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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Proverbs 17-20

Today is catchup day. When my computer generated our Bible reading plan, most of the Bible readings were one chapter in length. There were a few readings of two chapters to enable our to finish our plan by Labor Day. I overlooked the last three double reading days as I prepared my emails. This morning I set about to catch up. Join me in these extra long notes to get us ba...

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - Proverbs 16

Many of the proverbs in this chapter teach us about God’s sovereign control of all things. God is more in charge of our lives than many of us realize. Pray about your plans. God must be behind them if they are to succeed (v. 3). It is easy to think we determine our plans for the future. The truth is that unless God lines things up, our plans will not succeed. Talk...

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Monday, June 20, 2016 - Proverbs 11

God detests dishonest business (v.1). God detests dishonest business, such as when a merchant has two weights in his bag, one heavy and one light. Old Testament prophets frequently talked about God’s anger when a business wasn’t delivering what people paid for (Amos 8:5; Hosea 12:7). Dishonest business brings chaos to society. This also applies to dishonesty ...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - Proverbs 12

One of the hardest parts about gaining knowledge is it involves discipline and a willingness to be corrected (v. 1). If we rebel against correction and don’t have an attitude that is willing to learn and an openness to change our minds, we are stupid. Don’t be stupid! Work hard to listen and learn from what others say. A wife is either your greatest blessing...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - Proverbs 13

Don't say the first thing that comes to mind when you get angry (v.3). When we get angry it is easy to let off steam and tell people what we feel. We feel justified in tearing somebody up in our anger. The problem is we usually destroy our reputation when we get “ticked off" and say what comes to mind. Keep your mouth shut. Walk away. Take a deep breath. Pray. Calm...

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Proverbs 14

Here are a few comments on my favorite proverbs in this chapter. A wife will either make or break her family (v. 1). The word “house” in the Bible usually stands for household or family. A wise woman builds her family up. She does this through her commitment to her husband and children, her enthusiasm and attitude around her home, her calmness in challenging...

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Friday, June 17, 2016 - Proverbs 10

f you love your parents, be wise and don’t grieve them (v. 1). It is essential to learn wisdom if you don’t want to break your parents’ hearts. How can you be wise and avoid grieving your parents? The proverbs in this chapter are terse sayings designed to develop wise living. Here are a few of my favorite proverbs in this chapter: Make an honest livin...

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Proverbs 9

When was the last time you had an invitation to dinner? Proverbs 9 is about two dinner invitations. One by Lady Wisdom (Proverbs 9:1-6) and another by Lady Folly (Proverbs 9:13-18). In the middle are a few words of self-diagnosis to help you discover which dinner invitation you are taking based on how you take correction from others. Choose wisely where you will eat your d...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Proverbs 7

  Don’t ignore warnings about sexual sin (vv.1-4). When was the last time you found yourself NOT struggling with sexual temptation? This chapter is a father pleading with his son (and us) to listen to his words of advice and avoid sexual sin. He begs us to listen closely, to treasure these words in our hearts, to protect them like we were protecting our own e...

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