Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for November 2020

Proverbs 30:4 NASB

“Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know.” Proverbs 30:4 NASB Rhetorical questions, of course. The answers are obviously God,…

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Proverbs 29:6 NASB

“By transgression an evil man is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices.” Proverbs 29:6 NASB My two-year-old grandson, Harris, was “working” in their yard yesterday singing “pine straw, pine straw, pine straw” over and over in different keys and fluctuating voice. It was truly entertaining. My granddaughters are always singing, as well. Children lead…

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Proverbs 28:10 NIV

“Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.” Proverbs 28:10 NIV Ok, confession time. There have been times over the years when I have watched in expectant anticipation for this verse to be fleshed out in my own journey. On occasion…

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Proverbs 27:2 NASB

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 NASB   Typically, this verse is seen as a caution. Well, actually it is, but I want to take it a step further. Many years ago, I heard a speaker at a minister’s conference say that the…

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Proverbs 26:17 NASB

“Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.” Proverbs 26:17 NASB   It’s the holidays.  Family and friends will gather in lots of places during this time of year. There will be stories, laughter, cutting up, and… you have to finish…

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Proverbs 25:4 NASB

“Take away the dross from the silver, and there comes out a vessel for the smith;” Proverbs 25:4 NASB I’m watching a spy series on Netflix. That’s not really significant in itself, but with 10 seasons, I have found that when I plop down to have my mind zone out on what we previously called…

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Proverbs 24:13 NIV

“Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.” Proverbs 24:13 NIV   I really enjoy honey. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches, Bit O’ Honey candy, Honeycomb cereal, all of it. When I was a diabetic, I use to have a jar of honey with me during…

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Proverbs 23:19 NASB

“Listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.” Proverbs 23:19 NASB   I recently started reading the book “Quiet Influence,” subtitled, “The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference,” by Jennifer Kahnweiler.  I’m an introvert according to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, so I was intrigued enough by the title to…

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Proverbs 22:9 NASB

“He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” Proverbs 22:9 NASB   Simply put, the generous are blessed. The implied opposite is also true, but we tend to miss that at times. I was recently approached by the head of a ministry in an African nation…

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Proverbs 21:11 NIV

“When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.” Proverbs 21:11 NIV   Put another way, “Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right but because they have more experience of being wrong…” (Anonymous).  I’ve mentioned before that there is no short cut…

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