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Proverbs 31:8

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute” - 31:8.

The poor and disenfanchised have no one to speak up and stand for them. Jesus was clear that their needs must be part of your life and work. We know this because His disciples made this work an important part of their ongoing ministry after He left.  What are you doing to help those who cannot help themselves?  You may want to read what James wrote about this very practice in James 1:27 and James 2:1-4.

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Five hundred dollars came in today for Operation Chicken Coop and some other donations came Upako PIc in this past week for the Sophia Fund and Deborah Foundation.  Thank You, Lord!  Pictured to the right are some of the children at the Upako Center who are impacted by your generosity (that is a classroom they are in; some of them even sleep there.)

If these daily devotionals have been a blessing to you this year, please consider a token of appreciation that will help HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 30:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I knowledge of the Holy One” - 30:3. 

The more you learn about God, the more you realize how little you know. It is important to walk in humility and have a proper assessment of your own spiritual poverty and God's grace toward you. Is this what Jesus talked about when He mentioned, among other things, being poor in spirit in Matthew 5:1-10?

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Proverbs 29:16

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall" - 29:16.

This explains why you can turn the other cheek and bless those who treat you badly. Either they will repent or God will bring justice, so either way the righteous 'win.' Can you trust that God will eventually make all things right and judge the wicked, freeing you to do good to those who treat you badly? Read Revelation 7:9-17 to be reminded that God is control and will judge all living creatures with justice and equity.

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If these daily devotionals have blessed you, please consider a token of appreciation by helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 28:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The wicked man flees though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion" 28:1. 

A lion is not timid, passive or concerned what anyone else things. A lion goes where it wants, eat what it wants and hunts in a team. What can you apply from the lion's example today?  How bold are you when it comes to your purpose and goals? How aggressive are you in evangelism and prayer?  You may want to read 2 Corinthians 3:11-13 and Hebrews 4:16 to better understand how to express this boldness.

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If these daily devotionals have blessed you, please consider a token of appreciation by helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 27:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs: 

"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds" - 27:23.

This verse urges you to pay close attention to the things and people around you. What does your "world" - your desk, house, car - look like to others?  What about those closest to you? Do you notice when they are down, sad or even angry?  To do so you must be interested and take the time to see things through the eyes of others.  For examples of this, look at Nehemiah 2:1-5 and Luke 5:20.

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Proverbs 26:15

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth" - 26:15.

What a silly picture of someone who puts food on his fork but doesn't bring it to his mouth! Yet if you start something and don't finish it, you can be just as foolish. What you are putting off finishing and what is stopping you from doing it?  Where is laziness controlling your spiritual life? You may also want to see what Hebrews 6:10-12 has to say about laziness.

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If these daily devotionals have blessed you, please consider a token of appreciation by helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 25:13

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters" - 25:13.

You have been entrusted with the message of life to give to others. Are you being a faithful messenger? If so, then you are not only a blessing to those who hear, but also to the One who gave you the message to deliver!  To see an example of trustworthy messengers at work, take a look at Acts 4:23-31.

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Please consider helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 23:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not join those who drink too much wine
or gorge themselves on meat” - 23:20.

It is possible to be a Christian but be a selfish one. You can concentrate on taking care of yourself at the expense of others around you.  What are you doing to share your blessings or do you keep them all for and to yourself?  What can you do today to "feed" someone else? You may also want to read what Paul wrote in Philippians 3:17-19 and notice that he was writing about believers!

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Please consider helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 24:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter" - 24:11.

People who don't the Lord are in danger of spending eternity out of God's presence and favor. You have the words of life that can rescue them from their dilemma. Are you sharing those words of life with whomever will listen?  You may want to read Ezekiel 22:30-31 and Isaiah 59:15-16 to encourage you in this important work.

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Please consider helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!


Proverbs 22:3

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it" - 22:3.

There is no time to be passive in your spiritual walk. It is important to to recognize and respond to danger where your family, business, personal life and ministry are concerned. This requires courage and confidence.  What are the greatest threats you are facing right now and how are you dealing with them? Read Matthew 11:12 and consider how to apply what Jesus said to your life and work.

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Please consider helping HIV/AIDS orphans and widows in Kenya as we approach this holiday season.  Read how you can do something significant for them here and here.  Thank you!