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Proverbs 17

Read Proverbs 17 Featured Verse: Proverbs 17:5 “He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.”(Proverbs 17:5) Contempt for the Creator—really? Yep!  That’s what the Creator says in the Operator’s Manual for Planet Earth—the Bible. It says that when we look without […]

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Read: Proverbs 17:9 & 17 He who covers an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends…A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. “A friend loves at all times!” There is a very complex and profound meaning in the Hebrew language […]

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Solomon wrote in Proverbs 12:16, “Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults.” (The Message) As king over Israel, Solomon most likely interacted with fools day in and day out. And he knew the temptation to fly off the handle when angered by the fool. But he also understood that the way we respond to the fool indicates something about our character as well. If we react immediately with anger, counter-insults or some form of retaliation, we might as well hang a sign around our neck that reads, “I’m a fool.”

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When we look at those who are trapped in a cycle of economic despair or who have suddenly fallen into financial ruin without compassion or act as if they deserve what they are getting due to their own poor financial management, we come dangerously close to spitting in the face of God. So we had better develop a sensitive heart and a willing response to the poor and hurting. Compassion is the rightful domain of Christ’s community and we need to seriously up our game when it comes to care and involvement with the less fortunate.

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Proverbs, Chapter 1: “You ignorant outfit!” If I heard that scathing remark from my red-faced-vein-in-the-forehead-about-to-explode father once when I was growing up, I heard it a couple dozen times.  Obviously my childhood home wasn’t one of those touchy-feely places where mom and dad gave a whole lot of thought to […]

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