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Salvation Stories From The Bible: Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Salvation Stories From The Bible: Daniel and the Lion’s Den
Illustration: He Can Still Save You A little boy just got saved and sat on a bench next to old man who looked upset. The little boy said to the man, "Sir, do you need to get saved?"
The man startled said abruptly, "I’ll tell you I’ve been a Deacon in this church for over 30 years and Chairman of Deacons for 15 years."
The little boy responded, "Sir , it don’t matter what you done, Jesus loves you and He’ll still save you!"
Point: Here’s the deal folks, all of us have one primary need in life.  We all need to be saved. We all need to be delivered.  Whether we know this truth or not, God has installed in our hearts the need to be saved.  
Point: Have you ever heard the statement, “there are not atheists in foxholes”? There is a lot of truth in thats statement.  What it means is that when the chips are on the table, when you are in the hole and the bullets are flying, no matter what we believe about God, w…

Desiring God: The Power of Prayer

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Opening Illustration: The other day I went to the movies with my family.  We like to get their early so that we can see all the previews.  The just before the movie and right after the previews, the theater plays a short clip.  The clip basically says “sit back, get your drink and popcorn, and enjoy the feature presentation”.  You see the theater knows that we did not come for previews.  They are fun.  They are good.  The theater knows that we are there for the movie.  We want to see the stars and listen to the story.  Could you imagine paying full price for a movie only to leave after the previews? You would miss the feature presentation. You would miss why you came.  You are there for the show and everything else is just fluff and fun.  
So, think about the Christian life.  What is the point?  What is the feature presentation about our faith?  Is it love? Is it peace? Is it salvation?  The answer is of course “yes”.  However, if you view our faith through the lens of Jesus’ life, y…

Desiring God: The Prayer of Protection

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Desiring God: The Prayer of Protection
Opening Illustration: One of the most inspirational stories that I have ever come across is the story of Joni Erickson Tada. Joni is a world renowned writer and speaker.  She is a Christian.  However, life has not always been easy for her.  As a child, Joni went swimming, as most children do.  She dove head first into the Chesapeake Bay.  Unfortunately, she misjudged the depth.  When she dove it, it immediately and terminally paralyzed her.  She is now a quadriplegic.  

For years, she was bitter and angry at God. She endured therapy and numerous surgeries.  She watched other kids growing up and going where they wanted while she languished in a wheel chair.  One day, a friend of hers pointed out that Jesus too was paralyzed.  Jesus was unable to move, unable to reposition Himself on the cross.  It was the nails that paralyzed Jesus.  He knew what it felt to be paralyzed.  
Tada remembered the moment of this realization saying, “God became incredib…