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Sunday Class 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Discussion 2:00 p.m.

Sunday Ladies Class 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday Class 7:00 p.m.

2 minutes reading time (315 words)

'A Chip on His Shoulder'

This common expression conjures up an easy mental picture. A fella places a chip of wood on his shoulder, and then he walks around waiting for someone to knock it off. He is spoiling for a fight, and ready to react at the slightest provocation. He usually finds his opportunity in short order. The 'chip-wearer' is quick to take offense. He was just waiting for some petty reason to vent his anger and bitterness, and once he has found it, he will not let it go. His reaction is typically inappropriate and unreasonable. When others appeal to logic, common sense, and rational response, this angry man will not hear of it. He is mad and intends to stay that way. Dealing with such a person is always a difficult and trying experience. In a workplace, this fella can sidetrack an entire operation. In a community or neighborhood, he can cause trouble for people far and wide. In a family, you can expect grief at every reunion and gathering. And in the church he will definitely cause strife, contention, and division. Sadly these scenarios develop all too often. God's Word is plain concerning the man with the chip on his shoulder. Consider: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these . . . wrath, strife, . . envyings, . . . and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21) "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:31-32) Children of God cannot afford to carry a chip on their shoulder. Doing so endangers the soul. Think about it! - by Greg Gwin

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