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Integrity

What does it mean? And how can we have it? Integrity being related to people could be defined as one who lives life in sincerity to the best of his ability. David was such a person and he gave us some clues as to what it was composed of. He said, "Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering…Test my motives and my heart (Psalm 26:1-2)." David thought he was pure and blameless and attributed that not to a self-righteous attitude but to his actions related to God and others and that were open to public view. He said he "lived according to your [God's] truth (26:3)," recognizing it as the only truth free of subjectivity. It was pure truth, unadulterated, clean of evil motive. Second, he did not "spend time with liars, or go along with hypocrites (26:4)." He even hated "the gatherings of those who do evil and refused to join in with the wicked (26:5)." This reminds of Psalm 1:1 where the…

Similarities and Differences of Joseph and Moses

We have previously written about these two men and some interesting parallels in their lives. As I meditated on this it was clear that much more could be said in this regard. Here is the "rest of the story." Similarities: Joseph and Moses both married the daughter of a priest; Egypt for both became their homelandBoth experienced the death of their own future vision, only to see it reborn by God in a much wider sense.Both had family members to deal with, Joseph with his 10 brothers, Moses with Miriam and Aaron.Joseph and Moses both dealt with a Pharaoh about Egypt's futureJoseph and Moses both had two sons and named them to represent two stages in their life, grief and blessingJoseph and Moses both rescued Israel from a possible horrible future [Joseph rescued Israel in a time of famine, brought them to incubate under the protection of Egyptian prominence. Moses rescued Israel from extinction, slavery, a downtrodden …