Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for January 2021

Proverbs 31:3 NIV

“Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.” Proverbs 31:3 NIV   Lemuel’s mother is onto her son’s challenges, here. Maybe more than just her son, I’m thinking this is a challenge for all mothers’ sons. However, this verse is applicable to all women as well. Maybe sexual sin…

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Proverbs 30:1 NIV

“The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God, but I can prevail.” Proverbs 30:1 NIV   I just want to tell you, I like Agur. Some theologians believe Agur was just another name for Solomon. Most don’t think so. His style and the names in…

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Proverbs 29:8 NIV

“Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.” Proverbs 29:8 NIV   I’m not a great world traveler. However, I’ve been to many different cities in my six decades of life. I have noticed that certain cities have a certain feel to them. It’s almost a spiritual sense. Over time I have…

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Proverbs 28:1 NIV

“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 NIV Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Every year around that day I post a picture of four Israeli women soldiers. Above their picture was another picture of four older women walking in front of a group of others…

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Proverbs 27:5 NIV

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.” Proverbs 27:5 NIV Can I tell you my first reaction to this verse is – ‘Nah, keep your open rebuke, I’ll take your hidden love.” But, after some thought and study it becomes very clear I would rather have just what Solomon proposes here. I even thought, ‘How…

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Proverbs 26:7 NIV

“Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.” Proverbs 26:7 NIV “What makes a fool a fool is that when he has a chance to obey God, he chooses not to. When there is a God who loves like He loves, and who cares like…

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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   The Edge ministry is into its second 18 months of operation and we just spent a week with a ministry and organizational specialist. As a result, we have looked over our first 18 months to…

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Proverbs 24:11 NASB

“Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.” Proverbs 24:11 NASB   This is a tough verse in a lot of ways. It certainly applies to being willing to take an unpopular stand, at times. Imagine Esther and how standing for The Jewish…

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Proverbs 23:10 NASB

“Do not move the ancient boundary or go into the fields of the fatherless,” Proverbs 23:10 NASB   I have always loved this verse. The straightforward message in these words touch my soul; the deeper meaning is powerful, as well. The very next verse assures us that their redeemer is mighty – basically, you don’t…

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Proverbs 22:4 NASB

“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.” Proverbs 22:4 NASB   Humility is a correct view of oneself while fear of the Lord is a correct view of God. Humility is not a low view of ourselves. In working with teenagers years ago, I used to try…

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