Sour Grapes | Friday, January 22 standard

Proverbs 1:30-33 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”   One thought: We reap what we sow. The fruit of sin is self-destructive now and even more later.   Three questions: When have you seen sin’s destructive nature in the world?   Do you see the destructive nature of sin?   When has your sin caused you pain?   Prayer: Praise ...

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Temporary Boasts | Thursday, January 21 standard

Psalm 52 For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.” 1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? 2 You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor. 3 You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth. 4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue! 5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from ...

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One Day | Wednesday, January 20 standard

Proverbs 1:28-29 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.   One thought: There will come a day when those who reject God will wish they had come to Him for knowledge   Three questions: What is the relationship between wisdom and fear of God?   Are you thankful for the knowledge of the fear of God?   Give thanks today that you know God   Prayer: Praise God that He reveals Himself to foolish sinners. Give thanks that through the work of the Son and the Spirit, you know the fear of ...

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Joy & Praise | Tuesday, January 19 standard

Psalm 52 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even ...

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Salvation | Monday, January 18 standard

Psalm 51 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even ...

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Cosmic Crimes | Sunday, January 17 standard

Psalm 51 For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even ...

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Wisdom Mocks | Saturday, January 16 standard

Proverbs 1:24-27 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— 27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.     One thought: When we follow the path of foolishness, we should expect bad things to happen     Three questions: Who is speaking? Is it God?   Do you celebrate foolish behaviour?   Reflect on times where foolishness has led to disaster   ...

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Justice Shines | Friday, January 15 standard

Psalm 50 A psalm of Asaph. 1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets. 2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. 4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people: 5 “Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” 6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice. 7 “Listen, my people, and I will speak; I will testify against you, Israel: I am God, your God. ...

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Wisdom & Repentance | Thursday, January 14 standard

Proverbs 1:22-23 22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.   One thought: The meek will inherit the earth. To receive wisdom, we must first come to God acknowledging our foolishness and need.     Three questions: Why might God require repentance?   Do you humbly acknowledge your need for wisdom?   Spend a few minutes repenting of times you have rejected God’s wisdom   Prayer: Praise God that He is generous in giving wisdom to those who desire it. Give thanks that ...

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Transient Treasure | Wednesday, January 13 standard

Psalm 49 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. 1 Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world, 2 both low and high, rich and poor alike: 3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding. 4 I will turn my ear to a proverb; with the harp I will expound my riddle: 5 Why should I fear when evil days come, when wicked deceivers surround me— 6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches? 7 No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— 8 the ransom for a life ...

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