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Thanksgiving and the 'Day of the Lord'

What is the greatest thing you desire? Is it to be with the Lord? Sometimes even this becomes blurred because of earthly passions. Paul has some good advice here. We also begin Paul's second letter to the Thessalonians which includes much about the "man of sin", but like all of Paul's letters begins with thanksgiving.1 Thessalonians 5: The Day of t...
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Now that's encouraging!

Paul has some great advice here on the purpose of life on earth and the ultimate destination for the believer. Paul receives encouraging news from Timothy about the Thessalonians, this lifts Paul's spirit. Be encouraged!1 Thessalonians 3: 1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,2 and we sent Ti...
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The Proverbs 31 woman

King Lemuel was taught well by his mum. As we head into Mother's Day on Sunday have a read as to what a godly wife and mother looks like. Proverbs 31:The Words of King Lemuel1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?3 Do not g...
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Wisdom from the heart of Agur

The words of Agur show the reality of the state of man before an all knowing God. Where pride stops is where true wisdom begins.Proverbs 30:The Words of Agur1 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle. The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out.2 Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.3 ...
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Communication skills of the wise and the foolish

More words of wisdom on the role of the righteous and the fruit of the wicked from Solomon this morning.Proverbs 29: 1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but ...
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The way of wicked and wise rulers

There are few godly leaders in society and in the parliament unfortunately. Today we receive some practical wisdom as to how to rule well regardless of the context, as well as the character of the rich and the poor.Proverbs 27: 1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; ...
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How to treat a fool

We finish the book of Proverbs this week. More practical day to day wisdom in dealing with the realities of life on earth – including thosewho are fools, sluggards and liars.Proverbs 25: More Proverbs of Solomon1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glo...
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The gospel, the great reconciler

Changing our focus in life gives us purpose, conviction and clarity on what is important in this life. Paul challenges us to redirect our eyes and hearts and gives some practical relational advice today in Colossians.Colossians 3: Put On the New Self1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated ...
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Jesus saves, not religious rules

Paul's still in prison. This time, however he is writing to the Colossians. Enjoy and be blessed.Colossians 2: 1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assura...
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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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