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Word of the Week: Temperance

“Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul,” wrote, Frances E. Willard, a 19th-century American educator and president of the Women’s Temperance Union.

In Willard’s time, the concept of temperance was often linked to the total abstinence of alcoholic beverages. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Abstinence

If you google the word “abstinence” you will get 18 million hits.  While I didn’t check all of them, a quick perusal shows the word is most often used regarding chastity.  Especially dealing with teenagers refraining from sexual activity.

One link advertised a mug you could give you your teenagers with the word “abstinence.”  The back of the mug offered this definition Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Gentleness

Gentleness

J. Upton Dickson, who brands himself as a Christian humorist, joked after writing a pamphlet called “Cower Power,” that he was thinking about founding a society called D.O.O.R.M.A.T.S.

It is an acronym for “Dependent Order of Really Meek and Timid Souls.” Their logo would be a yellow caution light. And their motto would be “The meek shall inherit the earth…if that’s okay with everybody.” Of course, Upton quipped, the society didn’t last very long when someone objected! Continue reading

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