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"We must be on guard so that we never get caught up in wanting our own way as they did.

(The Isrealites who grumbled in th wildrerness)

And we must not turn our religion into a circus as they did;

"First the people partied, then they threw a dance.

We must not be sexually promiscuous - they paid for that, remember, with 23,000 deaths in one day!

We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him;

they tried it, and God launched an epidemic of poisonous snakes.

We must be careful not to stir up discontent; discontent destroyed them."


"These are all warning markers - danger! - in our history books, written down so that we don't repeat their mistakes.

Our positions in the story are parallel - they at the beginning, we at the end -

and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don't be so naive and self-confident.

You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence."


1 Corinthians 10:6-12 (The Message)






Q What are your weak and vulnerable places? What steps are you taking to avoid them?

Q How can you practically continue to develop 'God confidence'?


(Southwould sea front- Suffolk)