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Actor

“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach” (Matt 23:3b NIV).
 
In ancient Rome and Greece, stage plays were a very popular form of entertainment. Many of the Greek classics are plays that were put on stage with professional actors. Often, the actors wore large masks which would augment their voices. The actor was called a “hypocrites.” From this use of the word, a was coined to refer to someone who “pretended to be someone they weren’t.” Hence, a hypocrite.

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Biblical Optimism 1

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11- ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
 
I saw a man at the grocery store walking with his wife who was obviously pregnant.  They both seemed very happy.  I asked the father if it was going to be a boy or a girl. With jubilation he announced it was going to be a boy. I said, “What if it’s a girl?” He looked at me and smiled and said, “That would be perfect. That’s my 2nd choice.”

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Restraining The Madness

(2 Pet. 2:16)
 
Read: Gen. 3:9-13
 
Today’s Bible Thought: “And they all began to make excuses” (Lk. 14:18 NIV).
 
Dr. William Glasser says that no matter how irrational or inadequate one’s behavior may seem to us, it has meaning and validity to the troubled person. One’s behavior is his attempt to solve his basic problem of fulfilling his needs. But there is no success because of one common characteristic among all disturbed people: “they all deny the reality of the world around them” (Reality Therapy, p. 6). The reality of God is equally denied by those who show little control over their behavior. Man seeks to find excuses where there is none – outside of himself.

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