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Larry the Cable Guy, Nike, Frank Sinatra, Burger King, and How We Think


Today: Proverbs 19    “Get ‘er done!” – Larry the Cable Guy “Just do it.” – Nike advertising slogan “I did it my way.” – Frank Sinatra “Have it your way.” – Burger King    These are the ways our culture teaches us to live. They say …      You da man!      You are the master of your own …

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Do You Love Your Dross?


Today: Proverbs 17 If you can’t stand the heat, get out of God’s kitchen! He’s cooking up something good, but it’s going to get really hot! Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart (Proverbs 17:3, New Living Translation). What about you and me will be consumed by the refining fire and burned away? …

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Back to School … Attitudes and Choices


Today: Proverbs 15 Summer break is over for my three younger kids. This year, our youngest, Anna, starts high school. She is excited and anxious (worried she’ll get lost in the hallways). Sarah is a junior this year, and Dru is a senior. Both are focused on “what’s next” after they graduate: colleges and careers. I woke up early and before …

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Waiting for God to Answer


Today: Proverbs 13 I sometimes act like a whiny adolescent when I ask my Father for something. This is what I want, and I want it now! I may not pray those words, but God knows all about my attitude. Why aren’;t you answering my prayer, Lord?  I ask.  I mean, I know this is inside your will. I know …

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Dumb Criminals and the Hope of the Godly: It’s All in the Mind: Proverbs 10


Today: Proverbs 10 A man was released from jail at 12:01 a.m. At 12:09 a.m. he was spotted climbing over a chain link fence back onto the jail grounds, and attempting to pass a cigarette to an inmate through a steel grate covering a window. At 12:10 a.m. the man was back in custody, charged with illegal entry into a …

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Please Rebuke Me! Day 9 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 9  Wise people love being rebuked. In fact, Proverbs 9 tells us, a wise person will love you all the more because you have helped him see something in himself that perhaps he did not see, and he can change it. I want people to give me feedback, criticism, and rebuke because it makes me wiser. Mockers and …

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Top 3 Ways to Get Wisdom: Day 8 in Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 8 Solomon gives voice to Wisdom in this chapter. We get to hear what Wisdom would say to us, and mostly it is to seek her. How do we receive Wisdom? First, through God’s Word. It is our primary resource for getting Wisdom; God gave us Scripture so we might gain Wisdom and know how to live the …

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7 Ways to Deal with Temptation from Proverbs 7


Today: Proverbs 7 Once again we are called to treasure and obey God’s Word. What happens when we don’t? We walk in darkness (v. 9) and fall into temptation. And when that temptation comes, we don’t have the godly wisdom to walk away from it. Whether it’s sexual sin or any other kind of sin, we will be seduced by it …

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What God Loves & What He Hates: Day 6 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 6 God loves you and because he loves you, there are things in this world he hates. Proverbs 6 deals specifically with several false gods that can destroy the lives God desires for us to live. Let’s look at a couple of them. The issue in regards to finances (vv. 1-5) is where your treasure is. Jesus said you …

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The Creator’s Guide to Living the Best Life Possible: Day 5 of Proverbs


Today: Proverbs 5  On one level this chapter is about adultery and having the wisdom to run away from it. But adultery also represents disobeying God in any way. God’s Word is The Creator’s Guide to Living the Best Life Possible — life to the fullest. God’s Word does not restrict us, as many think. No, when we live life God’s …

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