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The time has come. . . and the Kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe in the Good News

Mark 1:14-15
Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 25:4-9; I Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

In a book called “Peace of Mind,” a famous psychiatrist -1 says that “The supreme foe of inner-victory, is rigid pride.” The Bible often calls it being “stiff-necked.” In Biblical terms, it means a kind of know-it-all arrogance that excludes the possibility of admitting the need to change — the need to repent. The stiff-necked person is saying, in effect, “No one, not even God, can enlighten me further.” Oscar Wilde’s “De Profundis” contains a powerful and moving passage describing the author’s personal experience with stiff-necked, rigid pride:

“I bore up against everything with some stubbornness of will and much rebellion of nature, till I had absolutely nothing left in the world but one thing. I had lost my…

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