Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Psalm 67:7 (NLT) 7 Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him. […]
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Matthew 5:43-45 (NLT) 43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the […]
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Psalm 33:4-5 (NLT) 4 For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. 5 He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. Matthew 23:12 (NLT) 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be […]
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Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) 18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. John 8:31-32 (NLT) 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you […]
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1 Corinthians 3:14-23 (NLT) 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames. 16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the […]
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Romans 6:9-11 (NLT) 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. […]
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Romans 6:16 (NLT) 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. We don’t want to consider ourselves slaves, but it’s true. When whatever it is […]
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James 1:5 (NLT) 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. “If you need wisdom….” I wonder if that’s not a rhetorical statement – “If you need wisdom….” Really? Today is a scary place where we’re getting into things we […]
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Proverbs 9:12 (NLT) 12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) 10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. So often […]
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James 3:15-18 (NLT) 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace […]
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Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NLT) 18 The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow. Met with someone who’s son in law’s brother (call him Jim) went back out there (drug/alcohol abuse) and his marriage is in jeopardy. Two kids, 3 years and 18 months old. Wife looking to seperate. Jim is […]
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Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. James 1:19-20 (NLT) 19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and […]
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Ephesians 5:21 (NLT) 21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. That line comes before the wives submit, husbands always honor and do anything for your wife, including die to protect her. That’s what relationships are supposed to look like. How different they are from reality. From Baby Mama’s and Daddy’s, […]
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Proverbs 12:18 (NLT) 18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Ain’t that the truth. So, why do we have so many cutting remarks and so little healing going on? Have we lost the ability to listen to wisdom or have we abandoned wisdom? Or is wisdom just shouted […]
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2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” Proverbs 22:8 (NLT) Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end. Ahhhh, the […]
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Proverbs 8:11 (NLT) 11 For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. Wisdom. Experience. Life. The redo button. If it were only so easy….. Wisdom is far more valuable than anything else for the simple reason that it makes everything else so much easier to obtain. Like Solomon […]
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Romans 1:16-17 (NIV) 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,as it is written, “The righteous shall live […]
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Proverbs 13:20 20. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Garbage in, garbage out. In the jail last night we had a very interesting conversation about “the cycle”. One guy is in for his 24th time. 24 times through the jail/court/jail system. Insanity? Yep. Insanity – we all […]
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Proverbs 1:7 (MSG) 7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Proverbs 1:7 (GNT) 7 The most important part of knowledge is having reverence for the Lord. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn. Leviticus 19:18 […]
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2 Corinthians 4:16 16. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. The weather changed, I knew it was going to because my ankle told me so. It didn’t used to be like this – I could run like crazy; loved to […]
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Proverbs 8:12 (NIV) 12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. Matthew 5:6(MSG) 6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. There is wisdom, then there’s wisdom. The first wisdom is surface level, might be good […]
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Let’s see if I have this right: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 We’ve heard that, seen it displayed in the endzone, blah, blah, blah. But what does it mean? What’s behind it? What’s […]
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Proverbs 8:12-13 (ESV) 12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. 13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV) 1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our […]
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Matthew 18:18-20 (MSG) 18-20 “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father […]
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James 3:17-18 (GNV) 17 But the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of [a] mercy and good fruits, without judging, and without hypocrisy. 18 [b] And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, of them that make peace. Footnotes: [a] James 3:17 He setteth […]
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Matthew 13:31-32 “31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, […]
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Matthew 13:1-9 (ESV) The Parable of the Sower 13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things […]
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Psalm 119:33-35 33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. 35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Matthew 6:30-34 “31 So […]
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1 John 5:1 “Everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well.” If you love the Father, you will love his child. Love the child of the Father. Love. There are no fatherless children. Literally and figuratively. There are no fatherless children. They might not have a father, but they aren’t fatherless. He is […]
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Run to, do not hide. Psalms 27:8 “My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.” When the time comes that trouble strikes, there is really one good alternative to turn to. When you wish there was a redo button handy that you could hit a bunch of times because […]
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When justice looks bleak. Psalms 90:12 “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Oh, how we dislike discipline, justice. Yeah, we’ll accept it, but not with a grateful heart. It’s usually with a stiff neck and prideful protestations. So what do we do with a God who is […]
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Pride is like ear wax. Proverbs 29:23 “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” Ear wax, if not cleaned, will clog your hearing canal so it becomes hard to hear. If it goes on long enough without being cleaned, it’ll effect your balance too. I had my ears abraded once. […]
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Humble yet? 1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” God humbles the proud or He shows favor on those who realize the enormity of the gift of grace and humble themselves […]
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“11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Why is it so hard to turn the other cheek? Pride. How much more could we accomplish if we turned the other cheek and reacted from love instead of anger? If we honestly confronted the wrong from a place of […]
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