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Scruples

“But solid food (deeper truths, rr) is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Heb 5:14 NASU).

We use to play the game called “Scruples.” You took a card and it presented a certain moral dilemma such
as “if you found a envelope full of cash would you keep it?” Others had to guess how the person would
respond. It was a great way to learn about people’s actual scruples, or the lack of them!


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“Kicking Against The Goads”

Ponder: Stubbornness in oxen and people

Scripture: “It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14, NKJV).

Before tractors were invented, farmers used strong animals like oxen to pull plows and other implements. If a
tired (or stubborn!) ox refused to move, the farmer goaded him, jabbing him from behind with a sharp stick.
Such unpleasant stimulation might prompt the animal to kick. However, if he successfully kicked the goad, he
would only increase his own pain as the sharp point protruded further into his flesh. The ox’s best option
was to move along pulling the plow!


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Sing And Be Happy!

Ponder: Psalm 9: David’s singing and ours

Scripture: “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13 NKJV).

David’s psalms show that both before and during his reign as king of Israel, he endured severe setbacks and
enjoyed smashing successes. Regardless of circumstances, David put his trust in God. Psalm nine
particularly demonstrates his reaction to God’s care for him. We would do well to imitate David in these four
ways:


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