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Colossians:- Christ, the church and our calling

Paul's still in prison. This time, however he is writing to the Colossians. Enjoy and be blessed.Colossians 1: Greeting1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.Thanksgiving and Prayer3 We always thank God, th...
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Follow Paul as he follows Christ

Paul continues to show us the importance of straining towards the goal and to maintain peace and unity within the church.Philippians 3: Righteousness Through Faith in Christ1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look ou...
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A letter to the Philippians - You are a joy to me!

This week we will be reading and studying two prison epistles of the Apostle Paul. The books of Philippians and Colossians. In Philippians, it's all about the joy! Enjoy and be blessed.Philippians 1: Greeting1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:2 Grace to...
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Wise focal points for daily living

More pearls of wisdom from Solomon as we finish this week's readings in Proverbs.Proverbs 24: 1 Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,2 for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble.3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleas...
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Use wise words and dare to discipline

Discipline is never pleasant, whether it be for the believer or for a naughty child. The trouble is of course that the folly of sin needs to be corrected.Proverbs 22: 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favour is better than silver or gold.2 The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all.3 The prudent...
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Man's wisdom and folly in the light of God's sovereignty

More practical wisdom from the Proverbs today – be blessed.Proverbs 20: 1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life.3 It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelli...
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Wisdom and wealth, folly and poverty, discipline and blessing

The wise and the foolish are further contrasted in today's reading.Proverbs 18: 1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonour comes disgrace.4 The words of a man...
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The words of the wise and the foolish

Obedience is better than sacrifice. Seeing the Lord's supernatural power happens only when His people love and obey Him. The proverbs give us practical ways to do this. May Christ bless your reading and devotional life.Proverbs 17: 1 Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.2 A servant who deals wisely will rule o...
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Make plans, but God will guide your steps

There are so many common sayings that we use in everyday language that come directly from the bible. We see at least one of those in today's reading in Proverbs.Proverbs 16: 1 The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.3 Commit ...
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Communicating God's way

Are you seeing the power of God being expressed in your life? Obedience brings blessing. Be blessed as you read, pray and obey.Proverbs 14: 1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the LORD, but he who is devious in his ways despises him.3 By the mouth of a fool comes a ...
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Wisdom and godly discipline

More practical advice on everyday living from the Proverbs, including what is good vs evil, what is wise as opposed to foolish and what is just as opposed to unjust, take a look. Proverbs 12: 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.2 A good man obtains favour from the LORD, but a man of evil devices he condemn...
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The wise and the wealthy, the fool and their poverty

Great teaching here for general living. These Proverbs are particularly ascribed to Solomon – Prov 10:1.Proverbs 10: The Proverbs of Solomon1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.3 The LORD does not l...
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Wisdom and folly character traits

Today we see the blessing of wisdom and the character of the fool.Proverbs 8:The Blessings of Wisdom1 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?2 On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand;3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud:4 "To you, O men, I call, an...
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Wisdom on debt and adultery

Solomon really wants us to understand what happens if we seek after immorality rather than seeking after God. Wise words here on debt and adultery our his counsel for today. Be blessed.Proverbs 6:Practical Warnings1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbour, have given your pledge for a stranger,2 if you are snared in the words of your...
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Listen to a wise dad

What do you know about the rebellion of your own soul? Solomon tells us about the lure of both the wicked and the adulterous woman. He was well qualified to know! But we all have infidelity working out within our souls don't we. Have a listen to his counsel.Proverbs 4:A Father's Wise Instruction1 Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attenti...
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart

Wisdom not only leads to a life of blessing but today we are told that it extends your life as well. There are a number of reasons for this…take a look.Proverbs 3: Trust in the LORD with All Your Heart1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,2 for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.3 ...
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The wisdom of Solomon

James tells us that if we lack wisdom, we need to ask God who will give it to us. For the next few weeks we will be going through a portion of the book of Proverbs. I trust you will be blessed and gain godly wisdom as a result.Proverbs 1: The Beginning of Knowledge1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:2 To know wisdom and instruct...
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Decide for Christ - the valley of decision

Bible prophesy is something that we should never be ignorant of. In today's reading we see that the fulfilment of Joel's writing was only partially fulfilled in the historical setting of captivity and return, but there is a greater fulfilment that he spoke about, that is yet to come. Have a read.Joel 3: The LORD Judges the Nations1 "For behold, in ...
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The book of Joel - Assyria is coming

We add the short book of Joel to Nahum to finish off this week. The Assyrians would come against Israel. But the Assyrians would be dealt with. We also see how the Lord uses the historical setting of Israel to prophesy about future restoration and blessing for His people.Joel 1: 1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel:An Invasi...
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Woe to Nineveh

Woe to Nineveh – as Jeremiah would later describe Jerusalem, Nineveh is a city that will be left naked and alone.Nahum 3: Woe to Nineveh1 Woe to the bloody city, all full of lies and plunder--- no end to the prey!2 The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel, galloping horse and bounding chariot!3 Horsemen charging, flashing sword and glittering...
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