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How Not to Shorten Your Life 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

How Not to Shorten Your Life

If you want to live longer, there's at least one thing you should stop doing.

At a Glance

This material begins with a review of obnoxious public behavior, and couples it with a report from Psychological Science in the Public Interest, which offers a specific recommendation about how to not shorten one's life. We then make a move to the text in which the apostle Paul offers specific recommendations about how to live a life with quality and significance.

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