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Pride Will Bring Him Low | Proverbs 29:23

One’s pride will bring him low,but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23 ESV We only need to survey the culture around us to find evidence that the first half of this proverb is true. Secularized individuals (I say this instead of secularists simply because many people would certainly not call …

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Scoffer Is His Name | Proverbs 21:24

“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty manwho acts with arrogant pride. Proverbs 21:24 ESV Proverbs does not speak well of scoffers. They "seek wisdom in vain" (14:6) because they do "not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise" (15:12). They "set a city aflame" (29:8) and are "an abomination …

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Pride Goes Before Destruction | Proverbs 16:18

Pride goes before destruction,and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 ESV "Pride goes before a fall." Surely that is saying that we are all familiar with, and it derives from this verse of Scripture. Indeed, while it is not a direct quotation, it certainly summarizes the two lines down to one terse statement. …

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When Pride Comes | Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgracebut with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 ESV Pride is arrogance and self-conceit, a lofty view of self. Pride, by its very nature, scorns disgrace and shame; it cannot endure them, for they dismantle being proud. It is supremely ironic, therefore, that this Proverb teaches us that pride brings …

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Salted with Fire | Mark 9:30-50

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will …

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Pride in Proverbs

Thanks to our planet completing another revolution around the sun by the upholding of Christ our Lord, June has come again. While summer officially begins later in the month, here in Oklahoma the heat has already arrived, and already even the cool breeze of spring is giving way to the summer warmth. Recently, however, June's …

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Unworthy Servants | Luke 17:9

Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? Luke 17:9 ESV Shortly before we were married, my wife and I were interim youth and children ministers at a church. During a children’s church service, we conducted a miniature Olympic-style competition between the children, which we divided into two groups. After a series …

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Chapter 12 (Mortification of Sin)

Here in chapter 12, Owen presents us with his 8th Direction for mortifying sin, which is to “use and exercise thyself to such meditations as may serve to fill thee at all times with self-abasement, and thoughts of thine own vileness” (119). This is to build up within us a hatred against the sin that …

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Humility, Anxiety, & the Devil | 1 Peter 5:5

In our study of what the Bible has to say about pride and humility (presented quite purposely on “pride month"), we arrive at the third of three interrelated texts. Proverbs 3:34, of course, is the core since it is cited by both James and Peter, and it defined the sharp dichotomy between the proud and …

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What Causes Quarrels & Fights? | James 4:6

If our present day were personified into a single person, he would be excommunicated from the church for being quarrelsome and divisive. To be fair, while I know enough history to know that I’m not a historian, I also know enough history to know that the Preacher was right when he wrote 3000 years ago: …

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