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Who Rules Your House?

Who Rules Your House? Proverbs 21 (Excerpts) By Dan Willis “1 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.  2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.  3 To do what is right and just…

Worshiping God

Worshiping God By Ann Coker “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above . . . . Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2, NIV 2011). Sunday evening Bible study with Pastor Dan is growing in attendance, and we are all growing in our…

Is God Really in Control?

Is God Really in Control?  Proverbs 20 (Emphasis vv. 3, 9, 22, 24, 27) By Dan Willis “3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.  9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;  I am clean and without sin”?  22 Do not say, “I’ll pay…

It ISN’T God’s Fault

It ISN’T God’s Fault Proverbs 19 (Emphasis vv. 3, 16, 23, 27) By Dan Willis “3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.  16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.  23 The fear of the Lord leads to…

Have the Facts Before Speaking

Have the Facts Before Speaking Proverbs 17 (Emphasis vv. 27-28) By Dan Willis “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.  Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” I am really saddened today.  News broke this morning that yet…

Everyone Wants to be Right

Everyone Wants to be Right Proverbs 16 (Emphasis vv. 1-4 ) By Dan Willis “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.  All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.  Commit to the Lord whatever you do,…

Does God Hear My Prayers?

Does God Hear My Prayers? Proverbs 15 (Emphasis 3, 8-9, 26, 29) By Dan Willis “3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.  8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases him.  9 The Lord detests the way of the…

Righteous vs Wicked

Righteous vs Wicked Proverbs 11:1-31 By Kris Robinson If you’ve ever listened to or read any of his material, American businessman, author, radio host, television personality, and motivational speaker, Dave Ramsey, will often quote the book of Proverbs and go as far as saying that you can get a Ph.D. in finance from the book.  …

Learn from the Mistakes of Others

Learn from the Mistakes of Others Proverbs 14 (Emphasis vv. 11-12, 34) By Dan Willis “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.  There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.  Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any…

Seek First to Understand, Rather than to be Understood

Seek First to Understand, Rather than to be Understood Proverbs 12 (Emphasis vv. 15-16) By Dan Willis “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.  Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.” The Prayer of Saint Francis Lord, make me an instrument of thy…