September 20 Proverbs 28:1-14 (ESV) 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers, but with a man of understanding and knowledge, its stability will long continue. 3 A poor man who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no … More September 20 Proverbs 28:1-14
PROVERBS 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Here is the introduction of a sermon by Joe Guglielmo, based on this text This is interesting to me because Solomon is saying that iron is sharpening iron. Usually a whetstone, which was an abrasive stone used in sharpening knives … More Sparks that sharpen
Septemeber 19 Proverbs 27:15-27 (ESV) 15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; 16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp  oil in one’s right hand. 17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.  18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat … More September 19 Proverbs 27:15-27
Like a pendulum, when we think about our future, many of us tend to swing between two opposite and wrong ends. Sometimes we worry over the future and what it holds…will we have a job? Will we have enough to eat? Will I get cancer? We fret as if we do not remember that we … More Swinging like a pendulum or trusting in God’s purpose?
September 18 Proverbs 27:1-14 (ESV) 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. 3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. 4 Wrath is cruel, … More September 18 Proverbs 27:1-14
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…” How many times did we hear that as a kids? In our American culture, sarcasm and jesting are common. Ever had someone make fun of you, only later to say, “Just kidding!!” According to Proverbs, words DO indeed have the power to hurt. … More Use your words to heal instead of hurt.
Septemeber 17 Proverbs 26:17-28 (ESV) 17 Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. 18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death 19 is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” 20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and … More September 17 Proverbs 26:17-28
Proverbs 26:4-5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. Hmm…which is it? When we come to confusing passages, we can approach it in one of two ways: “Do these verses contradict each other? Sure … More A fool: answer him or not?
September 16 Proverbs 26:1-16 (ESV) 26:1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for … More September 16 Proverbs 26:1-16
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. —Proverbs 25:21-22 From the ESV Study Bible: Although interpreters differ about the meaning of the metaphor of heaping burning coals … More Heap burning coals?