Abortion
Abundant Life
Accountability
Adultery
Angels
Anger
Attitude
Backsliding
Bible
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Carring Each Others Burdens
Change
Character
Christian Living
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Compassion
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Cults
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Encouragement
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Faith
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Forgiveness
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God
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Hearing God
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Jesus
Judging
Judgment Day
Kindness
Kingdom Of God
Love
Lukewarm
Making A Difference
Marriage
Material Possessions
Mistakes
Obedience
Peace
Peer Pressure
Perseverance
Prayer
Priorities
Repenance
Restoration
Sacrifice
Salvation
Satan
Second Coming
Self Esteem
Self Reliance
Serving
Sin
Stubbornness
Stumbling
Suffering
Suicide
Temptation
Thanksgiving
Trust
Wholehearted Devotion
Worship

 


Stubbornnesss

In 1982, "ABC Evening News" reported on an unusual work of modern art-a chair affixed to a shotgun. It was to be viewed by sitting in the chair and looking directly into the gunbarrel. The gun was loaded and set on a timer to fire at an undetermined moment within the next hundred years.

The amazing thing

According to the Reuters news agency, in the fall of 1994, Alberto Gauna, who lived in the northern province of Chaco in Argentina, became so depressed that he decided to take his own life.

He took a.22 caliber gun, pointed it at his right temple, and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, but Alberto lived. So he pointed the gun at his forehead and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, but Alberto lived. So he pointed the gun once again at his right temple and pulled the trigger. Again Alberto lived. Again he fired. Again he lived. With four bullets in his skull, he decided to shoot himself somewhere else. He pointed the gun at his stomach and pulled the trigger. The gun fired, but he remained conscious. So he shot himself again in the stomach, and still he lived!

Finally, thankfully, Alberto gave up. At the time the story was reported, he was in a hospital in serious condition.

Perseverance isn't always a virtue.

Depression, Ministry, Suicide
Rom. 1:28-32

Contemporary Illustrations For Preachers, Teachers, & Writers
Editor Craig Brian Larson, Baker Books, p. 252.