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Proverbs 22:9

by: FCC Staff

02/23/2021

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In the culture of the Bible, there was a belief in something called the evil eye. Basically, a malevolent stare, sometimes accompanied by some occult ritual practice, was a way of harming people who upset you, basically cursing them.

This evil eye was supposed to be capable of harming, or even killing, living beings by looking at them. The damage may or may not be intended by the owner of the eye. This belief was widespread in anci...
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Proverbs 21:17

by: FCC Staff

01/28/2021

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At first glance, our proverb for today can seem counter-intuitive: Pleasure, wine, oil...sure sounds like the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Who wouldn't love a life full of these things? So we might be tempted to assume then that pleasure, wine, and oil, in and of themselves must be bad, and in order to follow God, we must renounce them completely. 

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own ...
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Proverbs 21:16

by: FCC Staff

01/27/2021

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Proverbs are often useful as guideposts in our lives. If you have ever been traveling down the highway you have seen signs along the way full of information that can be helpful. Often you will see a small note at the bottom of a highway sign "last services for 100 miles". It is good to take note of them, make sure you have enough gas to travel 100 miles, and no one will have to use the restroom for a few hours. 

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Proverbs 21:14, 15

by: FCC Staff

01/26/2021

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Looking at these two proverbs, we can see they deal with contradictory themes. One speaks of bribes and corruption, the other, justice. We should note that WE aren't told to offer bribes or secret gifts. But when we wonder why justice is not done, we can know that bribes and self-interest often win out over what is right. Injustice, which should bring about the righteous anger of a ruler, is instead overlooked for a well-placed b...
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Proverbs 21:13

by: FCC Staff

01/25/2021

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Our proverb for today is closely tied to the previous verse. God sees what transpires on His earth and knows when we are actively denying justice to others by our actions. We too, even in our sinful human nature, would want to deny someone help when they have not offered us help in the past. It’s a truism of life, that when we act selfishly, when we are in need, others will be much more reluctant to help.

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Proverbs 21:12

by: FCC Staff

01/22/2021

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When we look around the world we may wonder if God even takes notice of the wickedness all round us. Certainly the psalmist felt that way as he declared, 

“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?    How long will you hide your face from me?How long must I take counsel in my soul    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?How lo...
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Proverbs 21:11

by: FCC Staff

01/21/2021

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If you have ever traveled by car to another state, you know that traffic laws can vary widely from state to state, even town to town. Here in Arizona, it’s illegal to drive a car in reverse down a public road. Apparently in other states that’s ok. In Minnetonka, Minnesota, you can be sighted as a public nuisance if your truck leaves dirt or mud on the road. In Nebraska, drivers on mountains should drive with caution near the right edge of the highway....
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Proverbs 21:10

by: FCC Staff

01/20/2021

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It is one thing to be selfish and look out only for our own interests, but it often takes on another life as we exploit others to achieve our own desires. We may feel outright entitled to getting what we want from others but mercy is not getting what you deserve. 

Jesus affirmed this truth for us when he taught the parable of the unforgiving servant. He had been forgiven a great debt by his master, but refused to forgive a sma...
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Proverbs 21:9

by: FCC Staff

01/19/2021

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Today’s proverb requires a little understanding of the architecture of homes in the ancient Near East. In our culture, it would be extremely odd indeed for a spouse to crawl up on the roof and set up a living space for themselves. In biblical times, however, we can see from our illustration that the roof was used as an “extra area for eating, working and sleeping during warm weather” It was already a commonly used space for living, so setting up...
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Proverbs 21:7

by: FCC Staff

01/15/2021

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When we look at the world around us, sometimes we can feel like there is scant little justice. However, as today's proverb reminds us, in the end, the fate of the wicked is their own destruction. As Paul wisely encouraged the Roman believers, "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom 6:23)

We may want to exert our own will, or our ...
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Proverbs 21:5

by: FCC Staff

01/13/2021

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The Bible has a lot to say about money and stewardship, but it is far from a "get rich quick" guide or a book of instructions that guarantee financial success. Quite the opposite in fact, and as we have learned from past proverbs, "Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf." (Proverbs 11:28)While we can see that generally speaking a sound financial plan leads to better outcomes th...
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Proverbs 21:4

by: FCC Staff

01/12/2021

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Today’s proverb contains an interesting turn of phrase. If you look up this verse in the bible you will see a footnote after the word “lamp.” It says this word in the original language is literally “the plowing” or “newly plowed land” some translations even use the word “vow” or “promise” to try and convey what is being said in this proverb. On a basic level, we can understand ...
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Proverbs 21:2-3

by: FCC Staff

01/11/2021

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When we consider our walk with God, often we can make it transactional: We sin and fall short of God's will, and Jesus then loves up to His Word and offers a sacrifice of our sins. We are comfortable with this arrangement, since after all, it requires nothing on our part, we just accept the grace offered to us, and well...that's it. Until next time, and the cycle starts all over again.Same was true of believers in the time before Christ. T...
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Proverbs 21:1

by: FCC Staff

01/08/2021

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Almost every election season, the rhetoric gets greater, the vitriol more toxic and the claims of the candidates more outlandish. We often fear for the peace and tranquility of our lives if we do not see our chosen candidate elected to office. In the culture of the Bible, leaders were not elected. In Israel they were anointed by the prophets of God to rule His people. Even with such auspicious beginnings, more often than not the kings of Isra...
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Proverbs 19:29

by: FCC Staff

01/07/2021

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It is not surprising in a book of wisdom, the benefits of years of experience are held in high esteem. In a culture as youth-obsessed as our own, it can be hard to see the “splendor” in growing older. In fact, most ads on TV and social media are in some way promoting youth, and it’s associated strength and vigor.

 Not so in the culture of the bible. Leviticus 19:32 commands “You shall stand up before th...
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