Getting Burned

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 6:20-29 It really was amazing! There he was, sitting cross-legged so close to that blazing campfire that the flames seemed to reach out to grab him. Yet it didn’t seem to bother him at all! Once in a while a brand of wood would pop from the intense heat and shoot an ember onto his lap. But his calm smile never altered its bliss. He didn’t even flinch when that blazing log slid right on top of …

The Ten Commandments of Pride

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 16:8-25 Here are the Ten Commandments of Pride: Thou shalt never consider that you are completely wrong. Thou shalt never consider that you are partially wrong. Thou shalt paint the opposition as villains in every aspect of their lives. Thou shalt point out everyone else’s failings in order to display how good you are. Thou shalt call your sin natural and acceptable, and condemn others for the same sin. Thou shalt never reconcile with another on their …

Adjust Your Sails

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 15:12-20 Why is it that someone facing the storm clouds of life can have such a cheery disposition, while for others it only takes rain clouds in the sky to ruin their whole day? Our Aunt Elaine has had cancer this past year. I read her our verse for today and asked her how she can maintain such a positive attitude while she confronts this disease. She declared, “How can my days be wretched when I have …

Don't Walk Away

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 14:1-9 A friend of mine is a farmer. A while back he had a man dig for him using heavy earth-moving machinery. The digger took a break and struck up a conversation with my friend. In the conversation he said, “just a few more jobs to complete and I will have finally paid back all the people to whom I owe money.” Many years earlier his business had gone bad and he had to declare bankruptcy. Legally, …