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Getting What We Don’t Deserve (Psalm 73)

Psalm 73 (ESV) 73 A Psalm of Asaph. 1  Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. 3  For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4  For they have no pangs until death; …

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Do Not Lose Heart (2 Cor 4)

2 Corinthians 4 (ESV) 4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our …

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Simplicity, Integrity, and Faithfulness (2 Cor 1:12-2:4)

2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4 (ESV) 12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will …

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Never Try…Never Fail (Eccl 11:1-12:8)

Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8 (ESV) 11 Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. 2  Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. 3  If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or …

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I Pity the Fool (Eccl 9:13-10:20)

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20 (ESV) 13 I have also seen this example of wisdom under the sun, and it seemed great to me. 14 There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. 15 But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom …

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I Hope You’re Happy Now (Eccl 9:1-12)

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 (ESV) 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to …

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Where’s the Justice? (Eccl 8)

Ecclesiastes 8 (ESV) 8 Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him. 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, …

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Too Smart For Your Own Good (Eccl 7:15-29)

Ecclesiastes 7:15–29 (ESV) 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should …

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (ESV) 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about …

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Some Grave Concerns (Eccl 7:1-13)

Ecclesiastes 7:1–13 (ESV) The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly 7 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 2  It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it …

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