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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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The Seat of Scoffers | Psalm 1:1

nor sits in the seat of scoffers Psalm 1:1 ESV The first verse of Psalm 1 concludes with a third description of the blessed man by way of negation. Those who walk in the favor of the LORD do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor do they stand in the way of …

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Biblical Wisdom

Keep Aloof from Strife | Proverbs 20:3

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,but every fool will be quarreling. Proverbs 20:3 ESV Although all of Proverbs applies to all ages of humanity, this verse feels particularly relevant today. With advent of the Internet and especially social media, it sometimes seems as though life has become one massive …

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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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To the Scorners | Proverbs 3:34

We begin our three-part study of pride and humility in Proverbs 3. As I noted last week, at the core of our three passages is the same verse that originates here in Proverbs 3:34 and is then cited by both James and Peter in the New Testament. Of course, this verse looks a bit different …

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You Answered Me | Psalm 119:26

When I told of my ways, you answered me;teach me your statutes! Psalm 119:26 ESV Beginning the stanza of daleth, the psalmist confessed to being in a lowly state (“My soul clings to the dust”), and he prayed for renewed life from God’s Word (“give me life according to your word”). Our present verse runs …

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Biblical Wisdom

Bold as a Lion | Proverbs 28:1

The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1 Why do the wicked flee when no one pursues them? Their guilt keeps them from all peace. They are constantly on the run because they know that others have reason to pursue them. Or at least their own conscience …

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Sermon Series

Look Carefully How You Walk | Ephesians 5:15-17

 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV Ephesians 5:15-21 is a section that buildings upon everything that Paul has exhorted of …

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J. I. Packer on Reading the Bible

With J. I. Packer’s recent passing, it seems only proper to again encourage everyone who has not yet read his book Knowing God to by all means do so. The following quotation is from that very book. Again, it is to be feared that many today who profess to be Christ’s never learn wisdom, through …

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Him Who Sits on the Throne

The Wisdom of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_PkNiyrgyg to the only wise Godbe glory forevermorethrough Jesus Christ!Amen. Romans 16:27 ESV As the son of David, who was the man after God’s own heart, Solomon must have felt an even greater weight as being king over Israel. He was now the man whom God would hold responsible for leading His chosen people, His …

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