Is It reasonable to believe that if we hold onto one cherished sin it can poison our entire life?

Two Bible characters reveal this truth. Balaam and Judas, in their service to God retained the spirit of covetousness. Both acknowledged the one true God and professed to serve Him. Even when it was unpopular to do so, Judas believed in Jesus as the Messiah and united himself with His followers.

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters when God said let there be light and there was light. Then He divided the light from the darkness making the light day and the darkness night. That evening and morning was the first day. The next evening and morning was the second day. On the second day God created the sky above the waters. On the third evening and morning God created the land, and on that land he placed grass, trees and all sorts of plants.

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The beautiful Bahamas. Stunningly clear turquoise waters; white sandy beaches; sunny days with warm winds blowing gently and balmy evenings beneath the stars. You might think I am being hired to write tourist brochures for the fabled islands of New Providence, Bimini, and Eleuthera.

But no; I just returned from teaching "Contemporary Lessons from the Exodus" at a weeklong Passover Conference in Nassau. What I remember is not so much the natural beauty, though that was certainly striking. Not even the glowing descriptions from my friend, the distinguished Bahamas-based pastor Myles Munroe, prepared me for what I found.

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Have you ever heard someone say, ‘Everything works together for good’? That’s a quote from Rav Shaul. But is that saying true even if people choose to disobey God’s commands?

The life of Samson offers a good answer to this question. Young Samson demands of his parents, “I have seen a Philistine woman in Timnah; now get her for me as my wife.”

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