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Monthly Archives: September 1991

For Thought and Discussion

1. Why are we sometimes too narrow in our definition of generosity? 2. See if you can name ten different kinds of generosity. 3. What is your default currency of generosity—money? volunteering? gifts? Which is most difficult, and why? 4. What can cause us to become calloused or blinded to […]

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DRILLING DOWN

Teenagers know peer pressure well. They face it every day in surprisingly high volume, on every subject from hairstyles and lip gloss to sexual activity and drug use. And the majority of teens haven’t built up a strong enough sense of self to resist the pressure from their friends. But […]

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When someone prizes us just as we are, he or she confirms our existence.—Eugene Kennedy

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Poor and Wise or Rich and Foolish?

Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning. ECCLESIASTES 4:13 There is almost nothing more discouraging than working around people who don’t listen, who are stubborn even when confronted with data, and who are generally unteachable. They already […]

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Pondering the Nagging Inconsistencies of Life

Introduction to Ecclesiastes King Solomon received the gift of wisdom at the beginning of his reign (see 2 Chronicles 1:7-12). But while he certainly used the wisdom God gave him, he pursued—with focused passion—everything but that God-given wisdom. He went after pleasure, knowledge, great projects, wealth, fame, and whatever else […]

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Those are my ethical principles. If you don’t like them, I have others!— Groucho Marx

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A Time for Tears

Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. ECCLESIASTES 7:3 Solomon, the pleasure king, gives a high endorsement to the value of mourning. “It is better to go to a house of mourning than go to a house of feasting…. Sorrow is better than […]

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Sleep Tight

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. PSALM 3:5 There are several reasons that a person might not be able to sleep. Some people have trouble breathing, so their bodies instinctively wake up throughout the night. Or perhaps the muscles in their legs twitch […]

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