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When Failure Is an Option Genesis 2:15-17;3:1-7

When Failure Is an Option

In life, flunking can help us to understand our limits and gain valuable knowledge about ourselves.

At a Glance

Some school districts have adopted a "no-zero" policy. Teachers are no longer allowed to give zeros. Not everyone agrees with this policy. In any case, it gives us an opportunity to look at the behavior of our first parents during their short time in Eden. They got a big fat ZERO from God and perhaps therein lies a lesson for all of us.


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Plaque Buildup," February 25, 1996, at HomileticsOnline.com.


Who likes to get a ZERO on a quiz or a test?

This is a question you might ask a few elementary school kids in your audience as you begin to speak. Or ask a middle-schooler or high school student how they feel when their test paper comes back with a big fat ZERO on it in red ink?

Perhaps it isn't a ZERO. It might be a 25 percent, or 40 percent -- something like that.

In some school districts across the country, these kinds of grades are a thing of the past. No more ZEROS! There's a movement afoot in some educational...















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