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HELLO FRIENDS: 04.30.15 – Read it. Live it.

Hello Friends,

The writings captured in the Book of Proverbs are like machine gun fire for the soul.

I just have to stand there and take the rapid-fire hits. There’s nothing I can do.

Just today I was reading Proverbs 10 in our PAUSE Bible Reading Plan, and I found myself overwhelmed with the practical wisdom packed into quippy phrases.

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” (10:4)

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”  (10:12)

“The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” (10:14)

Agreed. Agreed. And, again…agreed.

It’s so simple and yet so profound. Simply profound.

But the key to the Proverbs isn’t in the reading, it’s in the living out. What we DO with the Proverbs, outweighs what we KNOW. Frankly, this is true of the entirety of Scripture!

James 1:23-25 says “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

I encourage you today to spend some time reading the Bible…but then go a couple steps further…let it read YOU and let it LIVE in and through ever area of your life!

Blessings,

John

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