HopeSS: The Blessings of the Righteous

Derek Morris 14d

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Are There any Wise People Besides Us?

Pastor Brenda Billings

Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Proverbs 8:33 NLT

Is there a chance God tried to share His wisdom with us, but we rejected it because we didn’t like the vessels He used?

Sure Isaiah 8:20 tells us if they speak not according to the law there is no light in them, but we need to be careful we don’t misunderstand and misapply this. Isaiah was speaking specifically about spiritualism, and was making the point that when people […]

Monster Energy Drink Is Anti-Christ: A Case Study In Occult Epistemology

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In Proverbs 8:12, Wisdom personified informs us that she is the key to finding knowledge. Unfortunately, her counterpart, Folly, has the upper hand when it comes to getting attention (Prov 9:15).

If you haven’t already, watch this video: “MONSTER Energy drinks are the work of SATAN!!!” It’s received over eight-million views on YouTube alone, a substantial amount of attention.

Now, ask yourself whether you think it might be possible that, aside from any health effects, you’re putting yourself under the power of […]

Friday: Further Study: Blessings of the Righteous


Further Study: It is not enough to make a profession of faith in Christ and have our names registered on the church roll. . . . Whatever our profession, it amounts to nothing unless Christ is revealed in works of righteousness. — Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 312, 313.

The greatest deception of the human mind in Christ’s day was that a mere assent to the truth constitutes righteousness. In all human experience a theoretical knowledge of the […]

05: The Blessings of the Righteous – Hit the Mark

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The contrast could not have been greater. On one side stood revered religious leaders whose very presence enlisted admiration. In their regal robes denoting their exalted position, they represented the height of spiritual achievement. Known as sticklers for adherence to the minutest rules of the law, they now appeared in stark contrast to the One that stood before them.

He was dressed in ordinary clothing. There were no trappings of success to be seen. The commonly believed evidences of divine favor were […]

Thursday: The Reward of the Righteous

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As we have seen in Proverbs, so much of the instruction and teaching given has been presented by contrasting two types of people. The wise person does this, the fool does that. The godly man does that, the wicked man does this.

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Of course, in reality, there’s often a bit of wisdom and foolishness in all of us. With the exception of Jesus, we all are sinners, we all fall short of the glory of […]

05: The Blessings of the Righteous: Thought Starters


[Though questions for The Blessings of the Righteous January 27, 1015]

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1. Introduction. A whole three months on the book of Proverbs? Plenty of advice awaits us on this journey. I apologize for being gone for so many months. First I ended up in the hospital and then rehab with a bad hip fracture, then my computers all went bonkers. But now I’m back, just in time to glean wonderful blessings from the study of a […]

Wednesday: The Truth of the Righteous

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Read Proverbs 12:1-28 and focus on the theme of words, especially in the context of telling truth or telling lies. What message do we find here about honesty and lying?

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Philosopher Sissela Bok has convincingly demonstrated how lying can be harmful for society. She writes: A society, then, whose members were unable to distinguish truthful messages from deceptive ones, would collapse. — Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life (New York: Pantheon […]

05: The Blessing of the Righteous – Lesson Plan


Key Thought : God created humans with free choice so that we can love Him and one another. He shows the principles of cause and effect so that we can make choices that benefit us and others.

[Lesson Plan for The Blessing of the Righteous January 26, 2015]

1. Have a volunteer read Proverbs 10:1-7.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What kind of choices do we have in life? […]

Tuesday: The Hope of the Righteous

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The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them (Prov. 11:3). What evidence do we have of the truth of this verse? What examples have you seen or heard about in which this spiritual truth has been revealed? By contrast, what things have you seen that mean that, so far at least, you have to take this text by faith?

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Read Proverbs 11. Though it touches […]

Monday: The Mouth of the Righteous

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The mouth (with its components, the lips and the tongue) is the most important organ in the book of Proverbs. In the New King James Version of the book, the word mouth is used 50 times,lips occurs 41 times, and tongue 19. The use of this organ in speech is a particularly important theme in Proverbs 10–29.

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The basic premise is crucial: our words are very powerful, either for good or for evil. The tongue […]

Sunday: Righteousness Is Holistic

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Read Proverbs 10:1–7. What various principles about life and faith are revealed here?

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There is a story about a man in a boat who began to drill a hole under his feet where he sat. When people in the boat demanded that he stop, he responded: This is none of your business. This is my place! This absurd response is often the excuse used by the sinner to justify his or her behavior. […]

Sabbath: The Blessings of the Righteous


Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 10:1–14, Matt. 19:19, Proverbs 11:1-12:28, John 3:16, Proverbs 13:1-35.

Memory Text: Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked (Proverbs 10:6, NKJV).

As the title suggests, this lesson looks at the blessings of the righteous. The Hebrew wordzaddiq, for righteous, is the key word in our texts. Zedeq (also translated justice), from which it is derived, appears in the introduction of the whole book: The […]