Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for October 2020

Proverbs 31:1 NIV

“The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.” Proverbs 31:1 NIV I once wrote a devotion that ended with a wise quote by Gandhi. I was later asked by someone if I thought it was a good idea to quote a non-Christian in one of the devotions from Proverbs. It made me…

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Proverbs 30:1 NASB

“The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:” Proverbs 30:1 NASB   There is a centuries long conversation about who Agur was. Whether he was a real person who appears as another wise man, and only in this chapter of scripture, or was it…

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Proverbs 29:3 NIV

“A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.” Proverbs 29:3 NIV Adam Clarke asked a simple question in regard to Proverbs 29:3: “Has there ever been a single case to the contrary?” I mean seriously, after years of ministry with teenagers I find Clarke’s question…

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Proverbs 28:2 NASB

“By the transgression of a land many are its princes, but by a man of understanding and knowledge, so it endures.” Proverbs 28:2 NASB I always felt the best form of government would be a godly theocracy. God guides His leader, that leader tells the rest of us, and we do God’s will. Pretty idealistic…

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Proverbs 27:6 NIV

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Proverbs 27:6 NIV I think we can all establish that Solomon is not talking about a friend physically hurting us. The wounds in this verse are the hurt and pain caused when a friend speaks clear, uncomfortable truth into our journey. I have…

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Proverbs 26:4 NASB

“Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him.”Proverbs 26:4 NASB This verse begs the question, ‘when should you walk away from an argument?’ When I was younger, I thought my opinion was always necessary, even required. Later, I learned that was not only not true, it was…

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Proverbs 25:2 NASB

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2 NASB I have encountered many people over the years who would tell me the reason they didn’t believe there was a God boils down to a long list of questions they could…

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Proverbs 24:6 NASB

“For by wise guidance you will wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 24:6 NASB “Wisdom by itself is not only lonely, it’s a waste.” I sat at lunch the other day with a longtime friend – almost 40 years, to be exact. We talked about a lot of things. One…

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Proverbs 23:4 NIV

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.” Proverbs 23:4 NIV In the New International Version of the Bible, this chapter has nine verses that start with the words, “Do not…” It is certainly a warning sign. We don’t like to be told what not to do, and some…

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Proverbs 22:6 NIV

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV There is so much in this verse. At first glance it seems like a great comforting verse for the Christian parent. Kind of ‘do this thing and this will eventually happen.’…

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