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Daily Devotionals

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Proverbs 1

“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” – Proverbs 1:7, NLT   The words “Some Assembly Required” can drive fear into the hearts of parents on Christmas Eve. Imagine opening up a box of bicycle parts to find the instructions missing. You can depend on your…

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Proverbs 2

“Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:4-6, NLT   The work of a paleontologist who digs…

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Proverbs 3

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT   Watching sports can be frustrating, whether it is first graders playing basketball or professional football players on the field.…

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Proverbs 4

“Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.” – Proverbs 4:26-27, MSG   If you are one to seek adventure, seeing a pesky “Stay on the Path” sign at a nature reserve may dampen your mood considerably. These signs are there…

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Proverbs 5

“An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.” – Proverbs 5:22, NLT   If Houdini were alive today, he may not have made as big a wave as he did back in the early 1900s. Videos online show ways to escape handcuffs, zip ties, or…

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Proverbs 6

“You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.” – Proverbs 6:6, MSG   Ants are fascinating creatures. If growing up you never watched ants on the trail or scurrying around on their nest, you need to look up some ant videos and watch. They are…

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Proverbs 7

“Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. Do what I say and you’ll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight—guard it!” – Proverbs 7:1-2, NLT   Did a teacher ever ask you which of your five senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell) you would least like to…

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Proverbs 8

“Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of GOD’s good pleasure. But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul; when you reject…

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Proverbs 9

“Skilled living gets its start in the Fear-of-GOD, insight into life from knowing a Holy God.” – Proverbs 9:10, MSG   Many of the proverbs can be summed up in this verse. This Fear-of-God is not like the fear we experience when we hear a window break in the middle of the night or when…

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Proverbs 10

“People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.” – Proverbs 10:17, NLT   The Food Network show Worst Cooks in America features two chefs who take over a dozen horrible cooks and try their best to lead them to learn how to cook. They teach…

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