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Calvary Chapel Church - Columbia, Tennessee - We are a church that exists to see people grow in their relationship with Jesus and share Him with others! Our Mission is to know Christ and to make Him known.

Ecclesiastes 7:16-18

Ecclesiastes 7:16–18 (ESV): "16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time? 18 It is good that you should take hold of this, and from that withhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out f...
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Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

Ecclesiastes 5:18–20 (ESV): "18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept...
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Ecclesiastes 5:1

Ecclesiastes 5:1 (ESV): "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil." Many will come into the house of God and promise Him the world and then leave and forget what they have said. It's better to say nothing and change than say...
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Ecclesiates 3:1;11

Ecclesiastes 3:1;11 (ESV): "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time." It's been said that the problem with life is that it is so daily. How true. The exciting thing about life though is that it's in God's hands and He can do anything...so enjoy every season for...
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Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

Ecclesiastes 2:24–26 (ESV): "24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given th...
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Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

Ecclesiastes 2:10–11 (ESV): "10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was my reward for all my toil. 11 Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving afte...
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Proverbs 30:7-9

Proverbs 30:7–9 (ESV): "7 Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 9 lest I be full and deny you and say, "Who is the Lord?" or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God." The heart of a pe...
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Proverbs 28:4-5

Proverbs 28:4–5 (ESV): "4  Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them. 5  Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely." Our world is the way it is because people have a fallen nature. What else can you expect sinners to do but sin? The answe...
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Proverbs 27:5-6

Proverbs 27:5–6 (ESV): "5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy." A person who truly loves you will not flatter you but will be totally honest with you.They will point out your strengths to encourage you and your weaknesses to help you grow.Be thankful for friends who truly...
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Proverbs 23:17-18

Proverbs 23:17–18 (ESV): "17  Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. 18  Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off." Fearing God and living for Him is the best life we could possibly live. Don't be fooled by the appearance of fun. Sin will only yield one type of fruit, that is ...
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Proverbs 22:24-25

Proverbs 22:24–25 (ESV): "24  Make no friendship with a man given to anger,  nor go with a wrathful man, 25  lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare."Have you ever noticed how contagious anger and bitterness are? It only takes a few angry people to start a riot...best not hang out with those types of people lest you ...
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Proverbs 21:31

Proverbs 21:31 (ESV): "31  The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord." The battle belongs to the Lord but we must be made ready if we want victory. God will do His part in fighting the battle we just have to show up. There is a peculiar partnership between God and His children in this life. There are th...
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Proverbs 20:9

Proverbs 20:9 (ESV): "9  Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?" Sin has defiled the human heart. The remedy for this is not found within the one who is defiled but only from outside through a pure sacrifice. Look to Jesus for He alone can cleanse us from our sin. Solomon reminds his son of the depravity of man, that...
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Proverbs 16:5

Proverbs 16:5 (ESV): "5  Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished." God hates pride because it deceives us into thinking far too much about ourselves when we should be thinking about God and others. God is quick to humble us before pride destroys us. Solomon reminds us of the age-ol...
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Proverbs 15:1;4

Proverbs 15:1;4 (ESV): "1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 4  A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit." Our speech can either escalate or deescalate a situation. It can either build up or tear down. Be careful about how you speak!Solomon reminds his son of the power of the ton...
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Proverbs 14:14

Proverbs 14:14 (ESV): "14  The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways." Just as you can tell a tree by its fruit so too can you tell a person by their fruit. If they are good their life will reflect it, and if they are bad they will not be able to hide it. The bac...
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Proverbs 9:8-9

Proverbs 9:8-9 (ESV): "8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning." The difference between a wise person and a fool has nothing to do with intellect but everything to do with...
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Proverbs 4:23

Proverbs 4:23 (ESV): "23  Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." The heart is the central command center of the person. In Jewish culture, it is a reference to the mind. The spiritual heart is the center of all emotions and decisions so keeping it with all diligence is required if you want to live a life hon...
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Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5–6 (ESV): "5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Trust is the foundation for every relationship. It is built over time. God understands this and therefore He works diligently to show us we can trust Him. W...
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Proverbs 3:1-2

Proverbs 3:1–2 (ESV): "My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 2  for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." The Father's heart is to see His children thriving in life and resting in the peace that surpasses understanding. His Word is meant to provide us with instruction for such a...
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