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Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies Proverbs 25 (vv. 21-22) By Dan Willis “21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” In the summer of 1994, a group…

Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge

Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge Proverbs 24 (Excerpts) By Dan Willis Proverbs 24 is all about wisdom.  Solomon makes some statements that make it clear that we must have knowledge.  The issue we have, is that many people will either side with “head” knowledge or “heart” knowledge.  You see, the debate can make a case…

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Do as I Say, Not as I Do Proverbs 23 (Emphasis 15-19, 26) By Dan Willis “15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.  17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be…

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…