Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for February 2021

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   Bullies are not unpopular kids, as we often think. In fact, more than half the time they are popular kids. They are not looking to be loved, they are…

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Proverbs 27:4 NIV

“Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” Proverbs 27:4 NIV   History is full of stories of atrocities perpetrated out of jealousy. Anger and fury (wrath) when improperly expressed have done significant damage to relationships and individual lives but jealousy is much more insidious. Jealousy goes beyond reason and finds…

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Proverbs 26:11 NIV

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Proverbs 26:11 NIV   This verse vividly describes God’s perspective of a fool. (Peter gets even more direct in relation to teachers and leaders of today in 2 Peter Chapter 2. Take the time to read it.) There is a depth of ugliness…

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Proverbs 25:6 NIV

“Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;” Proverbs 25:6 NIV   Humility is a beautiful thing. Not self-deprecation or insecurity, but the humility of a godly person is comforting and inspiring. Solomon encourages us to live with humility especially in the presence of authority.…

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Proverbs 24:12 NIV

“If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” Proverbs 24:12 NIV Yes, an Ostrich will bury its head in the sand; flamingos do, too, by…

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Proverbs 23:1 NIV

“When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,” Proverbs 23:1 NIV   This group of verses warns against getting carried away by gluttonous behavior. It also speaks to the dangers of a lack of self-control with other behaviors. There are numerous kid stories about the consequences of gluttonous behaviors.…

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Proverbs 22:1 NIV

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1 NIV   The idea of choosing either a good name or great riches can, at first glance, seem to be a fair choice. This verse however is not saying you necessarily have to choose one…

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Proverbs 21:2 NIV

“A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2 NIV “I was following my heart.” There is a kind of romantic or adventurous feel to this statement. I have heard this or versions of it throughout my life. I know that I have actually used it myself.…

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Proverbs 20:1 NIV

“Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” Intelligent people sometimes do stupid things; however, wise people are less likely to. A quote by an unknown author sums up the differences well: “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.” Wisdom…

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