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Why Jealousy Made the Bible’s Top Ten

I’ve often wondered why “thou shalt not covet” is on that list of ten commandments. It seems so much less important than actions like killing, lying, and the like. Why is coveting, wanting what someone else has, being jealous, even on that list? I mean, if we were to make a list of ten things we really, really didn’t want people…

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In this Season of Waiting. . . I Want to Wait Well

I don’t know about you, but I don’t much like waiting. I don’t like waiting in lines, so I shop on off-hours and avoid amusement parks. I don’t like waiting for the bread to rise, so I tend to bake it too soon—every time! I don’t like waiting for others, so I blaze ahead—often to my detriment. I especially don’t…

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Sex, Self-Control, and Doing What We Want

I’m of the opinion that, in general, we do what we want to do, we avoid what we dislike, and, if you look at how we spend our time, you can see our priorities: we do what we value. Certainly some actions are done out of obligation, but most of us feel free enough to regularly reject obligation in favor…

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