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The Time for Repentance has Passed

And he said to them, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’” Exodus 32:27 In my addiction, while diverting opioids for…
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The Once-a-Week Diet Plan

Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the LORD’S side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him. Exodus 32:26 I’ve always struggled with eating healthy. I’ve known what I should eat, but what I’ve wanted to eat has been very different. So, in…
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He’s Not with Me

And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies) . . . Exodus 32:25 Years ago, we were on vacation in Florida, visiting some theme park, when my wife objected to my outfit for the day. I’m not sure I want…
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I Only Drink Because of You

And Aaron said, “Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us.’” Exodus 32:22-23 In my drug use, I never openly blamed my wife for my bad behavior. I knew it wasn’t…
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Choke On It

He took the calf that they had made and burned it with fire and ground it to powder and scattered it on the water and made the people of Israel drink it. Exodus 32:20 Back before fentanyl was a common street drug, there were still overdose deaths from it – from fentanyl patches. Fentanyl patches…
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Angry Like a Cactus

And as soon as he came near the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses’ anger burned hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. Exodus 32:19 Several years ago, my kids and I set out for an Arizona hike, when my…
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Hitchhikers and Prayer

“Turn from your burning anger and relent from this disaster against your people” . . . And the LORD relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.  Exodus 32:12-14 When I was a kid, I remember seeing a hitchhiker for the first time, holding his thumb up, hoping for a…
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Play the Tape Forward

And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.” Exodus 32:9-10 With my last relapse, 10 years…
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When I Tried to Wrestle and Debate

When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” Exodus 32:5 When I was in high school, we had a debate team on which my older sister enjoyed tremendous success. I wanted to follow in her footsteps, so I…
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First Do No Harm

And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. Exodus 32:4 In medicine, this phrase – First do no harm – is an ethical principle of the Hippocratic Oath, which physicians have historically repeated upon graduating from medical school. It may seem a simple…
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