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Monthly Archives: September 1996

Buy-in

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Over time, people only implement what they understand and what they believe in. Any parent knows you get a better response from children when you take time to explain why a desired behavior is important and win their cooperation than when you issue orders like a drill sergeant. If this […]

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Bad Words and Good Words

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Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception… . And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. PSALM 12:2, 6 Psalm 12 is all about communication. It contrasts the unbelievable deception that continually rolls off the […]

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Are You Standing in Awe?

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What is man that you are mindful of him? PSALM 8:4 Unlike some places in Scripture (Psalm 144:3, Job 7:17; 25:6), there isn’t a hint of pessimism or sarcasm when David asks, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Instead, this question is a heartfelt expression of David’s […]

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Live in Joy without Apology

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Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless […]

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Don’t Be a Busybody

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Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own. PROVERBS 26:17 Only an idiot would grab a dog by the ears or the tail. Such stupidity can only lead to trouble, usually in the form of painful bites from […]

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Soothing Words Meant to Destroy

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My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart. PSALM 55:20-21 Controlled speech is good. If you’re in the middle of a heated meeting and you disagree with someone else, you are to be commended if you speak […]

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A Mature Faith

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“Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” PSALM 77:7-9 No one enjoys difficulty, conflict, and hard times. We like […]

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Mere Mortals

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Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. PSALM 146:3-4 As a culture, we are enamored with leaders. We read their books, listen to them speak, join […]

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