 146, circa 1985 (exact year/month of publication unknown), see additional source link below

“Gary Alt [one of the nation's most respected wildlife experts] had a problem. The biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission often found lost or orphaned bear cubs, but he couldn’t persuade wild female bears to adopt the foundlings.

“A mother bear labels cubs as her own by licking them, and she uses the smell of her saliva to identify them later. If a female smells a cub that isn’t hers, she may kill it. Alt got around this with the help of Vicks VaopRub.

“He sedated a mother bear, smeared the decongestant ointment on her nose and then left an orphaned cub with her in her den. When the bear woke up, she couldn’t smell any difference between her own cubs and the stranger. By the time the Vicks wore off, she had already licked the new cub and so treated the orphan as one of her own.”


Application:

Appealing to a momma bear's sense of compassion is fruitless. You can plead with a momma bear all you want, you can tell her, “Hey, momma bear, we’ve got special circumstance here," but it will do little good. The momma bear needs a little help if she is going to respond properly to the needs of someone else's cub. She needs some Vicks VapoRub smeared on her nose to help her overcome her prejudices, her biases, her lack of unconditional love.

How do we overcome our prejudices, our biases, our lack of unconditional love? Wouldn't it be nice if we could smear a little Vicks on our faces and suddenly begin treating others the way we'd like to be treated? The truth is, we need more help than the momma bear if we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our need goes much deeper. We need a new heart. We need the very heart of God.

"If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right" (James 2:8). "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us" (1 John 4:12). "And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows" (1 Thessalonians 3:12).

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# 3
Author: Cathy Drobnick
Contributor: Jim Beck
Scripture: 1 John 4:10
Published: "THE QUESTION THAT MADE THEM LAUGH" by Cathy Drobnick, published by New Tribes Mission on usa.ntm.org, January 3, 2013
 
New Tribes Mission reports on the way one group of Bible translators came to communicate the fullness of God's love to an African tribal community:
 
"The verbs for a particular African language consistently end with one of three vowels,” explains Dennis Farthing from the NTM Missionary Training Center. “Almost every verb ends in i, a, or u. But the word for 'love' was only found with i and a. Why no u?”
 
Dennis says the Bible translation team included the most influential leaders in the local community. In an effort to truly understand the concept of “love” in this African language, the missionary began to question them.
 
“Could you dvi your wife?”
 
“Yes,” they answered, “that would mean that the wife had been loved, but the love was gone.”
 
“Could you dva your wife?”
 
“Yes,” they responded, “that kind of love depends on the wife’s actions. She would be loved as long as she remained faithful and took good care of her husband.”
 
“Could you dvu your wife?”
 
Everyone in the room laughed.
 
“Of course not!” they replied. “If you said that, you would have to keep loving your wife no matter what she did, even if she never got you water and never made you meals. Even if she committed adultery, you would have to just keep on loving her. No, we would never say dvu. It just doesn’t exist.”
 
The missionary sat quietly for a while, thinking about John 3:16, and then he asked, “Could God dvu people?”
 
There was complete silence for three or four minutes; then tears started to trickle down the weathered faces of the elderly men of the tribe. Finally they responded, “Do you know what this would mean? This would mean that God kept loving us over and over, while all that time we rejected His great love. He would be compelled to love us, even though we have sinned more than any people.”
 
The missionary noted that changing one simple vowel changed the meaning from “I love you based on what you do and who you are,” to “I love you, based on who I am. I love you because of me and not because of you.”
 
Dennis concludes, “God encoded the story of His unconditional love right into this African language. For centuries, the little word was there—unused but available, grammatically correct and quite understandable.”

Application:

Have you embraced the fact that God dvu's you? He loves you because of Who HE is and not because of who you are or what you have done! No longer do you need to seek approval and acceptance from others to be loved. You are known and loved by Him Who loves you just because of Who He is.

That should blow our minds and overwhelm our spirits. Knowing that we are loved like this gives us what we need to love others with the same unconditional love. Such a love sets us free. Free to love as He has loved us.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).



# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "New Zealand Woman Partially Paralyzed By Hickey" in NEWSCORE, Published January 21, 2011

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# 5
Author: Nietzsche
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 4:7-10
Published: BrainyQuotes

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# 6
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Dennis Steeger
Scripture: John 6:39

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# 7
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:16

In the original television series, Superman, our favorite super hero would confidently posture himself, legs spread, fists on his hips, chest pushed forward, while he stared down the barrel of a gun.  As the bullets bounced off his chest, Superman would smile, with no thought of retreat.  Then something would happen that defies explanation.  Once the rounds were spent, the bad guy, in desperation, would hurl the gun at Superman, and the caped super hero would duck!!!  Superman, the man who was fearless in the face of oncoming bullets, would cower to avoid being hit by an empty gun!


Application:

Just like Superman, we cower and duck at things that shouldn't intimidate us.  As believers, we are perfectly loved and accepted by an all powerful, all knowing, all everything God. And as if this weren't enough, we are promised that "all things will work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28). So, what should cause us to fear?  What else matters when compared to the assurance of God's love?  
 
In truth, God has given us every reason to face life boldly--with our legs spread, fists on hips, chest out. Nevertheless, we duck at small things.  We fret over a setback in our plans, or become discouraged at a disappointing turn of events, or we hesitate to speak boldly of our faith for fear of the reaction it might incite. Our fears send us reeling, even though we live in this world with the certainty of God's eternal promises.  Life makes us flinch in a thousand little ways.  Like Superman, we duck when we should fearlessly stare them all down.  
 
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, Peter cowered in fear of being associated with HIm. "I don't know the man," he claimed. Three times he denied his relationship with Christ. Three times he flinched as the empty gun of man's threats was hurled his way. But years later Peter would eventually overcome his fear of empty guns. As a more mature, more courageous follower of Christ he would write, "if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name" (1 Peter 4:16).  In other words, Peter is telling us to face life boldly--with our legs spread, fists on hips, chest out, fully assured of God's great love!

[Mitchell Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange]



# 8
Author: Suzan Clarke / Barry Adams
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: “New Hampshire Man Writes Letter a Day to Mom for 30 Years” By Suzan Clarke, May 7, 2012, ABC News and www.fathersloveletter.com

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# 9
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: What's So Amazing about Grace? (Zondervan, 1997), p.11

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:14
Published: "3-year-old boy hears for first time thanks to new device" published June 21, 2013

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# 11
Author: Brett Kays
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Leadership, Fall 2000, p. 71

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# 12
Author: Beth Moore
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Published: “My Name is Pride” poem by Beth Moore

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# 13
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: 1 John 4:10

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:4
Published: “Vigil for Colo. victims draws Columbine survivor” By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press, 7/23/12

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# 15
Author: Larry Lewis
Contributor: Larry Lewis
Scripture: John 3:16
Published: unknown

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# 16
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 15:8
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 17
Author: Matt Chandler
Contributor: Leroy Larson
Scripture: Matthew 11:28
Published: Sermon "A Call To Prayer" the Village Church 01/01/12

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# 18
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: 1 John 4:10
Published: The Telegraph

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# 19
Author: Chris Lanham
Contributor: Chris Lanham
Scripture: Luke 15; 1 John 4:9
Published: God's Hit Parade: His Favorite Song (A sermon on Luke 15)

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# 20
Author: Albert Einstein
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Published: Christian Century, Oct. 27, 1999, p. 1027

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# 21
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 3:14
Published: “A Look at the Science Behind Romance” By LAURA LANDRO, Published in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, January 13, 2014

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# 22
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 61:2-3
Published: "Hug Me Jacket: Coat for the Cold and Lonely" By Sarah B. Weir, on Shine/Yahoo.com, Sep 4, 2012

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# 23
Author: Marvin Winans
Contributor: James Miller
Scripture: Romans 8:38-39
Published: 6/22/14 sermon by Marvin Winans

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# 24
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 22:37
Published: LiveScience, Foxnews.com, 10/27/10

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# 25
Author: Philip Yancey
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 1:14
Published: I WAS JUST WONDERING by Philip Yancey, pp. 7-8

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# 26
Author: Janet Malone
Contributor: Janet Malone
Scripture: James 1:17
Published: My relationship with my grand-niece

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# 27
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:3
Published: “The Unforgettable Dr. Seuss” in READERS’ DIGEST, April 1992, p. 64.

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# 28
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Hebrews 4:12; Romans 10:14
Published: "What becomes of voice mails left by those facing death on Sept. 11?" By Deborah Hastings, AP

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# 29
Author: Bruce Larson
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 31:11
Published: THE PRESENCE by Bruce Larson, p. 11

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# 30
Author: Ben Patterson
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 144:3; Titus 3:5; 1 John 4:10
Published: WAITING, pp. 68-69

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# 31
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:39; John 16:33
Published: Yahoo News, 4/6/11, "Honeymooning Couple Survives Natural Disasters"

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# 32
Author: Nietzsche
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 4:18
Published: BrainyQuotes

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# 33
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Unknown

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# 34
Author: Rick Warren
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:10; John 1:16
Published: Sermon, “Living by Grace, Essentials for 21st Century Living, Part 2,” Sept. 11-12, 1999

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# 35
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:35-39
Published: "Amanda Berry's mother, Louwana Miller, dies without the answers she's sought for 3 years" by Plain Dealer Staff, published THE PLAIN DEALER on Cleveland.com News, March 3, 2006 (republished 5/7/13).

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# 36
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 103:2-4
Published: "Kissing kid's owies may benefit health. Study: Soothing moms lower stress hormones tied to disease" by LiveScience, published on NBCNews.com, 5/18/10.

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# 37
Author: Phil Booe
Contributor: Phil Booe
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35

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# 38
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: Submitted by John Huffman, Jr., Leadership, Spring, p. 46

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# 39
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalms 46:1-3
Published: "The Edmund Fitzgerald, Beyond the Mystery" by Lauren Green of FoxNews.com

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# 40
Author: Mark Twain
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Published: quoted in Homiletics April 2004, p. 53

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# 41
Author: Ron Henson
Contributor: Ron Henson
Scripture: Isaiah 59:2

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# 42
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 5:8

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# 43
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Isaiah 55:8
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 44
Author: Tony Campolo
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 5:8
Published: "There's Always Somethng Left to Love" as told by Tony Campolo in STORIES FOR THE HEART, compiled by Alice Gray, pp.22-23.

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# 45
Author: Harriet Rubin / Helena Cronin
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Acts 20:35; Colossians 3:17
Published: "Only the pronoid survive" by Harriet Rubin, published Fast Company Magazine, November 1999

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# 46
Author: David Louis
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Zechariah 2:8
Published: Wings Books

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# 47
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 3:16
Published: various

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# 48
Author: Associated Press
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 5:25
Published: "NYC sewage plant to offer Valentine's Day tours" by Associated Press, Published USA Today, 2/10/2012

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# 49
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 8:26
Published: Published on the Grounded In Grace Facebook page

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# 50
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Luke 22:42

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# 51
Author: Illustration Exchange / Max Lucado
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 27:46
Published: Innocence Project and THE APPLAUSE OF HEAVEN by Max Lucado

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# 52
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Colossians 1:21-22;
Published: “Standoff Brewing, U.S. Navy Rescues Iranian Fishing Boat From Pirates” by Julian E. Barnes in Wall Street Journal, 1/7/12.

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# 53
Author: Max Lucado
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
Published: One Incredible Moment: Celebrating the Majesty of the Manger

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# 54
Author: unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 66:22

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# 55
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Psalm 26:2-3
Published: "Prayer" by Philip Yancey, Zondervan, p. 44

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# 56
Author: Tom Shadyac
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 8:26
Published: "INTERVIEW WITH THE DIRECTOR TOM SHADYAC: A Director in Hollywood who just happens to be a Committed Christian," May 2003, By David Bruce, Web Master, HollywoodJesus.com

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# 57
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 6:35
Published: AMONG FRIENDS by James Hinkle and Tim Woodruff, p. 111

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# 58
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:1
Published: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: WHY IT CAN MATTER MORE THAN IQ by Daniel Goleman

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# 59
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 3:16
Published: "9/11 Then And Now," AMERICA MAGAZINE

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# 60
Author: Genevieve Kroeker
Contributor: Genevieve Kroeker

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# 61
Author: Johnathan Swift
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: various

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# 62
Author: Dennis Himm
Contributor: Dennis Himm
Scripture: Psalm 118:1

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# 63
Author: Paul Chappell
Contributor: Matt Neace
Scripture: Romans 5:8
Published: Daily in the Word Devotional

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# 64
Author: Randal Huber
Contributor: Randal Huber
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-26

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# 65
Author: Editors, HOMILETICS MAGAZINE
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Isaiah 63:9
Published: HOMILETICS, June 2004, p. 59

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# 66
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 8:32
Published: “Cost of Rearing a Child Rises to $234,000” By Bill McGuire, ABC News – Thu, Jun 14, 2012

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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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From the related category : God's Promises


Illustrations : 28
# 1
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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# 2
Author: Unknown
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Proverbs 6:23
Published: various

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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 Protection


Illustrations : 14
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 24:8
Published: "Marine father, son serve together in Iraq," as published on THEUSMARINES.COM, retrieved 6/6/13

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Published: “New York Rider Dies Protesting Motorcycle Helmet Law” by ALYSSA NEWCOMB, ABC News, July 4,2011

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

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Author: Erwin W. Lutzer
Contributor: enrique castro
Scripture: Dueteronomy 31:6
Published: When a Nation Forgets God, (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2010), 83-84, 89.

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Author: Victor Lane
Contributor: Victor Lane
Scripture: Hebrews 4:16; Matthew 6:6
Published: "After 16 days buried in Bangladesh: 'Save me!'" By Tom Watkins and Farid Ahmed, published on CNN News, May 11, 2013

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Author: Corrie ten Boom
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Genesis 50:20
Published: THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie ten Boom, pp. 194, 204, 206

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

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Author: Editors, NELSON'S ANNUAL
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Scripture: Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:11, Isaiah 40:31; Matthew 23:37; Matthew 3:16
Published: NELSON’S ANNUAL, 2002, p. 75

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Author: Philip Yancey and Paul Brand
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Scripture: Isaiah 53:3
Published: IN HIS IMAGE by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand, p. 85

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Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Scripture: Romans 6:14

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Author: Dr. Paul Brand
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Published: IN HIS IMAGE by Philip Yancey and Dr. Paul Brand, p. 240

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Author: Philip Yancey and Paul Brand
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: IN HIS IMAGE, by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand, p.85

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Author: Charles Spurgeon
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Joshua 20:1-3
Published: MORNING AND EVENING, Feb 4, p. 35

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Author: Webb Garrison
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-17
Published: WHY YOU SAY IT by Webb Garrison, pp. 146-47

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