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The Cost of Ignorance

Calamity awaits the casually unaware. They suffer disproportionately because they have been exposed to risk without realizing it. This is usually the case in business, but tragically it applies to the spiritual realm as well. It's one thing to lose your pension, it's another to lose your spiritual footing when your church fails. "The prudent sees danger and hides himself, ...

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Fighting Fools

Wise men fight when necessary, but foolish men find reasons to fight. This is why, "It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling"(Proverbs 20:3). To say aloof from strife is to have the inner peace that prevents you from being drawn into it. Fools on the other hand are revealed by their how easily they can be provoked....

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Watch Your Mouth

Your tongue is unique as your fingerprint. It leaves evidence of where you've been. Show me a person who people avoid, and I'll show you a person with an out of control tongue. The evidence is irrefutable because "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). The tongue is a common denominator in most troubled relationships....

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Produce

An ox is a tractor. Nothing compares to its productivity and reliability. Thus, "Where there is no oxen, the manger is clean (meaning empty), but abundance of crops come by the strength of the ox" (Proverbs 14:4). This has nothing to do with a tidy stable. It's about a full feeding trough. It means the most important metric for determining value is production, and that pie...

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Accept the Word

Even if you feel convicted, choose to embrace biblical truth. The simple way to honor God is to listen, believe, and follow. The opposite is disaster. Therefore, "Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded" (Proverbs 13:13). When our joy and peace are destroyed, it can be tied to rejecting the word. When our...

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The Cosmic Architect

Ancient Hebrews learned creation science from childhood through the study of Proverbs. What some modern pastors of influence find confusing, children took in like nursing infants, fully embracing what the Word simply taught. The universe was designed by divine wisdom before it came into being (Proverbs 8:22-26). It materialized exactly as the Bible describes and was a deli...

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Warnings about Wicked Women

There are five warning signs in a chapter devoted to protecting men from wicked women. Avoid her place (Proverbs 7:1-9) and make sure you are far away from her territory, or the place where you ever meet her. Refuse the allure of her pleasure (Proverbs 7:10-15), which is very real, but very disordered and deceptive. Don't fall for the flattery of her preparation (Proverbs ...

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Whose Husband Is This?

The woman makes the man, for better or worse. The Bible often fuses the reputation of husband to wife. Eve, Delilah, and Jezebel brought shame. Curiously, women seem to resist the bad influence of their husbands more effectively. So, almost in passing we read "Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land" (Proverbs 31:23). Of course, just lik...

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