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Seeing Cain as a Fugitive in Ourselves

Posted by kirkcaudle on February 6, 2010

While reading the Book of Moses this week (5:35-42), some new thoughts and insights came to me that I have not previously stumbled upon regarding Cain and his curse. As always, I do not offer up my interpretation of scripture as the “correct” way to read the text, but I hope it will add in some way to your own understanding.  

After Cain kills his brother, the Lord sets a curse upon him. I read the curse as Cain becoming “a fugitive and vagabond” (v36). Becoming a fugitive is “greater than [Cain] can bear” (v38).  Which got me thinking, what exactly is a fugitive, and what is so bad about it? A fugitive is one who runs from the law. A fugitive is running, but can only run so far. His negative outcome is inevitable. Justice is never far behind.

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Am I my Brother Keeper when it comes to Debt?

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 29, 2009

One subject that we always hear from the leadership of the church is to stay out of debt. I think we seem to be hearing more about it now than ever. There are exceptions to this to be sure, (education, house, etc.) but I think most of us understand that. In 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt to the extent possible. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from bondage … If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts” (Ensign, Nov. 1998, 54). Again, I am sure most of us would agree with President Hinckley’s remarks.

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