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Proverbs 24:30-31

Avoid Sluggardly Habits I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. Proverbs 24:30–31 (NIV 1984) Nothing attractive about slugs as far as I’m concerned. These spineless, shell-less creatures can decimate a root crop, …

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Proverbs 23:26-28

Beware the Wayward My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways, for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well. Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men. Proverbs 23:26-28 “If only they came to us sooner. By the time couples come …

Proverbs 15:1

Speak Gently A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:11) “Who’s in charge here?” The angry female voice startled me. I turned my head to see who had spoken. The woman who stood in the doorway of the church office wore a scowl. I smiled, then said, “How can I help you?” She …

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Proverbs 8:1-17

Seek Wisdom Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:10-11 Wisdom isn’t special knowledge given to only a few. You don’t have to be a scholar or seek the advice of a guru. Proverbs 8 says wisdom can be found …

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Proverbs 7:2

How Much Do You Value God’s Word? Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Proverbs 7:2 What do you consider your MVP—most valued possession? Some would list family first; others might list health or intellect. In Proverbs 7:2, Solomon indicates that we should treat God’s commandments, His Word, as our MVP. …

Proverbs 31:10-31

The Perfect Wife Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 Proverbs 31:10-31 is often the text for a Mothers’ Day sermon and used to praise all women who have qualities like these, whether mothers or not. But it was given by a woman to her son so …

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Proverbs 21:1

Still in Charge The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. Proverbs 21:1 When I was young, a heavy rainstorm could turn our neighborhood streets into shallow streams. My friends and I sometimes used large leafs as boats and raced them down the curbside. Occasionally, we’d gather sticks and …

Proverbs 30:1-5

What Do I Know? Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 Have you ever felt like Augur who said, “Surely I am only a brute, not a man; I do not have human understanding. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the …

Proverbs 29:22

The High Cost of Anger An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22 “Must we bring you water out of this rock?” With the force of forty years’ frustration, Moses slammed his staff against the rock. Water gushed out in a torrent, creating a creek bed that extended for miles—enough water for two …

Deborah: Judge and Warrior

No Super Powers Necessary Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?” Judges 4:14 Some may have called her the Wonder Woman of Ephraim. Deborah was a leader of Israel who settled disputes (Judges 4:4). She was also a prophetess, which means …