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Hey! We’re going to mix it up for the Verse of the Day for the month of March for March Madness! The book of Proverbs contains exactly 31 chapters; perfect for reading one chapter a day for a month! That’s what we’re going to do for the month of March since it has 31 days! Perfect!

Proverbs is a great book for business people because it offers a ton of wisdom. Even if you’re not a business person, reading the Bible is always good for you anyways. So starting tomorrow, join me as we read through the book of Proverbs one chapter at a time. Then come back here for an in-depth study, commentary, and more. I will not be posting whole chapters here (it’d too long) so you’ll have to read it on your own. I’m sure you have a Bible somewhere gathering dust :).

From the Nelson Study Bible:

Everyone knows the value of good advice. Listening to those who are wiser than we are gives us the benefit of their hard-won experience. Growing up, getting along with others, and holding a job all would be impossible without guidance from folks who have been there before. The Book of Proverbs gives that kind of help.

But the book is more than a collection of “tips and tricks.” It passes on a core of knowledge and experience that God says we must have if we are to live successfully. These proverbs are not merely old sayings that concern people in far-off lands, but universal principles that apply to all people of all times. They speak to modern problems as much as to ancient ones because they concern human nature and God’s ways. Human nature has not changed since Soloman’s time; neither has God’s. Only the landscape around us has changed.

Payday loans KH

I just saw an ad for the Assocation of Payday Lenders on tv. What a ridiculous attempt to try and put the rip-off payday lenders in a good light. If you don’t know, payday lenders will give you cash for a post-dated check that’s on your payday and usually charge $15 for every $100. If you annualize these fees, the interest rates are in the triple digits and some as high as 1000 percent! If you want to pay 1000 percent on a few hundred dollars for an “emergency” you might as well give it to me. Many people get into a dangerous cycle with payday loans with some people actually taking out another payday loan from somewhere else to pay the original payday loan. If you had an emergency fund to begin with, you wouldn’t be paying 1000 percent!

The ad shows some images like a kid with his arm in a sling and a man with a broken-down car on the side of the road. It’s trying to convey that payday loans are there for you in an emergency. You don’t need payday loans if you have an emergency fund! It also talks about how you should only use payday loans for short-term expenses. It should be saying “Don’t use payday loans at all!” Towards the end of the commercial, a nice-sounding woman says, “Always use payday advances responsibly.” The ad sounds like an alcohol commercial, “Please drink responsibly.” This is so ridiculous.

Payday loans are rip-offs! Avoid them at all costs!

You can watch the commercial on YouTube.

Here’s the link to a Boston Globe article on the ad campaign.

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Here’s today’s verse of the day:

17 Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone. But their trust should be in the living God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. 19 By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may take hold of real life.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NLT)

From the Life Application Bible:

Ephesus was a wealthy city, and the Ephesian church probably had many wealthy members. Paul advised Timothy to deal with any potential problems by teaching that having riches carries great responsibility. Those who have money must be generous, but they must not be arrogant just because they have a lot to give.

They must be careful not to put their hope in money instead of in the living God for their security. Even if we don’t have material wealth, we can be rich in good deeds. No matter how poor we are, we have something to share with someone.

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Here are some interesting Bible facts you may not have known.

The Holy Bible contains 66 books written by 40 different authors over approximately 1,500 years. The King James Bible contains 1,189 chapters, 31,101 verses, 783,137 words, and 3,566,480 letters. The Bible was the first book printed by Johannes Gutenburg, the inventor of the modern printing press in 1455-57. The Old Testament was divided into verses in 1448 and the New Testament was divided into verses in 1551.

The longest book in the Bible is Psalms. The shortest book is 3 John. The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 and the shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117 and Psalm 118 is the middle chapter of the whole Bible. The Bible is the best selling book in the world, with the total number of Bibles sold or given away each day estimated at 168,000 (Wycliffe International). A recent survey by Barna Research Group revealed that nearly 92% of American households own at least one Bible.

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1 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’

3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’

5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred £measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred £measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.

Luke 16:1-8 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

Verse 1: A steward was a servant who supervised and administered an estate. The charge brought against this steward is incompetence.

Verse 2: Give an account…you can no longer be steward: The rich man responded to the charge that his steward was incompetent by firing the steward and asking for his records to be brought up to date.

Verse 6: A hundred measures of oil…fifty: Three explanations are commonly given concerning the steward’s right to alter the amount his master was owed: (1) The steward simply lowered the price on his own authority; (2) the steward removed the interest charge from the debt, according to the Law; or (3) the steward removed his own commission, sacrificing only his own money and not that of his master. The different rates of reduction reflect the different rates for different commodities.

Verse 8: The master recognized the foresight in the steward’s generosity. He was shrewd in using his authority to discount the goods.

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36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Mark 8:36-37 (NKJV)

36 And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?

Mark 8:36-37 (NLT)

From the Life Application Bible:

Many people spend all their energy seeking pleasure. Jesus said, however, that worldliness, which is centered on possessions, position, or power, is ultimately worthless. Whatever you have on earth is only temporary; it cannot be exchanged for your soul.

If you work hard at getting what you want, you might eventually have a “pleasurable” life, but in the end you will find it hollow and empty. Are you willing to make the pursuit of God more important than the selfish pursuits? Follow Jesus, and you will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well.

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