Category Archives: self-control

experience versus instinct

DISCIPLINE OR DISASTER Ecclesiastes 10:15-17 15 The work of stupid people gets him so tired that he does not know how to walk into town. 16 Disaster will come to you, O land, when your king is a novice and … Continue reading

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those whose time is up

DO NOT FLIRT WITH DEATH Ecclesiastes 8:7-9 7 Because he does not know what is yet to come, who can tell him how it will be? 8 No one rules over his own breath, nor rules over the day of … Continue reading

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life preserver

WHAT’S THAT IN YOUR LAP? Ecclesiastes 7:9-12 9 Do not allow yourself to be angered quickly, because anger stays in the lap of stupid people. 10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these days?” because it … Continue reading

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what Herod was thinking

Mark 6:21-28 21 But a day of opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and high ranking officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22 When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she … Continue reading

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the challenge of the unconfinable

Mark 5:1-5 1 Then they came into the other side of the sea, into the region of the Gerasenes. 2 And when he had stepped out of the boat, just then a man coming out of the tombs[1] with an … Continue reading

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covenant household injury compensation rights

Exodus 21:12-27 12 “Whoever hits a man so hard that he dies should be put to death. 13 But if he did not lie in wait for him, but God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint … Continue reading

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covenant constitution (part two)

Exodus 20:12-21 12 “Value your father and your mother, so that your lives may be extended in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. 13 “Do not murder. 14 “Do not commit adultery. 15 “Do not steal. … Continue reading

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the will to be responsible

Matthew 18:7-9 7 “Tragedy is coming to the world because of temptations to sin! Yes, it is necessary that temptations come, but tragedy will come to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your … Continue reading

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life after a rape

Genesis 34:1-12 Now Dinah (the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob), went out to see the women of the land. 2 But when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, a leader of the land, saw her, … Continue reading

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under control?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 We began the year looking at this text and thinking about how we do not know what is going to happen.  We have no control over the events, but do we have control over our reactions to them?  … Continue reading

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