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Making Daily Progress, Aiming at Perfection

For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. Leviticus 11:44 At the gym, I’m always working on getting better. There are always things I can improve upon. Even if I ever place first in a competition – which I’m in no danger of doing – I…
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Good or Bad for Me?

Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. . . You are to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean . . . Leviticus 10:8-10 When I was quite young, I loved potatoes…
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The Little Sins that Don’t Matter

Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them. And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. Leviticus 10:1-2 My…
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Quality Time

. . . The glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. Leviticus 9:23-24 We all have our own…
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Making Amends to Those We Love the Most

If he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression . . . he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt.…
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I Swear I’ll Never Use Again

Or if anyone utters with his lips a rash oath to do evil or to do good, any sort of rash oath that people swear, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it, and he realizes his guilt in any of these . . .  Leviticus 5:4 I’ve been sober from…
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The Wicked Finger

If he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort the uncleanness may be with which one becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it, and realizes his guilt . . . Leviticus 5:3 When my son was maybe four years old, he suddenly started walking around the house one day…
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When It’s My Job to Say Something

If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity. Leviticus 5:1 Years ago, while struggling to stay sober, I began meeting with a close friend as an…
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Way Back When I Didn’t Know Any Better

If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the LORD’S commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his…
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Give Me Gifts

All fat is the LORD’S. Leviticus 3:16 Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and so, my kids came out for dinner, both giving me gifts that cost them something. Both gifts were meaningful, and I was touched by their thoughtfulness and generosity. The thing is, I don’t need them to give me stuff. I have more…
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