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Proverbs 25

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 25 Introduction Twice in a row I get to teach. What a treat! I wanna jump right into Proverbs 25 tonight. So let’s get to reading. Highlight #1 – Wise Sayings (vs. 2,4) 1. God reveals, man discovers (v. 2) Proverbs 25:2 (NKJV) 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. I like this passage because it encouraged me to seek after the Lord more because I realize that I’ve only seen what’s He has revealed to me. There IS more! So much more! But I have to seek after Him with my whole heart. 2. All cleaned up (v. 4) Proverbs 25:4 (NKJV) 4 Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. This has always spoke to me, each time I read it. Although I know God will take me just as I am, and He will use me with all of my warts. But, I want to become the masterpiece that Paul talks about Christ working in me. I think in … Read more »

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Proverbs 24

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 13, 2017At Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 24 Introduction Well, let’s get back to it. Tonight we want to look at Proverbs chapter 24. According to my calculations, I should be finished with Proverbs by August this next year. So I will attempt to do my best to not comment as I read the text. Let’s get to it! This proverb, has many sayings that I consider principles to live by. A diligent study would need to be done in order to stitch some of the thoughts together. I always ask myself, “Do these principles connect with each other?  And if so, how do they connect?” For most of us, we just read through the passage not pausing long enough to consider these things. It’s this pause that I believe is what God spoke to Joshua upon his ascent to the leadership following the death of Moses when he said: Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will … Read more »

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Proverbs 23

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A message by Pastor Bill MannOn Wednesday, November 15, 2017At Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 23 Introduction Tonight, I want to continue our journey through Proverbs. We are into chapter is 23, and as my custom is I will read the passage first then share some highlights. This time I have grouped the highlights together with passage in the chapter that are pertinent to the highlight. I really enjoyed looking at this chapter in depth. I’m not sure that what came to the surface will change the course of Christianity, but it did give me some insights I had yet to consider. A simple outline from my reading would look like this: Stingy people (1-3, 6-8) Instead, do this: cast your bread … there are those who sow little Elusiveness of wealth (4-5) Withholding wisdom from fools (9) … “You might be a fool if . . . “ Boundaries (10-11) Discipline of Children (13-14) Warnings (15-35) Envying Those Who Disregard Wisdom (15-18) Alcohol & Food Excess (19-21) Bad Sex (22-28) Drunkenness (29-35) I was having a difficult time focusing on a single highlight. This chapter is filled with great stuff. Then I saw a few things as my eyes blurred … Read more »

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Proverbs – Chapter 22

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Introduction Tonight, I want to continue our journey through Proverbs. We are into chapter is 22, and as my custom is I will read the passage first then share some highlights. This time I have grouped the highlights together with passage in the chapter that are pertinent to the highlight. Proverbs 22:1–29 (NKJV) 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has … Read more »

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Proverbs 21

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 21 Introduction Tonight, we continue our Proverbs journey. The next chapter is 21, so let’s get right to it. Proverbs 21:1–31 (NKJV) 1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. 3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. 6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice. 8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. 9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10 The soul of the … Read more »

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Proverbs 20

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 20 Introduction Continuing through Proverbs let’s take a look at chapter 20. Proverbs 20:1–30 (NKJV) 1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel. 4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out. 6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? 7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”? 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both … Read more »

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Proverbs 19

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 19 Introduction Let’s continue our journey through Proverbs as we take a look at chapter 19. Highlight #1 – It’s Not My Fault Proverbs 19:3 (NLT) 3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. As I began to ponder this verse it caused me to think about all the people I’ve run a crossed who are so angry at God because things didn’t turn out the way they thought it would/should. They do this without ever thinking that they may have had something to do with the outcome. If we would only admit to ourselves that we may have contributed heavily to the outcome we would conclude that we are the primary source of our own problems. Not God! But far too many people get mad at God for not answering their prayers the “right” way. (their way) Shouldn’t we give God the latitude to answer our prayers the way he thinks would best fit our situation? I think so. The question really is, do you really trust God? I found a Facebook post that I … Read more »

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Proverbs 18

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on March 15, 2017 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 18 Introduction Tonight we progress through Proverbs as we take a look at chapter 18. Highlight #1 – Gotta Tell Somebody Proverbs 18:2 (NKJV) 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. As I read this verse I got to thinking about social media and how many folks (not just Millennials) just let it all hang out on Facebook, Twitter, etc…. I remember “momma always said”, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” From one website I found this article that had some good stuff to say about this. We all have seem to have forgotten the golden rule that we learned early on, which landed us in timeout if we didn’t follow it. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all. Time and time again, we bring negativity into our lives without realizing the negative things we say about people are like boomerangs. It’s hard sometimes to put your thoughts out there and refrain from reading comments from people who do not know you, but who feel obligated … Read more »

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Proverbs 17

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 17 (NKJV) It’s been too long since I have taught on a Wednesday night. I had asked Pastor Gordon if he would teach the last two months, because I was rather overwhelmed with things to do. But here we are again. Ready to continue our trudge through Proverbs. Proverbs 17:1–28 (NKJV) Highlight #1 – Modern Mockery Proverbs 17:5 (NKJV) 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; . . . Do you know the feeling one gets when they read something in the Bible and it makes them “pause”? I don’t really don’t like that feeing, but I am grateful I can recognize it. It seems that the longer we are “in the church” we get subtle “pharisaical” tendencies! I remember a message I delivered entitled “You might be a Pharisee If . . .” (One can easily fill-in the blank with their judgements . . . ) So when I read this verse I felt that tension. But to be honest, I often feel this tension when it comes to my personal pharisaic philosophies. This tug always causes me to revisit current … Read more »

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Proverbs: Chapter 16

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 16:1-33 (NKJV) Introduction This is kind of fun having back to back weeks of teaching. I have enjoyed the discipline of message preparation. Tonight we look into Proverbs chapter 16. AS an FYI, we’ve reached the halfway point of our journey through Proverbs. Last week I deviated from my normal custom of reading through the text before making comments, but I must admit, I’m not a fan. I think the Word of God is alive. What I have planned to teach may not click with everyone at this time. Yet, God always uses His Word to encourage, correct, teach, and inspire. Perhaps just one phrase that I did not include as one of my “Highlights” is the very thing you needed to hear. So, without further ado here’s the text. Proverbs 16:1–33 1 The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. 3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. 4 The … Read more »

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