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Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Rock climber on Chickies Rock along Northwest Lancaster County River Trail
Rock climber climbing high on Chiques Rock along Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.
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"The Danger Of A Hot Temper"

Message summary:  May we all seek to demonstrate the spiritual fruit of self-control today and especially see that fruit when a temper-inducing incident comes our way. Let us not act foolishly but rather calmly as we trust God in every situation.

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“People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm” (Proverbs 14:17). "Don't make friends with people who have hot, violent tempers. You might learn their habits and not be able to change" (Proverbs 22:24,25).

I (Stephen) enjoy a number of spectator sports but that joy has diminished in the last several years due to the politicization of so many in sports. In our younger years we both enjoyed playing tennis and can still enjoy watching a good tennis match. Tennis is very objective sport although of course a line call is missed occasionally.

The other day in the US Open tennis tournament Novak Djokovic, the top seeded male player, defaulted due to a very costly lapse in judgment and temperament. In a brief moment of intemperance not uncommon in tennis he mindlessly hit a ball back and struck a line judge in the neck. What an example of how our temper can get us into trouble!

Humans have been getting into trouble due to their tempers from the very beginning. Consider Cain, Balaam, Haman, and many others. Temper problems are practically universal and probably most of us can recall a time(s) when we really didn't have good control of our temper! I can sure think of a few in my own life.

“People with a hot temper do foolish things." So much criminal activity is a result of poor temper control or lack of self control. This is often exacerbated by drugs and alcohol. When we served a church in northern Pennsylvania we had a retired Los Angeles police officer in our congregation. He told me a high percentage of crime was directly related to drugs, alcohol and temper.

"Wiser people remain calm.” Among the fruit of the Spirit is self-control which we all need. Lots of stuff in life can cause anger and a hot temper but self-control allows us to stay calm.

May we all seek to demonstrate the spiritual fruit of self-control today and especially see that fruit when a temper-inducing incident comes our way. Let us not act foolishly but rather calmly as we trust God in every situation.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we read in Scripture about hot violent tempers; we see it displayed on the highway, in the news and public square every day, and, sadly, it is far too prevalent right within our own homes. It's a fact that people with hot tempers do foolish things, while wiser people remain calm and thoughtful in their demeanor and in their actions. May we be counted in the wiser group so that we are a reflection of Christ, not a reflection of the roaring lion who seeks to devour us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Yesterday we rode along the Northwest Lancaster County River trail twice, late morning and early evening. It was great to see so many out enjoying nature and the trail being so busy. One route we rode along was the historic Front Street in Marietta which has many older homes.

Front Street home, Marietta, PA
This Front Street home has a 1790 build date.
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Front Street home, Marietta, PA
Notice the 15 star flag in front of this historic home, like the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired the writing of the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.  The miniature flag at the base of the front door features a circle of 13 stars. Its distinguishing feature is thirteen 5-pointed stars arranged in a circle representing the 13 colonies that fought for their independence during the American Revolutionary War.
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Front Street home, Marietta, PA
More Front Street historic homes
Being rather low and close to the river this area periodically floods!
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Train along Front Street, Marietta, PA
A special treat, a train came by!
The tracks run along Front Street with the rail trail on the other side running parallel to the Susquehanna River.
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