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Eugene H. Peterson


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Galatians 5. 19-21


It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time:

repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage;

frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition;

all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives;

small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions;

ugly parodies of community.

I could go on.



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