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Proverbs 18:20

by: FCC Staff

12/02/2020

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From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied;

    he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

 

 Being wise is a blessing in many ways, one of which is the wisdom we can speak into our own lives and the lives of others. There is great satisfaction in being able to apply God’s wisdom to ourselves and to be able to reach out and share that wisdom to all who would have it. Our proverb for today isn’t concerned...


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Proverbs 18:19

by: FCC Staff

12/01/2020

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Disagreements with those who are closest to us can be the most challenging to navigate. Those we hold most dear know us best, and usually for the longest, and can hurt us in ways that no one else can. When the bonds of trust are broken in these close relationships it can be hard to repair, and the disagreement can span months, years, sometimes even a lifetime.Jesus knew this to be true and he teaches us to be cautious in how we relate to others, and when we do come...
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Proverbs 18:18

by: FCC Staff

11/30/2020

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Casting lots was a method used by the Jews of the Old Testament and by the Christian disciples prior to Pentecost to determine the will of God. Lots could be sticks with markings, stones with symbols, etc., which were thrown into a small area, and then the result was interpreted. "The lot is cast into the lap, but it's every decision is from the LORD," (Prov. 16:33). There are many instances of casting lots in the Bible."In the Bible, the prac...


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Proverbs 18:4

by: FCC Staff

11/27/2020

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The comparison of wisdom to deep water, or a flowing stream in a very prevalent image in biblical culture. Our proverb for today affirms this truth, that wisdom is a deep reserve of life for those who possess it, and it flows from them, in benefit to all who will accept it.Jesus in His ministry made this truth a tangible reality. We read in John chapter four that Jesus traveled outside the traditional homeland of the Hebrew people and among the Samaritans. People w...
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Proverbs 18:3

by: FCC Staff

11/24/2020

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While Yesterday's proverb warned us of the danger of avoiding promoting our own opinions over trying to gain understanding, today we are told what happens when we or others ignore that wisdom, choosing instead a path of wickedness, contempt, dishonor, and disgrace. While we can do our level best to avoid these pitfalls ourselves, it is inevitable that we will come into contact that refuses to engage in godly fellowship or even civil discourse, holding our honorable ...


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Proverbs 18:2

by: FCC Staff

11/23/2020

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Today's proverb gets us right where we are, letting us know that when we are expressing ourselves, it is better to be curious and seek understanding, even of points of view we don't necessarily agree with, than simply expressing our own opinion.This wisdom is very succinct in one way, that we should not merely be concerned with our own opinion. But on a deeper lever it is expressing a truth that is essential for peacemaking: Perspe...
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Proverbs 17:28

by: FCC Staff

11/19/2020

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We all have an opinion, and we sure like to share them with any and all who will listen. Sometimes however we aren't really all that informed on a topic... but still we can be tempted to opine anyway. Silence isn't a bad option, when it comes to matters that we do not understand.Paul told Timothy, "As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote...


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Proverbs 17:27

by: FCC Staff

11/18/2020

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Too often we get ourselves in trouble by simply saying the first thing that comes to mind in a situation. We can offer up a passionate response or a witty observation only to come to regret those words when they cause strife and division.When we look to the example of Christ we see this restraint on display. True there were times where we can see that Jesus was pretty “fiery” but if you compare his life on earth to the truth of who he can be, in fact...


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Proverbs 17:22

by: FCC Staff

11/17/2020

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The biblical concept of joy transcends the realm of mere happiness, an emotional state that can as often as not come from appreciation for circumstances we like. We’re happy when we sing our favorite song, happy when we get our Starbucks order, happy when our kids get along or happy when payday finally rolls around.Joy, is rooted in hope. Joy doesn’t evaporate when life isn’t going ‘our way’ or we are not experiencing the things we ...


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Proverbs 17:19

by: FCC Staff

11/16/2020

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Our proverb for today starts off straight forward enough, “Whoever loves transgression loves strife” there are certainly times when people focus on the misdeeds of others, even themselves, and dwell in it as a lifestyle. We can think we are really fulfilled in our own lives when it is filled with drama, intrigue, and misfortune. We put others in their 'place' , take pride in our own wisdom, and set ourselves up as rulers of our own little world in wh...


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Proverbs 17:17

by: FCC Staff

11/13/2020

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Finding your people can be a challenge as we navigating your walk with God. While having shared spiritual values adds a level of commonality, making the effort to live life alongside others takes commitment and patience.But what our proverb tells us today is that when you do find your spiritual family, the bond will be almost inseparable. Two believers will enjoy a relationship of love, forgiveness and understanding that is only comparable to what close biologic...


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Proverbs 17:16

by: FCC Staff

11/12/2020

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Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdomwhen he has no sense?Most of the time proverbs hits us with two-part wisdom, two statement that are meant to complement and contrast with each other in a way that gets us thinking. The goal is usually to get you thinking about truth, justice and wisdom, less of just flat out stating something as a fact.Today’s proverb breaks with that paradigm to great effect. Why should a fool have money, e...


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Proverbs 17:15

by: FCC Staff

11/11/2020

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Sitting in judgment of others is a dangerous pastime. Today’s proverb tells us that not only are we in trouble when we condemn those we should not, justifying those who have no right to be justified before God is just as harmful.This practice often comes down to painting our opinions with a broad brush: All these kinds of people are this, all that kind of people are like that. We condemn or justify without any personal knowledge of the individual situation...


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Proverbs 17:4

by: FCC Staff

11/10/2020

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If you've ever had a plumbing issue, you know how even a small leak can cause a lot of damage.Ignoring the issue won't make it go away, and a burst pipe can quickly cause catastrophic damage to a home.Our proverb today uses similar imagery to describe how strife and division can build up in our homes and communities.Perhaps we don't say or do anything too spiteful or cruel, maybe just a sarcastic comment here, a hurtful jab there. But...


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Proverbs 17:11

by: FCC Staff

11/09/2020

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Our society has an interesting relationship with rebellion. After casting off the tyrannical rule of King George and the British Empire, our fledgling republic was soon put to the test by the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. While taxation without representation was a key factor in the revolution, the idea that the newly formed representative government couldn’t tax whiskey wasn’t a given. After all, the US had considerable debt after the war, and paying it off wa...


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