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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.12-14

Proverbs 29:12-1412If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, All his ministers become wicked. 13The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both. 14If a king judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever. According to the Barna Group, in a 2015 study among Americans in the workplace, done in partnership with ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.9-11

Proverbs 29:9-11 9 When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, The foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.10 Men of bloodshed hate the blameless, But the upright are concerned for his life.11 A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back. There is nothing virtuous about being "outspoken", even though our culture may say it is. A...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 29.1-8

Proverbs 29:1-8A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. 2When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan. 3A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth. 4The king gives stability to the land by justice, but a man who takes bribes o...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.26-28

Proverbs 28.26-28He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered. 27He who gives to the poor will never want, But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses. 28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.We can be very self-reliant. I should not speak for you, but I know I can be very self-rel...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.21-25

Proverbs 28.21-25 To show partiality is not goodyet a person will do wrong for a piece of bread.22The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.23Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.24Whoever robs their father or mother and says, "It's not wrong," is partner to one who destroys.25The gr...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.15-20

Proverbs 28.15-20 Like a roaring lion and a rushing bearIs a wicked ruler over a poor people.A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding,But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.A man who is laden with the guilt of human bloodWill be a fugitive until death; let no one support him.He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,But he who is crooked will fall...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.13-14

Proverbs 28.13-14 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion. How blessed is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity. When our boys were little, my wife had them convinced that not only did she have eyes in the back of her head, but that she had ESP too. It seemed ...

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Bible Reading: Mark 16.1-8

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" Looking up, they saw that the stone had been r...

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Bible Reading: Luke 23.33-43

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He...

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Bible Reading: Luke 22.14-23

Now when the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table and the apostles joined him. And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves. For I tell y...

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Bible Reading: John 13.5-13

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered h...

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Bible Reading: Mark 11.1-11

Now as they approached Jerusalem, near Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go to the village ahead of you.As soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden.Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord needs itand will send it back h...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.8-12

Proverbs 28.8-12 He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor.9 He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.10 He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit, But the blameless will inherit good.11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes, But the p...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 28.1-7

Proverbs 28.1-7 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion. 2By the transgression of a land many are its princes, But by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures. 3A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But those who keep the law strive with ...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.23-27

Proverbs 27.23-27Know well the condition of your flocks, and pay attention to your herds;24 For riches are not forever, nor does a crown endure to all generations.25 When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,26 The lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats will bring the price of a field,27 And there will be goat...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.18-22

Proverbs 27.18-22 He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored. 19As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man. 20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied. 21The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him. 22Though yo...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.17

Proverbs 27.17Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. When we first began attending The Ridge Church years ago as newlyweds, my wife prodded me into attending a small group for young couples (it was called a Sunday School Class back then). After attending sporadically and reluctantly for a few months, the teacher invited me to meet him for breakfast one day befor...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.9-16

Proverbs 27:9-16 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, so a man's counsel is sweet to his friend. 10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may reply to him who reproaches me. 12 A pr...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 27.1-8

Proverbs 27:1-8Do not boast about tomorrow,For you do not know what a day may bring forth.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;A stranger, and not your own lips.3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,But who can stand before jealousy?5 Better is open rebukeThan lo...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 26.20-28

Proverbs 26:20-28 For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer, contention quiets down. 21Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. 23Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lip...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 26.10-19

Proverbs 26:10-1910 Like an archer who wounds everyone,So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.11 Like a dog that returns to its vomitIs a fool who repeats his folly.12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?There is more hope for a fool than for him.13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road!A lion is in the open square!"14 As the door turns on its...

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 26.1-9

Proverbs 26:1-91 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, so a curse without cause does not alight.3 A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him.5 Answer a f...

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