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My Church Owns a Bar!

My church, Allegheny Center Alliance Church, yesterday completed the purchase of a neighborhood bar that had been a nuisance for years.  I think that is so cool!  You can read about the transaction here. If every church bought a bar and turned it into a legitimate business, it would impact every community where the church is located for the good. Now we have to figure out what to do with the place, but God led us this far and He will lead us all the way. 

Proverbs 31:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land” - 31:23.

Sometimes God will use you to serve behind the scenes and make someone else look good. Can you be part of a team where someone else gets the notoriety and credit, whether family, work or ministry? This requires humility and grace. You may also want to read Galatians 5:13 and Proverbs 27:18.

Proverbs 30:11

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers” - 30:11. 

One of the 10 Commandments is to honor father and mother.  If your parents are alive, do you spend time with them?  If not, do you honor their memory? In either case, do you bless them for giving you life?  You may also want to read Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-3.

Proverbs 29:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“A man’s pride brings him low,
but a man of lowly spirit gains honor” - 29:23.

Pride gains God's immediate attention, but only so He can humble you. You are wise if you humble yourself before He has to do it for you.  Has pride crept into your thinking, speech or behavior?  Ask God to show you the reality of your heart before you answer.  You may also want to take a look at Psalm 138:6-7 and Proverbs 3:34

Proverbs 28:7

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“He who keeps the law is a discerning son,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father” - 28:7. 

The law directs you to treat your neighbor as yourself. A glutton puts the focus for life squarely on him- or herself.  So are you a selfish "consumer" or selfless lover of others? Don't answer too quickly.  You may also want to read Matthew 5:16-48 and Matthew 19:16-22.

Proverbs 27:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Do not forsake your friend
and the friend of your father” - 27:10.

Maintaining a friendship takes time and effort. Is there a friend with whom you have lost contact? Why not get in touch today and start being friends again, not just in word, but in deed? Or better yet, just call or write your friend(s) today to say hello. Proverbs has a lot to say about being a friend, such as Proverbs 17:17.

Proverbs 26:17

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own” - 26:17.

The summary of this verse is simple: Mind your own business. Why do you get angry over things that don't even pertain to you? in fact, why are you so angry? Don't take up an offense that isn't yours and don't be so quick to offer opinions about things that really don't affect you. You may also want to read 1 Timothy 5:12-14.

Proverbs 25:9

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“If you argue your case with a neighbor,
do not betray another man’s confidence” - 25:9.

Are people's secrets safe with you?  Or do you regularly just have to share what you know about someone with another? People need a safe place to and talk sometimes. Can you be that safe place? You may also want to take a look at 2 Corinthians 12:20.

Proverbs 24:27

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

“Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house” - 24:27.

This verse addresses the need to set priorities in your life and work. If everything is important, then nothing is and, what's more, little gets accomplished. Are you working toward short-term relief of pressing problems, or long-term projects that will bring more lasting results? Do you go to bed feeling like you got nothing done, or do you lay your head on the pillow, confident you were true to your values and priorities?  You may also want to read John 8:28-29.  

Proverbs 23:18

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

 “There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off” - 23:18.

No matter how bleak your world looks today, it can all change tomorrow with one meeting, phone call or idea. Don't abandon your hope and next year at this time you may marvel at where you were and how far you have come!  To learn more about hope, you may also want to read Jeremiah 29:1-14 and Jeremiah 32.