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Proverbs 21:17 (NIV) 

He who loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.


LOOK UP THE FOLLOWING VERSES AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS: (If there is not enough time, skip the first two questions.)

  1. Proverbs 23:20 - Another warning - what does it say?
  2. Amos 6:1-7 - Did Israel pay attention to this warning? What happened to them?
  3. Luke 15:13-16 - What happened to the "prodigal son" (the son who devoted himself to partying and wild living)?
  4. Luke 16:24-25 - What happened to the rich man?
  5. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (especially verse 4) - What will people be like during the "last days"?

THINK ABOUT IT: What are you like? How can you apply this truth to your life? What can you do with your life, besides living for pleasure?


DO SOMETHING: Pick a "real life" situation, in which you (or someone else) made the wrong choice - a choice that disobeyed this verse. Show how you (or they) could have done what is right, instead.

Dennis Hinks © 2004
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