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Ethics of the Heart

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O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know […]

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Style versus Substance

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It is not good to have zeal without knowledge. PROVERBS 19:2 According to Aristotle, men who want to be persuasive but don’t really have anything to say simply speak louder. That makes us chuckle, but we only chuckle because we know it’s true. Ours is a world of loud talkers—salesmen […]

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Fading with Influence

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For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. JAMES 1:11 A young plant bursts through the soil in early spring. As the […]

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Just Say Yes

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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”— when you now have it with you. PROVERBS 3:27-28 Most of us aren’t as cold-hearted as Charles Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge, […]

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Living in Truth: Feeling Confident AND Being Humble

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Basketball fans at the University of Arkansas celebrate their home victories by singing a slightly altered version of the 1980 Mac Davis song, “Oh, Lord, it’s Hard to be Humble.” The players and cheerleaders go into the student section of Walton Arena, lock arms, sway left and right, and sing […]

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Headed for Destruction?

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Pride goes before destruction.  PROVERBS 16:18 What does pride look like in your life? “Wait a minute,” you might say. “I don’t have a problem with pride.” No one’s accusing you of having a problem—not exactly. But take a careful look in the mirror. View your words and your actions—all […]

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Taking Action

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A friend recounted a story as we were discussing the topic of trusts. He said it was one of the earliest gifts of someone else’s trust in him that he can remember. To this day 25 years later it still is a tattoo on his heart regarding the enormous value […]

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Some Mysteries Remain Unsolved

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So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him. All share a common destiny. … As it is with the good man, so with the sinner; as […]

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Sitting on the Balance

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Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. PSALM 62:9 Some people are born to money. Others are born to poverty. Some think they are born to poverty; then they see a […]

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