Self justifying

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People get defensive. We know we are vulnerable to some accusations, so we avoid those areas whenever possible. Then someone says something implying we are vulnerable in some other area. Almost out of a twisted transference of anxiety from our indefensible failure, temptation launches us into a vigorous defense of ourselves in the area of perceived accusation. It can really freak out people who get the defense without ever realizing they have accused. Galatians 2:17-21 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to …

from flakey to fruitful and fresh

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The voice of Solomon is in places the voice of overcooked wisdom. He goes back and forth between indulgence and diligence, devotion and despair, idealism and realism. Fortunately there is an integrated perspective at the end: live is hard (and gets harder as your body starts to fall apart) and wisdom is limited (though talk of wisdom isn’t) so just keep focusing on what God actually wants you to do. That is what will count. So what should I do? Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The end of the matter; all has been …

Truth serum

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There is a whacky scene in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film True Lies. Arnold’s super tough character is juiced up with truth serum and tied to a chair awaiting a torture facilitated interrogation. The serum works well enough for Arnie to answer his tormentor’s question truthfully: SAMIR: Is there anything you  would like to tell me before we start? HARRY: Yes. I’m going to kill you pretty soon. SAMIR: I see. How exactly? HARRY: Well, I thought I’d break your neck, then use you as a human shield, then  kill the …