An Eye for An Eye

Most people today are familiar with the instructions God gave Moses for the punishment for criminal behavior in Deuteronomy 19:21: “A life for life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”

The Law made provision for those who caused harm to others accidentally or unintentionally. But those who willfully, recklessly, deliberately violated God’s commandments and committed crimes against the community had to be punished – in such a dramatic way that it would deter others from following in their footsteps.…

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Benjamin Franklin’s Epitaph

Someone once said, “You know you’re getting old when you bend over to tie your shoe and think to yourself, ‘What else can I do while I’m down here?’” The comical adage reflects a simple truth: As we get older, our bodies don’t work the way they used to. They start falling apart on us. They wear out.

Our hearts grow weary, too – weary of the trials and tribulations of this life… weary of the battle between the flesh and the spirit, the desire to sin and the desire to serve God.…

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Never Forgotten

When you were a kid, did your parents ever accidentally leave you at the gas station or the restaurant? Was there a time when each one thought the other one had picked you up from school? Were you left off the invitation list to a special party? Ignored by others in a social setting, at church or at work?

There’s no question that at some point or another we’ve all experienced the pain of feeling abandoned, neglected, or unloved – times when even God seemed so far away.…

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A Mouse in the House

Some time ago, Laura Joffe Numeroff wrote a clever little book called If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In the story, an adorable mouse shows up at the home of a small boy, asking for a cookie. As soon as he gets his cookie, the mouse has another request: he’d like a glass of milk. Then he needs a straw, and then a napkin… and on and on it goes.…

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