Influencing culture for the Kingdom

Archive for April 2021

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.”  Ever felt that way? Weary but knowing you will prevail. I grew up playing tennis in South Florida. There were some very hot, muggy days as you can imagine. I remember many…

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Proverbs 29:7 NIV

“The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”  I sat in a meeting a couple days ago with the principal of an area high school and a grant writer. During the course of that meeting I heard stories about government funding for “the least of these” amongst us.…

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Proverbs 28:1 NIV

“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”  We are all guilty. Did you bow up after reading that sentence? Hey, relax. We are. If we weren’t we wouldn’t need a savior and believe me we all do. The difference between the wicked and the righteous is…

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Proverbs 27:1 NIV

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.’  Live long enough and you will find out just how true this is. As a matter of fact you may think this is a bit of an understatement. Medical reports, family dynamics, job or financial situations or even pandemics can…

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Proverbs 26:24 NIV

“Enemies disguise themselves with their lips, but in their hearts they harbor deceit.” Can I be blunt? Here is the thing. Solomon is not talking about the obvious enemies. Those who come against us that we can spot from a mile away or those who try to break in our door to bring us loss…

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Proverbs 25:2 NIV

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”  I love knowing what God is up to. Don’t you? Yeah,facetious much. As if that ever happens right. I mean of course sometimes we get a glimpse of what God is up to but most…

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Proverbs 24:6 NIV

“Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.”  I have always liked the scene from the movie “Thirteen Days”. The movie is about the Kennedy White House handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis (under 50 google it). There is a particularly tense scene where Kennedy’s team is expressing being…

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Proverbs 23:31 NIV

“Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!”  Don’t panic. I’m not taking on your glass of wine here. Solomon might but I see a much broader truth for all of us. I don’t drink wine, so many years ago I’d read these…

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Proverbs 22:18 NIV

“for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.” ‬‬ As a former pastor I always found it useful to preach to a particular person in the congregation rather then generically to everyone. It tended to touch each individual in a way that felt…

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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.”  It can be easy, especially these days, to believe you are average, not particularly special. The world elevates a few superstars in a variety of arenas. Sports and Hollywood are the obvious places we see this. However…

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