Tuesday: Neither Too Much nor Too Little
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Prov. 30:7–9 contains the only prayer in the book of Proverbs. It is not by chance that this request immediately follows the affirmation of God as the great Creator (Prov. 30:4) and the promise of His faithfulness (Prov. 30:5). Read Proverbs 30:7–9. Why would someone ask these things? Before we ask God for anything, it … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Who Do You Think You Are?
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Read Proverbs 30:1–3, Prov. 30:32-33. Together, what are they saying? The self-negation seen in these texts is quite a break from the usual self-exaltation of kings in the ancient Near East, who often liked to boast of their wisdom, achievements, and military victories. Solomon himself is recorded as surpassing all the kings of the earth … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Humility of the Wise
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Read for This Week’s Study: Proverbs 30, Luke 18:9–14, Job 38:1–40:2, 1 John 1:9, Rev. 3:14–18, Psalm 104:24. Memory Text: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3, NKJV). In the Bible, humility is considered an important virtue. The greatest of prophets, Moses, is singled out as the most humble … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study
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Further Study: The laws of God have their foundation in the most immutable rectitude, and are so framed that they will promote the happiness of those who keep them. . . . Religion brings man into personal relation with God, but not exclusively; for the principles of heaven are to be lived out, that they … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Kindness Always Comes Back
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Miranda Starr, principal and teacher at Parkersburg Academy in West Virginia, wanted to do an experiment with her first and second grade students. In Bible class, we were studying about kindness, and how it is contagious, she says. We wanted to see if it really works. Then Miranda had an idea–why not go to Eagle … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Handbook for the Poor
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Read Proverbs 29:13. What is being discussed here? The poor and the rich are equal (Prov. 29:13, NKJV). The image of light used in this proverb places this issue in perspective of Creation. Both the rich and the poor have been created by God (Prov. 22:2). They both enjoy the gift of life, and the … [Click to read more …]