Raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. Since a 30-pound raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap, I felt compelled to mention the change coming to a pet raccoon owned by a young friend of mine, Julie. She listened politely as I explained the coming danger.
I’ll never forget her answer. “It will be different for me….” And she smiled as she added, “Bandit wouldn’t hurt me. He just wouldn’t.”
Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations sustained when her adult raccoon attacked her for no apparent reason. Bandit was released into the wild.
Sin, too, often comes dressed in an adorable guise, and as we play with it, how easy it is to say, “It will be different for me.” The results are predictable.
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 16, 2001
Girolamo Savonarola was one of the great preachers of the fifteenth century. He preached in the great cathedral of Florence, Italy, which contained a magnificent marble statue of the blessed virgin Mary. When Savonarola started preaching at this great cathedral, he noticed one day an elderly woman ...read more
Contributed by Rick Stacy on Jun 24, 2002
The Butcher and chicken: There is a story about a lady that went to the butcher to buy a chicken for her family’s dinner. The butcher had but one chicken left. She asked him to weigh it and it was clear that it was on the small side. When she asked if he hand another chicken he said sure ...read more
Contributed by Paul Fritz on Jul 28, 2002
FAITHFUL FOR A PROMISE A promise from God is a statement we can depend on with absolute confidence. Here are 12 promises for the Christian to claim. God’s presence -- "I will never leave thee" (Heb. 13:5) God’s protection -- "I am thy shield" (Gen. 15:1) God’s power -- "I will ...read more
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Oct 6, 2002
In the film The Matrix, we are taken to the year 2199. The world has been taken over and is being run by AI: artificial intelligence. Harvested humans live in a computer generated dreamworld of artificial reality, never understanding that they are captives of an evil empire. But there are a few ...read more
Contributed by David Nuhfer on Jul 16, 2008
Misdirection in a football game is fun. Misdirection from Satan is deadly. He has been doing it for thousands of years, from the time in the Garden of Eden when he got Eve to believe that God was holding out on her and Adam, to Exodus when he got the Israelites focused on hating Moses, to the time ...read more