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Daily Devotionals

"Give us each day our daily bread."  ~ Luke 11:3

Read Pastor Karl's daily devotionals!

 

 

New devotionals will be posted Monday through Friday, and will remain here on the website for a week's time.

Friday, June 21, 2024

 

 

To guarantee loans for a stranger brings trouble,

but there is safety in refusing to do so.  (Proverbs 11:15)

 

 

Scripture tends to focus on our spiritual lives.  It also focuses on the down-to-earth practicalities of life.

 

Scripture tells us to be generous in giving to others.

 

Securing loans for others leads to trouble.

 

Some of us have discovered, through difficult experiences, just how true this is.

Blessings,


Pastor Karl

Thursday, June 20, 2024

The righteousness of the upright saves them,

but the treacherous are taken captive by their schemes.  (Proverbs 11:6)

 

 

It's maddening to see people “get away with” awful, hurtful, destructive behavior.

 

All too often we fail to see justice served, at least in a timely fashion.

 

Proverbs portrays the treacherous as captives.  They are captives of their own treachery.  They become entangled in their own web of deceitful behavior.

 

Have we not seen this to be true?

 

Whenever we are tempted to wonder if being righteous really pays off, we do well to remember these words of King Solomon.

 

We will also do well to pray for those who have become captives of their own treachery.


Blessings,

Pastor Karl

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

 

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,

but righteousness delivers from death.  (Proverbs 11:4)

 

 

A local power company had the tag line: “There when you need us."

 

Mature people discipline themselves to put aside financial resources (riches) for the “day they will need them."

 

Immature people allow money (riches) to “burn a hole in their pocket."

 

Solomon, the writer of Proverbs, tells us there is a day coming, the Day of the Lord’s wrath, when riches will do us NO good.

 

On that day ONLY “righteousness”, that is only a faithful and obedient life will avail.

 

Looking toward the future and planning our finances accordingly is a wise thing.

 

How much wiser is it to look toward eternity, and live in light of eternity, at the present moment?


Blessings, 


Pastor Karl

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

When pride comes, then comes disgrace;

but wisdom is with the humble.  (Proverbs 11:2)

 

 

A former member of our church, now with his Lord, used to tell the story of a man who was so humble that his church gave him a “humility badge."

 

Shortly thereafter, the church took the badge back because the man insisted on wearing it all the time.

 

Humility is a slippery thing.  To be aware of our own humility is to take pride in it.  To be filled with pride is, of course, the failure to be humble.

 

Perhaps the best council with respect to humility is the old saying:

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself.  Rather, humility is thinking of yourself less."

 

When our attention is turned toward our Lord, we will learn to "think of ourselves less."

Blessings,


Pastor Karl

Monday, June 17, 2024

 

 

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,

but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.  (Proverbs 10:32)

 

 

When we hear the word “perverse” we wrongly think of “perverted.”

 

“Perverted” refers to unacceptable or abnormal practices, especially with respect to sex.

 

“Perverse” refers to that which is contrary, or unhelpful.

 

Drug addiction is “perverse” in that it undermines the very strengths needed to combat it.

Proverbs tells us the righteous speak what is “acceptable,” that is, what is helpful for faithful living.

 

Proverbs also tells us the wicked speak those things that are “perverse,” that is, those things that undermine health and well-being.

 

Can we dedicate ourselves, today, to speaking only those words that bring health and well-being, especially to those closest to us?

 

Blessings,

Pastor Karl

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