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Leadership Lesson: Breaking Bones

Written by Will Johnston | September 30, 2010 | Proverbs 23 - 25

I’m learning that a gentle correction is often a much wiser choice than a stern rebuke.

A couple of weeks ago I ran into a small issue with one of my team members, someone who is otherwise a bright spot not just on my team but in life in general.  While I was initially pretty frustrated, I decided to …

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The God of Google

Written by Andy Pisciotti | September 29, 2010 | Proverbs 20 - 22

I appreciate Google for a number of reasons: Gmail, Voice, Docs, Talk, Buzz, Picasa, and several other great free programs.  And in times of desperation, their search engine will provide you with information that could take days to located at the local library.  But today, I appreciate Google for a very different reason:  Their Code of Conduct - “Don’t be Evil.”

Codes of conduct outline the responsibilities and proper practices …

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Written by Maegan Stout | September 28, 2010 | Proverbs 18 - 19

You know that saying, “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me”?

I remember the day my dad told me that wasn’t true. I don’t remember what happened or why I was upset, but I do remember a teacher telling me to toughen up and get over feeling hurt. Instead of listening to me, she gave me a harsh criticism: “you know what they …

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Spiritual Intelligence

Written by Sarah Magallanes | September 24, 2010 | Proverbs 8 - 9

For today’s reading, we are in Proverbs 8 and 9 where we read about wisdom’s call to us and also the subsequent invitations down the paths of wisdom or foolishness that are presented to us during various points in our lives.

Wisdom wis•dom (wiz′dəm) can be defined as
1. the quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action,

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What God Hates

Written by Heather Zempel | September 23, 2010 | Proverbs 5 - 7

The Proverbs are so packed with good content. Where do you begin? How about with the stuff God hates? Yeah, that’s a cheery way to start the day. You can count on Heather to always look for the positive. I don’t know what it was, but for some reason I was just struck by Proverbs 6:16-19 today. The six things…or make that seven…that the Lord hates.

Christians are known …

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Entire Nothingness - Proverbs 3-4

Written by Andy Pisciotti | September 22, 2010 | Proverbs 3 - 4

When I read Proverbs 3 I see over and over again the necessity of being humble.

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It …

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The Book of Proverbs

Written by Andy Pisciotti | September 21, 2010 | Proverbs 1 - 2

“Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.  For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9)  After a large burnt offering in the city of Gibeon, Solomon sleeps and God appears to him in a dream.  God offers Solomon one thing that will help this new king lead the …

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A Song for Welfare

Written by Amanda Giobbi | September 20, 2010 |

Today’s reading was: Psalms 39-41

As I read through the Psalms I see David desperately cry out to the Lord for help for himself; help for protection from his enemies, help for atonement from sin, help for living a godly life. 

However, he doesn’t just cry out for justice in his own life, but he also asks that the Lord will show mercy to those who have need.

He …

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Good thing I’m omniscient!

Written by Andy Pisciotti | September 18, 2010 |

Father God,
We ask for Your favor in this situation.  Lord, be with us and help us.  We praise You. 
In Your Son’s name we pray,

Sometimes I wonder if God listens to our prayers and thinks, “Wow, good thing I’m omniscient or else I wouldn’t have a clue what that was all about.” 
Who taught us to pray such vague …

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Silly Religion (Psalm 31-33)

Written by Andy Pisciotti | September 17, 2010 |

“I hate all this silly religion, but you God I trust.” Psalms 31-33 are deep and honest expressions of the heart of David. David had found himself in a number of betrayals and broken relationships. I appreciate his honesty in His relationship with his creator. David was tired of the menial deeds of religion that required a long list of standards. David’s reflections of God caused him to rejoice greatly. …

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