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Seven Deadly Sins: Envy: "You Shall Not Covet!"

Proverbs 24:1-9

Do not envy the wicked,
  nor desire to be with them; 
for their minds devise violence,
  and their lips talk of mischief. 

By wisdom a house is built,
  and by understanding it is established; 
by knowledge the rooms are filled
  with all precious and pleasant riches. 
Wise warriors are mightier than strong ones,
  and those who have knowledge than those who have strength; 
for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
  and in abundance of counsellors there is victory. 
Wisdom is too high for fools;
  in the gate they do not open their mouths. 

Whoever plans to do evil
  will be called a mischief-maker. 
The devising of folly is sin,
  and the scoffer is an abomination to all. 


Adventures in parenting: What to do when kids fight over toys. I have no idea. "It's mine!" "I had it first!" "Whack!" "Bam!" I step in, make a judgment on who gets the toy, offer the prize to the winner, and... 30 seconds later it's left on the floor, forgotten, as …

"Do Your Due Diligence!" - from the Seven Deadly Sins series: Sloth

Proverbs 6:1-11 My child, if you have given your pledge to your neighbour,
   if you have bound yourself to another,
2you are snared by the utterance of your lips,
   caught by the words of your mouth.
3So do this, my child, and save yourself,
   for you have come into your neighbour’s power:
   go, hurry,and plead with your neighbour.
4Give your eyes no sleep
   and your eyelids no slumber;
5save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter,
   like a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6Go to the ant, you lazybones;
   consider its ways, and be wise.
7Without having any chief
   or officer or ruler,
8it prepares its food in summer,
   and gathers its sustenance in harvest.
9How long will you lie there, O lazybones?
   When will you rise from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
   a little folding of the hands to rest,
11and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
   and want, like an armed warrior.
Maybe as a child—or as a parent to a child—you read the story of the grasshopper and th…

Remembering the Lives of Three Great Oak Lawn Saints

Over the past three weeks, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church lost three of its wonderful saints: Tommy Nance, Marietta Ragsdale, and Bryan Clark. It's been a difficult time for us, saying goodbye to such amazing people. I had three privilege of knowing all three well, since I served the Oak Lawn church as an intern and Associate Pastor many years ago, before returning last summer as Senior Pastor. For those unable to attend any of the services, or if these words are any comfort to those still grieving such losses, I have included here my words of remembrance from each service.

Tommy Nance, Restland Funeral Home,  December 22, 2011

Thomas William Nance, Sr., long time resident of Dallas, TX., passed away on December 18, 2011 in Dallas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dell Emmalee Nance. He was born on May 31, 1919 in Dallas to Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Nance.

He is survived by his four children, Patricia D. Flores, Thomas W. Nance, Jr., Donald L. Nance and Robert L. Nance, t…