31 Days of Wisdom

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31 days of wisdom

The Hebrew word for wisdom is hokmah.  It can also be translated skill or aptitude.  The basic idea is this - that being wise means being skillful at life.

The book of Proverbs is given to us to teach us life skills, or to help us deal wisely with whatever comes our way.  Many of the tools the book offers are packaged in catchy little sayings called proverbs.  They’re designed to help make the truth easy to recall, or portable.  So Proverbs is like having a tool box for life.


Basic game plan:

  1. Every morning, you will receive a daily email (Sign Up using 31 Days of Wisdom) - or you can check this blog site.  
  2. Read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to each day’s date.
  3. Do the devotional (vs. read it).  Different days will take different approaches, but the idea is to work on a skill each day that will improve your life.
  4. Keep a notebook or journal for recording insights, tracking progress, answering (and maybe asking) questions, and doing some practice exercises.
  5. Once you have completed each days' reading, we’d like to encourage you to pass it on in some way.

Proverbs 31

by: Brent Wood

08/31/2020

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"Show me who your friends are and I'll know who you are.""Don't spend more than you earn.""Be grateful for what you have.""Do your duty - even if there is no reward.""Doing the right thing may be hard, but it's easier than the alternative.""Always wear lipstick.  It will make you feel better.""Anything worth having is worth working...
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Proverbs 30

by: Brent Wood

08/30/2020

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You've heard a "three wish" joke before.  The jokes follow various formats, but usually go something like this:

Three men are stranded on a deserted island when a lamp washes up on shore.  A genie pops out and offers each man a wish. 

Man #1 wishes to be in Paris, and he is immediately transported to Paris. 

Man #2 wishes to be in New York, and sure enough, he finds himself in NYC. 

Man #3 is now lonely so ...


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Proverbs 29

by: Mark Manzer

08/29/2020

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When I saw this cartoon, I had to laugh, and hopefully you got a chuckle out of it too. If there is one thing this guy in the cartoon will get  it is a “stiff neck." The past five yea...


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Proverbs 28

by: Brent Wood

08/27/2020

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Does anyone remember the Ford Pinto?

Maybe you owned one.  If so, we're glad you're alive to remember.  Not everyone who drove a Pinto was so fortunate.

Back in the late 60's/early 70's Ford designed and released their entry into the subcompact car market.  And over 2 million people bought one of the three models available.  But then the accidents started happening.   And Pintos started catching on fire or even e...


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Proverbs 27

by: Brent Wood

08/27/2020

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The neighborhood where I grew up had a lot of kids. 

Randy Dykema - he lived right across the street and was my best friend (on a totally unrelated note, my parents planned to name me Randy until the neighbor's "stole" the name).   

 Sue Wells - she lived next door and she  played baseball with all the boys, and she was better than most of them.


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Proverbs 26:17

by: Brent Wood

08/26/2020

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Dogs vs. cats

In 2018, for the first time the General Social Survey asked people about their pet ownership.  They uncovered some interesting data:

The percent of people who said they were very happy by type of pet owned...

36% of dog owners28% of dog and cat owners 18% of cat owners 32% of people who did not own pets

Now, I find these numbers interesting.  Obv...


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Proverbs 25

by: Brent Wood

08/25/2020

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When I was a kid we lived in northwest Indiana, right outside of Chicago.  Many days my dad would come home for lunch and ask if I wanted to go to the Cubs game.  If we ate fast and traffic was good we could get there in time for the first pitch (they played a lot of afternoon games because Wrigley Field didn't have lights).  The Cubs weren't any good, so the tickets were plentiful.  Still, with all those trips to see the Cubs, I grew up a Wh...


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Proverbs 24

by: Mark Manzer

08/24/2020

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Growing up as a High School kid I went to a camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called Gitche Gumee Bible Camp. My family only lived 45 minutes away so we would be up there a lot volunteering or going to evening services.  My older brother Tim was one who was always looking for ways to pull pranks on people so the summer he worked at Gitche he would look for ways to prank the “downstate kids."   One Saturday night he convinced me to be apar...


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Proverbs 23

by: Brent Wood

08/23/2020

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I love Colorado.  Absolutely love it.

Except for one thing.  I am not all that fond of driving in Colorado.  Especially on some of those mountain roads.  Especially on CO 82 between Aspen and Buena Vista.  There are two reasons for that.  

1.  The road gets very skinny in some places and you have to drive far closer to the edge than is appropriate in my estimation.  In fact, in some places it is so skinny that if ...


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Proverbs 22

by: Chris Ruhlen

08/22/2020

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Proverbs 22 brings us to the end of Solomon's 375 proverbs, although there are more to come. The section ends in the middle of the chapter, verse 16, before introducing a new section entitled "Thirty Sayings of the Wise." 

Read Proverbs 22

In general, this section seems to be thematically about generosity--giving to the poor, oppression of the poor, and what ultimate wealth looks like. There are a few verses that don't align w...


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Proverbs 21

by: Brent Wood

08/21/2020

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I suppose that if you dug back through anyone's ancestry far enough you might find a person of some significance  somewhere in the family tree.  In my case, that person is James Longstreet, a general who served in the Civil War for the Confederacy.

While Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were the most known of the South's generals,  Longstreet was just beneath them seniority and was a major player.  His legacy, however, was tainted by...


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Proverbs 20

by: Brent Wood

08/20/2020

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The past five or so months have been difficult for sports fans.  First, the college basketball conference tournaments were cancelled, then March Madness fell victim to the pandemic.  The NBA and NHL seasons were suspended.  Major league baseball was postponed.  All this left viewers with nothing to watch - and nothing to argue about.  (My brother resorted to watching marble racing, and I'm being serious.)  Finally, golf reappeared, and ...


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Proverbs 19

by: Brent Wood

08/19/2020

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Let's just get right to the point today.

Today's wisdom:

Don't be in a hurry!

That's difficult to hear, especially in today's world. 

Author Richard Swenson wrote this:

"Just take a look at our lives...We send packages via Federal ExpressUse a phone company called SprintManage our finances with QuickenSchedule our appointments in a DayRunnerDiet with ...


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Proverbs 18

by: Brent Wood

08/18/2020

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Some older readers may recognize the name Paul Harvey.  He was an iconic radio broadcaster made famous by his daily three-minute segments called "The Rest of the Story."  The set-up was simple.  Harvey would tell a familiar story but add an unknown twist at the end. 

For example, he once told of a novel written in 1898 called Futility.  It told the story of a huge, supposedly unsinkable ocean liner called the Titan


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Proverbs 17

by: Brent Wood

08/17/2020

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For whatever reason, my wife has always wanted to see a bear.  In person.  In the wild.  Several summers ago we vacationed in the Smoky Mountains and did a lot of hiking – so seeing a bear on her wish list.  We found a few animal prints in some mud that we were pretty sure were bear tracks, but we never saw a bear.

So you can imagine her disappointment when the other day she heard someone talking about his recent visit to the Smokies and ...


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