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Our Pantry Spider
We have a pantry spider in the upper back corner and despite my wife's
strong dislike for spiders, we leave him alone. From the leftovers in his web
it is obvious he is keeping our pantry bug free. I hope he lives to a ripe old
age. I just hope his tribe doesn't increase in my pantry.
There are many advantages in life for tolerating things we don't especially
like. Conservatives think liberals are immoral creatures doomed for eternity.
Liberals think conservatives are small-minded people afraid of change.
While there might be some truth in both views, practicality is best served by
having both around. The contending views tend to keep society healthy by
keeping us from straying too far in one direction. We must remember
liberals led Rome down the destructive road of decadence and conservatives
crucified Jesus. The changes He wanted to bring into Hebrew society
The strength of a nation and a church is the freedom to speak one's ideas
without fear of retribution. Freedom is a precious idea and even more
precious practice. The next time someone in your Bible study group says
something with which you vehemently disagree, pause for a moment before
you bite off his or her head. Be thankful someone feels free enough in your
presence to say what he or she believes. She is not the spider she seems to
"Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way
you do. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something
you don't agree with." Romans 14:1 The Message
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